I recently was on a call where a technical unit indicated they did not receive any form of documentation around the vendor database that was created. Now, seeing that I fall into the database profession it sparked my fancy. I began to ask a few questions to the individual who… Read more
When I have the opportunities to speak, whether local or elsewhere, on leadership I am often asked what are some things that make up a good leader? Over the years one very common word keeps coming up ~ integrity. It is a small word with a big meaning; if… Read more
This month’s topic by Koen Verbeeck (B|T) is based around times that are a changing. To break it down somewhat it was inspired by a blog post that Kendra Little (B|T) put together around Will the Cloud Eat My DBA Job.… Read more
Being a data professional you assume a certain amount of responsibility. It often requires having the right attitude and an action plan in place for finding the solutions to our problems at hand. Too many times we attack the symptoms causing the issue, but overlook the root cause. The quick… Read more
Often times we as leaders within our respective shops tend to waste our time focusing on the wrong things. Think about that for a moment and think about the team that you are on or that you are leading. I’ve seen it happen among some very talented teams where we… Read more
If you’ve been involved in technology for any length of time you are aware of outside threats to your network or databases. You read about some of these threats in the news such as hacking, breaches, etc.
All of these outside threats are pertinent and require our attention to detail… Read more
Last night I saw a tweet from Matt Gordon (b|t); the topic caught my eye – “How I Became A…SQL Server Data Professional”. The original idea spawned from Kevin who is known as the SQL Cyclist (b|t) over here at this post Read more
I was recently approached and asked, “What is SQL Saturday? I actually get asked that question more times than not from other people within and outside the community that have never had the pleasure of attending an event. I’d like to take a moment, and from my own perspective lay… Read more
This post is for all you up and coming data professionals out there. Over the course of the last week we had a T-SQL Tuesday block party which I missed. The beginning of the year is a very hectic time at the shop; doesn’t negate the fact that I… Read more
Hello much younger Yates. Hope you’ve been doing well. Why don’t you pull up a chair and stay for a few minutes so we can talk and maybe help another data professional that is just starting out on his or her journey. Nah, it won’t take us a long time… Read more
The day begins and you find yourself going through a list in your mind of things that need to be accomplished. You either make a mental note, jot it down on paper, or input notes into your mobile device. The day is getting off to a great start; you feel… Read more
The word leadership has many synonyms attributed to it. Something that can be learned early on in one’s career is that having a leader you can trust is very important. Trust is something that is earned; not given. As I reflect over the years I’ve noticed mistakes that have… Read more
Someone once told me at the shop that we have plenty of software utilities laying around that could be very useful that no one is utilizing. I got to thinking about that from a DBA standpoint; we are fortunate enough to have the Tool Belt from Red Gate and with… Read more
Have you ever heard the phrase “Hold The Fort”? Long ago in battle supply routes were targeted by enemy regiments that would cut off rations to fighting units. As the battle ensued the enemy had driven back their counterparts to a small area on a hill. They were being overwhelmed… Read more
When this blog started back in 2011 I had no idea that it would continue to grow to where it has gotten to today. There have been many learning curves along the way – some fun and some not so fun, but that is part of the journey.
Each year… Read more
Change is not always easy. In fact, change is hard.
“Change” is a word from which some people shy away, and it can hinder the daily life of quite a few of us. However, change doesn’t always have to be negative.
It was only a few months ago, as I… Read more
This year is different. Why? I’m not sure yet. There is a lot of reflection going on since my return from PASS Summit 2016. As I look at the long laundry list of “to do’s” to get completed in the office; this past PASS Summit reminded me to slow… Read more
Dr. David DeWitt is getting ready to take the stage to a huge ovation and is thrilled to be back at PASS Summit.
Haha, bring back #BringBackRimma is a twitter tag that he has put in place….looking forward to hearing Dr. David DeWitt speak today…..
- Why data warehousing in the…
Grant Fritchey taking the stage to talk about the financial health of PASS.
250k members , 170 countries, and 87% global representation – outstanding.
73% return into the community; focused on being a one global community
119 SQL Saturday Events held in 2016; have had pretty solid growth over the… Read more
Good morning from PASS Summit in Seattle, Washington. Like yesterday I will be live blogging the event. The same format of the blog will apply with up to 5 releases every 15 minutes.
Yesterday was a great first keynote, and from what it appears attendees are pretty excited to… Read more