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RIP MCM……my mourning September 4, 2013

Posted by msrviking in Career, DBA Rant.
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I didn’t want to write on this sudden happening, but then I couldn’t hold my anguish after reading so many posts, articles, and I thought I should share my quota of wailing. Two things broke my decision – an InsiderMail from Paul Randal (@PaulRandal | Blog) on 9/3, and the post from Satya (@SQLMaster | Blog) on 9/3. Both the industry experts came up with their feelings on the sudden happening, coincidentally on the same day.

MCM is discontinued and this is what gave me a shocker, a stunner. This post talks about on how Microsoft has decided to get it off its list. I kept spending few hours reading different articles, posts, news online, news feeds with the key words MCM and realized I am hearing, and actually bearing the brunt of the fact that Microsoft has decided to retire the MCM program. If I have to be honest to myself, I was trying hard to get closer to my dream and goal of obtaining a MCM. Now looks like I wasn’t getting anywhere near, apparently, when something has holding me back – retirement of MCM on 1-Oct-2013. Not a good news at all for folks out there who have probably dreamt like me, and put in more hours to get one or trying to get that ultimate achievement. Microsoft has denied that feeling to all those fans of SQL Server who worked years on the product, by just snubbing with a pull-off-the-plug action, on the program. The death of MCM is going to be quicker than retiring the famous reader – Google Reader. It took Google few months to bring down the service, and Microsoft is going for the death-punch in less than 2 months, huh. A known play as usual, and one without any breather by Microsoft. Nice job, uh.

I could go on ranting my displeasure and disappointment on the news, but then what’s the use of crying for what has happened. The work would get back to usual after few days everywhere, and everyone will visit their priorities. However someone has to keep up the fire and choke the guys who have done this abrupt thing. So go ahead and please, please vote up for a connect item on MSFT website created by Jen Stirrup – a SQL Server MVP protesting and asking back the MCM program.

One last thing – another blogger has shared his displeasure on this post, and made sense to me http://michaelvh.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/microsoft-is-retiring-the-mcsmmca-program/

If you happen to read this post, please share with as many as possible so that there is movement to reverse the decision or probably come up with something better than MCM at least. Don’t forget to vote-up if you don’t want to share this post.

Thanks for reading the bereavement news.

Sad Feeling – Shyam Viking.

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Who am I – DBA or Database Architect or Data Architect? January 4, 2013

Posted by msrviking in Architecture, Career.
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This post is not about the result that would be shown when I execute the command. There is a command in Unix environment to find the user through which a logon has happened. I am trying to run the same command on based on the context of my work.

Who am I? – I had been always trying to figure out if I am a Database Administrator, Database Architect or Data Architect. Which one of these is the ultimate goal? What should I do to become one of them as the best one out there among the best? What will this all mean in action?

All these questions are at high level, and needs lot of thinking, self-reflection, resolutions, action items, try and implement, evaluate and mark complete. I don’t think this is going to happen in a year or two or little more. It all depends on how quickly one would want to be there – that goal. Okay, now back to my question Smile.

As of today if I could think that I was a Database Administrator (DBA) on SQL Server, Oracle (a bit at least), then DBA-turned-Database Architect. I believe I am still in the path of becoming a complete Database Architect. To be one complete I have set this criteria for myself, and all these are based on personal experiences, interactions, following the industry experts, idols.

A Database Architect can be one complete individual if he /she has

  1. Expertise on one or two of the RDBMS technology or non-RDBMS technology
  2. Expertise on one of the business domains
  3. Expertise on transactional and analytical systems
  4. Expertise on infrastructure management, and architecture
  5. Expertise on application architecture, and few domain specific products
  6. And finally breadth of the knowledge in all these areas, with depth from 1-4

So if one becomes a complete DB Architect, what next? Surely the traits and experience of DB Architect role leads to Data Architect who is the Enterprise Information Management Architect. Don’t ask me on how I named this EDIMA – and neither I checked over the web if I am infringing into someone’s already pro-claimed word of EDIMA.

A EDIM Architect is the guy who would have vision on how the information in enterprise would flow in, and out of the business systems. The Architect would decide the technology, products to be adopted, over short and long term. He /She also would decide on how and what type of data models have to be built. At the end that is all I could think of the ultimate goal and role + responsibility. I am sure I could add more, and if anyone knows better than me, please do feel free to comment.

A link which talks neatly about Data Architect, Database Architect and Database Administrator.

Cheers and Enjoy.