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.

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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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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