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Yesterday I talked about the Accidental Architect. Today I want to add some additional thoughts.There is a reason why we end up gravitating towards careers as DBAs or architects: natural curiosity. We want to know how something works. We want to do our best to ensure that a system is...

I felt like I was back in school, talking with the Guidance Counselor about my future career. The difference was that I was the one giving advice, not getting.A friend of mine was asking me about a career as a DBA. He has an aptitude for computers, speaks more than...

As we get more involved with the BI stack of tools we find ourselves learning some of the nuances of supporting all of these new environments. One such example is SSAS. When people build and deploy cubes to an instance of SSAS they (eventually) get around to asking about restores...

I often hear people use the terms "Data Mining" and "Data Analysis" as if they are interchangeable. To me, at least, they mean two very distinct things. Hopefully this post will help to explain what I believe to be the difference in their meanings.So, let's say you are opening up...

The other day we did an install of SSAS on a server without loading the database engine. Everything went fine, the end user started accessing the service and then we started talking about how we should make certain we are taking backups of the objects that are being created. Now,...