Professional Development

3 SQL Server Book Review Short Takes

Here’s what I’ve been reading lately on the SQL Server front.  I’d like to thank all three authors and publishers for providing these books for review. Securing SQL Server by Denny Cherry Paperback – Kindle Denny’s a jack of all trades, and a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server to boot.  I’ve had the pleasure…
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Sample DBA Resumes

Nobody knows who I am. Yes, I know, you think I waltz into restaurants without a reservation, get the best table in the house, and Rick Bayless brings the food out himself. In reality, sooner or later, everybody asks for a resume.  (Except Rick Bayless.  He just asks for money.)  Managers don’t read blogs, so…
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Brent Ozar Unlimited® Adds Another MCM

Nope, we didn’t clone Brent. I am honored to say I’ve earned the Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008 certification. Seriously honored. I feel awesome. What’s the SQL Sever MCM? “MCM” stands for “Microsoft Certified Master.” As Microsoft describes it, “the MCM program is the highest level of technical certification; it helps recognize and validate…
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How To Hire Top Talent

You want to hire a fantastic DBA or database developer. You want someone who can hit the ground running, who you can trust to maintain your current system and tune it like a pro. Plus you want someone who can see key improvements, communicate effectively, and drive change in your system. You want it all.…
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SQLCruise 2010 Classroom

How to Get Paid to Take a Cruise

As a database expert, I regularly travel to speak at conferences.  When I travel, I try to time my trips to take advantage of other opportunities to see sights, visit friends, or relax.  When my speaking schedule put me in South Florida last summer, I thought I’d take a cruise out of Miami afterwards. SQLCruise…
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