Monthly Archives: August 2013

Great IT Shops

This was originally published on Jan 11, 2009. How many of you think you work for a great company? Hands down. Now how many of you think you have a great IT department? Would you recommend it to a friend? … Continue reading

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The Value of Your Time

Today’s editorial was originally published on Feb18, 2009. It is being re-published as Steve is on vacation. I was talking with a friend the other day that’s in sales and he was working with a client on some new software … Continue reading

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I have a dream

It seems fitting with the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech that I would write about discrimination this week in my piece “Stunned”. There’s a long discussion over at SQLServerCentral, and along with a phone call … Continue reading

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Stunned

I’m stunned, and I’m not releasing many details here. Not because I condone this, but because the who did this isn’t nearly as important as the message and the behavior. I didn’t press for more details when I heard about … Continue reading

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Lost in the Noise

I’m glad I have well water. Not that it protects me, but it provides some insulation in the event that the local water company’s systems were hacked and unclean water released. That hacking could happen, and the person in this … Continue reading

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Physical Security

Think your office is secure? You have guards during the day checking badges, you have key card systems to control and audit access and alarms set at night. You don’t worry if you have various system names or passwords scribbled … Continue reading

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Backup Your Certificate for TDE

If you’ve enabled TDE, you need to be sure you have a copy of the certificate that protects the Database Encryption Key (DEK). If you follow my instructions, then you have one. If you didn’t make a backup, or you … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions. Fall Events

I was looking over my travel calendar this fall, and I’m somewhat amazed at the variety of events that are being held for SQL Server professionals. There are a number of SQL Saturdays, and if you can attend those, I’d … Continue reading

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Cool Projects

I had a conversation recently with a developer that was working on a rather neat problem. This had to do with a financial system and it involved some complex calculations and real time interactions with a variety of systems. It … Continue reading

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The Costs of Data

Most of us know that there is a cost associated with the management and storage of data. After all, it’s part of the reason many of us have jobs as data professionals. Our salary is a cost, though we also … Continue reading

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