Dan Sawyer


Dan Sawyer is a QA consultant and trainer who helps organizations test their databases and improve their development and administration practices. Dan is based in Tucson, AZ.

Automate Your Security Audits 1
Start with this stored procedure for tracking 15 commonly monitored checkpoints--and build on it by adding your own checks.
Build Your Own Automated Security Systems 1
Discover the keys to effective database-security testing: a well–thought-out testing plan, consistent reporting and bug-checking, and the use of scripts to automate testing tasks.
Pep Up T-SQL Procedure Testing 2
Wouldn't it be great to cut the time it takes to unit test T-SQL stored procedures? Well, now you can! You can automate your testing by using nothing more than Query Analyzer and a little T-SQL code. Here's the solution in four easy-to-implement parts.
Integration Testing
Piece by piece, then all together, test your application code by following this simple plan.
Unit-Test Your Stored Procedures 6
You're the one on the front lines; who better to drill your code to peak performance? Here's why and how to put stored procedures through their paces.

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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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