Career Progression

Career Progression

Deciding to change jobs can be one of the most difficult decisions you can make. At Dell I was part of one of the world’s most recognisable technological brands and was doing something that I enjoyed. So in that case why did I tweet earlier this week that I had left Dell?   Why I […]

T-SQL Tuesday 66 Monitoring – Agent Alerts

T-SQL Tuesday 66 Monitoring – Agent Alerts

Alerts have been around for as long as I can remember, so some time before breakfast. That probably means you need to get a wriggle on and upgrade to SQL Server 2014. If you are still wondering whether to upgrade I did write a post on it some time back which may help: 5 Top […]

My First Ever SQL Saturday Pre-Con

My First Ever SQL Saturday Pre-Con

Like most people I have a bucket list of things to do before I depart for other things. However I chose to have two bucket lists, one personal and one professional. I’m now one step closer to ticking another one off of my professional bucket list, the title should give you a big clue. A […]

50 Shades of Brown – The Series

50 Shades of Brown – The Series

This series is all about problems you will face at some point in your career as a data professional specifically around the areas of Disaster Recovery and High Availability. As HA/DR is such an intricate topic please don’t expect this to be one of those one a day series.

SQLBits XIV – Welcome to the UK

A number of you will have heard of SQLBits before. It’s Europe’s largest conference dedicated to SQL Server. What was something just for people from the UK has been transforming into something much larger, more multicultural and more engaging as the community grows. Now we find that quite a large contingent of people are from […]

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(Ctrl+E) was pressed. Waiting for the second key of chord…

I first came across the error “(Ctrl+E) was pressed. Waiting for the second key of chord…” last year, these weird errors have a tendency to come at the worst times.

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Webcast 20141112

PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Webcast 20141112

Today I have the honour of presenting a session for the PASS Database Administration Virtual Chapter. The great thing about the PASS Virtual Chapters are that they are completely free, you just need to be a member of PASS in order to register. That’s right, free SQL Server training and if you miss it, don’t […]

I need your help

I need your help

The Situation On the 19th November I am going to be presenting two sessions for the Luxembourg PASS chapter at the Microsoft offices there, you can register for the event here. One session is on Wait Statistcs, which is fine. I’ve done it before as a webcast for Dell Software and will be doing a […]

Experts Perspective Webcast: Wait Watchers – Gain Performance Increases Fast

Experts Perspective Webcast: Wait Watchers – Gain Performance Increases Fast

Following in the footsteps of such greats community leaders as Brent Ozar and Kevin Kline I have the opportunity, nay privilege of hosting the “Experts Perspective” webcast series. The only difference being for the next event which is held this week on 14th August 2014 that I won’t be hosting it, I’ll be hosting and […]

PASS DBA VC Session 25th June

PASS DBA VC Session 25th June

It’s always an honour to be able to speak at an event, but events can be expensive to attend and they don’t always occur at a time or location that is convenient for you. Thankfully those smart people at PASS have created a number of Virtual Chapters so you can watch sessions live from the […]