Michelle A. Poolet

Michelle A. Poolet is a contributing editor for SQL Server Pro and cofounder of Mount Vernon Data Systems and Six Sigma Uptime. She teaches database design and programming, has a master's degree in CIS, and is a Zachman Certified™ Enterprise Architect.

Articles by Michelle A. Poolet
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Database Design Essentials
If you’re designing a database from scratch, there are 10 things you absolutely need to do to ensure a successful database project.
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What's the Difference Between a Data Architect and an Enterprise Architect? 1
Long story short, the enterprise architect's responsibility is over-arching across the entire enterprise, whereas the Data Architect has a subset of the enterprise architect's responsibilities, which are focused mainly on the data itself.
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Comparative Review: Sizing Up Data Modeling Software 6
Find out how six popular data modeling software packages stack up to each other.
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The Smart DBA's Guide to SQL Server Disaster Recovery, Part 2
In this conclusion of our two-part series, we show you how to develop, deploy, and perform day-to-day maintenance of your SQL Server disaster-recovery plan.
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The Smart DBA's Guide to SQL Server Disaster Recovery, Part 1
We apply the first 5 Ds of our 7D Method to the SQL Server disaster-recovery scenario. In Part 1, we focus on Discovery and Design, and in Part 2, we'll show you how to Develop, Deploy, and maintain your SQL Server disaster-recovery plan Day-to-Day.
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E-Discovery Q & A for Data Warehouse Administrators
At some point in your career you might get a request, possibly in the form of a court order, to hand over electronically stored information that’s under your care. What can you do to prepare for this eventuality?
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What is Slack Space?
Slack space is a form of internal fragmentation, i.e., wasted space, on a hard disk.
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What is ESI?
Electronically stored information (ESI) is data and information that is created, manipulated, stored, transmitted, and utilized in digital form.
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What Are Forensic Images and Forensic Copies?
A forensic image is an image or exact, sector by sector, copy of a hard disk. A forensic copy is a file-level copy of data from a hard disk.
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Design your Data Warehouse for Performance
Data warehouse performance is tied to the performance of the underlying storage subsystem. Discover what you need to know to design a storage subsystem for maximum performance.
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The Data Warehouse Project Discovery Phase
Gathering requirements is absolutely necessary in the discovery phase of successful data warehouse project. In this article, we'll walk through the highlights of gathering requirements for the three project tracks—Technology, Data, and Application Layer.
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Data Warehouse Requirements Checklist
When you're gathering requirements in the Discover phase of creating a data warehouse project here is a handy checklist.
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Some Musts To Avoid When Developing Your Data Warehouse Project
There are certain things you should NOT do when developing your data warehouse project. Here's a short list of nine musts to avoid.
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Lessons Learned from Poor Data Warehouse Design 1
Here are the business and design factors that you need to consider and address when designing your data warehouse.
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Seven Steps for Successful Data Warehouse Projects 3
Poolet shares the approach she uses when planning and managing a database project. This is project management for non-PMs: admins and developers without a PM, or IT pros who must build a data warehouse and act as their own PM.
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