Career, Management, & Leadership

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Building an hour of content

T-SQL Tuesday #84: Building an hour of content

This month’s T-SQL Tuesday is being hosted by Andy Yun (t | b). T-SQL Tuesday (#TSQL2SDAY) is a blog party founded by Adam Machanic (t | b). Each month a member of the community hosts the party and selects the…

Demo God Recovery Kit

Demo God Recovery Kit

I was scheduled to give a virtual presentation to the MagicPASS user group. The week before I received a beta update for Windows 10. My computer became very unstable. It would not boot half of the time and it corrupted…

Choosing Subway

Choosing Subway

By the time this post is published I will likely be pulling into the parking lot at the Subway World Headquarters, ready to receive my employee badge. My time with Ascension Information Services, and possibly healthcare IT, has come to…

My PASS Summit 2016 Submission

My PASS Summit 2016 Submission

This year was the first time I submitted to speak at the PASS Summit. Like many first time candidates, I was not selected to speak this year. The experience was valuable, however. I put more effort into writing this abstract than…

Everything has a cost

Everything has a cost

Too often we end up in a conflict while trying to explain how a minimally impacting function has no true business impact. If you are too detailed, no one wants to listen to you and you are wasting their time. If…

SQL PASS Summit 2015

SQL PASS Summit 2015

Another amazing PASS Summit week is complete and I am sitting in SEA-TAC airport, waiting for my flight back to the east coast (at the time I wrote this). I am going to hop on the red-eye in about an…

Lone DBA, Lemming or Master of your Domain

Lone DBA, Lemming or Master of your Domain

Are you a lone lemming or the master of your domain? Many organizations hire only one database administrator. This lone DBA is in a unique position which can be both rewarding and challenging. I have spent years as a lone…

Ding Level 3 in My Epic Life Quest

Ding Level 3 in My Epic Life Quest

Wahooo! Today is a day to celebrate. I just realized that I have achieved level 3 in my Epic Life Quest. Stay tuned as I work my way to level 4. I plan to include being a Microsoft Certified Solutions…

Do we care about development environment performance?

Do we care about development environment performance?

Recently, but not for the first time, I was confronted with a server administrator that didn’t want to allocate more than one vCPU to a SQL Server machine in a development environment. His exact words ring over and over in my…

It is who you know, or is it?

It is who you know, or is it?

I have spent a lot of time learning about how to effectively network and the benefits that it can bring to my life and career. What I find interesting, however, is that there is a negative connotation revolving around the good ol’…