Technical Debt, Database Design and the Days of Reckoning

No one who has been around this planet for more than a few decades is unaware of the saying, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later.” And yet, almost universally, when someone is presented with the choice of paying now or paying later, they invariably choose to pay later. There are […]

By |May 24th, 2016|SQL Group|0 Comments

SQL Black Box Recorder part II

A few months back I began a series, about the SQL Black Box Recorder that you can read here, with a promise of at least two more posts. The first article in the series laid the groundwork about the black box recorder in SQL Server. Furthermore, there was a brief introduction into the three components […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Extended Events, SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

SQL Server ’16 helps you meet Best Practice

In order for your SQL Server instance to run optimally, there are many SQL Server best practices that you need to follow. The SQL Health Check that you can have us perform on your  instances looks at many of these. SQL Server 2016, which at the time of this writing is in a Release Candidate […]

By |March 15th, 2016|SQL Group|0 Comments

Building a T-SQL Framework, Part I

Depending on the objective, building a framework allows the architect to imbed the fundamental segments of a structure so that the existing requirements can be built on top of the foundation, leveraging the functionality of the framework. This usually includes core functionality that repeats consistently through a process like Logging, Error handling, Successes/Failure Notifications, Import/Export […]

By |March 2nd, 2016|SQL Group|0 Comments

SQLIntersection In Orlando–Why Wouldn’t You?

Orlando in April, and then you add SQL on top of that? What’s not to like?

I’m really excited to be part of the Spring SQLIntersection event, coming up April 18-21 at the Walt Disney World Swan. SSG was an exhibitor at the Spring 2015 event, and at the Vegas event last fall, I had the […]

By |February 13th, 2016|SQL Group|0 Comments

Indexed Views – Performance Panacea or Plight

Indexed View(s)
An indexed view is a view where the result set from the query (the view definition) becomes materialized in lieu of the virtual table result set of a standard (non-indexed) view. Many times we see that an indexed view would be created to help improve performance. Far too often, an indexed view is created without consideration for the […]

By |January 28th, 2016|SQL, SQL Group|2 Comments

Disk Space and SQL Server

Disk Space in SQL Server
One of the frequently required job functions of the database administrator is to track disk space consumption. Whether this requirement comes from management or from a learning opportunity after a production outage, the need exists.
As a hard working DBA, you want to make sure you hit all of the notes to make […]

By |January 21st, 2016|SQL, SQL Group|2 Comments

SQL Black Box Recorder

Across many professions and industries there is often a need to have some sort of device that “audits” everything that happens with a device or process. We are probably all quite familiar with the infamous black box recorders used by the passenger airline and train industries. It is also quite possibly fairly common knowledge that […]

By |January 12th, 2016|Extended Events, SQL, SQL Group|0 Comments

Trust: A Business Essential

An unexpected conversation recently led to a concept that my mind kept going back to: business moves at the speed of trust. Turns out that’s not a very original idea—The Speed of Trust is the name of a book by Stephen M.R. Covey.

Regardless of who came up with the idea, trust is obviously essential in […]

By |December 11th, 2015|SQL Group|0 Comments

PowerShell: Another Reason to Continually Grow Your Skills?

“Major Changes Coming from Microsoft Will Impact Your Career.” That was the headline from an article we encountered on Facebook recently.

Turns out one of the changes makes PowerShell rather important: Windows Server 2016 Nano Server won’t support video connections or have a GUI. In the words of Don Jones, Pluralsight Curriculum Director, “It’s PowerShell or […]

By |November 17th, 2015|SQL Group|0 Comments