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This week I will be in Atlanta for Microsoft Ignite, splitting time between the Microsoft and SolarWinds booths in the exhibit hall. I have the privilege of delivering a session in the Community Theater on Tuesday, the 27th of September, from 2:50-3:10PM EDT. The title of the talk is "Performance Tuning Essentials for the Cloud DBA," and it's a story that's been on my mind for the past year or so.

 

First, "cloud DBA" is a phrase I borrowed from Rimma Nehme who mentioned the term during her PASS Summit keynote in 2014. Dr. Nehme was reinforcing an idea that I have been advocating for years, and that is for database administrators to stop thinking of themselves as DBAs and start thinking of themselves as data professionals. To a DBA, it shouldn't matter where the data resides, either down the hall or in the cloud. And for those of us that are accidental DBAs, or accidental whatevers, we know that there will soon be accidental cloud DBAs. And those accidental cloud DBAs will need help.

 

And that help begins with this 20-minute session at Ignite tomorrow.

 

During that session, you are going to hear me talk about the rise of hybrid IT, the changing face of IT, and how we won't recognize things in five years. An accidental cloud DBA will be overwhelmed at first, but we will help provide the structure they need for a solid foundation to perform well in their new role. And I will share some tips and tricks with you to help all cloud DBAs to be efficient and effective.

 

So if you are at Microsoft Ignite this week, stop by to chat with me in the booth, or after my session Tuesday. I'd be happy to talk cloud, data, databases, and technology in general.