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  • ISV Applications versus In-House Applications

    I’ve written a series on creating an “Application Profile” for your organization, which allows you to create a strategic plan on everything from Business Continuity to Disaster Recovery, but many of us just don’t have the time to do that much work.   But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do *something*. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on August 10, 2010
  • Just how permanent does that data need to be?

    As data professionals, we plan for things. We plan for growth, we have a disaster-recovery plan, we have a plan for consolidation. Those are all good things. But I've seen very few shops that have a good data retention plan. This is a plan that basically answers the question, how permanent does that data need to be? Just like the disaster recovery ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 29, 2010
  • Do you need all that data?

    I read an amazing post over on ars technica (link: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/03/the-software-brains-behind-the-particle-colliders.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss) abvout the LHC, or as they are also known, the ''particle colliders''. Beyond just the pure scientific geek awesomeness, these instruments ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 13, 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
  • Using linked servers, OPENROWSET and OPENQUERY

    SQL Server has a few mechanisms to reach out to another server (even another server type) and query data from within a Transact-SQL statement. Among them are a set of stored credentials and information (called a Linked Server), a statement that uses a linked server called called OPENQUERY, another called OPENROWSET, and one called OPENDATASOURCE. ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on March 16, 2010
  • Tools and Processes for “Fitting it all in”

    Most data professionals I’ve met work in two modes: we plan for our day, and we react to the situations around us. I’m staring at my list of things that I need to do today right now, which is my planned work. Of course, I have no idea how much of that will really get done – it’s optimistic to be sure. On the other hand I have several systems I ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on January 18, 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
  • Plans are useless. Planning is essential!

    I do lot of cooking, and I was taught to prepare everything ahead of time, and put everything in its place – something called “Mise en Place”. I chop everything and put it in little bowls, measure out the spices, lay out all of the pots and pans and so on, all before I turn on the oven or stove. It forces me to plan, and to be ready to put ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on December 2, 2009
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