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October #SQL Chat – The Future of SQL Server 2016


We are excited to announce our 3rd installment of #SQLChat, only 2 weeks before PASS Summit 2015! Join in on the conversation on October 14 from 11 AM to 12 PM CDT. This month we will be covering SQL Server 2016, it’s most important features, and what this new release might be lacking. Join Idera […]

Should You LIKE Your Software?

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What type of emotion do you feel when you use IT or other productivity software? You may have fun and feel excited when playing Candy Crush™, but what about the software you use for work? Do you look forward to using those tools, or do you look for excuses to check email instead while counting […]

SQL Inventory Manager 2.0 is Now Available

We are pleased to announce the general availability of SQL Inventory Manager 2.0 (formerly called SQL Elements). Existing users may upgrade to this version through the Idera Customer Portal. New users may download the trial version from the Idera Website. This release introduces: 1)     A number of new inventory management capabilities to help you track […]

Idera Announces Enterprise Job Manager 2.0


We are happy to announce the release of Enterprise Job Manager 2.0.  SQL Enterprise Job Manager provides centralized job monitoring and management of your SQL Server agent jobs.  Instead of having to connect to and view each instance individually, SQL Enterprise Job Manager’s centralized web-based management console makes it easy to create and manage SQL Server […]

SQL Diagnostic Manager 10.0 Preview


Some of you have already volunteered to participate in the SQL Diagnostic Manager 10.0 beta. For more information about how to add your name to our list of beta contributors, reference this beta recruiting post. In the meantime, as we prepare to begin the beta I wanted you all more information about the new functionality […]

Diagnostic Manager 10.0 Beta Recruiting

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We are pleased to announce that SQL Diagnostic Manager 10.0 will soon be available for beta testing by invitation. See the end of this post for information on how you can be included. Please note that this will be pre-release code and may be subject to certain defects. Your assistance in reporting any issues you may […]

Tips and Tricks to Becoming a DBA #SQLChat


The second #SQLChat took place on September 9 with Vicky Harp and Andy Warren as our guest speakers. The chat was inspired by Andy Warren’s whitepaper, How to Become a SQL Server DBA which you can download here. Below is an overview of the chat but you can view the entire conversation on Twitter. [View the […]

SQL Server 2016 Temporal Tables: A Brief Introduction

Data history can be a tricky thing. Ask just about any database developer to write a query to tell you what data in is a table today and they can probably churn out a query in a few minutes or even seconds. But ask them for the same data as of 6 months ago and you’ll […]

How to Get the Most from Your Software Vendor


This topic is relevant to more than just Idera and it comes from experience working for and with multiple software vendors in multiple industries.  The simple realization is that certain customers seem to know how to gain advantages beyond the purchases and products they own.  So I am revealing the secrets that those select few […]

SQL Server Indexing Basics


The SQL Server Indexing is one of the most important pieces to a high performing SQL Server database. Indexes allow DBAs to quickly look up values in tables or views which speed up query processes. They are the easiest way to boost query performance. Types of Indexes There are two main types of SQL Server […]