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James Luetkehoelter

Nearly any SQL topic presented at times in a slightly eclectic manner.

The concept of a data steward

At PASS this year, Adam Machanic and Peter DeBetta gave a great session presenting things as sort of "anti-patterns". They would have slides that have would say things like "Naming standards are irrelevant" or "always use heaps". It was a blast. The audience chimed in with equally bad ideas (including myself). Kudos guys!

What really struck me though is when they were talking about security and pointing out that most security issues happen "outside" of the database. A backup tape disappearing, a web application exposing things with no protection, or an employee walking out with credit card data. Adam then quite eloquantly talked about how we DBAs are the "stewards" of the data. We need to understand what is happening before the data hits the database, after it is in the database and once it leaves the database. I couldn't agree more. Someone has to be responsibility for data, and if the not the DBA, who else?

What does everyone thing - is this the role of the DBA or someone else?

Published Monday, November 24, 2008 8:42 PM by James Luetkehoelter



Adam Machanic said:

Thanks for mentioning the talk, James.  I would just like to point out that, as one attendee mentioned, "we're an American company... we don't need any foreign keys!"

November 24, 2008 9:23 PM

James Luetkehoelter said:

That was hilarious! That was really a fun approach to presenting. Hopefully there was no one in there thinking - "hey, that's what I do" :) Good seeing you as well!

November 24, 2008 9:26 PM

Steve said:

well, it also lies with the people that use it. App devs? Their responsibility in their app to expose the right things. End users? Secure that excel file. DBA's should be aware as well :)

November 24, 2008 9:27 PM

James Luetkehoelter said:

Any excellent point Steve that I don't know at all... :)

November 24, 2008 11:41 PM
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About James Luetkehoelter

I am passionate about what I do - which is DBA, development, IT and IT business consulting. If you don't know me, haven't met me or have never heard me speak, I'm a little on the eccentric side. One attendee recently described me as being "over the top". Yup, that about says it - because I only speak on topics that I'm passionate about.
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