SQL Server consulting for quick pain relief.

You’re frustrated with a slow, unreliable Microsoft SQL Server. You’re tired of hearing conflicting advice and watching team members point fingers at each other. Is it a storage problem? A code problem? A database problem?

You just want clear answers. You’ve got a great team – but they just need guidance to get back on track.

My 2-day SQL Critical Care® for $4,995 gets everyone on the same page and brings you permanent pain relief. It’s a proven process I’ve used to analyze over 700 SQL Servers at over 500 companies.

I’ve recorded a quick video explaining how it works.

Day 1, morning: we walk through your diagnostic data together. I start a Zoom session with your senior sysadmin or DBA, lead developer, and a business stakeholder. I show you what’s going on, training you as I go, showing you what we’re seeing together. It’s a fast, low-impact, read-only process that I’ve used across hundreds of clients around the world, without any need for VPN logins or high-overhead traces.

Day 1 afternoon & day 2 morning: I write the findings. You go back to work while I analyze the data and build a plan of attack. I write a clear, actionable set of tasks for you to get permanent pain relief. You can see samples of ’em below.

Day 2 afternoon: I train your team. The moment of truth: we get back together to go through the findings in detail, showing you exactly why the SQL Server isn’t behaving the way you’d expect, and how to get the pain relief you want. It’s a mix of consulting and training: I’m showing you exactly what you need to do, and explaining why it’ll make a difference. You can move forward with the fixes yourself, or, if you prefer to have me fix the problem, the deliverables will also include a Statement of Work for me to implement the necessary fixes.

Sample findings and past clients: ring any bells?

Performance Patient A: Slow Stuff – Patient A got in touch because they were having performance pain with a vendor’s applications. Patient A wasn’t sure if the problem was hardware, their SQL Server configuration, or the vendor’s code. Read Patient A’s findings PDF.

Performance Patient B: Diabolical Deadlocks – This company’s custom application had slowed down as their data grew. They’d tried several different relief efforts over time, but performance issues kept popping up – especially deadlocks. They wanted a permanent cure. Read Patient B’s findings PDF.

HA/DR Patient C: High Availability, Low Budget – After outages for multiple hours, they decided they needed a better answer than a single virtual machine. However, they didn’t want to burn Enterprise Edition money. Read Patient C’s findings PDF.

You can also buy blocks of hours.

Looking for something different than the 2-day SQL Critical Care? No problem – I’ve got decades of experience building, maintaining, and troubleshooting fast, highly available SQL Servers. No matter what SQL Server pains your team is facing, odds are I’ve helped another company get relief. I sell 20-hour blocks of consulting time at $350/hour to help you tackle projects or ongoing remote administration tasks.

Ready to get started? Let’s do this!

You can book a free 30-minute sales call me on my live calendar – this way you can pick a time that works for the technical folks and the check-signing folks, because this will be the only free meeting, and we’ll be setting up the logistics for the live consulting engagement.

I’ll review your data right away, and I’ll also check with my partners. I have a couple of trusted consulting firms that I refer work to on a regular basis when I’m scheduled too far out in advance, or when they’re a better fit for the work.