Richard Pless

Richard
Pless

Richard Pless is the Director of Data Operations at Ovation Research Group where he oversees a team of Database Administrators. He has presented on numerous topics including text processing, application development, and analysis techniques.

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Visual SourceSafe
Microsoft Visual SourceSafe is a great tool to use to centrally manage file version control. It also helps to simplify common tasks such as code reviews, project management, source-code change auditing, and backups.
Defining VSS Roles and Processes

Here are some key decisions that the development team needs to make before the VSS administrator installs VSS and the development team begins a new project.

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Mar 14, 2015
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For Data Quality, Intelligent Rules Add Value to the Golden Record 2

The quest for the Golden Record to achieve a single, accurate and complete version of a customer record is worth the pursuit to attain survivorship. Record matching and consolidation are only the beginning. Melissa Data takes a new approach. Learn how to apply intelligent rules based on reference data to make smarter and better decisions for data cleansing....More
Mar 12, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 20: Avoiding Backup Fragmentation

On SQL Servers where Availability Groups (or Mirroring) isn’t in play, I typically recommend keeping a combination of on-box backups along with copying said backups off-box as well. Obviously, keeping databases AND backups on the SAME server is the metaphorical equivalent of putting all of your eggs in one basket – and therefore something you should avoid like the plague....More
Mar 6, 2015
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AlwaysOn Availability Groups and SQL Server Jobs, Part 19: Availability Group Database Backups

One of the biggest strengths of AlwaysOn Availability Groups is that they allow DBAs to address both high availability and disaster recovery concerns from a single set of tooling or interfaces. But, this doesn’t mean that you won’t still need backups....More
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