DevOps, the DBA, and the word “No”

Check out this DevOps Reactions animated GIF and caption. It’s funny on multiple levels, but it also makes me both mad and disappointed. I get mad because it’s 2015. Surely by now most of us, especially those who have worked in the enterprise with development teams, know that the old 1970s vision of a walled […]

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Worst Day of a DBAs Life

Red Gate Software is running a campaign around coping with the worst day of a DBAs life. We’ve been posting some really fun stories with, I hope, a kernel of useful information inside each. Chances are, if your DBA career has been like mine, your worst days don’t involve explosions and car chases. But now […]

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The Curse of Working With A DBA

I no more than finished my rant from last week than I started thinking about all the reasons why a healthy chunk of the reasons that developers want to bypass relational database is not the horror of the relational database itself, although, that’s there. No, a very large reason why is the DBA. We’re on […]

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The Curse of Relational Databases

Let’s face it, none of Information Technology is easy. Oh yeah, there are those few geniuses that have an absolute grasp over some small aspect of the stack, or those other geniuses that have a very shallow knowledge level, but understand the entire stack. But the stack itself, it’s vast, deep, wide, utterly unfathomable. So […]

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I Am Better Than You

That is a patently false statement and total BS. It sure does crawl up your spine though doesn’t it? Why then do we need to do this? I read an article, “How DevOps is Killing the Developer,” and, frankly, was a little put off by this: Good developers are smart people. I know I’m going […]

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SQL Server First Aid

If you take basic first aid, say a CPR course, you’ll learn a handy mnemonic for the primary assessment you have to make, A-B-C. That breaks down as Airway, Breathing, Circulation. Is there an open airway so they can breathe? Are they breathing? Do they have circulation, a pulse, are they alive in short. I […]

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Do Be a Gatekeeper

I read this fascinating blog post called “Don’t Be a Gatekeeper” by Julie Zhuo. Please read that first. It really resonated for me in a lot of ways. Everything she said is 100% applicable to our jobs as data professionals. Work to make things more robust. Create processes and structures and an environment where you […]

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Helping Database Administrators

Let’s be honest. Database administration is not all that tough. Set up your backups. Test them. Get consistency checks on line. Some maintenance routines for statistics and maybe for fragmentation are also helpful. Set up security. In most of the important ways, you’re done. Sit back, monitor the whole thing and collect your paycheck. B...

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These People Are Exceptional

I should know. I was one of the judges of this year’s Exceptional DBA of the Year award. I had to read through tons and tons of submissions and help to arrive at a final list of people who truly personify the concept of both the DBA and the exceptional person. They are all worthy […]

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Communication

It sure seems like there‚Äôs a lot of miscommunication between developers and database specialists. In fact, the communication can become so poor that outright hostility between the groups is common. At the end of the day we are all working towards a common goal, to add value to whatever organization we are working for. It’s […]

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