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What Counts For a DBA – Attire

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So, clearly there were a few unrealistic parts of this blog. First, I don’t own a tuxedo. I wore one to a wedding 20 years ago, but that was rented. I don’t even own a suit coat that I would wear. I telecommute and the only thing proper about the way I dress for work […]

1 April 2014 12:00 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA – Dreams

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“When I was younger, I dreamt of being an astronaut…” “When I was younger, I dreamt of being a doctor …” “When I was younger, I dreamt of being a DBA…” Eh? What was that last one again? No, you didn’t, not really. Perhaps you dreamt of creating a new piece of software to help […]

11 March 2014 8:22 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Hats

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It was not long ago that the hats that people wore at work signified their roles in society.  Two people wearing similar clothes with two styles of hats might have vastly different jobs in the business hierarchy.  It is still the case with firemen, the police and the military that you can discern much about a […]

6 January 2014 1:14 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Deduction

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“You see, Watson,” he explained in the early hours of the morning as we sat over a cup of tea in Baker Street, “it was perfectly obvious from the first that the explanation for this query’s sudden poor performance was elementary”. “But how could you guess what the cause was?“ “Firstly, we see that the […]

11 December 2013 4:53 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA – Patience

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One day, you are sitting at your desk, minding your own business. Your DBA colleague walks up and exasperatedly tells you that there is a query running 5 hours every day, and that the code is simply awful. After just a few hours of refactoring and tuning, the code could be repaired, blazingly fast, and […]

21 August 2013 8:52 pm by
Louis Davidson

Good DBAs Do Baselines

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One morning, you wake up and feel funny. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but something isn’t quite right. What now? Unless you happen to be a hypochondriac, you likely drag yourself out of bed, get on with the day and gather more “evidence”. You check your symptoms over the next few days; […]

12 July 2013 4:20 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA: Bravery

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As a DBA, you have the opportunity to act like a firefighter. In fact the term ‘fire-fighting’ is very often used to describe those tasks needed to find the root cause of a system outage because there are a lot of similarities.  When fighting a real fire there is more to it than the obvious […]

19 April 2013 1:41 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Laziness

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On the face of it, laziness is not the first character trait to whip out before an interviewer when asked, “What can you bring to our company?” However, I’m willing to bet that a relatively small handful of lazy people have done more for the world than all of the hard working people combined. Of […]

26 March 2013 3:54 am by
Louis Davidson

What Counts for a DBA: Realism

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“I need a database designed, which will not only clear up our current order processing issues, but will make our processing 1000% more efficient …” The manager had that charismatic gleam in his eye that makes you just about believe anything he says.  ”… and I know you guys can do it…”. Just as our […]

14 February 2013 4:49 pm by
Louis Davidson

What Counts For a DBA: Amnesia

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As we rush headlong into 2013, many of us prepare the annual document of self-deception otherwise known as our “New Year’s Resolutions”. Most people don’t intend to lie to themselves; it just often ends up that way. If you are lazy then the act of writing down “don’t be lazy” won’t transform you into a […]

7 January 2013 3:40 pm by
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