Why Certification Still Matters: The Why, The Journey, and Certification-fu à la Bruce Lee

MSIT People Aspirations Last year MSIT’s People Aspirations team asked me to share my Microsoft certification experiences. The team adopted a Bruce Lee meme which I weaved into my deck. This week the PowerPoint team deployed a bug fix enabling embedded YouTube clips (the Insert > Video command has been extant for years, but it…

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MSDN Whitepaper: More Cowbell—Optimizing Your Query Plans with the SQL Server 2014 Cardinality Estimator

Hot off the presses is this new MSDN white paper: Optimizing Your Query Plans with the SQL Server 2014 Cardinality Estimator One of the gems introduced in SQL Server 2014 is the Cardinality Estimator (CE)—new! improved! & now with more cowbell.  I’m thrilled to be a Technical Reviewer for a superb MSDN white paper authored…

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Columnstore Preso to the Oregon SQL Server User Group

In the latest-&-greatest effort in my mission to deliver my Columnstore presentation to every geekly denizen of the SQL community on the Northleft Coast of the United States & beyond, I’ll be delivering this week to the Oregon SQL Server User Group. Though Columnstore indexes were introduced in SQL Server 2012; they’re still largely unknown. …

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