Author Archives: craig@craigsmullins.com

About craig@craigsmullins.com

I'm a data management strategist, researcher, and consultant with over three decades of experience in all facets of database systems development and implementation.

DevOps and the Database

The title of this blog post was also the title of my presentation at last year’s Data Summit event. Here is a short snippet of that presentation captured at the event.   After watching it, let me know your thoughts … Continue reading

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World Backup Day and Your Databases

Today, March 31, 2020, is World Backup Day. So I thought I’d take the time to blog a bit on the importance of preparing and testing your database backup and recovery plans. The recoverability of your organization’s data is perhaps … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and Tech Conferences

As we all hunker down, social distancing to help reduce the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed that many industry conferences are being canceled or postponed. I think that this may be a major inflection point … Continue reading

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How to Measure Your DBAs

One of the most common questions I get when talking to folks about database administration is how to measure the effectiveness and quality of a DBA staff. This question is not really an easy one to answer, and for a … Continue reading

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Database Schema Change and DevOps

  Traditionally, the DBA is the custodian of database changes. The DBA is the information technician responsible for ensuring the ongoing operational functionality and efficiency of an organization’s databases and the applications that access those databases. However, the DBA is … Continue reading

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Inside the Data Reading Room – Some Books to Start the New Year (2020)

Regular readers of my blog know that I periodically post quick reviews of the technology books that I have been reading. With that in mind, here is the first set of book reviews for 2020, taking a look at three … Continue reading

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The DBA Corner Column

Today’s post is to remind my readers that I write a monthly column for Database Trends & Applications magazine on database and DBA issues and trends by the name of DBA Corner. And I have been writing this column for … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2020!

Hello everybody… and welcome to a new year. Just a quick post today to wish everybody out there a very Happy New Year!   Whether you rang in the year with drinks, dinner, a party, or watching the year roll … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2020 everybody! Just a quick post to wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year. I hope that your holiday season was enjoyable and relaxing and that you are ready to get back to work soon … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

Just a quick post to wish all of my readers and followers a very happy holiday season. To you and yours, wherever you are and however you celebrate, may you have the best of times enjoying the holidays! And I’ll … Continue reading

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