How Does the Cloud Change a Database Administrator’s Job?

I recently posted a blog entry on how cloud computing would change the Systems Architect’s role in an organization. In a way, the Systems Architect has the easiest transition to a new way of using computing technologies. In fact, that’s actually part of the job description. I mentioned that a Systems Architect has three primary vectors…

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How Does the Cloud Change a Systems Architect’s Job?

I know – I said I didn’t like the “cloud” term, but my better-phrased “Distributed Systems” moniker just never took off like I had hoped. So I’ll stick with the “c” word for now, at least until the search engines catch up with my more accurate term. I thought I might spend a little time…

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How I Work: A Cloud Developer’s Workstation

I’ve written here a little about how I work during the day, including things like using a stand-up desk (still doing that, by the way). Inspired by a Twitter conversation yesterday, I thought I might explain how I set up my computing environment. First, a couple of important points. I work in Cloud Computing, specifically…

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A SQL Saturday in Cambridge – Buck Woody’s Ragtime Database Workshop

The SQL Server community is really engaged. They are an active bunch on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, they help each other on forums, they attend conferences. But that isn’t enough interaction – the community started a grass-roots effort to hold local conferences on a Saturday. Free conferences. Odds are there’s one near you… http://www.sqlsaturday.com/default.aspx ……

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How I Work– Working From Home

I work from home – and I would find it difficult to work any other way. For decades I’ve worked in traditional offices, cubicle-farms, and open-plan work areas. I find them too bright, too loud, too distracting, and in some cases, too depressing to be effective. Working from home offers me a zero-commute, largely stress-free…

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Book Review (Book 12) – 20 Master Plots

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for a year. You can read my first book review here, and the entire list is here. The book I chose for May 2012 was:20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias. This is my final…


Book Review (Book 11) – Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here, and the entire list is here. The book I chose for April 2012 was: Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform. I was traveling at…


Book Review (Book 10) – The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here, and the entire list is here. The book I chose for March 2012 was: The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood by James Gleick….


“I could use a little help here” or “I can do it myself, thank you” for Cloud Projects

Windows Azure allows you to write code in languages within the .NET stack, you can use Java, C++, PHP, NodeJS and others. Code is code – other than keeping things stateless, using a Web or Worker Role in Azure is not all that different from working with an on-premises system. However…. Working in a scalable,…


Book Review (Book 8) – The Elements of Persuasion

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for January 2012 was: The Elements of Persuasion by Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman. Why I chose this Book: As I…

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