Mike Scalise

Mike Scalise

My thoughts on SQL Server, Project Management, Fitness, and all points in between

PASS Summit 2016

It was amazing, to say the least.

And yes, I know I’m a few months late to the game to blog about last year’s PASS Summit, but I only recently got my blog up and running and have had a chance to compile myriad pictures I took during the conference. Whether you’re relatively new to SQL Server and are considering going or a veteran who has been multiple times, I thought I’d share my experience in hopes that you’ll glean something from it–maybe a new nugget of information.

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Busting the Myth: Project Plans Are Developed and Managed Solely in Microsoft Project

In college, I majored in business administration and minored in entrepreneurial studies. This meant taking numerous marketing courses. I remember being taught many times over that we should use clear, descriptive, and unambiguous names if we ever started a business or launched a product or service. This way, potential customers would have no problem understanding what the company does or what function the products serve.

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Magical Query Tuning

Last week, at my local PASS chapter (Rochester), I gave a presentation titled “Magical Query Tuning.” In the presentation, I described a query-tuning technique that can be used when you think you’re out of options. I first learned of this method from Kendra Little at LittleKendra.com and I think it’s an incredibly interesting and not widely-known method, which is why I chose to share it with everyone.

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The Money Challenge

As we near the end of 2016, many of us are starting to think about next year. How can we make 2017 better than 2016? What should our resolutions be? What about our goals? Should we take that vacation we’ve been wanting to go on?

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Function Friday

I’m a huge proponent of SQL Server. I think it’s a great database engine and I find that I’m always looking for ways to expand my knowledge about the product and help others expand theirs. In that vein, starting in October of this year I’ve begun tweeting one SQL Server function and a link to its page on microsoft.com, each Friday. I call it Function Friday.

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Staff Innovation Award

The first time I heard about Nazareth College was in the year 2000 when I was a sophomore in high school and my sister, Nicole, had applied to the institution. I believe she was accepted into multiple programs at several colleges, but she chose to attend Nazareth. This was great for both of us–she was able to pursue a major she was interested in at a highly-regarded instution of higher education, and I had a place to visit two hours away from where I was living.

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Welcome to My New Blog!

Hi, and welcome to my blog!

I’m Mike Scalise. I’ve been interested in starting a blog for a long time and I’ve finally carved out the time to set one up. My plan is to post fairly regularly about various topics of interest, including but not limited to: SQL Server, databases, computer languages, project management, and weightlifting.

My goal for this blog is not only to have a platform to voice my thoughts and ideas, but also to provide you with resources that will make your life easier and help further advance each of the aforementioned areas.

Thanks for looking and stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can find me on social media via the links listed at the bottom of this page.

Mike