Making a Career Change of My Own

I commented about a month ago on the high profile career changes that seemed to be going on (see The Trade Deadline Must be Drawing Near). Back then, I had no plans to make a move of my own, but I was keeping my ears open for good opportunities that would allow me to flex my SQL muscles as a newly appointed SQL Master (kind of like when a new Kung Fu master goes to the local bar to pick a fight). I was hopeful, but not expectant, that the change wouldn’t require too much change.
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T-SQL Tuesday #008 Roundup: Gettin' Schooled

Welcome to another exciting episode of T-SQL Tuesday. I’m Robert L Davis (@SQLSoldier), and I’m not just your host for T-SQL Tuesday this month, I’m also a client .. err, I mean I’m also a participant. Thanks again to Adam Machanic (@AdamMachanic) for giving me this opportunity to host!! Our topic for this month was Gettin’ Schooled. This month’s topic was about learning and teaching. Here’s a roundup of the posts that participated in this month’s T-SQL Tuesday.
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T-SQL Tuesday #008: Tips for Giving a Good Interview for the New DBA

T-SQL Tuesday #008: Tips for Giving a Good Interview for the New DBA Welcome to another exciting episode of T-SQL Tuesday. I’m Robert L Davis (blog|@SQLSoldier), and I’m not just your host for T-SQL Tuesday this month, I’m also a client .. err, I mean I’m also a participant. Thanks to Adam Machanic (blog|@AdamMachanic) for giving me this opportunity to host!! Our topic for this month is Gettin’ Schooled. This month’s topic is all about learning and teaching. This morning
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Extra Credit

Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Extra Credit Welcome back to Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. If you have returned for this extra credit session, you are truly an eager learner. I’m your guest professor for this course and today I will be presenting a lesson on non-SQL Server skills that will make you a better DBA and to what certifications those skills can roll up. Most DBA’s perform other duties from time to time. Some of us find
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 3

Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 3 Welcome back eager learners to Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. I’m your guest professor for this course and today I will be presenting Lesson 3, Advanced SQL Server certifications. The advanced certifications consists of the Microsoft Certified Master program and the Microsoft Certified Architect program. We will take a look at what these certifications mean, how to prepare for them, and how to succeed in the programs. Hopefully you read the previous
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 2

Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 2 Welcome once again eager learners to Lesson 2 of Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. I’m your guest professor for this course. I’m a little late getting to class today as I spent a large part of today fighting failing hard drives and allergies, but let’s get class started. Today’s lesson will investigate the Specialist and Professional series of certifications for SQL Server. We’ll delve into the various tests required for each
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Degree Seeker Week at SQL University, Lesson 1

Welcome eager learners to Lesson 1 of Degree Seeker Week at SQL University. I’m your guest professor for this course, and I will try to guide you through the various certification tracks for SQL Server available through the Microsoft certification program. This class is divided into three lessons. You will find the course syllabus below. Accordingly, as the lessons progress, the skill level will advance as well. Lesson 1: Introduction to Microsoft Certification for SQL Server (level 100) Lesson 2: Becoming a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (level 200), Wednesday, July 7, 2010 Lesson 3: Seeking Advanced Microsoft Certification (level 500), Friday, July 9, 2010 Lesson 4: Extra Credit – Non-SQL Server Skills for DBA’s, Saturday, July 10, 2010
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T-SQL Tuesday #008: Gettin’ Schooled

T-SQL Tuesday #008: Gettin’ Schooled “Thank you fans and friends & odds and ends. And now for you gals and guys, a few words to the wise. You Jims and Sals are my best pals. And to look your best for the big contest, just be yourselves and have a ball. That’s what it’s all about after all. So forget about the camera and think about the beat. We’ll give the folks at home a real big treat. Don’t worry
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The Trade Deadline Must be Drawing Near

The Trade Deadline Must be Drawing Near Okay, so there is no trade deadline in SQL Server like there is in professional sports, but there have been a lot of big moves lately that reminds me of the fury of trades you see right before the deadline in sports. And not just DBA’s moving from one company to another. These are big names making big moves. The movers are moving and the shakers are shaking!! The first big move I
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