Automating like an Enterprise DBA

One of the things that should seem very commonplace to a data professional is the effort to become a lazy DBA. A lazy DBA is not a bad thing. It just means the DBA works hard to automate the repetitive mundane tasks that may be tedious and/or time consuming.

T-SQL Tuesday Participation Over the Years

I have personally participated in quite a large number of these TSQL Tuesday events – despite not being every single one. This is a roundup of my personal participation across the years.

T-SQL Tuesday 109: Influence Somebody Recap

Small tokens of gratitude and small actions help to build this wonderful SQL Community that gives and gives and gives. Humility leads us to seek out ways to give more and become better as individuals. Give and you will receive!

To Influence or Be Influenced?

Getting feedback from others is that little check that is needed to help progress and move in the right direction. When allowing time and opportunity for feedback from others, you are doing yourself a service as well as them.

T-SQL Tuesday 109: Influence Somebody Invite

Building on the work of these three fine individuals, here comes the difficult task. You have been the benefactor of some awesome help from somebody else. You even wrote about it and in a way, told that person how they impacted you, your career, or both. You have set goals for yourself to become a better you after some personal reflection, meditation, introspection. Then you have given back to the community in some way.

I am not asking you to be braggy, just aware and cognizant. What have you done to impact somebody else in the last 13 months?

T-SQL Tuesday #108: New Horizons Beyond SQL Server

There comes a point in one’s career when a change is requisite. Big or small there always seems to be a tipping point that mandates some sort of change. Maybe the change is an entirely new career field. Maybe the change is adapting to the ever improving features of a specific software or product. Maybe, that change means learning a tangential technology.

T-SQL Tuesday #104: Just Can’t Cut That Cord

We all have our favorite scripts, tools or utilities. Those are the things that help make our jobs easier. In this article, I share with you a poor mans audit solution to help catch unwanted permissions changes.

T-SQL Tuesday #102: Giving Back

This is my diatribe about service and giving back to the community. When done properly, there is a natural born effect of enhancing one’s personal life equal in some way to the amount of effort given towards the community.

T-SQL Tuesday #101: Essential Tools

What are the tools you love to use? What are the tools that maybe need a little sharpening? What tools do you have that maybe you wish were the same caliber as somebody else’s tools? And lastly, which tools do you not possess that you wish you possessed?

Summiting that Technical Challenge

The challenge at hand – conquering that technical problem and getting that high associated with the metaphorical high of summiting a tough task.