Category Archives: Editorial

Listening and Taking Action

One way most of us would like to work is to have others listen to our concerns, our requests, our requirements, and then take action to help us. One of the principles of DevOps is just this. We work together … Continue reading

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Security and Patching Struggles

A couple weeks ago we had a huge security issue with the WannaCry ransomware racing across the world. I was out of the office, and mostly offline, so I was a bit out of touch. However, many organizations were affected, … Continue reading

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Less QA?

This editorial was originally published on Jul 31, 2013. It is being re-run as Steve is out of the office. Throughout most of my career, people have complained that software is never tested enough, not tested well, and certainly not … Continue reading

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Balloons and Data

This editorial was originally published on Aug 8. 2013. It is being re-run as Steve is out of the office. We see a lot of questions at SQLServerCentral repeated over the years as workers new to the platform encounter some … Continue reading

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Three Days and a Notebook

This is a short week of work for me, really just today before heading off to attend Microsoft Build 2017. I’ll spend the rest of the week watching Microsoft show off their latest tools, ideas, technology, and more at the … Continue reading

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The Power BI Pivot

This week we had quite a bit of Power BI content appear on various blogs and sites. Some of this was normal traffic, with Power BI gaining popularity and more data professionals writing about the topic. There are always quite … Continue reading

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Thinking Time

I’ve been fortunate in my career to meet a lot of different people with a variety of views on the world, career, technology, and more. I’ve learned a lot about various things by focusing on conversations with these people and … Continue reading

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The Secret Password

As I work with more server systems that help developers run Continuous Integration and automated releases, one of the things I see used often are variables. These are values you can set for a particular process and reference inside of … Continue reading

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More Open Data

Steve Ballmer retired from Microsoft almost three years ago. It seems like a small eternity, and since his purchase of the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, I haven’t heard much about any ventures with which he’s been involved. Apparently, he’s spent … Continue reading

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Starting to Use SQL Server 2017

We’ll have a new version of SQL Server this year. If you missed the Data Amp keynote, in it Scott Gu announced the name as SQL Server 2017, which I assume means we’ll have installable RTM bits sometime this year. … Continue reading

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