TSQL Tuesday #85: Backup + Recovery + ☁️

December 13, 2016 Andy 0

It’s T-SQL Tuesday,  the blog party that SQL Server expert Adam Machanic (blog|twitter) started. This month’s episode is hosted by Kenneth Fisher (blog| twitter). The topic: Backup & Recovery Your backups are my bread & butter Backup & recovery are a DBA’s bread & butter. I always tell people that … [Read More]

December SQLSaturdays–DC & Providence, RI

November 4, 2016 Andy 0

Next month, I’ll be speaking at two SQLSaturday events. Washington, DC – #SqlSat574 – December 3, 2016 The DC SQL Saturday was the first SQL Saturday I spoke at–so this one will always be a special event for me. Hopefully, I’ll be able to speak at … [Read More]

T-SQL Tuesday #83: Roundup

October 16, 2016 Andy 2

For this month’s T-SQL Tuesday, I asked people to blog about the same old problems we’ve been dealing with for years. There were some great posts, including a batch of first-time contributors. You’ll notice some overlapping themes as you read through these responses–I think those themes represent some … [Read More]

(Unofficial) PASS Summit 2016 LGBT Meetup

October 12, 2016 Andy 3

PASS Summit has tons of opportunities to meet like-minded folks, in addition to seeing old friends. There are the Women In Tech and Birds of a Feather Luncheons. There is the Community Zone. Friends catch up over coffee and meals. There are vendor parties. There … [Read More]

We’re still dealing with the same problems

October 8, 2016 Andy 0

Back in August, Allan Hirt (blog|twitter) tweeted: In the roughly 25 years of I have been in IT, we're still dealing with the same problems. — Allan Hirt (@SQLHA) August 30, 2016 I had a slow day, so I generated a storm of responses. This month’s T-SQL … [Read More]

Plan Explorer 3.0: More power and completely free

September 8, 2016 Andy 1

Today, SQL Sentry announced the release of Plan Explorer 3.0. There are a few big changes, so let’s dive right in.   Plan Explorer just got free-er Up until now, Plan Explorer was essentially a freemium product. There was the free edition (which was really awesome), … [Read More]

Job hunting for database professionals

July 19, 2016 Andy 1

Like most people, I’ve changed jobs a few times in my life. My path from teenage grocery store cashier to Database Architect was a complicated and multi-step journey. During that journey, I’ve made some good decisions, and some bad decisions. If you’re like most tech … [Read More]

Benefits tell you a lot about a company

July 11, 2016 Andy 7

When you’re interviewing with a new company, pay attention to their benefits. Even the ones that aren’t important to you personally. Benefits don’t just include health/dental/vision insurance and retirement/pension (I’ll call these “core benefits”). It includes life insurance, disability, maternity leave, vacation, sick time, as well … [Read More]

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