24 March 2021
24 March 2021

To soon?

I’ve noticed that some television shows have been incorporating the Covid-19 pandemic into their recent episodes. (There are some spoilers here, so read with caution!) A medical series, “The Good Doctor,” featured it in two episodes and then, magically, the pandemic was over. The popular series “This is Us” is trying to set a good … Read more
23 February 2021
23 February 2021

Do something that scares you

Recently, the editor of SQLServerCentral.com, Steve Jones, shared a video in our team Slack channel that talked about how you shouldn’t feel like an imposter when you get out of your comfort zone. It talked about how incredibly successful people didn’t know how to do what they eventually accomplished back when they started. For example, … Read more
15 February 2021
15 February 2021

Key insights from the 2021 State of Database DevOps survey

This is the fifth year that Redgate has surveyed IT professionals about their organization’s DevOps practices. Each year, the number of respondents increases, reaching 3,200 submissions this year. An interesting new topic to consider this year is how the Covid-19 pandemic affected DevOps practices. Here are the some of the key insights found in the … Read more
27 January 2021
27 January 2021

Falling out of the zone

If you are lucky enough to enjoy the work you do, it could be because you are frequently “in the zone.” The zone is a state of complete concentration, also called “flow,” where time seems to stand still, and performance is at its peak. Before I heard these terms, I often experienced deep concentration while … Read more
11 January 2021
11 January 2021

Visit your parents

Why is it such a cliché to complain about our parents?  You hear it from friends or in films all the time…”damn, I have to go to my folks for dinner. It’s gonna be rough.” It’s a tale as old as time.  As our parents age (and retire), they inevitably participate in the world less. They interact with the world far … Read more
14 December 2020
14 December 2020

A year of giving back at Redgate

This year has been difficult for most of us, and it’s almost over. The lives of people throughout the world have been turned upside down. Many of us, myself included, already worked remotely, but now face a multitude of new challenges. When confronted with the looming crisis in March, Redgate thought first about the safety … Read more
24 November 2020
24 November 2020

Why installing a “cringe-meter” on social media can boost joy

Do you cringe while scrolling through social media? When have you ever felt better after scrolling? If you feel like social media is a net-loss for collective mental health, you’re not alone. We post in superabundance with flailing emotions. We flaunt our duck-faced selfies with smooth-faced filters until we don’t even look human. We hammer … Read more
16 November 2020
16 November 2020

Three ways that taking the State of Database DevOps Survey helps the community

Redgate has recently opened the 2021 State of Database DevOps Survey. Whether or not your organization does DevOps, I would love for you to take the survey. The survey will require around 15 minutes of your time, but I think it’s a great investment as it will benefit the whole community of database administrators, developers, and … Read more
27 October 2020
27 October 2020

Why database folks should care about User Research

I attended a training session at Redgate this week by Chris Spalton. Chris’ session topic was “An Introduction into Planning User Research.” Chris pointed out that there’s much more to User Research, but that planning the research is particularly important as it is the foundation for everything you do later. If you’re a database administrator … Read more
20 October 2020
20 October 2020

Is communication always important?

Conventional wisdom says that communication is the critical for success in just about any aspect of life, be that personal relationships or within teams or corporations. Of course, miscommunication can cause all sorts of problems. Communication has changed drastically over the past few centuries due to technology. We’ve gone from the ability to speak mostly … Read more
06 October 2020
06 October 2020

Spreadsheet blamed for UK Covid-19 testing debacle

Whenever I teach database topics to a class of beginners, someone inevitably says that  Microsoft Excel is a database. Excel is an amazing tool with built-in functionality for financial calculations, statistics, and more, but it’s not a database. It’s great for keeping track and organizing small amounts of data, but it doesn’t meet the requirements … Read more
09 September 2020
09 September 2020

How to make classifying SQL Server data easier

Classifying the data within an organization is not just something nice to do. It’s critical for complying with regulations such as The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), The Australian Privacy Act, and a host of other privacy laws enacted throughout the world. … Read more