24 Hours of PASS is coming up!

Another installment of 24 Hours of PASS is coming up next week on May 3-4! This semiannual event features 24 back-to-back webinars on a certain theme. The theme this time is data security and data quality, a subject I’m passionate about. I’m happy to say that I get to present two sessions during this spring’s […]

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SQLSaturday Madison – April 7-8

The first event I ever spoke at was SQLSaturday in Madison, Wisconsin, back in 2012. I was petrified – would anyone want to hear someone talk about normalization? Especially when that someone was pretty much unknown outside of his city? Long story short, yes, they did. I didn’t have a large crowd, but it was […]

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SQL Sentry Plan Explorer is now free

You’ll probably hear about this from other sources, but an announcement made this morning bears repeating: One of my favorite tools, SQL Sentry’s Plan Explorer, is now completely free. I’ve used Plan Explorer since its first version. It started out as simply a better way to view execution plans: it displays the graphs in a […]

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Defending your data

Which of these is more secure? It’s a trick question – the correct answer is “neither”. Both castles and vaults have their strengths. Castles are built to withstand large-scale assaults and sieges, but an individual has a good chance of getting inside. Conversely, a vault effectively protects its contents against break-ins by individuals or small groups, […]

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