What the heck is downtime, anyway?

April 15, 2019 Andy 1

There’s a lot of discussion about preventing downtime. As a DBA and IT professional, it’s my sworn duty to prevent downtime. I usually describe my job as DBA something along the lines of, “to make sure data is always available to the people and applications … [Read More]

SQL: A love story

January 21, 2019 Andy 0

I’m a college drop-out. When I was trying to figure out my life, a friend (my brother’s ex) referred me to a software company where she was working–I got the job because I was (a) breathing, (b) eager to do the job, and (c) cheap. … [Read More]

Failure is always an option

January 15, 2019 Andy 1

Bloggers spend a lot of time writing about our successes, but we’re human and we make mistakes, too. This post is a chance to share one of my memorable failures.

Working from home: Home office tour

December 18, 2018 Andy 4

About two years ago, I moved my home office down into the basement at our house. Earlier this year, I started a new job at SentryOne, and work from home full time. This means I spend more (awake) time in my office than any other room in the house. I thought I’d take everyone through a guided tour of my home office.

I’m in a book! Data Professionals at Work

October 13, 2018 Andy 0

Back in January, Malathi Mahadevan asked me if I would participate in a book she was working on. The book, “Data Professionals At Work”, is part of Apress Media’s “…At Work” series, an anthology of interviews with Microsoft-focused data professionals

Who are the extra special people in your life?

September 21, 2018 Andy 2

On my flight home from a conference in Europe, I found myself watching a documentary on Fred Rogers. This prompted me to reflect on some of the extra special people in my life that have helped me get where I am.

Hanging up my DBA cleats

July 9, 2018 Andy 12

I’m no accidental DBA. Very shortly after I started working in tech, I realized that I wanted to be a DBA when I grew up. Eventually, I landed that DBA job, and have been a DBA ever since. A couple of weeks ago, I told my manager I was leaving and gave my notice. That night, my husband and I celebrated with a champagne moment.

How to get your dream job – Webinar recording

July 9, 2018 Andy 1

I recently presented for the PASS Professional Development virtual group with my session “How to get your dream job: resume & job hunting tips.” When I’m speaking at SQLSaturdays and User Groups, I frequently meet people looking to advance their career, make a career change, … [Read More]

Interviewed by Mohammad Darab

December 20, 2017 Andy 0

As part of Mohammad’s series of interviews, he interviewed me on my thoughts on the future of SQL Server, the DBA role, and the cloud. Read the interview on Mohammad’s site.

The most important resume tip

July 9, 2017 Andy 4

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]