Professional Development

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 3

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 3

This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom. As I mentioned previously, this post has been split into 3 more manageable chunks as I know you’re all busy people. Today heralds the third and final instalment of the mini series, you can find part one here  and part two here.  […]

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 2

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 2

This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom. As I mentioned yesterday, this post has been split into 3 more manageable chunks as I know you’re all busy people. You can find yesterdays post here – Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 1 “If you could give a DBA […]

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 1

Remaining Vigilant, my contribution to #DBAJumpStart – Part 1

This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom. “If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?” Last year John asked 19 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals and me (for some baffling reason) this exact question. Due to some technical problems and a […]

SQL Server events in the UK August 2013

SQL Server events in the UK August 2013

You might have thought that the UK SQL Server scene would have gone quiet during the summer break, but far from it. We still have a number of great physical and virtual events across the country that you can attend…

SQL Server Events in the UK July 2013

SQL Server Events in the UK July 2013

Last month saw SQL Relay, Tech Ed, SQL Saturday Dublin, oh and the small matter of a CTP for SQL Server 2014. This month we’re slowing down the pace a little so we can all play with CTP1. If you have any questions about it, why not go to one of the five user group events on this month:

SQL Server Events in the UK – June 2013

SQL Server Events in the UK – June 2013

Oh my god, there are so many events happening this month it is crazy. I’m going to break with tradition and start off with an event that is not in the UK. Right now TechEd is running in North America and just today Microsoft announced SQL Server 2014, you can read my post on it […]

My First White Paper – Top 10 Tips for Optimizing SQL Server Performance

My First White Paper – Top 10 Tips for Optimizing SQL Server Performance

Earlier this year I had the chance to collaborate on my first ever white paper “Top 10 Tips for Optimizing SQL Server Performance” with Patrick O’Keeffe who is Director of Software Development at Dell Software Group. I must say, it was a really interesting experience.

How to provide a better customer service

How to provide a better customer service

Far too many people just concentrate on the technical aspect of disaster recovery without looking at the human element. In this post I attempt to help readdress the balance with these customer service tips

SQL Saturday #194 Exeter – A presenters review

SQL Saturday #194 Exeter – A presenters review

This weekend was full of a range of emotions for me. Grab a beverage and I’ll tell you all about it…. The Journey On the Friday I had arranged to take my 70-451 exam at lunchtime at a test center just outside Birmingham which would provide me with a nice jaunt down the M5, or so […]

100th blog post

100th blog post

Unless you’ve entered “100th blog post” into your favourite search engine and clicked on pot luck (or whatever it is) you’ll know that I pretty much always blog about SQL Server. Not this time! Today, I thought I would share a little bit about me and my blogging experiences. I’ll probably do an update post at […]