The company is MINE. In this day and age I am disappointed to how much work we delegate to others. I try to do my own basic office IT internally.
BTW, I disagree with he whole concept of intellectual property. It is just a step away from the precepts presented in 'Fahrenheit 451'. Is going to school to learn an example of theft of intellectual property? Why do we allow Pythagoras' theorem to be used by anybody and everybody? Is the the fact that Pythagoras is dead and there is no corporation to monetize it, the 'absent barrier' from using it? From a functional point of view, limiting access to learning is just creating a more illiterate workforce. This creates greater costs on business to 'train' their workers. Or greater cost to individuals to get 'certs' at their own expense (ballooning the educational debt)
If 'privacy' is dead, isn't proprietary knowledge dead too? That rabbit hole cuts both ways.
Certainly, knowledge should be trademarked so it cannot be resold. If someone benefits by taking raw data and reselling it, to others, that is bad. Knowledge, like speech, should be free. If you think that is anathema to capitalism, you are mistaken. I can still be paid for my effort as a human to implement that knowledge. Thank goodness there are more and more software giants espousing this. Linux is free. and complicated. That's why consultants can be paid and companies like Red Hat exist. Microsoft is realizing that 'community editions' should be free.
SQL is like COBOL, an ancient religion whose existence is shrouded in complexity. To work on a database that is designed by McKesson is masochism. Their design is so full of cruft, deliberate obfuscation, and redundancy. You would vomit if you saw the tables. Even the names of the fields, dozens of which differ by one letter only, and give no clue as to the information they hold, is a major hurdle to understanding a product that I paid thousands of dollars for. The lack of keys in some of the tables is perplexing. The whole thing reminds me of a microsoft product from the '80s. Yet I am required to use it and as laws change requiring more and more complicated documentation from the data I manage, I have to pay thousands more just to get custom reports designed.
Even more hilarious is the concept of HIPAA that our organization is saddled with. When you go out to get a sandwich, you cant miss people speaking about their health problems. Yet I even have to get a HIPAA certified and compliant consultant to do the work (adding even more cost to me) because the database contains health information. Even tho there is no financial info in it. Yet google, facebook and microsoft can more accurately predict what diseases you have by the sites your browser visits than I could by reading your data in the database we use.
Many of the laws passed nowadays arise from abuses of knowledge and power by large organizations. Like laws that regulate the construction and management of large things like dams, bridges, buildings, nuclear weapons and roads. Individual humans are like ants before the impact of these babylonian structures. Sure, you wouldn't want a dam to fail and wipe out your whole town, but maybe dams should not be built near people anyway. My point is becoming a philosphical diatribe against your paternalistic advice, do not take it personally. I see that you have done WAAY MORE THAN ME in helping people understand SQL and perhaps you have seen abuses that might have been prevented by your advice.