Author Archives: Melody Zacharias

Women’s History Month

Gandhi is quoted as saying “be the change you wish to see in the world.” I take this to heart and live my life by this statement in many respects. Applying this sentiment can be particularly hard in business as we try to fight our confirmation bias and need to surround ourselves with like minded […]

Microsoft Q&A (Preview) Has Launched

A few days ago, the Microsoft forum previously known as “Minerva” has launched in Preview mode. The new name for this forum is Microsoft Q&A. In order to ensure that you are able to quickly find the right answers to your tech questions, Microsoft has chosen to move away from the community-driven platforms like MSDN […]

5 Reasons DBAs are More Important Than Ever!

As data becomes increasingly important—along with related technologies like IoT and machine learning—it’s no surprise that our roles as DBAs are changing. To me, it is why I love this industry. For most of us, learning innovative technology is fun, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. However, change can be as scary as […]

Thank You For Your Vote of Confidence

I was recently informed that I have been elected to the PASS Board. I am very much humbled by this and intend to do my best to ensure that your confidence in me was not misplaced. It is a great honor to be able to represent you at the board level. I would like to […]

When I find something I enjoy, I go all in!

In 2011 I was introduced to the PASS community. The people I met in 2011, and at subsequent PASS events have been incredibly supportive and now form the core of my “tribe”. With a fantastic start like that, I had to get more involved. Starting in 2012, I created my own User Group. With regular […]

SQL Centralized Management

Today Microsoft announced a new centralized management hub for Azure SQL Databases.  The centralized management hub is a unified platform for all your SQL Server Databases (not Data warehouses) in Azure.  This new centralized hub is just the beginning of an expanding service to help centralize your management and deployment of SQL Server options.  The […]