Derek Colley

Derek Colley
Derek Colley is a UK-based DBA and BI Developer with more than a decade of experience working with SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL.

Derek Colley is the lead technical consultant for Optimal Computing (http://www.optimalcomputing.co.uk), a boutique data consultancy based in the UK NW helping clients troubleshoot, configure, plan and deploy their data platforms. He specialises in data integration and database performance optimisation, and is a PhD candidate with Staffordshire University, looking into methods of integrating artificially-intelligent query selection algorithms with the cost-based query optimiser.

In his spare time he enjoys building robots, going outdoors and spending time with his four children.

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Amazon AWS Importing Data from AWS DynamoDB into SQL Server 2017
Application Development Data Entry for SQL Server - building quick, efficient data input forms using InfoPath
Availability Groups Configuring Alerts for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
Azure Automatically Create and Anonymize Downstream Databases from Azure DB
Azure Configuring SQL Server Endpoint and ACL Access in Windows Azure
Azure What's in a DTU? Choosing the right resource model and service tier for Azure DB
Big Data Compare Big Data Platforms vs SQL Server
Compression Demonstrating the Effects of Using Data Compression in SQL Server
Database Design Remodel Poorly Designed SQL Server Database Tables
Disaster Recovery Troubleshooting and Fixing SQL Server Page Level Corruption
Dynamic SQL Creating Dynamic T-SQL to Move a SQL Server Database
Encryption Encrypting and Decrypting SQL Server Stored Procedures, Views and User-Defined Functions
Functions System Different ways to get random data for SQL Server data sampling
Functions System Forgotten SQL Server Functions - VARP, SOUNDEX and NTILE
Functions User Defined UDF Implementing Luhn's Algorithm in T-SQL to validate credit card numbers
Install and Uninstall Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Summary
JOIN Tables SQL Server JOIN Hints
Licensing Understanding the SQL Server 2012 Licensing Model
Locking and Blocking Demonstrations of Transaction Isolation Levels in SQL Server
Locking and Blocking Explanation of SQL Server IO and Latches
Performance Tuning Techniques For Improving SQL Query Performance - Indexing, Parameterization and Partitioning
Performance Tuning Troubleshooting Excess Compilations in SQL Server Using the Plan Cache and PowerShell
Replication Troubleshooting SQL Server Replication
Scripts Accessing OLE and COM Objects from SQL Server using OLE Automation Stored Procedures
Security Storing passwords in SQL Server things to know to keep the data secure
SQL Server 2016 SQL Server Data Access Using R Part 1
SQL Server 2016 SQL Server Data Access Using R Part 2
SQL Server 2016 SQL Server Data Access Using R Part 3
SQL Server 2017 Predicting Customer Spend with a Neural Network using R and SQL Server
SQL Server Agent Run Python Scripts in SQL Server Agent
Testing Avoiding SQL Server Query Disaster through Refactoring for Resilience
Testing Standardizing SQL Server CRUD Templates with Rollback Plans
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