2014 review: the year by the numbers

The last post of the year! It’s been a really excellent year all round and time for my traditional post counting down some of the numbers that have been my life this year. 10068445 (roughly): the number of page views across my blog according to Google (up around 9% from 2013) 105881: the number of miles […]

2014: the year in books

Back in 2009 I started posting a summary at the end of the year of what I read during the year (see my posts from 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and people have been enjoying it, so I present the 2014 end-of-year post. I set a moderate goal of 40 books this year and I managed 53. I wanted […]

Christmas Eve RunAs Radio show 400

Last week we joined our wonderful friend (he MC’d our wedding in 2007) Richard Campbell for RunAs Radio show #400, where we jet-laggedly discuss all kinds of stuff, even occasionally getting technical! You can download it here. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! PS We also did the 200th show back in 2011 – see here.

SQLskills hires all-round SQL expert Tim Radney

It’s hiring time again, as our consulting volume has reached the point where we need more help on our close-knit, expert team! Specifically, we’ve asked well-known SQL expert and MVP Tim Radney to join us and we’re extremely pleased that he accepted our offer. He’ll bring our team up to seven people when he starts with […]

SQLskills holiday gift to you: all 2013 Insider videos

As we all wind down for the 2014 holiday season, we want to give the SQL Server community a holiday gift to say ‘thank you’ for all your support during 2014, and what better gift than more free content?! As many of you know, I publish a bi-weekly newsletter to more than 11,500 subscribers that […]

Problems from having lots of server memory

A month ago I kicked off a survey asking how much memory is installed on your largest server that’s running SQL Server. Thank you to everyone that responded. Here are the results:                       The “other” values are: 3 more for the ‘128 GB or more, […]

T-SQL Tuesday: Giving back in 2015

          My friend Wayne Sheffield (b|t)is hosting T-SQL Tuesday this month and it’s been a long time since I’ve taken part (wow – since January 2011!). His theme is about how you’re going to give back or continue giving back to the SQL Server community in 2015. I’m going to talk about […]

October 2015 Dublin IE2/IEPTO-2 class open for registration

Through popular demand we’ve managed to juggle a bit more of our schedule around and found space to fit in another European class in 2015, and it’s open for registration! We’ll be teaching our signature IEPTO-2 (formerly IE2) Immersion Event on Performance Tuning and Optimization, in partnership with our great friends Bob and Carmel Duffy of Prodata. This […]