I received an email from a nice chap recently, concerning a subject that I’m often asked about and I wanted to share my thoughts with you here. Since I only have so many keystrokes left in my life, I am blogging my thoughts and emailing a link. Dear Sir, I am 37 years old. I’ve never worked in [...]
Senior Database Administrators (DBAs) through experience develop and practice a variety of habits that become key contributors to their success. Here are 10 habits of successful DBAs that you can begin to put to work for you right away. Habit #1: Use Free SQL Server Tools What if I told you that you can get [...]
Greg Masuda shares advice for pursuing career advancement that’s applicable to all professionals in this guest post.
For me, one of the most rewarding things about blogging are the conversations we have together. The opportunity to connect, share and grow with passionate people from all over the world is a great privilege. I’ve met so many wonderful people through our community, learning something from each of you about technology and even life.
That’s why I started the SQL Brit Community Forum.
With only a few days to go before SQLBits kicks off, here’s some last minute tips on what you need to bring to ensure you have a fantastic experience.
Experts are always in popular demand and they come in all manner of different flavors.
In this post we look at exactly what it means to be an expert and how you can develop into the expert that you want to be.
Continued investment in your professional development for career growth is hard. It’s also essential to being a successful Data Professional.
Discover out how to achieve dramatic career growth and results from your professional development efforts.
There’s no such thing as multitasking. At least, not how most of us think about it. By using the task management system that I share here, you can keep an accurate track of workload, prioritise and ensure that you spend more of your time delivering on what’s really important.
Overconfidence can have serious consequences for Data Professionals. Guard against overconfidence and avoid complacency by thinking defensively.
The start of a new working year is often a time for self reflection. This is a great thing, it’s the first step toward you achieving growth, improvement and ultimately better results.
The value of investing in your own professional development is clear. I encourage you to take the time to devise your plan and you will achieve fantastic results.
This post is part of the T-SQL Tuesday Meme, this month hosted by Jason Brimhall. His chosen theme, to come up with a story where you “stood firm” and relate it to these words: resolve, resolution, or resolute. Regular readers will know and tell you that I’m resolute in my philosophy that the Best DBAs Automate Everything. So [...]
Short and sweet today, here’s what you enjoyed reading the most this year on the blog. No accounting for taste then. How To Become a SQL Server DBA My Guide To Passing Exam 70-432 Top 10 Junior DBA Interview Tips The Database Administrators Primary Responsibility Performing Fast SQL Server Delete Operations 10 Character Traits of [...]
It’s holiday season which means it’s a time for you all to buy me gifts super busy time for Data Professionals! Bosses are keen to take of advantage of the opportune downtime to get maintenance done and your colleagues are abandoning the office in droves. Leaving their troubles and work behind them, most likely for you to [...]
I am delighted to welcome to the blog someone who is without a doubt one of the biggest names in our SQL community. A name that I am sure many, if not all of you will recognise, they’re one of the very first bloggers that I myself began to follow. A SQL community champion, this [...]
It’s one of the most enjoyable things about being a consultant. I’m not talking about my suspect dance moves here. I’m actually talking about a very powerful problem solving technique. Customers don’t hire consultants to work on easy problems. They’ve got those covered already. My customers are some of the smartest people I know and [...]
Have you ever looked back on a conversation where someone asked you “what do you do?” and felt disappointed with your reply? Same here. So how do you explain to someone, who is not familiar with your field, what it is exactly that you do? Just last week my girlfriend and I were out to dinner to [...]