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Author: Eric Russo
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Three NoSQL Databases to Consider

NoSQL options are increasing, but the three most popular – MongoDB, Cassandra, and HBase – remain strong contenders. Click here to read more.

Eric Russo | August 20, 2015

Refactoring Databases: A Strategy for Improving Performance and Data

Database professionals can improve existing assets by using the refactoring concept, which allows slow and steady improvement through incremental changes.

Eric Russo | August 11, 2015

Using Microsoft Excel Power Query to Shape Databases

With the release of Excel 2013, Microsoft introduced a set of powerful new features called Power Functions. These include Power Pivot, Power View, Power Maps and Power BI. These Power features take data shaping to a whole new level.

Eric Russo | July 7, 2015

Data Shaping with Microsoft Excel Power Query

Anyone who works with data probably has some comfort working with Microsoft Excel. The software’s tabular presentation of data, combined with its ability to easily export, import, and sort, gives it the core capabilities of data analysis.

Eric Russo | June 23, 2015

Best RAID For SQL Server | RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10

Which RAID should you use with SQL Server? Learn the differences between RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10, along with best practices.

Eric Russo | June 8, 2015

How to Use sys.master_files For SQL Servers

When using SQL Server, you may want to find file information to gather statistics you can use to make database management decisions.

Eric Russo | December 2, 2014

What Are Your Storage Options in SQL Server?

As we discussed previously in our SQL Server issues blog post, regular and reliable database backups are the foundation of database administration.

Eric Russo | November 20, 2014

SharePoint Tips: How to Update SharePoint Server 2013

There’s been some confusion regarding the SharePoint Server 2013 patch process. Don’t think you’re alone.

Eric Russo | November 17, 2014

Help for the Accidental DBA: Using Twitter as a SQL Server Resource

Have you found yourself thrust into new responsibilities within your IT department as a manager overseeing database operations?

Eric Russo | October 17, 2014

Applying Moore’s Law to Data Growth

When Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, made this observation in 1965, he sought to a simple measure for the growth in integrated circuits, not the exponential growth in data.

Eric Russo | October 8, 2014

Grasp the Business Value of a Complete SQL Server Health Check

What criteria should help a manager properly evaluate the merits of a paid health check?

Eric Russo | August 7, 2014

Key Certifications Pay Off for IT Pros

Certification is frequently a divisive issue among IT executives, who debate their value, but employees like being able to confirm that they indeed know what they are doing on the job and trust that specialized knowledge commands a premium.

Eric Russo | June 10, 2014

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