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The New Operating System

I often see pieces written about startup companies and the methods they use to develop software. Small companies often adapt quickly to new ideas and processes. However, many of us work in larger, more established corporations and don’t get the … Continue reading

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Shrinking the Budget

Most of us rarely have to build or manage budgets in our organizations, but almost all of us are affected by the budget process. It’s tempting to ignore budgets and just do your job, but sooner or later you might … Continue reading

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From Great Idea to End Result

This editorial was originally published on May 5, 2011. It is being republished as Steve is at the PASS Summit. What’s the time for you IT department to get from great idea to a resulting application? This is a very good … Continue reading

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Bad Management

Many people know that a good manager can make a huge difference in the productivity of a staff. A bad manager can also lower productivity, but only to an extent. Fear of losing a job, or avoiding punishment can motivate … Continue reading

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Business Pressures

I know a little something about building and scaling a system on the Internet. While SQLServerCentral isn’t the largest site out there, we’ve had lots of experience with growing a site while trying to manage a business. We were successful … Continue reading

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Getting IT Out of the Data Center

The subtitle to this article says it all: IT isn’t a monolithic cost sink. I support this idea, though I don’t think it’s always accurate. Some companies just want an IT cost sink, where the data processing infrastructure is a utility. It … Continue reading

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Managerial Moneyball

I really enjoyed reading Moneyball. Its a book about baseball and data and how information should be used to choose baseball players for the Oakland As. It’s an interesting approach, one that has rarely been used in the sport in the … Continue reading

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Minimal Meetings

This editorial was originally published on April 24, 2010. It is being re-run as Steve is out of town at the PASS Summit. I read something the other day that struck me. It’s obvious, but I hadn’t really thought about … Continue reading

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Data Decisions or Instinct?

Most of us that are data professionals think the best way to make decisions is to use data to justify some course of action. We look for patterns in data, some guidance that the information we have will lead us … Continue reading

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Great Companies – Spotify

I don’t know anyone at Spotify, nor have I worked there. However when I see descriptions and explanations like this one of how they organize and build their culture, it makes me think they’re doing it right. Autonomy is important, … Continue reading

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