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.

The $10K Server of the Future 4

I was having dinner with a well-known SQL Server MVP a few weeks ago, and we began to opine about the future of performance tuning in the SQL Server space. Specifically, we were talking about what might happen when it’s possible to build a database server with 1TB of solid state disk (SSD) space for less than $10K. One question we discussed boiled down to, “Will we even need performance tuning experts at that point?”

Improving the SQL Server Training Ecosystem 4
Brian offers up a few questions related to career-oriented technical training and improving the Microsoft training ecosystem.
The SQL Server Professional's Holiday Wish List
Brian's letter to Santa contains a wish list from naughty and nice SQL Server pros. Is your wish on the list?
RDBMS vs. NoSQL: And the Winner Is . . . 1
Some companies have successfully implemented NoSQL on a enterprise scale, but does that mean it works better than relational database management systems (RDBMSs) in all cases?
Is There a Shortage of SQL Server Experts? 10
There's a perception that there's not enough SQL Server experts to support the market. Brian explores whether this perception is actually reality.
Cloud Computing: It's Not Quite Ready, but You Need to Be 2
Brian explains why you'll eventually have to make cloud computing work for you, whether you like it or not.
How the New Database Security Law Affects You 2
Several months ago, Massachusetts passed a sweeping new data security law that will have a profound impact on the way the United States, and perhaps the rest of the world, manages and develops data-centric applications. Oddly, most people in the business and technical communities don’t seem to know about it.
Could Unstructured Data Management Technology Replace the Relational Database Someday? 5
Brian discusses whether unstructured data management technology, such as Evernote, could ever replace the relational database.
Microsoft's Mark Souza Lists His Favorite SQL Server 2008 R2 Features 1
Mark Souza, Microsoft’s Partner Director of the Business Platform Division Customer Experience Team, talks about the 3 SQL Server 2008 R2 features that he thinks are most important.
Facebook’s New Settings Raise Data Privacy Questions 2
Brian discusses how Facebook's new privacy settings open up opportunities for marketers and criminals to use people's Facebook information to target them.
Thanks for Dreaming, Dr. Gray
In an open letter to Santa, Brian thanks Dr. Jim Gray for dreaming of a day when a terabyte-sized server could be built for less than $10,000.
Kevin Kline Unplugged
Brian Moran talks candidly with Kevin Kline about his ten years of service with PASS.
Are You a SAN Fan? 7
Brian discusses how to effectively address IO needs within your database environment.
Will Future Generations Take Virtualization for Granted? 1
Brian explores how virtualization is becoming the norm, rather than the exception, and how it will affect future generations.
Attend SQL Server Training Events from Your Desk
Virtual training events are changing the SQL Server training landscape as they become more popular and more organizations cut their training budgets.

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From the Blogs
Nov 3, 2015

Climb the Steps Toward Data Quality Success

Melissa Data's Data Quality Analyst Joseph Vertido explains how Gartner defines the critical data quality steps to prevent bad data from entering your systems in the first place, and then keep it clean over time....More
Sep 29, 2015

Data Breaches and Insider Threats

I’ll sound a bit like Captain Obvious for bringing this up, but it’s important to remember that security encompasses a lot more than protecting sensitive data from the specter of outsider threats like hackers. Properly implemented security policies also account for threat-models that include insiders – or people within your organization....More
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
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