The Secret to Work-Life Balance for Information Technology Professionals

Posted by Ben Weiss on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

By: Ben Weiss

Software development jobs in New York City

A few weeks ago, I had the good fortune to speak with Scott Forsyth, the co-founder and Chief Systems Architest for Vaasnet (a provider of on-demand VMs) who moonlights as a Microsoft MVP in IIS.

While we spoke about a range of different topics, it was particularly interesting to discuss how Forsyth - like many other passionate technologists - frequently blurs the lines between his professional and personal life because of all the time devoted to his craft.

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Tags: IIS, Work-Life Balance, .NET, SQL Server

How to Become an IT Executive (Especially if You're a DBA)

Posted by Ben Weiss on Tue, Jun 25, 2013 @ 09:06 AM

By: Ben Weiss

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Even the most successful technical professionals might have some advice for their earlier selves when reflecting on their life experience.

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Tags: Database Administration, IT Leadership, SQL Server

5 Lessons in Personal Branding from SQL Server MVP Kevin Kline

Posted by Ben Weiss on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 @ 13:06 PM

By: Ben Weiss

Infusive Solutions SQL Server Jobs in New York City

There’s no doubt that your baseline credibility as an IT professional is tied to your technical skills. However, while not universally the case, technical skills alone may not be enough to propel your career to an ideal destination or position you for the SQL Server jobs you desire.

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Tags: Personal Branding, SQL Server

3 Ways Business Observation Catalyzes SQL Server DBA Job Growth

Posted by Ben Weiss on Wed, Jun 5, 2013 @ 17:06 PM

By: Ben Weiss

In February 2013, I published an article for Dice News that laid out why it’s so valuable for Microsoft-specialized technical professionals to supplement their technical knowledge with business acumen.

For a quick recap, one of our all-star candidates (who since went on to become the Chief Technology Officer of a major hedge fund) was working a financial Windows Systems Engineering job in New York City proper. Though his role left him in a small technical silo, he independently began to dig into the industry itself.

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Tags: SQL Server

SQL 2012 Installation Guide

Posted by Ben Weiss on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 @ 16:04 PM

By: Ayman El-Ghazali - Guest Contributor

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Tags: Database Administration, SQL Server

Why database professionals shouldn't fear automation

Posted by Alissa Ohashi on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

By: Todd Boss – Guest Contributor

About the author: Todd Boss is a Washington, DC-based Database consultant with 20 years of industry experience who specializes in Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence ventures. Todd is also a managing partner of Blackbox Partners, LLC, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business with operations in Houston and Washington. Blackbox Partners specializes in Database consulting, instructor-led training IT project management and IT Services, and value-added reselling off its federal contracts. 

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Tags: Database Administration, SQL Server

8 Traits of Highly Effective DBAs

Posted by Ben Weiss on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:01 PM

By: Ayman El-Ghazali - Guest Contributor

This article originally appeared on TheSqlPro.com, republished here with author's permission.

The whole “7 habits” title is so cliché, so I decided to make it eight (that will probably relieve me from any copyright violations as well). So anyway, these are the eight habits/skills of highly effective database administrators, based on my own humble opinions. And although I come from the Microsoft SQL Server world, I believe most of these traits or skills can be adapted cross-platform.

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Tags: Database Administration, SQL Server