I received an email from a reader the other day, asking for a spot of advice. You know, that highly sought after and dangerous free stuff. Our SQL community chum posed some rather splendid questions, some of which you have likely pondered too. Since a chap only has so many keystrokes in life, I’m sharing my thoughts [...]
There’s a lot of valuable information on the internet. The astute among you will have also noticed that there’s a fair amount of crap out there too. Whether you’re browsing forums, web sites or blogs, knowing what the best sources of SQL Server information are and more importantly which one’s you can trust, can be tricky. [...]
Taking responsibility for your professional development and making it a priority is essential to being a successful Data Professional. It’s why so many of you get involved and share great advice in the Community Forum. Courtesy of our friends at SQL Server Live! I’ve got a fantastic opportunity for you to learn SQL Server and invest in [...]
I received a blog comment from a nice chap recently, concerning a subject that I’m often asked about and I wanted to share my thoughts with you here. I only have a finite number of keystrokes left in me after all, so I’m blogging my thoughts and replying to the comment with a link to this post. Hi John, [...]
All in all it was a successful year here at John Sansom dot Com. In terms of traffic, the blog had almost 400 thousand page views. I know. I don’t understand why either – but I’ll take it! This years page views were more than half of all the total page views in the 5 [...]
If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be? I asked 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question. You can find their answers inside DBA JumpStart, a unique collection of inspiring content just for SQL Server DBAs. Just Another Blog Post It’s hard to believe that [...]
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 [...]