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European UniCycle 2020 – A gentle bike ride from Spain to Norway

Following a great first year establishing Data Minister as provider of DBA expertise, and working with some fantastic clients, I’ll now be taking a break for a few months to attempt a cycle ride covering the length of continental Europe.

To bring a data-aspect to my cycle tour, I’ve built a simple GPS location logging system, that you can use to follow my progress. For this, I’ve used a few technologies that I’ve recently been learning while I studied for the Microsoft Professional Program Big Data qualification. These include Azure SQL Database, Azure Data Factory and Power BI, along with a useful GPS Logger application.

I will aim to produce to few posts when I return, explaining in more detail about how each component works. If you’d like to follow my progress, the map showing my latest location can be found on this page, along with a few photos from my Instagram feed.

I shall be returning to take on some more data-based contracts circa July 2020. See you then!

The Future for the DBA

In recent years, both new technologies and new business practices have changed what the Database Administrator (DBA) role means, and started to shape how the role may evolve, or recede in the future.  These changes offer exciting opportunities for DBAs, and the future looks great for data professionals overall. This post discusses the factors influencing the DBA role, how they may be affecting DBA numbers, and suggests some positive countermoves that DBAs might choose to make in response.

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Creating a file share using Azure storage (UI method)

This post shows how to create an SMB file share using Azure storage, that you can then use as a mounted drive on a remote server (such as your on-premise SQL Server machine, or a VM).

This post shows how to create an SMB file share using Azure storage, that you can then use as a mounted drive on a remote server (such as your on-premise SQL Server machine, or a VM), using the Azure portal and File Explorer UIs.

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Welcome to Data Minister

Welcome to Data Minister.

Founded in 2018, we can provide a boost of database administration expertise to organisations that may not need a permanent DBA, or need an extra pair of hands on a short-term piece of work.

For more information about what we offer, view our services here.

To learn more about Data Minister, see this page.

Data Minister love to pass on knowledge of current projects we’re working on, and skills we’ve learnt.  We’ll be posting “how-to” articles here, and they’ll also appear on our homepage.

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