Archives for November 2010

DBTA: The Shape of Database Licensing Costs to Come

One fall semester many years ago, I was a university freshman.  Actually, I was anything but "fresh." I was dumb enough to think that 8 a.m. was a wonderful time to attend Economics 101. After staying up until the wee hours most every night, the "dismal science" took on more than one meaning as I set my clock just early enough to get to class on time.  Along with 30 other very naïve classmates, I staggered into class and did my bleary-eyed best to focus on the lessons at hand.  There were lots of Greek compound words and lots of graphs. I learned, for example, that the word economics … [Read more...]

Plays Well With Others – Eight Behaviors of Excellent Leaders

Last week,  I talked about one of the worst type of management scenarios to work under – the micromanager.  Now, let’s take that conversation from the “Dark Side” into the light to talk about great leaders. To say that Dr. William Cohen knows a few things about leadership is approximately the same as saying that Moby Dick was a fish.  Not only was Cohen a former Air Force major general, university president, and business leader, but he has many degrees (including a PhD) and even holds several engineering patents.  One of the many books authored by Dr. Cohen is the 1998 Best Business Book of … [Read more...]

DBTA: Microsoft’s Trajectory for SQL Server Becomes Clear with PowerPivot

I was once asked what I thought Microsoft's overall product trajectory for SQL Server was, in light of Oracle's rather obvious trajectory of acquiring multiple application vendors who will, in turn, deploy more and more of their applications to the Oracle database platform.  To be honest, I had a little difficulty perceiving a clear and concise strategy statement for the sort of work going on in Redmond.  I could see a lot of great features being developed.  And I knew the SQL Server development team had developed a lot of new "plumbing" with each new release - features like Service Broker and … [Read more...]

Video: SQL Server Memory Troubleshooting

Need to troubleshoot SQL Server 2005 memory settings? Not sure where to look to measure SQL 2000 memory pressure? Kevin lays out your options in today's podcast. You can view this video in higher quality or your favorite portable formats at: http://sqlserverpedia.com/blog/sql-se... Video published December 24, 2008. … [Read more...]

Plays Well With Others – Dealing with Micromanagement

Imagine you’re working on a new project.  It’s an important project and its success will be a big win for the organization.  You were chosen for the job because of your competency, skill, and effectiveness.  You get things like this done all the time and have a track record for pulling it off.  Now that the project is underway, you’re finding that trust and support you need from management is absent.  Instead, you’ve got a micromanaging boss, who’s put so many additional requirements on your for reporting, meetings, and whatever their favorite nit-picking happens to be that management is … [Read more...]

And the Winners are…

The winners were named last week in our contest for bloggers on SQLServerPedia.  Lots of great bloggers and great articles for you to read. A complete list of the winners is here: Thanks to the thousands who participated! Follow me on Twitter! … [Read more...]

Video: Worth the Wait Why SQL Server 2008 is Great

Join Kevin Kline, SQL Server MVP and SQL Server Technology Strategist for Quest Software and Brent Ozar, SQL Server Domain Expert for Quest Software as they introduce the top ten features and capabilities in SQL Server 2008 that they find to be the most exciting and valuable. Originally Posted on YoutTube November 12, 2008. Follow me on Twitter! … [Read more...]

Plays Well With Others – More Thoughts on the Job Search

While searching for a job, the interview is your opportunity to showcase your talents and the strengths that you bring to an organization.  But I have a few more random thoughts about conducting your job search that I thought were worth mentioning. The Personal Touch The first thought is a quick one.  In our high-speed technology driven world, a personal touch still makes a difference.  So be sure to send a thank you e-mail after concluding an interview, assuming you liked the company and the opportunity.  There was a time when a hand-written thank you note was the appropriate response.  … [Read more...]

DBTA: What’s the Fuss about Data Deduplication?

Listen to a group of database professionals talk for awhile and someone will eventually bring up the topic of data deduplication. Data deduplication is a means  to eliminate redundant data, either through hardware or software technologies.  To illustrate, imagine you've drafted a new project plan and sent it to five teammates asking for input.  That single file has now been reproduced, in identical bits and bytes, on a total of six computers. If everyone's email inbox is backed up every night, that's another six copies backed up on the email backup server.  Through data deduplication … [Read more...]

Plays Well With Others – Influence versus Authority

You’ve probably found that the prefix “lead” is a fairly common occurrence in the technology world.  We have “lead developers”, “lead DBAs”, “lead architects”, and “lead consultants”.  Yet, we don’t have “lead managers”, “lead directors”, or “lead VPs”.  Why is that? Well, there are probably a number of different reasons for having “lead” technologist titles depending on who you ask.  For example, the HR department might say that adding “lead” to a technologist’s title justifies the better salary that the company had to pay to acquire that specific talent.  The IT department chiefs might … [Read more...]