Brian Moran


Brian Moran is chief servant officer and co-owner of both Linchpin People and SQL People. He is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and has been involved in the SQL Server community for more than 20 years. Brian co-founded what might be the first SQL Server user group in the world, was one of the first SQL Server MVPs in the world, and was on the SQL Server Magazine launch team. Brian's roles in the SQL Server community include technologist, author, community leader, entrepreneur, and executive.

Why Ask Why? 3
Most technologists spend a great deal of time asking questions, and it occurs to me that becoming more skillful in asking questions is something that can benefit all SQL Server professionals.
Training SQL Server Newbies to Avoid Basic Database Mistakes 5
SQL Server professionals still forget to put indexes on tables and still forget to test their backups. Do other professions do a better job of training newbies so that certain basic mistakes tend to be avoided as each new generation of workers come through the ranks?
Big Data: What Is the True Cost of Your Data?
DBAs and software architects may want to consider whether businesses are storing more data than actual business needs dictate.
A Case for Shorter SQL Server Conference Sessions 5
Microsoft SQL Server conference sessions and webinars should arguably be limited to 30 minutes for optimal online viewing.
Troubleshooting SQL Server Performance Problems Using Internal vs. External Resources
SQL Server performance problem troubleshooting often isn't anyone's core job. SQL Server Pro expert Brian Moran discusses options for handling performance tuning management in organizations.
Will Apple’s iBooks 2 Revolutionize the SQL Server Book and Training Market? 1
Brian Moran highlights the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event and explores how Apple's iBooks 2 electronic textbook publishing platform will change the way SQL Server professionals read SQL Server books and attend conferences.
The SQL Server Community: Giving to Those in Need
The SQL Server community is known for banding together to help those in need, whether they have a SQL Server-related question or a charity they want to support. Here's two acts of giving that have inspired Brian Moran.
One Happy SQL Server Family
What does SQLFamily mean to you? With Thanksgiving around the corner, Brian Moran discussed what the SQL Server community means to him.
Are You Prepared to Find Your Next SQL Server Job?
If you left or lost your job today, have you set your career up in a way that you can quickly find a new job?
PASS Summit 2011: Brief Encounters Can Positively Impact Your Career
Brian talks about how a brief encounter at PASS Summit 2011 could give you the confidence to know that you have what it takes to be a great database professional.
Software Patents: Encouraging Litigation or Innovation? 1
Is aggressive use of software patents beginning to have a negative affect on the technology business? Brian Moran thinks so, and here's why.
What Is the Future of the Paid SQL Server Conference Model? 3
Brian explores how a change in conference models, from paid in-person events such as PASS Summit to free in-person events such as SQLSaturday, could affect SQL Server conference providers.
Will SSDs Cause Performance Tuning Experts to Go the Way of the Milkman? 9
Brian discusses how the proliferation of solid state disks (SSDs) could turn "throwing hardware at a performance problem" from a deadly sin to an easier and cheaper solution than performance tuning.
Shaping Laws That Affect IT
Many laws affect the technology space; you need to educate yourself about legislation that affects your profession.
Database Cloud Computing: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3
Cloud technology is the future of IT, but the future of cloud computing—database in particular—is still a bit cloudy.

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Sep 15, 2015

Setting Up Additional Checks to Ensure Regular Transaction Log Backups 1

There’s simply no way to overstate the importance of regular Transaction Log Backups. Not only do they help protect from disaster, but regular execution of T-Log backups on Full (and Bulk-Logged) Recovery databases helps keep thing “fit and trim”. Most of the time, setting up a Notification for when T-Log Backup Jobs fail is enough to let you know when something goes wrong....More
Sep 1, 2015

Stop Using INFORMATION_SCHEMA and SysObjects for Exists Checks 3

Code like this isn’t optimal: IF EXISTS(SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE name = N'TableToDrop' AND type = 'U')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Neither is this: IF EXISTS(SELECT TABLE_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableToDrop')         DROP TABLE TableToDrop; GO Yet, I see both of those used all of the time – over and over again. Even though it’s 2015.  ...More
Aug 27, 2015

A Replacement for Maintenance Plan Backups 1

This blog post is a bit of a ‘repeat’ – since I already covered much of the rationale behind this post in Part 23 of my multi-part series on AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Agent Jobs. But, I also figured that this is enough of an important topic to merit its own blog post....More
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