Moving From The Developer Role to the DBA Role

In this episode of SQL Data Partners, I chat with Amy Herold about making the move from development to database administration. Amy’s presentations at SQL Saturdays include Deadlock, Block & Two Smoking Barrels: Breaking Down Blocking and Deadlocks and Making the Leap from Developer to DBA. Amy started as a C#/.NET developer and moved into the database world as an “accidental” DBA.

Listen to Learn

  • The transition from row-based thinking to set-based thinking
  • How to manage developer access in production
  • The database performance activities new DBAs need to master
  • The importance of getting code reviews outside the developer team
  • The tool Amy relies on as a DBA, and the one event you shouldn’t miss
  • Why Amy believes that changing jobs frequently can be good for your career

Our Guest

Amy Herold

Amy Herold is a SQL Server DBA, instructor, and PASS speaker. She began her career as a .NET developer but eventually moved to SQL Server Database Administration, where she is currently pursuing her MCSE in SQL Server. Amy is a regular attendee of SQL Server User Group meetings in North Texas as well as SQL Saturday events across the US.

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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