Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Importance of Our Work

My wife has often uttered a particular saying during stressful times in her career. She spent 20 years working in computer telephony and speech, often in sales, and would remind her colleagues that they “weren’t saving babies” as they worked … Continue reading

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The New DBA

What does DBA mean? It’s traditionally meant Database Administrator for technologists. However it’s also been a synonym for a database developer, or even anyone that has raised privileges on a database system. The term has been expanded to people designing … Continue reading

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Congrats Summit 2015 Speakers

The PASS Summit 2015 Speaker list has been released and I wanted to congratulate everyone that was accepted. It’s a great honor and I’m proud to be on the list once again. I also apologize to everyone that submitted and … Continue reading

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The First SQL Saturday in South Dakota

There have been so many SQL Saturday events in many places, and in most of the US states, but there are a few that have never had an event. One more state gets its first event this July, with SQL … Continue reading

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#SQLNewBlogger

In April, Ed Leighton-Dick set up a challenge to motivate new bloggers to begin writing about their knowledge of SQL Server. This is a passion of mine, and I believe this is one of the ways you can truly help interest potential … Continue reading

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Adding Extended Properties to a Table

Another post for me that is simple and hopefully serves as an example for people trying to get blogging as #SQLNewBloggers. I had the need recently to get put an extended property on a table in a database. I could … Continue reading

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Our Meeting and The Day Out

Last week, Redgate Software had a large company meeting and our annual Day Out, with myself and a few dozen of our US employees in the UK for meetings and the event. It was fun, and a good time. I … Continue reading

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Skill Supply and Demand

Across my career, I’ve seen many managers and executives promote and press for IT groups to consider alternative technologies. The mass media has often promoted new platforms and languages as a more efficient way to build software. Some of their … Continue reading

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I have an ask…

I heard this quite a bit recently while up in Redmond. "I have an ask for you" "Do you have an ask?" and more. It’s annoying, and disturbing. Hearing that distracts me from the conversation taking place. I keep wanting … Continue reading

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The Test of Time

This editorial was originally published on June 25, 2011. It is being re-run as Steve is out of town. IBM turns 100, and in , they brag about bench pressing more other companies half its age. That’s a great headline, and … Continue reading

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