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The SQL Professor

Chris Yates is a Database Administration Manager with over thirteen years of experience in the SQL industry. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions accompanied by a strong development background. He enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by contributing on several SQL forums, creating “The SQL Professor”, and speaking at several SQL functions. His passion and focus is not only with technology but also helping others along their way and career path.

PASS Summit Live Keynote -Release 2

Rohan Kumar, General Manager of Microsoft, takes the stage hyping up SQL Server 2016. We keep hearing the word “Sharing” among databases.

Intelligent Database:

  1. In-Memory Analytics
  2. In-Memory OLTP

Wow, 100X faster analytics + 30x faster transactions

Azure SQL database is the first in the world to support HTAP technology

Two… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 26 October 2016

PASS Summit Live Keynote – Release 1

Joseph Sirosh taking the stage by first telling us a story with over 400 million children in India. Only 50% of them attend school regularly. Consider the loss of potential that could have been a doctor.

Millions more like these children; a world of lost human potential. Millions who drop… Read more

0 comments, 534 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 26 October 2016

PASS Summit 2016 – Live Keynote

Good morning from PASS Summit 2016!

Today will be the first keynote session at 8:15 a.m. with Joseph Sirosh. I’ve found myself back at the bloggers table this year during the keynotes so check back here for updates and highlights.

In addition to these updates (plan on sending 4-5 mass… Read more

0 comments, 413 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 26 October 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #83: We’re still dealing with the same problems

It’s about time I got back into participating in the T-SQL Tuesday block parties that are hosted by community members each month. First, let’s take care of some house keeping rules.

Who Is Hosting?

This month Andy Mallon (b|t) is hosting and has chosen a topic… Read more

0 comments, 349 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 11 October 2016

PASS Summit Advice For First Timers

As I scrolled through the twitter feeds I ran across one from Tom LaRock (b|t) on PASS Summit being three weeks away:

Now, what caught my eye was the fact that he mentions the word “advice” to first timers. It wasn’t that long ago when I… Read more

2 comments, 389 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 11 October 2016

Is ROI for Vendors Worth the SQL Saturday Investment?

Piggy backing onto the recent SQL Saturday post here in Louisville, I wanted to take a more in-depth look, from my perspective, on how vendors all fit into these events.

Having the opportunity to work alongside these vendors has been both a learning experience for myself along with forming new… Read more

2 comments, 314 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 27 September 2016

SQL Sentry Does It Again–Plan Explorer 3.0

Being in a shop that utilizes Plan Explorer it was awesome to hear of the news release from SQL Sentry on upcoming changes around their product.

In case you missed this news you can check out Greg Gonzalez’s (B|T) post at http://blogs.sqlsentry.com/greggonzalez/plan-explorer-pro-goes-free/

So, what does this… Read more

0 comments, 404 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 8 September 2016

Ten Essential Traits for DBA Success

There is greatness within you whether you believe it or not. Over the years there are certain skills that have helped me along the way that, in turn, may help you along your journey. These traits are by no means written in stone and some will not agree that these…
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1 comments, 2,227 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 23 August 2016

Are SQL Saturday’s Worth It?

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be a part of Louisville’s (for those local the ‘ville) SQL Saturday event held at Indiana Wesleyan. Most of you who end up on this site are probably familiar with it, but for those that aren’t familiar with SQL Saturday events you… Read more

7 comments, 1,655 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 12 August 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #080–Round Up

The roundup is finally here, and cheers to all of you who participated. We had a great turnout this month with many returning participants along with some newcomers.

We had a wide range of topics with many great insights from everyone, but don’t take my word for it. Check out… Read more

3 comments, 337 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 19 July 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #080

T-SQL Tuesday time is here again! And I’m honored to be hosting this months block party. Why you ask? T-SQL Tuesday #80 happens to fall on my birthday believe it or not!

With that said let’s get this party started and have some fun with it this month shall we.… Read more

10 comments, 900 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 7 July 2016

Is Today Your Last Day Working With SQL?

Please entertain this thought for a moment – If today was your last day working with SQL how would you spend it?

Now, this post is assuming you, as the reader, are working with SQL in some form or fashion; however take the question and apply it to some other… Read more

10 comments, 3,280 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 29 June 2016

Interview with Warwick Rudd


Part of traveling to various events and being a part of the SQL Community means one can meet some pretty awesome professionals. I was fortunate enough to run into Warwick Rudd (B|T) at one of the PASS Summit events held in Seattle, and he definitely… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 26 April 2016

The Next Chapter ~ A SQL Journey


The past five years have been nothing short of an amazing ride on this thing we call “The SQL Journey”. I never cease to be amazed by the many outstanding data professionals we have in the PASS community.

For me, this ride has been a great learning experience. In… Read more

2 comments, 395 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 14 April 2016

Time Management–Leadership

To many times data professionals flounder in what some call a pool of uncertainty. The countless tasks, tickets, projects, and emails that may flow in without prioritizing will leave individuals searching for what is needed to be worked on now.

Organize or Agonize

Face it, we all influence someone. Whether… Read more

1 comments, 475 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 16 March 2016

T-SQL Tuesday #75 Invitation: Jump into Power BI!

This month the talented Jorge Segarra (B|T) hosts the T-SQL Tuesday block party, and he has chosen the topic of Power BI.

So, what exactly is this thing called Power BI? I admit, I have several friends and colleagues who have dove into this type of… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 16 February 2016

Leadership and the Data Professional


Many traits make up data professionals and the many who find themselves in leadership roles. The traits being shared in this blog post are ones that have helped me on my journey not just in a leadership role, but from a data professional perspective as well.

I debated often… Read more

2 comments, 1,715 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 10 February 2016

New SQL Blogging Challenge

I recently came across Tim Ford’s (B|T) challenge to the technical blogging community. The challenge is to write one introductory level blog per month for the community.

A simple statement with a profound substance to it. How many times do you and I take for granted… Read more

1 comments, 386 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 19 January 2016

Reflections and Looking Forward

Time is slowly ticking toward 0:00 on the clock. As I look around I couldn’t help but reflect back on the game – the game being 2015. Did I give it my all? Did I leave everything out on the court, and lay it all on the line? Sadly, I’m… Read more

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Posted in The SQL Professor on 22 December 2015

Why Should Data Professionals Automate?

Take a minute and look around you. Automation is all around you; whether you see it or not processes are automated on all levels of life.

One thing that I’ve noticed among professionals is that “change” is very difficult; while others do not know what to automate.

Time and Value Read more

1 comments, 1,491 reads

Posted in The SQL Professor on 24 November 2015

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