DBTA – PASS Summit 2019 and SQL Server 2019

The annual PASS Summit, the industry’s largest gathering of SQL Server professionals, hosted more than 4,000 attendees in Seattle recently recently. PASS (www.pass.org) has grown to more than 300 local chapters around the world, and its 1,000th SQL Saturday will likely be held sometime in early 2020. The opening keynote by Rohan Kumar, corporate vice president of data and AI at Microsoft, focused on the achievements and growth of SQL Server in the marketplace, as well as on the new features and capabilities now available in the public release of SQL Server 2019. (Details about the keynote are … [Read more...]

Virtualizing SQL Server: Strategies and Best Practices

SQL Server virtualization is an expectation today, including for mission-critical systems. In its first decade of implementation, virtualization was rare for database workloads. However, virtualization is largely defacto across medium- and enterprise-sized business in the USA and around the world. Despite widespread adoption by more than 60% of medium and big business, some businesses remain nervous about taking on a SQL Server virtualization project, largely because of performance concerns and unfamiliarity. But we’re here to help! With proper planning, use of best practices, and … [Read more...]

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What’s Step 1 in a Cloud Migration? Data Cleansing

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Join Me at These Midwest SQL Server User Group Meetings, Oct. 8-11!

Just a quick note that I’m speaking in Iowa and Nebraska this week. If you’re nearby, I hope you can join us! Plus, I’ve added details for two bonus webinars - one is presented by PASS and the other by my friends at Apex Systems. Click HERE to read more. … [Read more...]

History of PASS, Part 3: Bylaws Version 1

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DBTA – The Surprising Value and Utility of Azure Notebooks

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DBTA – Whether IT Infrastructure is On-Prem or in the Cloud, You Still Need Architects

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