Category Archives: Editorial

SQL Server on Linux is Just SQL Server

I’ve been working with the SQL Server on Linux (SSoL) version for quite some time, almost a year. In all of that time, I’ve for the most part found that SQL Server is SQL Server. When I connect, run demos, … Continue reading

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Becoming a Data Scientist

Data Science is hot. There are lots of companies excited by using machine learning and AI to enhance their applications. There are new jobs, some of them well paying, and certainly not enough people to fill them. In many ways … Continue reading

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Python in SQL Server

The Microsoft Data Amp event was this week, with a number of SQL Server announcements. We now know this is going to be called SQL Server 2017, which is no surprise. CTP 2.0 was also released, which includes a few … Continue reading

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SQL Server Telemetry

One of the things that I’ve seen blogged about and noted in the news over the last year is the amount of data being collected by various software systems. In┬áparticular, I’ve seen numerous complaints and concerns over what data Microsoft … Continue reading

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Liable for Data Loss

When I first installed Windows 7, I was thrilled. Finally, Microsoft had slimmed down and improved the OS performance rather than continuing to bloat it larger. After Vista, Windows 7 was a welcome change. Windows 8 was different, but for … Continue reading

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More Power in Your BI

I’ve seen lots of data visualization tools over the years. Cognos, Microstrategy, ProClarity, and more. While I haven’t been a BI person for most of my career, in many of my positions, someone has wanted to try some new tool … Continue reading

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AI Helpers or Replacements

It’s interesting to look at the data business and how companies view DBAs, database developers, BI developers, data scientists, and more. There are some companies that really see value in our services, and I’m grateful for that. I’ve been gainfully … Continue reading

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The Value of Your Personal Data

Years ago I read Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte of MIT. In the book, he relates a story about crossing the border from the US into Canada and a Border Patrol agent asking the value of his laptop. He said … Continue reading

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Does Speed Compromise Quality?

One of the parts of DevOps that is often hyped is the speed and frequency of releases. Starting with Flickr and their 10 deployments a day, to Etsy deploying 50 times a day, we’ve seen companies showcasing their deployment frequency. … Continue reading

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Staging Deployments

This editorial was originally published on Nov 30, 2011. It is being republished as Steve is out of the office. Software development can be a complicated dance. Most of us do not work for a software vendor and don’t have … Continue reading

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