How Not to Make WIT Result in WTH

The support of Women in Technology at Oracle is a fine line and a careful argument. I receive between 20-30 communications in any week on the topic and I think the challenge as I speak to people is the importance of education over persecution. I’m at DOAG, (Deutschland Oracle User Group) conference this week and […]

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November 22, 2017

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Considerations When Using SQL Server 2016 Dynamic Data Masking

SQL Server 2016 introduced a new security feature called Dynamic Data Masking.  With the General Data Protection Regulations, (GDPR) breathing heavy down most IT in America’s neck, its good timing. “Data Masking” is a term that has a strict definition, but different results when we actually discuss the technology behind it.  The main goal is to […]

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November 15, 2017

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Azure SQL Database- Automatic Index Management

As I begin my education in SQL Server 2017, as well as Azure SQL Database, my attention was caught by the optimizer improvements and especially automatic tuning. Often referred to with features starting with the naming convention of “dynamic” in Oracle, many automatic features either thrill or frustrate DBAs, no matter what the platform.  The […]

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November 9, 2017

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East Coast Oracle Conference, (ECO 17)

So this week I’m back on the other coast, Raleigh, NC at ECO17 after last week in Seattle. I’ve switched from SQL Server to Oracle and we won’t discuss how many times I had to correct myself as I said, “transaction log” instead of “archive log” and pointed west instead of east for the ocean…My […]

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November 8, 2017

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Kudos to Pass Summit 2017

This week I had the opportunity to present at Microsoft’s Pass Summit, which was one of two events I had on my list for this year, (the other was Oracle Open World.) Although I’m still learning about all the events on the Microsoft side, unlike Oracle, where there’s one, massive event in San Francisco each […]

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November 7, 2017

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Pass Summit 2017, 2nd Day, Thursday

Thursday started out calm, self-assured that I knew where I needed to be all day and was prepared.  I tweeted happily that I had found a lovely spot to work during the keynote, (day job!) Yeah, this: At the keynote, there was a table with my name on it where I was supposed to be.  […]

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November 3, 2017

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Pass Summit 2017, 1st Day, Also Known as HumpDay

I’ve plenty of rest after arriving in Seattle yesterday to get my registration for Pass Summit, attended the Women in Technology Happy Hour and then received my Idera ACE! Now Wednesday morning, I spent it reworking my slides for the third time and preparing while the main keynote was going on, (my session was right […]

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November 2, 2017

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International Woman Traveling with a 16in Carry-on

I travel and a seriously good amount.  I will present at about 35-40 events, attend company functions/meetings and this year with a considerable amount of those outside of the Denver area, this means I’ll be on a plane around 5-6 trips per month. Women commonly pack more, but I receive a few comments per my […]

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October 23, 2017

Linux for the SQL Server DBA- Part II

So we’ve covered a few basics of a Linux host in Part I– The File System Users, groups Basic Commands with basic arguments And file and directory permissions Hopefully, what I share next will build on the first post and enhance your knowledge as you move forward with Linux. Reading the contents of a directory, […]

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October 19, 2017

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Linux for the SQL Server DBA- Part I

For the Oracle DBA, Linux is life.  When I was at Oracle, Linux projects were the easy part of my job, unlike the ones on Windows, AIX, HP-UX and at times, even Solaris.  You knew the Linux ones received the most love from development, had the most time towards patching and received attention if there […]

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October 16, 2017

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Disrupt or Die- Learning From History

As I continue to dig into the legacy we’re impacted by in technology, I had the opportunity to read Disrupt or Die, the new book from Delphix and Avamar founder, Jedidiah Yueh.  I was first concerned that the content wouldn’t be that interesting to someone from the deep technical like myself… To be honest, I […]

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October 10, 2017

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Thanks ODC, Oracle WIT Edition #ThanksODC

Just in case you wondered, if you do a search for #ThanksODC and leave the “C” off, you get a lot of stuff on the boy band, One Direction…. You can thank me later for that warning…. The sheer amount of thank you posts for Oracle Development Community Appreciation Day, (#ThanksODC) and the historical hashtag […]

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October 10, 2017

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Free eBook: DevOps and the DBA, The Last Frontier!

The first edition of the free eBook is available for download at Delphix! It took us a bit to get the final updates to the eBook version completed and I want to thank everyone at Delphix who helped get the content updated with the latest additions, including the bossman, Eric Schrock and for helping me […]

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October 9, 2017

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Where in the World is Goth Geek Girl, Week 41

So now that I’m finished just taking it easy, playing hooky from Oracle Open World and Oak Table World…uh, yeah…. I get to recover from emergency surgery for another week and while I’ve been busy writing slide content, building out new abstracts for the new year, along with content for a couple books, I’m finishing […]

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October 4, 2017

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Driving for Change- Women of Oracle

Somehow I’ve made it a pastime of pointing out how many times women are passed up for recognition while men are promoted around them. Its not that the men were identified as better or worse than women, but just about how heavily we scrutinize and limit women while everyone else passes them by. Now I’m […]

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October 3, 2017

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Data Gravity and the Network

The network has often been viewed as “no man’s land” for the DBA-  Our tools may identify network latency, but rarely does it go into any details, designating the network outside our jurisdiction. As we work through data gravity, i.e. the weight of data, the pull of applications, services, etc. to data sources, we have […]

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Where in the World is Goth Geek Girl, Week #38

As we come upon Oracle Open World at the end of the month, I’m busy with a number of events and tasks. I spoke at the Microservices, Containers and DevOps Summit in Denver yesterday and will be traveling to San Diego, California to speak at SQL Saturday #661 this weekend.  I love the Microsoft events, […]

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September 20, 2017

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Death of the DBA, Long Live the DBA

I planned on finishing up and publishing a different post today, but after a number of conversations with DBAs in the community, this topic took precedence. Yesterday the above announcement came out with the Oracle earnings call, along with the following: “In a couple of weeks, we will announce the world’s first fully autonomous database […]

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September 15, 2017

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