I recently encountered an interesting performance issue (due to implicit conversions) that I was able to solve using a lesser known technique and I wanted to share it with you here.
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.
Just a quick one today chaps, to show how you can restart the SQL Server Agent Service using PowerShell.
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 SQL Server 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 SQL Server consultants to work on easy problems. They’ve got those covered already. My customers are some of the smartest [...]
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 [...]
I’m delighted to welcome a fellow Brit to the blog to share their story in today’s guest post. Many of you will have read and enjoyed their work before, being a prolific blogger of awesome content over on Simple-Talk. A renowned personality in the UK SQL community, he is the founder and leader of the PASS SQL [...]
A real life DBA tale from the trenches with some awesome advice. That’s what one reader chose to share with the community in response to my post What’s it Like to Be a DBA. I found their story compelling and their message really resonated with me, so much so that I wanted to share it with you [...]
One of my favourite things about the SQL community is the exquisite diversity of talent of it’s members. Today for the “What’s it Like To Be a DBA” post series, we’re privileged to have with us a gentleman that not only flexes his technical muscles regularly on his blog but who also encourages us to get the grey matter really [...]