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By Andy McDermid | On September 23rd 2014
SQL Profiler vs. Extended Events: Time to Switch?
Many people working with enterprise technologies live by rule, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But when tools and technologies become obsolete – as has occurred with several popular tools and is destined to affect Microsoft SQL Profiler – we need to adopt new technologies. If your troubleshooting tools and techniques are working and you are using the most current technologies available, great! If you are still using outdated and obsolete tools, you need to look at other options. Our…
By Robin Caputo | On September 22nd 2014
One of the Happiest Jobs in America
Recently, Business News Daily reported on a CareerBliss survey of the happiest jobs in America. Guess which job came in first place? Database administrator. Previous surveys also show database administrator as one of the jobs resulting in the greatest happiness. Why? CareerBliss analyzed 25,000 job reviews to determine which had the greatest job satisfaction. While pay is, of course, a factor, it’s not always the most important ingredient for employee satisfaction. CareerBliss looked at these other measures: work-life balance relationship with coworkers work…
By Andy McDermid | On September 17th 2014
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In managing a database or sometimes numerous databases, we often get caught up in the day-to-day maintenance and lose sight of the other principles we know are critical to ensuring optimal performance. Here’s a quick refresher. Monitor & Maintain Regularly I recommend a Goldilocks approach to day-by-day database management: find a level of effort that is “just right.” Don’t get lost in the forest verifying every configuration option and following up on every performance hiccup. Don’t bite off more project work than you can chew. I…
By Andy McDermid | On August 11th 2014
Choosing the Right Health Check
For some businesses, conducting a Health Check can be cumbersome, time-consuming, and the results, well, frustrating. However, a Health Check can be easy and rewarding for any business that wants to improve server performance, especially if you take the time to find the right solution provider. The Anatomy of a Health Check As you evaluate solutions, consider that a traditional health check is the first of three components necessary for monitoring and optimizing a database environment. It serves to simply but thoroughly measure the…