Database Lifecycle Management

There are lots of people who talk about Application Lifecycle Management. But, the database is a major part of every application and if you do a similar search, there aren’t very many people talking about Database Lifecycle Management at all. Why not? I’m positive you’re deploying a database with your applications. I’m also ...

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The Red Gate Way…

As companies go, Red Gate is a little different. That is readily apparent in our tools and the philosophy behind them, ingeniously simple. But, we do a lot of other things too. There’s the Simple-Talk web site where we publish serious articles on all aspects of development and database administration across platforms and programming languages...

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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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Monitoring Structure Changes

Most everyone I know works with environments that are carefully controlled and structured. All changes go through rigorous testing and full documentation. Absolutely nothing happens in a production environment that hasn’t been thought through, discussed, planned for and written down. But, there are a few, a very few, who work in a slightly di...

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Speaking this Fall

I’ve been at home through the whole month of August, restingworking hard, but it’s time to get on the road again. First up, it’s off to San Diego for two events. On Friday, September 20th, Red Gate (my Lord and Master) is hosting a free afternoon session of training. Steve Jones (b|t)¬†and I will be […]

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Painting the US Red

We are bringing Red Gate, through the free SQL in the City event, to the United States again this year. This event has been hosted in London multiple times, Los Angeles, New York, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. It’s a fun day of training, presentations, and networking, all done the Red Gate way. I’m […]

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SQL in the City London 2013

Wow! You’d think that an event might get a little worn by the third time you’re doing it. That maybe it would be just a repetition of what you’ve done before. And, I guess, in some places, that does happen. But not here. This event was as fresh as it ever was. Maybe it was […]

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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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SQL Saturday #187 Richmond And More

In just a couple of weeks I’ll be flying down to Richmond, VA to speak at SQL Saturday #187. I’ll be presenting two topics, Backups for the Accidental DBA and Query Tuning in the Clouds. It’s going to be a great event with a bunch of excellent speakers. If you’re in the area, come on […]

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SQL In The City: Seattle

If you missed all the great speakers on the five city tour of SQL in the City, don’t despair. Many of the same people will be back at SQL in the City in Seattle. It’s scheduled on Monday before the PASS Summit proper starts, so if you’re looking to get your learn on early and […]

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