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How Can I Improve My Closing Ratio in a Very Competitive Market?

A busy professional asks a question regarding employer/employee relationships. How can I improve my closing ratio in a very competitive market? We are losing too many potential jobs in the very competitive exterior home improvement field. How can I improve my closing ratio? This question is as common as it is complicated. It also isn’t isolated to exterior home improvement...

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Troubleshooting problems with AlwaysOn availability group in SQL Server 2016

Troubleshooting problems with AlwaysOn availability group in SQL Server 2016 If you have problems with AlwaysOn availability group in SQL Server 2016, review this troubleshooting checklist to find potential solutions. 1. Install the latest SQL Server 2016 service pack. Because many SQL Server 2016 AlwaysOn availability group’s bugs were fixed in SQL Server service packs, you should install the latest...

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How Can I Tell if This Person Will Make a Good Business Partner?

A busy professional asks a question regarding employer/employee relationships. How can I tell if this person will make a good business partner? I am looking for a business partner. How do I know that this person will be a strong leader and is good at execution? Is there a way to test their skills and check whether he/she possesses a...

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Troubleshooting SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP

Troubleshooting SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP If you have problems with In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016, review this troubleshooting checklist to find potential solutions. 1. Install the latest SQL Server 2016 service pack. Because many SQL Server 2016 In-Memory OLTP bugs were fixed in SQL Server service packs, you should install the latest SQL Server service pack. At the...

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Troubleshooting xml problems in SQL Server 2016

Troubleshooting xml problems in SQL Server 2016 If you have problems with SQL Server 2016 XML, review this troubleshooting checklist to find potential solutions. 1. Install the latest SQL Server 2016 service pack. Because many SQL Server 2016 XML bugs were fixed in SQL Server service packs, you should install the latest SQL Server service pack. At the time this...

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How to switch from Digital Marketing to Business Analysis

Today’s question comes from a busy professional: Is it possible to switch directions in my career, from digital marketing to business analysis? I am currently in digital marketing but I want to build a career in business analysis. Is that possible? Yes. It is possible to switch directions in your career from digital marketing to business analysis. But you don’t...

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Troubleshooting problems with joins in SQL Server 2016

Troubleshooting problems with joins in SQL Server 2016 If you have problems with joins in SQL Server 2016, review this troubleshooting checklist to find potential solutions. 1. Install the latest SQL Server 2016 service pack. Because many join bugs were fixed in SQL Server 2016 service packs, you should install the latest SQL Server service pack. At the time this...

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Questions People Forget To Ask Their Boss

Today’s question comes from a busy professional: What are the questions you should always ask your boss? What do you need to find out, or clarify? And why? Please see my questions below. 1. What questions should people always ask their boss, and why are they important to ask? 2. Is it okay to ask your boss questions? Why might...

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Useful Undocumented SQL Server 2016 Stored Procedures (Part 4)

Useful Undocumented SQL Server 2016 Stored Procedures (Part 4) SQL Server 2016 supports the following useful undocumented stored procedures: sp_check_log_shipping_monitor_alert sp_create_log_shipping_monitor_account sp_log_shipping_get_date_from_file sp_MSget_jobstate sp_get_job_alerts sp_multi_server_job_summary sp_help_operator_jobs sp_check_log_shipping_monitor_alert The sp_check_log_shipping_monitor_alert log shipping stored procedure is used to check all monitor alerts in the primary database and in the secondary database in log shipping configuration. Syntax sp_check_log_shipping_monitor_alert Return Code Values 0 (success)...

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Things to Avoid Saying During a Salary Negotiation

What are some things to avoid saying during a salary negotiation? Please respond with any top tips for mid-career people looking to negotiate a higher salary. It’s time to ask for a raise, what are some things to avoid saying during a salary negotiation? Common Traps Meet with your manager to outline exactly what you need to accomplish and deliver...

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