01 November 2022
01 November 2022

Calling all leaders: People matter

At the turn of the millennium, I was a young adult, just finished education and starting my very first job at a software company. I was excited, enthusiastic, and felt well-prepared for a life of “Office 9 to 5” and was looking forward to earning my keep. But I was naïve when it came to … Read more
01 September 2022
01 September 2022

Starting my dream job…

“ A new adventure, there in your eyes. It’s just beginning, Feel your heart beat faster. Reach out and find your Happily ever after! “ Well, here I am. My first new job in over 20 years and it is a dream come true. I have always wanted to do more to help people learn … Read more
01 September 2022
01 September 2022

Do not be surprised

For the first time in eleven years of travel, I became profoundly sick while on the road. No, I’m not sharing details of any kind. What I will share is just this; I wasn’t prepared. When I travel, I look at the weather, where I’m going, how long, and I pack accordingly. I have my … Read more
03 August 2022
03 August 2022

Technology is hard

I book my travel almost exclusively through a single airline and its affiliates. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the big one is status. And no, not so I get upgrades (although they are very nice), but so when things go wrong, I have a hotline to getting them fixed. However, I … Read more
15 July 2022
15 July 2022

Let’s talk about salary

Said no manager ever. Money is the one thing every candidate at any job interview is advised never to mention. The salary on offer for the role is treated almost like a *dirty secret. Job advertisements only reveal a band or range, which makes sense to a certain extent, given that the candidate may be … Read more
01 June 2022
01 June 2022

One more about Star Trek

I can’t move on from editing Simple Talk without one  more editorial about Star Trek. There are over 600 hours of episodes and movies to watch, and despite being a fan, I don’t think I’ll ever catch up. Even worse, I haven’t watched most of what I’ve seen more than once. Lately, I just completed … Read more
20 April 2022
20 April 2022

A day without meetings

Back when it was more difficult to work from home due to bandwidth, I would often head into the office to work for several hours on some weekends and bank holidays like President’s Day. I was a database administrator and was always involved with many projects, but what would make me give up my well-deserved … Read more
02 March 2022
02 March 2022

Supporting Women in Technology

We make a special effort in March to acknowledge the accomplishments of women. Women have been making gains in many professions over the past several decades but are still underrepresented in technology. There are several hypotheses about why this is the case, but often women find they are not welcome in the “brogrammer” cultures of … Read more
23 February 2022
23 February 2022

What do employees want?

The “great resignation” is one of today’s most popular news topics. It’s an employee’s market as companies have difficulty keeping and attracting talent. Folks across the spectrum of careers give varied reasons for leaving, from seeking better benefits and pay to launching a small business they’ve always dreamed about. However, instead of blaming employees, organizations … Read more
26 January 2022
26 January 2022

DBAs and DevOps

Lately, you’ve heard about DevOps. Is it just another buzzword, or is it something you should investigate? DevOps emerged over ten years ago to solve the problems of the Agile methodology. Not that Agile is bad, but there were often disconnects between developers and the operation teams who had to deploy the software. Software that … Read more
11 January 2022
11 January 2022

English language confusion

The technology books I’ve written go through a couple of edits, first by someone knowledgeable in the subject area and then by a copy editor. The copy editor will fix misspellings, awkward sentence structure, and grammar. The occasional modification alters the meaning of a sentence, but overall, I’m happy with the updates. I’ve worked on … Read more
28 December 2021
28 December 2021

Making predictions

Steve Jones (@way0utwest), Grant Fritchey (@GFritchey), and I are often asked to predict trends in technology, especially at the end of the year. This year we were asked about the kinds of challenges and trends, especially for monitoring and DevOps, that will be seen for database professionals in the near future. Just like the answer … Read more