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Join me for an upcoming webinar, "Data Masking: Insights & Actions"

Join me for an upcoming webinar, "Data Masking: Insights & Actions"

Click the image to register for the webcast There has never been a better time to start a project to champion data privacy In a recent Harris poll sponsored by the payment company Stripe, over 1,000 C-level executives were asked to rate which factors they feel are most threatening to their business. The #1 item that executives rated as “somewhat” or “very” threatening to the success of their business is security / data breaches.
PASS Summit 2018 - Keynote Day 2 Commentary

PASS Summit 2018 - Keynote Day 2 Commentary

It’s the second main-session day of the Summit for the Professional Association of SQL Server. I had a great breakfast this morning with Brent Ozar, along with Nathan and James from my first timer group. If you attend Summit for the first time in the future, this is a great program and you should join up.

Interviewing for your first tech job - slides

Interviewing for your first tech job - slides

I was lucky to get an opportunity to present a session to some college students at Seminole State College in Florida last week.

I was in town for SQL Saturday Orlando– a fantastic event on its own. The organizers run a simultaneous seminar for students at the college studying software development and IT topics, and it’s an opportunity where they can hear from professionals in IT professions. I gave a session on interviewing best practices.

SQL Change Automation, Visual Studio, and the "Unknown SQL Server Platform" error

SQL Change Automation, Visual Studio, and the "Unknown SQL Server Platform" error

I recently set up Redgate’s SQL Change Automation in Visual Studio 2017, and I ran into a confusing error when I started trying to use it. For any other folks out there searching on “Unknown SQL Server Platform,” here’s how I got past it.

Spoiler: Visual Studio suggested updating Microsoft’s SQL Server Data Tools, which failed for me and wasted a lot of time. Updating Visual Studio did fix my issue.

I helped write a book! No, not THOSE books...

I helped write a book! No, not THOSE books...

Every now and again, someone asks if I write romance novels. Why? Well, let’s ask Bing who Kendra Little is…. To clarify, I am not married, I have dogs instead of children, and I prefer romances about strong women who bring SQL Servers to their knees. I also don’t think it’s possible to drink too much coffee. Most of those pictures are of me, but a careful reader will note that the biography at the top references a domain name that, sadly, dear reader, I do not own.
Help me present at GroupBy: review my abstract

Help me present at GroupBy: review my abstract

I’ve submitted a session proposal to the free, online GroupBy conference. Voting will open for sessions soon, but before then, you can help me out by reading my abstract. Is it a session you’d like to see? Got any constructive criticism that you think would make the session or abstract better? Let me know in the comments over on the abstract for “What ‘Digital Transformation’ Means, and How You Can Use It to Advance Your Career (Without Being a Robot)”
Why I Love DML Triggers in SQL Server

Why I Love DML Triggers in SQL Server

It’s TSQL Tuesday today! If you’re not familiar, TSQL Tuesday is a monthly blogging event where a Microsoft Data Platform community member chooses a writing prompt. This is a great thing if you’re interested in starting a technical blog and wonder, “What would I write about?” It’s also great if, like me, you occasionally want a little outside inspiration to shake things up. This month’s topic is from Steve Jones: we’re invited to write about an experience that we’ve had with triggers.
Watch My Keynote: Adapt and Thrive (25 minutes)

Watch My Keynote: Adapt and Thrive (25 minutes)

Do you know where your career is going? Do you know what skills you need to be successful in the current climate?

In this 25 minute keynote, I discuss the challenges and opportunities facing you as a data professional in this ever-changing landscape. You’ll also hear recommendations about which skills are needed to help you succeed in your role and how you can in turn support your IT team and business’ needs.

SQL in the City, Fall 2018 - Join Us!

SQL in the City, Fall 2018 - Join Us!

Online (free!) SQL in the City Streamed – Sept 5, 7AM-12:40PM ET – free – Register In Person SQL in the City – New York – Oct 12 – contact your Redgate rep – Register SQL in the City – London – Oct 18 – GBP £150 until Aug 31, then £200 – Register SQL in the City – Chicago – Oct 26 – contact your Redgate rep – Register What will you learn?
I'm Joining Redgate Software!

I'm Joining Redgate Software!

I’m excited to announce that I’m joining the evangelist team at Redgate. Starting next Monday, I’ll be working with Steve Jones, Grant Fritchey, and Kathi Kellenberger – plus the whole Redgate team. Why take on a “real job”? The last time I had a manager and a normal paycheck was back in the spring of 2011. Since then, I’ve had company co-founders, or I’ve been doing my own thing, solo.
Remembering Robert Davis, aka @SQLSoldier

Remembering Robert Davis, aka @SQLSoldier

I woke up early on Tuesday with a hundred things to do and plenty of energy to match my task list. By noon, I’d made a loaf of bread, helped a friend solve a tech mystery, and had various professional adventures. Then I opened Twitter and saw the news that Robert Davis passed away. I haven’t really gotten much done in the hours since, except think about Robert. And cry a bit.