The 2017 Data Professional Salary Survey is going on now, but with over 1,300 2,400 results in already, I’ve noticed some interesting trends in the raw data. (I did this analysis on Friday, so if you redo it, you’ll see even higher response counts and possibly different results.) 2017/01/06 responses by job title, count: A good chunk of the responders are DBAs (no surprise, BrentOzar.com is a DBA-focused blog.) Since DBAs are near and dear to my heart, I’m going to filter for just them, and then analyze responses by country: Good! We’ve got just over 500 responses from US DBAs.…Read
Last week at the PASS Summit, I presented a half-day session: The 500-Level Guide to Career Internals. I used a cool new trick to accept private/silent questions live via the web, but…due to a technical difficulty <cough>I’m an idiot</cough>, I didn’t see the questions on my iPad. So here they are, along with answers: “I’m the first DBA my company has hired. How do you respect the DBA role so that I don’t have to fight developers about data management issues?” DBAs are kinda like law enforcement: we’re here to protect and to serve. There are laws around data. Sometimes they’re actual…Read
In my 24 Hours of PASS session, 500-Level Guide to Career Internals (video), I got a few great questions that we didn’t have the time to answer during the live webcast. Let’s talk through ’em now. Q: Does speaking at SQL Sat, etc. and learning presentation skills help with blog writing skills? Yes, and vice versa – it’s all about: Learning who your audience is Learning what their pain points are Learning the best ways to relieve those pains Learning how to teach the audience how to get pain relief Presenting helps you learn the audience better by hearing what their questions…Read
To me, success means: Doing challenging work that I love While surrounded by people I admire Working for a company that I respect Getting a fair trade between the hours I put in, and the reward The ability to make that tradeoff choice myself Success doesn’t have to mean starting a company or being a freelance consultant, and indeed, for me, starting a company was never something that was important to me. I can achieve those five bullet points – or rather, as many of ’em as possible – regardless of the organizational structure I’m in. I am successful at Pandemic,…Read
I hate networking. Even just typing the word makes me cringe because it makes me think walking up to a complete stranger and striking up a conversation. I hate approaching strangers. Ever since the time with the van and the candy, I… I’d rather not talk about it. Networking is a time suck that doesn’t scale. Whenever you want to make new connections, you have to go to a location, be mentally present, and you can’t be doing anything else. It’s an active task, not a passive task. You don’t have time for more active tasks because your day job is already overworking…Read
Wanna be a freelance consultant? Wanna do the same thing you’re doing today as an employee, but on your own, getting your own clients directly? There’s an easy way to tell if you’ll be good at it: start doing it today in your full time role. Here’s how. Step 1: Treat your internal users like customers. Think about these people as paying your check. Rather than cringing when your phone rings, you want to get into the frame of mind where you’re excited. Try to figure out how you can make them happy, make them want to work with you again,…Read
Are you afraid to blog because you’re worried no one will read it? It doesn’t matter. Write a blog because months or years from now, someone is going to Google your name. You want them to find things – things you’re proud of writing, things that convey your knowledge and personality. It doesn’t matter whether your blog posts have comments or subscribers. You’re going to instantly impress managers because you’ve taken the time to document what you know and share it with the community. Do it now. The future job-seeking you will thank me. Go to WordPress.com and start with the Premium…Read
James Rowland-Jones doing the SQLSaturday Vienna keynote At SQLSaturday Vienna last month, James Rowland-Jones (SQLbits organizer, former MVP, consulting company founder, and now Microsoft principal program manager, which is a pretty big deal) said in his keynote speech (paraphrased): “If you’re working with data, breadth is the new depth.” And years ago, Buck Woody (legendary Microsoftie currently doing machine learning and data science) told me: “In a mature market, be a specialist. In an immature market, be a generalist.” Both James and Buck are absolutely right. We’ve all got stories of parents and grandparents who worked in a factory, spent their…Read
My name is Brent Ozar, and I help people make SQL Server go faster. That basically means I measure things for a living. If I’m going to make something faster, I have to start by knowing exactly how slow it is. When I first started working with SQL Server, I just measured it with Perfmon metrics. I spent so much time capturing metrics, interpreting what they meant, documenting them, setting up email alerts about them. Then I found out about DMVs – SQL Server’s dynamic management views. I started querying those, and wow, there was so much information available about internals, what…Read
In the video game Katamari Damacy, you roll a ball through the world, slowly picking up objects by running over them. You can’t pick up big objects right away – you can only pick up objects smaller than you. As your pile grows, your capabilities grow. Here’s a video of someone playing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwhFH75OCDs When you’re starting a company by yourself, you start all alone with limited capabilities. You only have so many hours per day, and there’s a lot of skills you haven’t acquired yet. You tackle a lot of small tasks manually, doing them over and over again,…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.