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Speaking at SQL Saturday Indianapolis 2019!

Speaking at SQL Saturday Indianapolis 2019!

SQL Saturday Indianapolis is coming up quickly - it's in less than two weeks! I am very happy to be returning to Indy on Saturday, August 17 to deliver my session Dipping Your Toes Into Azure Data Lake for DBAs. Abstract: As a data professional, you know what data is, and hopefully know what a lake is too. But what's a Data Lake? This session covers the very basics of Azure Data Lake, and is geared towards those who are familiar with relational databases and also curious about other technologies. Topics covered will include Data Lake storage, security basics, and…
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Test Your Restores. TEST. YOUR. RESTORES.

Test Your Restores. TEST. YOUR. RESTORES.

In the past few months I've had not one but two shining examples of how having a backup strategy meant absolutely nothing when it came time to restore from a disaster. All the backup planning in the world is completely useless if you can’t successfully restore your backups. The Ransomware I had a client that was hit by a ransomware virus, encrypting several of their systems including the database server. Not to worry, though, they had "full backups" of all the affected machines, done by a third-party backup utility. After taking a day to cleanse their network, they restored these…
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Introducing PASS Summit Learning Pathways

Introducing PASS Summit Learning Pathways

As an attendee, deciding which sessions to attend at conferences can be a daunting endeavor. With so many choices available and the impossibility of being able to attend every interesting session, it really can make sense to buy recordings if they are available. One of the ways PASS is trying to help for Summit 2019 is by introducing Learning Pathways, which are curated sets of sessions designed to help attendees achieve a goal. Each pathway will consist of at least three sessions, presented by at least two different speakers. The pathways being offered in 2019 will be: AI for Everyone…
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I’m A PASS Summit Official Blogger!

I’m A PASS Summit Official Blogger!

This year, PASS is introducing the PASS Summit Official Blogger program, and I'm very happy to announce that I'm a part of the inaugural group! For many years there has been a bloggers' table at PASS Summit keynotes, where community members can live blog all the latest happenings and announcements. This year, PASS is kicking it up a notch with the creation of the official blogger program! Official bloggers not only get the opportunity to cover the keynote events live as before, but also get exclusive interview access with the PASS Executive Committee, exhibitors, sponsors, and other industry leaders that…
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Topics I’d love to see at Conferences

Topics I’d love to see at Conferences

The Call for Speakers for PASS Summit 2019 has just closed, and now the Program Committee will begin the task of evaluating speakers and sessions and using those results to build a schedule. It's not easy. Really, it's not. I've served on the Program Committee numerous times and there's a lot of effort that goes into building that schedule. There are also many difficult decisions made, and many great sessions that there just isn't a timeslot for because they were pre-empted by an even better or more timely topic. These unfortunate facts got me thinking about topics that will probably…
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