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Welcome to the Voice of the DBA, thoughts from Steve Jones on databases, SQL Server, and life.

Oct 16, 2017

Many people don't see the cloud platform as necessarily better run than what they do in their local data center. That might be true, and certainly the caliber of people, their experience, responsiveness, and more can make a big difference to the way in which any environment operates. One would like to think that...


Oct 13, 2017

It's Friday the 13th, during the month of October. Halloween, a strange holiday associated with horrible events, and Friday the 13th, a bad luck day, are happening this month. Both are associated with horror movies, implying that this isn't necessarily a good month for the world. It's a double dose of bad luck, which...


Oct 12, 2017

Make no mistake, this is going to be something that happens again. The former CEO of Equifax blames their massive data breach on a bad scanner and a person. I'm not talking about a data breach, of course those are going to happen, and when they do, assume that every piece of data in the system is compromised. I know...


Oct 11, 2017

I'll hear people constantly say they don't have time to work on their career. They can't attend a UG meeting to network. They can't spare a minute to go through a Stairway Series. They have family commitments, kids, hobbies, volunteer activities, spiritual needs, and more. That's not even counting all the work they...


Oct 10, 2017

The last few years have seen quite a bit of demand for people that can analyze data. Certainly the Microsoft platform has embraced more ways to import and visualize data with tools like Power BI, more intelligent analysis with SQL Server Machine Learning and Azure Machine Learning. I think this is because there's been