Category: Leadership Lessons

How To Recruit and Hire A Rockstar DBA

[callout]In celebration of Labor Day in North America, I’ve decided to write a blog post that will help you find your next team member should you be looking to grow your team or replacing the one that just left[/callout] If you’re a database administrator (DBA) reading this blog post, you might be thinking, “why would I find […]

How To Convince Your Boss (or Customer) To Re-Evaluate Your HA/DR Solution

Have you ever had a conversation with your boss (or customer, if you’re a consultant) that went something like this: [callout]Boss: We need a solution where we can run SSIS packages on a secondary server should failures occur. You: Why do we need it? Boss: Because I want to. You: We can run either failover clustering or […]

Confessions of a Junior SQL Server DBA

– Photo by Milada Vigerova – Wayne was getting ready to meet the director of engineering, the person responsible for hiring him. They spoke briefly over the phone for the scheduled interview. The director happened to be from Romania but spoke very good English that you’ll think he grew up in America. The role: Windows engineer. This […]

Implementing AES For (Job) Security

Back in 2009, a friend of mine asked why we decided to move to Canada despite the 2008 financial crisis that hit North America. To which I replied, “There really is no such thing as a job security. That in itself is a myth.” Now, I don’t want to sound negative here but that statement was […]

Dealing With the Myth of Work-Life Balance for the IT Professional

I’d be honest. I was a bit emotional as I was preparing my presentation for the PASS Professional Development Virtual Chapter. If you’ve seen some of my presentations, you’ll know that I love telling stories to get the message across. But for this presentation, the story really hits home as I’m reminded of a friend […]