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Grant Fritchey
Works at Red Gate Software
Attended School of Visual Arts
Lives in Peoples Republic of Massachusetts
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Statistics are the driving force behind all the decisions made by the query optimizer. This session explores how statistics works in order to deliver a bette...
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Are you a rational data professional or are you stuck in a rut of magical thinking, managing your databases and writing your code without a full understanding of what it is that you're doing? If the latter, I'd say you're a member of the new cargo cult that seems to permeate our profession. Read this new blog post to understand better what I mean.
Ever since David Moutray introduced me to the concept of cargo cult programming, it's been running round and round in my head. I'm actually coming to believe that this is a major issue in all walks...
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This is worth at least looking at and considering. More important, consider why it might be necessary.
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The free event SQL in the City is being held in Pasadena, Atlanta and Charlotte (October 9, 11, 14 2013, respectively). Come learn about SQL Server from some of the top people in the business including 6 Microsoft MVPs: http://sqlinthecity.red-gate.com/
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Hey guys, Most of us are getting ready for the PASS Summit, but if you're not going, you still have a SQL Family event coming up near you (possibly). The free event SQL in the City is being held in Pasadena, Atlanta and Charlotte (October 9, 11, 14 2013, respectively). Come learn about SQL Server from some of the top people in the business including 6 Microsoft MVPs: http://sqlinthecity.red-gate.com/
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The PASS organization is holding it's elections for spots on the Board of Directors. I'm advocating for Allen Kinsel. There's an excellent interview with Allen at SQL Server Central. Worth a read.
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Yep. That was the wrong one. I updated it with another. Sorry.
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The free event SQL in the City is being held in Pasadena, Atlanta and Charlotte (October 9, 11, 14 2013, respectively). Come learn about SQL Server from some of the top people in the business including 6 Microsoft MVPs: http://sqlinthecity.red-gate.com/
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Not quite an Azure event, but related. The free event SQL in the City is being held in Pasadena, Atlanta and Charlotte (October 9, 11, 14 2013, respectively). Come learn about SQL Server from some of the top people in the business including 6 Microsoft MVPs: http://sqlinthecity.red-gate.com/. 
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Occupation
SQL Server DBA
Skills
Query Tuning, Database Design, Performance, Training, Consulting, Development Process
Employment
  • Red Gate Software
    Product Evangelist, present
  • FM Global
    Principal DBA, 2001 - 2011
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Peoples Republic of Massachusetts
Previously
Tulsa, OK - New York, New York - Portsmouth, NH
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One of those scary DBAs
Introduction
Grant Fritchey has twenty years experience in IT. That time was spent in technical support, development and database administration. Grant writes articles for publication at SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk. He published several books including, SQL Server Execution Plans and SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled. Grant is one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group.

In April 2009 Grant Fritchey was first awarded as a Microsoft SQL Server MVP.

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Microsoft MVP 2009-2012
Education
  • School of Visual Arts
    Film, 1988 - 1990
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