Dawn Cyr

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Dawn Cyr is a former senior editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.

Articles by Dawn Cyr
Continuous Data Protection - 23 May 2007
CDP isn't just for the enterprise anymore—vendors are stepping up to provide continuous data protection that even SMBs might consider, thanks to lower cost solutions and creative licensing levels.
Simplify XML Conversion 1

Although Microsoft introduced the XML data type in SQL Server 2005, widespread use of the new data type has been slow to catch on. Carlo Innocenti, XML Technologies Program Manager at DataDirect Technologies, speculates that the main reason for the slow adoption is simply that most users have been used to storing data in other types.

A Holistic View of High Availability
You can't maintain high availability just at the server level. A holistic view takes into account all the factors that can affect your server environment.
A New Pill for Your SSIS ETL Headaches
A new Visual Studio plug-in component solves ETL problems with unstructured and semi-structured data.
Simplify Your CDP Purchase
A simplified architecture and pricing structure brings this CDP solution within reach of midsized businesses.
SQL Server DBAs Are a Hot Commodity 1

SQL Server DBAs are in demand, according to this snippet from a recent CNN Money article:

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/news/0702/gallery.jobs_in_demand/6.html

Good news for DBAs who are entering the field or looking to improve their situation. The article notes a similar demand for Java and .NET programmers. Wonder what kind of dream job is out there for a DBA who can program in .NET and Java?

 

Database Pros: Stay Vigilant
Imperva execs provide insight into potential security vulnerabilities that database pros may see in the coming year.
SQL Server Pros Keep On Innovating 2
The winners of this year's SQL Server Magazine Innovators contest epitomize ingenuity, developing fresh solutions to business problems ranging from change management to scheduling overtime.
Last Rites for a Beloved Server 1
One of our 2006 SQL Server Magazine Innovators contest winners brought levity to his workplace by developing SQL Server Funeral Services, a procedure that lets users bid adieu to a decommissioned server.
What Makes YOU an Expert? 3
Our annual salary survey respondents tell us how they acquire the knowledge that sets them apart from the average DBA. We also highlight how your salary stacks up with your peers for this year.
Meet the Innovators!
The right mix of technical skill, creativity, and common sense produced three winning solutions in the 2005 SQL Server Magazine Innovators Awards. Read about them here.
New Products, January 2006
Check out SQL Server–related products including Aqua Data Studio 4.5 and CubePort.
Up All Night
Regardless of whether respondents felt empowered by their daily challenges or overwhelmed by them, they all acknowledged the challenges exist. Here are some of the job stresses that keep you up at night.
IT Needs Women
Despite facing ongoing gender-related challenges in their traditionally male-dominated careers, women report a high level of job satisfaction.
It's What You Make IT
This year’s survey respondents reveal what makes database pros happy, what challenges they face, and how they see IT roles changing.
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