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Free Second Shot offer for Microsoft Certification Exams

Free Second Shot offer for Microsoft Certification Exams

Nothing for me to really say except if you mess up, you get a free second chance 🙂

Click HERE to see the details.

So get started on your certifications with the confidence of having a second shot just in case you don’t do so well the first time.

Take a look at my post from August 6 for study resources for the new SQL 2012 exams.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Other

 

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8 Habits/Skills/Traits of Highly Effective DBAs

8 Habits/Skills/Traits of Highly Effective DBAs

The whole “7 Habits” title is so cliché so I decided to make it eight! Plus that will probably relieve me from any copyright violations as well. So anyway, these are the eight habits/skills of Highly effective Database Administrators in my humble opinion. Although I come from the Microsoft SQL Server world, I believe most of these traits or skills can be adapted cross-platform.

Feel free to add your feedback in the comments section, this is after all just my own opinion.

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Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 4 – Learning Beyond the Job Title

Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 4 – Learning Beyond the Job Title

Finally we have come full circle to the final post on this lessons learned segment. In case you have not been reading the news lately, the healthcare market is booming especially with those that are lucky enough to be in the IT field.  It is a big industry here in the U.S. and will continue to grow.

As IT workers we need to step up to the challenge and not stop where our job title does. Being a developer, programmer, DBA, QA Tester, or whatever you may be is not an invitation to ignore the business side of things. Rather, as IT practitioners we should strive to understand and seek purpose in what we are doing. We also need to be innovative and find new solutions to existing problems as well as increase our skills sets and learn new technologies when possible. A career is a life long learning process, it’s not just about getting the job you want and sitting at your desk doing the same thing over and over and claiming it as gained experience. One of my good colleagues told me the other day “doing something for twenty years doesn’t mean you have twenty years experience, maybe you did the same thing 200 times!”

As you can see, the entire experience for me was a learning experience beyond the job title yet it helps me perform better at my work because I understand more about the data that I am working with.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Other

 

Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 2 – Standards and Quality Control

Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 2 – Standards and Quality Control

Welcome back to part two of my series on Lessons Learned. This time I want to talk about quality control.  Everyone knows that it is tough to become a surgeon. It is not that there is a height, weight, race, or whatever else requirement. Rather, there specific qualities and knowledge that are needed of doctors to be able to get a license to practice.  This is one way how standards and quality control is established in the medical field. Now to make it more specific to my experience.

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Other

 

Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 1 – Collaboration and Agility

Open Heart Surgery Lessons Learned for IT Part 1 – Collaboration and Agility

Last Friday (July 13, 2012) I got to see open heart surgery.  It is technically called Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) and it was a triple bypass; which means that three coronary arteries were by passed due to blockage.  As a SQL Developer and DBA at the American College of Cardiology I felt like this would be an excellent opportunity to learn about the data I am responsible for collecting and protecting. I learned a lot, and although this post isn’t going to be very technical it’s still something every DBA, Developer, or anyone who works in IT might learn a little from. Of course I will be giving it a DBA twist to keep it in line with the purpose of this blog 🙂

So let me break down some of the things I observed and relate them to how things work in IT or how we can use some of these strategies day to day to make our jobs better. I will separate the posts across the next three days so that people don’t get bored reading one long post.  This is the first of four parts, enjoy.

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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Other

 
 
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