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  • SQL Saturday 27 (Portland, Oregon)

    I’m sitting in the Seattle airport, waiting for my flight to Silicon Valley California for the SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Event. By some quirk of nature, they are asking me to Emcee the event – but that’s another post entirely.   I’m reflecting on the SQL Saturday 27 event that was just held in Portland, Oregon this last Saturday. These ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 24, 2010
  • Do you have a data roadmap?

    I often visit companies where they asked me “What is SQL Server’s Roadmap?” What they mean is that they want to know where Microsoft is going with our database products. I explain that we’re expanding not only the capacities in SQL Server but the capabilities – we’re trying to make an “information platform”, rather than just a data store. But ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 13, 2010
  • Data Movement and the Decision Matrix

    Maybe it’s my military background, or maybe I’ve always had this predilection, but I like to use two devices when I need to make a complex decision: A checklist and a decision matrix. I like to use a checklist because it ensures that I remember the big bits of what I need to do, and brings up questions or areas that I didn’t think about when ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 27, 2010
  • Three Buckets of Knowledge

    As I learn more and more about SQL Server every day, I divide up my information into three “buckets”: Concepts In the first bucket are the general concepts about the topic. What is it? What does it do (or sometimes, what is is supposed to do?) How does one operation flow to another? For this information I use books, magazine articles and ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 8, 2010
  • Process Improvement and the Data Professional

    Don’t be afraid of that title – I’m not talking about Six Sigma or anything super-formal here. In many organizations, there are more folks in other IT roles than in the Data Professional area. In other words, there are more developers, system administrators and so on than there are the “DBA” role. That means we often have more to do than the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 6, 2010
  • Challenge: Learn One New Thing Today

    Most of us know that there's a lot to learn. I'm teaching a class this morning, and even on the subject where I'm the ''expert'' (that word always makes me nervous!) I still have a lot to learn. To learn, sometimes I take a class, read a book, or carve out a large chunk of time so that I can fully grasp the subject. But since I've been working, I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 17, 2010
  • ROI and the DBA

    I love them three-letter acronyms! An “ROI” is a Return On Investment – it’s a basic financial calculation that places investments in a standard number so that they can be compared. If the number is positive, then it has a “good” return on investment, and if it’s negative, you probably shouldn’t make the investment. The basic form of the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 4, 2010
  • The Three Things that Brought Me Here

    I've been asked to explain three major events that brought me to where I am today. That's a tall order for me, since I view everything as a continuum of multiple small events. But there are some ''seminal'' events that tend to either show or dictate a further direction, so in the context of working with technology in general and SQL Server in ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 19, 2010
  • Know Your Product Specifications

    As the Data Professional in your organization, the rest of the org looks to you to ensure that the system can handle what the business requires. To do that, you need to know two things: what the business requires, and what SQL Server can do. But of course there’s a bit more to it than that. Knowing the business side of the requirements – well, I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 13, 2010
  • New Year’s Goals, not New Year’s Resolutions

    Many people use the New Year as a time when they promise themselves to behave differently. They plan to be healthier, eat less, workout more and so on. My family and I have for several years had a similar tradition. We find a restaurant that is open early on New Year’s day (no small feat) and sit down with a little leather-bound book I write in. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 4, 2010
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