Mark D. Scott

Mark D.

Mark D. Scott, CTO of software-solution provider Micro Endeavors, is a technical trainer and network integrator in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. He is a Microsoft .NET architect and developer with experience in designing and implementing data-centric, line-of-business applications. He is an MCSE, an MCSD, and an MCDBA and serves as an independent MSDN Regional Director in the greater Pennsylvania district. He is also A+, Network+, and CTT+ certified by CompTIA.

Hide Database Changes 1
Maintaining and changing a database schema is hard when you have applications that depend on the original schema. But you can use stored procedures and views to hide your database changes from your applications--and give you a cleaner schema to work with.
Step-by-Step Data Warehousing 4
In this article we will explore in more depth the first steps in the creation of the data warehouse.
7 Steps to Data Warehousing 3
Data warehouse systems provide decision-makers with consolidated, consistent historical data about an organization's activities. With careful planning, the system can provide vital information on how factors interrelate to help or harm the organization.
SQL DevCon Draws 700+
More than 700 developers and systems engineers gathered Oct. 1-3 at The Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona, for DevCon 1999 and SQL DevCon 1999.

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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
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
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