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Your Job Description

In every job I’ve ever held, there’s been some scope creep in my duties. No matter what I think my job is, I end up handling tasks in very different areas. While bartending, I’ve had to cook food a few … 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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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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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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Why DevOps? Employee Satisfaction

DevOps is being embraced by more and more companies, but still a minority of organizations that perform software development. There are plenty of software developers, project managers, and operational staff that are comfortable with their own process, even as they … Continue reading

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The Multilingual Programmer

At the recent SQL Konferenz in Germany, the keynote was from Michael Rhys of Microsoft. His talk was on the evolution and design of the U-SQL language. If you haven’t looked at it, U-SQL is what the Azure Data Lake … Continue reading

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The Cloud is Just a Tool

The cloud is a term that’s full of hype. We hear from various media outlets all the time: the cloud is the answer, the cloud is cheaper, the cloud is the way of the future, the cloud handles your DR, … Continue reading

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Moving Through Five Years

I wrote the Five Year Plan in mid 2013. In it, I noted there was a prediction that IT departments wouldn’t exist in 5 years, meaning in mid 2018. That’s a year and a half away. Is that a possibility? … Continue reading

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A Wide Variation in Skill

I was helping someone recently clear up some confusion about the encryption structure of their TDE databases. This individual wasn’t sure about how the various keys were used, which ones needed to be backed up, and which keys needed to … Continue reading

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The New DBA is a Developer

I was reading a short piece from Mike Fal recently and it struck a chord with me. I started working with computers as a developer, really a hack programmer as a kid. Friends and I would build small games or … Continue reading

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