What I'm Up To

Upcoming Events
New Recordings
  • SQL in the City Streamed – Free Redgate training livestreamWatch
  • How DevOps Keeps DBAs Safe from Being Automated Out of a JobWatch
  • Redgate Evangelist YouTube Channel: Tutorials on Database DevOps –New videos each week – Watch
  • DevOps: What, who, why and how? – 1 hour – Watch
  • Get Inspired: Celebrate the Careers of Three DevOps Heroes – 1 hour – Watch
  • What ‘Digital Transformation’ means, and how you can use it to advance your career– 1 hour – Watch
  • Can This Team Succeed at DevOps? Panel discussion – 1 hour – Watch
  • SQL In the City Streamed – Watch the whole stream
    • Crucial data privacy and protection insights for 2010 – with Richard Macaskill – 45 minutes – Watch
    • The four keys to unlocking DevOps – 30 minutes – Watch
  • The Best of 2018 and Predictions for 2019 (Panel with Steve, Grant, and Kathi) – 1 hour – Watch
  • What We’ve Learned about Adopting Database DevOps, and What to Avoid (MVP Panel with Guest Panelist Tony Maddonna) – 1 hour – Watch

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. When you go out on your own, it can be uncomfortable being your own boss at first: you have no-one to blame but yourself when things go wrong, or if you end up working weekends. But after a while, you get pretty comfortable with it, like anything else. If you keep at it, you’ll likely end up thinking, “I couldn’t ever go back.” But after 7 years, I started asking myself: is this really the best way for me to work?…
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Upcoming Live Podcast Recording Sessions: Employee Agreements and Contracts for DBAs and Devs

I’ve just scheduled two new podcast recording sessions! These are live, half hour sessions – you can join in listen, or share comments. Here’s what we’ll be talking about…. Employee Agreements and Contracts for DBAs and Devs: Anti-patterns Fri, Aug 10, 4PM PDT When you take a new job in IT, within the paperwork there often lurks an employee agreement: a contract between you and your employer. In this half-hour live episode we’ll talk about why these contracts exist, and multiple anti-patterns you should avoid. This is the first of a two part series. In the following episode, we’ll talk best practices for understanding and negotiating the contract. Register here Employee Agreements and Contracts for DBAs and Devs: Best Practices Fri, Aug 17, 4PM PDT So you’ve got an employee agreement in front of you: now what? In this half-hour live episode, we’ll talk about practical steps you should take…
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What the Microsoft MVP Award Means to Me in 2018

I recently received my seventh “Most Valuable Professional” award from Microsoft. Oddly, I don’t think I’ve ever written about what this award means to me until this point. In part, this is because when “renewals” come out, there are always folks I know who have not been renewed — and for many people that can be a painful time. It’s never easy to celebrate when others are hurting. I wanted to write this post not to brag, but to discuss why this award has come to mean more to me– and why I’m eager for you, friend reader, to compete with me for your own MVP Award. At first, I just wanted to be in the club When I first began giving talks on SQL Server, I learned about the Microsoft MVP program from other speakers. I had no idea what it was before then, even as a Microsoft employee…
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The Right to Be Erased is Coming to California, Along with Other Privacy Rights

In the last year, developers and DBAs have heard a lot about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law passed by the European Union. These regulations not only impact companies that are incorporated in Europe, but all companies processing the data of Europeans. These new ground rules include obtaining consent before adding people to mailing lists, allowing people to revoke that consent easily, and requiring processes for handling personal data to protect the data by default. The GDPR also allows individuals in the EU to request copies of information that a company holds about them, and grants “the right to erasure,” or the right to have their data removed. This is particularly an interesting issue when it comes to data stored in backups, and copies of data, which are frequently used for software development, test, and analysis. These rights are now coming to the United States If you didn’t pay…
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Free Webcast: DBA vs Memory Settings

Join me in two weeks for a really fun free webcast. Update: watch the recording of the webcast here! DBA vs Memory Settings Tues, April 24, 2018 – 8:30AM Pacific / 11:30AM Eastern Quest Free Webcast – watch the recording here External memory pressure: What is it and how does it affect SQL Server? In this session, I am teaming up with SQL Server expert Jason Hall from Quest to play around with various configurations of Max Server Memory, Min Server Memory and Lock Pages in Memory and watch SQL Server squirm – for science! You’ll come away with a fresh understanding of how to configure major memory settings for SQL Server. Watch this free session here. Check out more free upcoming sessions.
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