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Data Technology Trends in 2020


Review of the webinar: “Top 4 Data Technology Trends in 2020” by the following presenters.


  • Kevin Kline, Principal Program Manager, SentryOne
  • Dustin Dorsey, Director of Data Management, LifePoint Health
  • Hamish Watson, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Nomad8
  • Anthony E. Nocentino, Senior Technical Fellow, Centino Systems
  • Rob Sewell, Director / Founder, Sewells Consulting Limited

In their words, “Discuss a quick recap of last year’s top trends and new developments… ”

  • Notebooks
  • Cost containment as part of the DBA portfolio
  • DevOps expansion into DataOps and AIOps
  • Kubernetes growing prominence in the Microsoft data platform

Here’s a brief list of what the webinar covered:

Cost containment as part of the DBA portfolio

  • Determine cost from on-prem workloads to the cloud
  • DTU Calculator is a useful tool
  • Azure Cost Management allows you to do cost analysis, budgets and alerts


  • Reasons to use
  • Speed and consistency of deployment
  • Absorb changes quickly, scale and recovery quickly
  • New skills need to be learned
    • Linux OS administration
    • Performance monitoring and Logging
    • Container application development and Code based deployments
  • Whats on the horizon
    • Kubernetes based SQL Server deployments
    • Big Data Clusters and Azure Arc Data Services


  • The first rule of DevOps ….never say the word DevOps
  • Whats on the horizon
    • AI used for predictive analysis
    • Containers for all the things
    • Serverless use will grow
    • The cloud is THE platform
    • More security (please!)

Azure Data Studio (ADS)

  • Connects to SQL Server anywhere
  • SQL Notebooks is a document thay contain text, code, images and query results
  • Nice demo of some features

Finally watch for the slide with several acronyms for DBA:

  • Don’t bother asking
  • Don’t beg for access
  • Deaf but astute
  • Default blame acceptor
  • Dumb but adorable
  • Deep Brain activity
  • Driven by aggression
  • Database blamed always
  • Do be accurate
  • Don’t be assertive
  • Don’t be afraid
  • Determined best always

Even as a Retired DBA, I’m interested in what SQL Server gurus have been working on the past year and in 2020. I give the webinar “Top 4 Data Technology Trends in 2020” as well as all 5 presenters a thumbs up. Right?


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