You Have One Job

I’m sure most if not all of you are familiar with the meme “You had one job”. I was reminded of this meme this past Friday when I headed out to run an errand at lunch time. There were 3 guys standing in the middle lane of a busy intersection, 2 were road workers and 1 was a flagger holding a sign that said SLOW on one side and STOP on the other. The flagger was standing in between the
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So Long Seattle and Thanks for all the Fish!

I’ve had some good times in the Seattle area. I’ve lived in the Seattle are since 1987 and graduated high school here in 1988 (South Kitsap High in Port Orchard, WA). That’s 28 years I’ve been here. That’s a long time, but now it’s time to part ways. Likewise, my wife has been in the Seattle area since she was 8 years-old. We’ve both been here for a long time and are ready for a change. So goodbye Seattle. Hello
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DBA: Guardian of the Data

I was asked recently by Idera to take a look at the things that could cost a DBA their job. This has lead to a new whitepaper I wrote about the 5 mistakes that DBAs make that can cost them their jobs. Watch Idera’s Resource Central or follow @Idera_Software on Twitter to see when the whitepaper is released. In addition to the whitepaper, I have been taking a new look at this topic and providing some additional and supplemental information
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Who Owns SQL Backups?

I was asked by Idera to take a look at the things that could cost a DBA their job. This has lead to a new whitepaper I wrote about the 5 mistakes that DBAs make that can cost them their jobs. Watch Idera’s Resource Central or follow @Idera_Software on Twitter to see when the whitepaper is released. In this post, I’m going to take a peek at one of the mistakes. This is a topic I hear come up time
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When DMVs Cost Me My Job

Back in early 2006, I was still working at my first ever DBA job. I had only been a DBA for a little less than 3 years, but I felt like I knew a lot. I spent every night on the forums helping people with issues as a way of learning new things myself. But SQL Server 2005 was out and things were vastly different. I had taken a three day training class on updating my DBA skills to SQL
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Is the Master Certification Dead or Will it be Born Again?

The Certified Master and Architect community was collectively notified Friday, August 30, 10 PM Pacific Time (Microsoft Time) that the Certified Master (MCM/MCSM) and Certified Architect (MCA) programs are essentially dead. For those of you who are already in the process of earning the certification, you have until October 1, 2013 to complete your certification. No new members will be allowed into the Certified Master/Architect community after retirement. You can read the text of the email below: Show » We
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The Saddest Thing I Ever Heard a Manager Say

I am currently going through the process of looking for a new opportunity for my career. I’m going through the rigamarole of doing interviews and talking numbers with recruiters, etc. I’m even considering a position at Microsoft whome I left last year after spending 5 years there. All of these activities have me thinking back to my previous job roles and times that I was transitioning from one job to another. In particular, I find myself thinking a lot of
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Reflections on Leaving Microsoft

Reflections on Leaving Microsoft Several members of my SQLFamily have made adjustments to their career path recently. Several of us got together for #SQLNomz yesterday to celebrate our job changes, though granted, we don’t generally require an excuse to get together. Yesterday (Friday, 3/30/2012, in case you’re reading this in the future) was my last day at Microsoft. I join the wonderful team at Idera Software on Monday as a Sr. Product Consultant (more on what that means in a
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Goodbye Microsoft, Hello World

Goodbye Microsoft, Hello World The cowboy’s job is done here, and it’s time for him to move on to the next adventrue. The lonely prairie wanderer moves onward, always moving forward. Never looks back, never catches one last fleeting glance. This adventure is over. and it’s time for something new. The wanderer wanders on into the sunset. Goodbye Microsoft. Helloe new adventure. Goodbye Microsoft I joined Microsoft as a contractor in 2007. I worked as an operations engineer on the
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The Kind of DBA I Want to Be

The Kind of DBA I Want to Be I was a big fan of the original Iron Chef tv show, as in the original show from Japan. And my favorite Iron Chef was Iron Chef Japanese Rokusaburo Michiba. If you don’t know the show, it probably seems redundant to refer to a Japanese chef on a Japanese tv show as Iron Chef Japanese, but it isn’t. There were 3 1/2 Iron Chefs originally (Iron Chef Italian rarely appeared unless he
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