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Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview 2019!

With PASS Summit 2019 quickly approaching, PASS is organizing a sneak peek at some of the sessions presented at Summit in a 24 Hours of PASS event coming up on September 10-11. I'm very happy to be delivering a brand new session entitled Dipping Your Toes In: Azure Data Lake for DBAs. If you've worked with data or have DBA experience, but aren't really familiar with what a data lake is or how you would use it, this is the session for you! Abstract As a data professional, you know what data is, and hopefully know what a lake is…
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AI-Powered Alt Text in PowerPoint

AI-Powered Alt Text in PowerPoint

I was working on a slide deck and did something I don't normally do - I added a photo. Usually the graphical content of my presentations involves diagrams or other vector art - I don't often have the need for actual photos. But this time I did, and I was really surprised to see that PowerPoint generated a text description of the photo and placed it in the alt text field. It also superimposed it on top of the image, which is how I discovered this was occurring to begin with. Well that's really neat. I don't know when this…
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PASS Summit 2019 Schedule is Live!

PASS Summit 2019 Schedule is Live!

After months of hard work on the part of volunteers and PASS HQ, the session schedule for PASS Summit 2019 is live! You can find it here. My hat goes off to the fine people who put this together - building conference schedules is not for the faint of heart. Now that session times and locations have been determined* it's a good idea to give a little thought about which sessions to attend ahead of time. PASS provides a schedule builder tool just for this purpose! Additionally, this tool provides feedback to PASS HQ about how many people are considering…
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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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