I’m trying to evolve a little in the topics I pick and how I write them to push the boundaries a little more than normal. Editorials should trigger thinking and debates, evoke more than provoke, but not be polarizing. I resist the impulse to measure success by the number of comments because that leads to […]Read more "SSC Editorial: Exit Lines & Writing Editorials"
PASS just posted Changes to the 2015 PASS Board Elections based on feedback from the 2014 NomCom. I was part of that team, so now that the process is complete I want to add some comments on the process and the results. They are, of course, my opinion only – I don’t speak for PASS or other […]Read more "Changes to the 2015 PASS Board Elections"
I’m a little late posting this, Culture Clashes and Arrogance was featured on June 17, 2015. One of my favorites for the lessons I learned that led to writing it. Oh, things I wish I had learned much sooner!Read more "SSC Editorial: Culture Clashes and Arrogance"
The next oPASS meeting is tomorrow night (June 25, 2015): DBAs do not always have time to work with some of the amazing visual data tools that are becoming common place now for analysts. In this presentation I will show how in just a few very easy steps you can learn more than the basics […]Read more "oPASS June 2015: Using BI Power tools to visualize your SQL Infrastructure with Rodney Landrum"
We’re planning to run one or two (or maybe even three) seminars (aka pre-cons) in conjunction with SQLSaturday Orlando 2015. What are we looking for? An interesting topic. I know that’s vague, so let’s say we want a topic that will be of interest to 15+ people willing to pay to attend. A good abstract. […]Read more "Seeking Full Day Seminars For The Friday Before SQLSaturday Orlando 2015"
SQL Server has the concept of fill factor for leaving extra space in pages to reduce the number of page splits. If you picture library shelves, it’s like leaving space for a couple new books on each shelf. It’s a trade-off though, putting in that space may reduce page splits but it increases the number […]Read more "Use 100% Fill Factor on Insert Only Tables"
Published last week on SQLServerCentral, Sweat Files and Practice Projects is about the need/lack of packaged projects that a newbie SQL Server DBA/SSIS/BI person can use to exercise skills. I’m going to try writing a couple later in the year. They don’t need to be big and I think they can be both specific and […]Read more "SSC Editorial: Sweat Files and Practice Projects"
Notes: Kendal has been doing an exam push focused on 70-461. A couple passed so far, a couple more tried and not quite, planning to do a retake. Last night they were running through practice questions as a group. Interesting way to make the group feel like a group, but also a little distracting. I […]Read more "Notes from the June 17, 2015 MagicPASS Meeting"
I’m heading to the coast on August 13, 2015 to talk about database corruption, SQLSaturday Orlando, and the possibility of a SQLSaturday Cocoa Beach in 2015 with the members of the Space Coast SQL Group.Read more "Presenting at the Space Coast SQL Group on August 13, 2015"
I’ll be driving up to speak to the Jacksonville SQL group on September 16, 2015 on database corruption. Meeting starts at 6 pm. You can join their meetup group now, but the September meeting isn’t listed yet.Read more "Presenting at the Jacksonville SQL Group on September 16, 2015"