“DBA Worst Practices”, or, pity poor Jeff Smith

Posted in: Technical Track

I tripped across this blog post by Jeff Smith and I have to say, this man has been scarred by what has to be the worst experience interacting with a DBA I have ever heard of.

This DBA, who I hope is fictional (Jeff please tell me this is fiction!) is relentless in breaking every cardinal rule of data quality. Returning dates as strings, storing numbers as strings, storing booleans as non-standardized strings (like ‘yes’,’YES’,’True’, etc.), and more.

And Jeff, if this is not fiction, if this is real and you have really suffered this much – give us a call won’t you?

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As Pythian’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul leads this center of excellence for expert, outsourced technical services for companies whose systems are directly tied to revenue growth and business success. His passion and foresight for using data and technology to drive business success has helped Pythian become a high-growth global company with over 400 employees and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Paul, who started his career as a data scientist, founded Pythian when he was 25 years old. In addition to driving the business, Paul is a vocal proponent of diversity in the workplace, human rights, and economic empowerment. He supports his commitment through Pythian’s hiring and retention practices, his role as board member for the Basic Income Canada Network, and as a supporter of women in technology.

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