Who will the Exceptional DBA in 2010?

  • Are you recommending that one nominates one's self?

    Jason...AKA CirqueDeSQLeil
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  • Aboslutely. If you think you qualify, nominate yourself.

  • Personally, I think it means more if someone else makes the nomination. It is sort of like nominating yourself for MVP, self-serving. I set a pretty high bar for myself, and I wouldn't nominate myself for either. It doesn't matter if I consider myself an Exeptional DBA, but it does matter if my employer and/or my peers consider me to be an Exceptional DBA.

  • I understand that, but so many people outside the DBA world might not know about this, or you're in a boat like I was. I was the only DBA. no one would be able to judge.

    Feel free to enter if you are proud of what you do

  • Steve Jones - Editor (5/10/2010)


    I understand that, but so many people outside the DBA world might not know about this, or you're in a boat like I was. I was the only DBA. no one would be able to judge.

    Feel free to enter if you are proud of what you do

    I would feel so much better about it if somebody else made the nomination. However, I do see that very same issue where I am now. So few people know about this award and many of us do work as the only DBA in the shop.

    Jason...AKA CirqueDeSQLeil
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  • Just can't do it. It's just too self-serving in my opinion to nominate myself. I'll admit, no one here at work knows about the Exceptional DBA competition, and I am one of three in our DBA group (I'm the lead with a Junior DBA and Database Programmer in my group).

    It would be very humbling to just be nominated yet alone to win, but even I don't measure up to my own standards, as I set a very high bar for myself. There is so much to do and never enough time to do it all with the other duties and requests that keep coming my way.

  • Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)


    Just can't do it. It's just too self-serving in my opinion to nominate myself. I'll admit, no one here at work knows about the Exceptional DBA competition, and I am one of three in our DBA group (I'm the lead with a Junior DBA and Database Programmer in my group).

    It would be very humbling to just be nominated yet alone to win, but even I don't measure up to my own standards, as I set a very high bar for myself. There is so much to do and never enough time to do it all with the other duties and requests that keep coming my way.

    I agree, I too think it is a little self-serving to nominate yourself, but as stated before know one really knows about this outside of us DBA's, so I realistically don't see this going very far. 😀

    "Technology is a weird thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. ...:-D"

  • I actually think it comes down to marketing. Perhaps, as DBA's, we need to start talking about the Exceptional DBA of the Year award to everyone and anyone that is willing to listen. But also, perhaps Redgate, as a sponsor, should publisize the competition in some of the more popular IT publications, both print and electronic, so that others outside of our small sphere of influence become aware of the award.

    Also, by becoming active in the SQL Server community; participating in forums like SSC; writing articles for SSC or SSWUG, or SQL Server Standard, or SQL Server magazine, or any other technical magazines; becoming involved in the users groups (if possible, timing of meetings can cause issues; yes, Colorado Sprins SQL Server Users Group, I'm talking about you and Wednesday meetings), can make us more visible to our peers and what we are doing and capable of achieving. Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.

  • Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)


    I actually think it comes down to marketing. Perhaps, as DBA's, we need to start talking about the Exceptional DBA of the Year award to everyone and anyone that is willing to listen. But also, perhaps Redgate, as a sponsor, should publisize the competition in some of the more popular IT publications, both print and electronic, so that others outside of our small sphere of influence become aware of the award.

    Also, by becoming active in the SQL Server community; participating in forums like SSC; writing articles for SSC or SSWUG, or SQL Server Standard, or SQL Server magazine, or any other technical magazines; becoming involved in the users groups (if possible, timing of meetings can cause issues; yes, Colorado Sprins SQL Server Users Group, I'm talking about you and Wednesday meetings), can make us more visible to our peers and what we are doing and capable of achieving. Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.

    I will make sure to mention it in our UG. I think that is how it is going to have to start.

    Jason...AKA CirqueDeSQLeil
    _______________________________________________
    I have given a name to my pain...MCM SQL Server, MVP
    SQL RNNR
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  • Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)


    Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.

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    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Steve Jones - Editor (5/10/2010)


    I understand that, but so many people outside the DBA world might not know about this, or you're in a boat like I was. I was the only DBA. no one would be able to judge.

    Feel free to enter if you are proud of what you do

    I agree with the others... there are so many good folks not only on this forum, but "outside" and I believe that it would be good (marketing) to do a little more advertising for nominations along with the products. I also agree that the good ones on this forum aren't likely to nominate themselves because a part of what makes them so very good also makes them humble here and at work.

    --Jeff Moden


    RBAR is pronounced "ree-bar" and is a "Modenism" for Row-By-Agonizing-Row.
    First step towards the paradigm shift of writing Set Based code:
    ________Stop thinking about what you want to do to a ROW... think, instead, of what you want to do to a COLUMN.

    Dear Lord... I'm a production DBA. Please grant me patience because, if you grant me strength, I'm gonna need bail money to go with it.


    Helpful Links:
    How to post code problems
    How to Post Performance Problems
    Create a Tally Function (fnTally)

  • Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)

    ...Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.

    Even my eyes start glazing over when I start talking about work to friends or family. 🙂

    I'm not sure I like the idea of that award. Do we really need that to help us feel better about our jobs? What's next? A bumper sticker that says "My son in an honor roll DBA at company X"

  • Michael Valentine Jones (5/10/2010)


    Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)

    ...Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.

    Even my eyes start glazing over when I start talking about work to friends or family. 🙂

    Just don't let your boss see it 😉

    Jason...AKA CirqueDeSQLeil
    _______________________________________________
    I have given a name to my pain...MCM SQL Server, MVP
    SQL RNNR
    Posting Performance Based Questions - Gail Shaw[/url]
    Learn Extended Events

  • Lynn Pettis (5/10/2010)


    Who else is going to listen to the problems we have encountered and how we solved them, or what accomplishments we may have achieved at work? My wife? Heck, I start talking about work and her eyes glaze over and she simply nods in agreement.

    You're not alone in this Lynn.

    Wayne
    Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008
    Author - SQL Server T-SQL Recipes


    If you can't explain to another person how the code that you're copying from the internet works, then DON'T USE IT on a production system! After all, you will be the one supporting it!
    Links:
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    Performance Problems
    Common date/time routines
    Understanding and Using APPLY Part 1 & Part 2

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