Amazon’s Relational Database Service (RDS)

Okay, I admit it. I come primarily from a Microsoft background. I have been using Microsoft tools and technologies for most of my professional career. While they are certainly not perfect they are pretty darn good. I have come to have a certain level of comfort and familiarity using them. Indeed there are many organizations […]
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Tailoring PRINCE2® to Fit Your Projects

Tailoring PRINCE2 ensures that planning, control, governance and use of themes/processes are done correctly on a project.  Tailoring is done by the project management team to adapt the method to their specific projects, focusing on adapting the themes through the strategies and controls, incorporating specific terms and language, revising the management product and project role […]
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This Cloud Thing is Out of Control

I’ve been talking to some colleagues about moving to the Windows Azure cloud, and I’ve heard three reasons why they are resisting it: security, losing control, and trust.  In an earlier post, I wrote about securing the cloud.  In this post I want to address, from my perspective, losing control and trust. I think “losing […]
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Microsoft Azure … Beware the Sticker Shock!

This week’s post is a cautionary tale. It is also a reminder that almost nothing in life is “for free”. With Azure you must realize that you pay for everything that is deployed whether it is being used or not. You pay for storage. You pay for computing. You pay for data transfers in and […]
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Migrating a SQL Server Database to SQL Azure

As a follow on to my colleague’s recent excellent post I thought that this week I would present a practical, hands-on example of moving a real-world on-premise SQL Server database to SQL Azure. There are at least three ways to migrate data into SQL Azure: SQL Script Bulkcopy (bcp) SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Each […]
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