Q&A with the MVP Award Program

November 1, 2017 Andy 0

I was recently interviewed by the Microsoft MVP Award Program about organizing the LGBT meetup at PASS Summit last year, and about running diverse, inclusive tech events here in Boston. We discuss why it’s important to have LGBT events, and other events that focus on … [Read More]

Ten tips for PASS Summit Attendees

October 29, 2017 Andy 0

I won’t be at PASS Summit this year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give advice to those who will be there. I got an email asking for advice for Summit First-Timers, and after sending over the list of tips, I figured I’d write a … [Read More]

Finding the Leader Blocker

October 26, 2017 Andy 4

During the course of normal processing in a database, blocking happens. Blocking is “by design” because your database is on ACID. In an OLTP database, most of your transactions are short in duration, so we expect blocking to also be short in duration. If blocking … [Read More]

Multi-Statement TVFs in Dynamics CRM

August 22, 2017 Andy 0

In this post on SQLPerformance.com, I look into a database performance issue with Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and find a fix that speeds up nearly every database call in the application. If you’re familiar with supporting the database behind Microsoft Dynamics CRM, you probably know that … [Read More]

SentryOne Community Ambassador

July 20, 2017 Andy 1

Last week, SentryOne announced their new PAC Community Ambassador program. I’m incredibly excited to be part of this new program. PAC? Huh? SentryOne doesn’t fuel their monitoring software with power-pellets, the PAC is their Product Advisory Council. This is a group of their users and … [Read More]

The most important resume tip

July 9, 2017 Andy 3

Writing a good resume is hard. People will tell you lots of rules about what you should always or never do with your resume. Should you follow those rules? Are things different because of your industry/background/geography/niche? Should you be clever or classic? It depends™. There is … [Read More]

What’s wrong with DELETE EXISTS?

June 30, 2017 Andy 1

This morning, when I logged into Twitter, the tweet at the top of my timeline was from Shane O’Neill (blog|twitter). It was to his blog post, Shane, What’s wrong with DELETE EXISTS?.  It’s not that unusual that Shane would talk to himself in the third … [Read More]