I’ve grown up reading Tom Clancy and probably most of you have at least seen Red October, so this book caught my eye when browsing used books for a recent trip. It’s a fairly human look at what’s involved in sailing on a Trident missile submarine…
Recently, I wrote about and introduced us to, SQLBif, a
caricature of a SQL DBA who was down on his luck, who was in between jobs and
somewhat stuck on the next level of his career.
SQLBif was based on a real person, a colleague of mine in the SQL Server
Community, who found him/herself in a rut, and well, felt disappointed in the
SQL Community – read “When
SQL Community Disappoints” – due to all of volunteer work, blogging and
connections, but couldn’t find a job. In
the end, through the power of #sqlfamily, SQLBif found a new job, and so, SQLBif had a newfound confidence in the
SQLCommunity again. And I wrote about
that in my follow-up blog, SQLCommunity
The point of the follow-up was, to give an update on SQLBif,
and also to capture the character of SQLBif, who is really a symbol of all the folks who end up, by
circumstances or no fault of their own, end up in between jobs or
projects. We have all at one time or
another, been in SQLBif’s shoes before.
never feel disappointed in sharing with the SQLCommunity, nor helping those
learn and network with each other, and even assisting them getting a job
or project. That part of me does indeed have satisfaction when someone else
benefits from my experience and knowledge sharing.
So, what is the point of this blog? Well, turns out this SQL MVP is NOW AVAILABLE
for any and all of your database needs.
A major project that I counted on didn’t quite materialize as I had
planned, and so until the next one, I’m trying to stay away from street corners
and subway cars with hat in hand.
I don’t know how long it will take for me to get my next
“gig”, and hope that its REAL SOON, but I did want to let you know that if you
know of any projects or you feel your company can benefit from my services, I
am here for you!
So, yeah, I write about SQL stuff, so what exactly is it
that I do? According to the summary
profile on my resume, I am a “Microsoft
SQL MVP and Senior Database Administrator with a proven track record
in application development, system architecture & design, performance tuning and database
administration, as well as a skilled project leader who is team-oriented, and
works well on solo initiatives, as demonstrated over a decade and a half
(that’s 15 years) of experience in the management of critical database
operations” I may need to update that,
but basically, I’ve done A to Z in the database world.
I’m open to long and short-term projects. If you need any expert advice or consulting
for SQL Server upgrades, migrations, high availability/disaster recovery,
consolidation, virtualization, standardization and automation, monitoring,
performance tuning and optimization,
project management /strategic planning, best practice recommendations,
me. You can even check out my website at
One of the things that so many folks need, but don’t
realize, is the PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT.
This is something I’ve done quite successfully for so many clients,
vendors, companies, etc. Basically, I
come in, usually REMOTE, for a 3-day performance engagement which is
essentially a comprehensive health check of your SQL Server, and I identify any
and all potential areas of concern and improvement, and make best practice
recommendations on how to improve the performance and security of your SQL
Server. Basically, think of sending your
SQL Server to the doctor for a check-up!
And the end of this period, I produce a nice formatted and
easy-to-understand report, at which point you can say a)thanks and see ya!; b)review
with you and your team, fellow dba’s, managers, etc. and work with you to
implement some of the recommendations.; or c) you can further engage my
services to implement best practices, tune queries, change settings, etc. No obligation. So, even if you don’t know of any projects or
need for a highly qualified DBA resource, you may want to consider to at least
do a Performance Assessment/Health Check as I have described. At least you can keep me in the game J
While I don’t often use this blog space for my own self
promotion, I did want to let you know that I am available for you, and hope
that the SQLCommunity will come through for me, as it has SQLBif.
And if you’re
wondering how I still feel about SQLCommunity, I’ll see you all at SQLSaturday#158 in
NYC, where I’ll be wearing many hats, but also
giving a presentation on Much
Ado About Indexes, where offer
methods that will allow you to find out everything about a client’s indexes and
were afraid to ask! I’ll also be giving
away some SQL Server books as well!
Thank you for reading and look forward to hearing from you!