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Welcome to DB Best: Bill Ramos

Posted by | On August 24th, 2015 | In DB Best News, Life & Business

Bill Ramos, DB Best We would like to welcome Bill Ramos as our new Director of Technical Product Management at DB Best Technologies. Here is Bill’s background in his words:

“I started in the database business back in 1987 with Ashton-Tate working on the dBASE IV release. At that time, I got my first exposure to the Microsoft, Ashton-Tate, Sybase SQL Server running on OS/2 where I wrote compatibility and performance test suites for the platform. Check out this old press release from 1988 . I then moved north to Borland Software to continue to work on the dBASE for DOS product and broke into the world of Windows with dBASE.

In 1995, I moved further north again to Redmond, Washington to work on making database design tools for SQL Server and Oracle. I then did a tour of duty in Microsoft Office where I worked on making MS Access easier to use with SQL Server and SharePoint. As the program manager lead for MS Excel and Access for the Office 2003 release, I had the privilege of working with a great team to develop Excel lists and other integration features with SharePoint, XML, Web Services and contributed to the first version of Duet. The calling of SQL Server caught my attention where I had a chance to work with another great team in developing the manageability and performance troubleshooting tools in SQL Server Management Studio for the SQL Server 2005, 2008, and SQL Server 2008 R2 release. In 2010, I saw a great opportunity to join my former company – Indigo Slate – formally known as Advaiya Inc. – where I got the chance to immerse myself in the world of technology marketing of a variety of large software vendors.

I look forward to leveraging my database and marketing experience as the Director of Technical Product Management for DB Best.”

Please join us in welcoming Bill aboard!
You can learn more about Bill by following his twitter account @billramo.

DB Best at S4 and TechReady

Posted by | On August 3rd, 2015 | In DB Best News, Life & Business, Uncategorized

DB Best has successfully sponsored Microsoft Solution Specialist Sales Summit (S4), which took place last week July 27-30, in Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel, in Bellevue, Washington. DB Best booth had a great turnout. Many of Microsoft Sales Executives were excited to hear about DB Best offerings in Data Management, Modernization, Azure and IoT, and we’re hoping for many new interesting projects and engagement coming our way in FY2016.

On the closing day of the summit our CEO, Dmitry Balin has co-delivered a presentation on “Driving Database Migrations to Retire Your Quota”. This only accentuates the strength of DB Best-Microsoft partnership and the appreciation of our expertise and professionalism by our biggest partner.

DB Best has also hosted an S4 Happy Hour on July 28th. The event was a huge success with many of our old and new Microsoft contacts from all over the world showing up.
S4 DB Best July 2015_Earls
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DB Best Center of Excellence: Data Platform and Business Intelligence

Posted by | On April 28th, 2015 | In DB Best News, Life & Business, SQL Server

DB Best continues building a Center of Excellence with subject matter experts in various areas within our fast growing company. Our COE consists of certified and acknowledged professionals, such as Microsoft Certified Masters, Microsoft Certified Trainers and SQL Server MVPs, each with deep technical expertise in their field, comprising and supporting a team of 180+ professionals.

Let us introduce you to the key members of the DB Best Center of Excellence with Data Platform and Business Intelligence expertise:

DB Best Center of Excellence SQL and BI

Adi Cohen– one of the leading DB Best Database Architects and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). Adi is a chief developer and architect of DB Best DBMSys tool used to analyse and profile various infrastructures. Adi is one of the most knowledgeable and innovative DB Best architects, who greatly contributes to our Modernization and Data Management projects worldwide.

Robert Davis– aka @SQLSoldier is DB Best Principal Database Architect, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)and SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master (MCM). Robert is an experienced evangelist, a well-known speaker and trainer, and is currently working on a number of large-scale SQL-related projects. Check out Robert’s Blog.

Dandy Weyn– DB Best Director of Business Development and Strategy, SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master and Microsoft Certified Trainer. Dandy is DB Best guru for Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions, and is very experienced in SQL Server and Data Warehousing fields. Follow Dandy @ilikesql and check out his informative blog.

Rick Heiges– last, but definitely not least, Rick is DB Best Principal Solutions Architect and SQL Server Microsoft Most Valuable Professiona (MVP). Rick lives and breathes SQL Server. Prior to DB Best he served 9 years on the Board of Directors for PASS. Follow Rick @heigesr2 and check out his blog.

Want to join this dream team? Send us your resume at

Interested in getting in touch with any one of our SQL super heroes- fill out the form on Contact Us Page or shoot us an email at

Welcome to DB Best: Rick Heiges

Posted by | On March 31st, 2015 | In Data Management, DB Best News, Life & Business, SQL Server

DB Best_Rick-Heiges_ DB Best is very excited to announce that Rick Heiges has joined our team as a Principal Solutions Architect and will be based in North Carolina, USA.

Rick has spent the past 10 years in the consulting world as a Sr. Solutions Architect working with enterprise customers mainly in the US, but also as far south as South Africa and as far North as Iceland. He served 9 years on the Board of Directors for PASS, including 2 years as VP of Marketing, where he created the popular 24 Hours of PASS Events; he continues to serve the organization on special projects and lately the program committee for the annual summit. Rick is also a SQL Server MVP and strong supporter of the SQL Server Community as a whole.

His impressive career path can easily compete with his educational background, which includes a BSCS, MBA, and MS in Information Systems. Rick also spent 4 years on the Full-Time Faculty of High Point University.  He continues his academic affiliation through service on several Advisory Boards for Certificate Programs at the University of Washington.

Please join us in welcoming Rick aboard!

You can learn more about Rick from his LinkedIn Profile or by following him on Twitter @heigesr2

Welcome aboard!

Robert Davis @SQLSoldier joins DB Best Team

Posted by | On March 26th, 2015 | In Data Management, DB Best News, Life & Business, SQL Server, Uncategorized

RobertLDavis_DB Best Please join us in welcoming Robert Davis (@sqlsoldier) to DB Best, who as of today, will be contributing to our team as a Principal Database Architect and will be based in our Redmond HQ.

Robert is an experienced evangelist, a well-known speaker, trainer and SQL Server MVP. He brings over 15 years of SQL Server experience, and is a well published author and a Microsoft Certified Master. Robert is also a co-founder and co-leader of the PASS Security Virtual chapter, and has previously worked as PM for Certification and production DB at Microsoft, Outerwall, Idera.

That’s right- Robert lives and breathes SQL and we are incredibly happy to have his well versed technical skills, outgoing personality and active community engagement to contribute to DB Best projects and solutions we design for our clients worldwide. He will be a great addition to the team of DB Best MCMs (Microsoft Certified Master).

Intrigued? Excited? Come talk to us at SQL Saturday in Redmond, where you will be able to get to know DB Best team, and speak to our data management and modernization experts, including Robert Davis himself!

You can learn more about Robert from his LinkedIn Profile or by following him on Twitter: @sqlsoldier

Welcome aboard!

Welcome to DB Best: Dandy Weyn

Posted by | On February 19th, 2015 | In DB Best News, Life & Business | Tags: , ,

DandyWeyn DB Best is very excited to announce that Dandy Weyn has joined our team as a Director of Business Development and Strategy.

Dandy comes to us from Nordstrom where he supported a team of database and business intelligence professionals.
Prior to that Dandy worked at Microsoft as a Technical PM on SQL Server, Data Warehousing and Microsoft Business Intelligence.

Combined with many years as an international consultant and trainer, he offers a unique combination of deep technical skills, extensive industry experience and high business acumen.
Dandy is a Microsoft Certified Master on SQL Server, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

You can learn more about Dandy Weyn from his LinkedIn Profile or by following him on Twitter @ilikesql

Welcome aboard!

DB Best at S4 Microsoft Solution Specialist Sales Summit

Posted by | On February 10th, 2015 | In Big Data, Data Management, DB Best News, Life & Business | Tags: , ,

Last week was marked by one of the most fascinating and educational semi-annual tech events – Microsoft S4 summit, which took place in Bellevue, WA last week. It was an invitation only event that had a high concentration of like-minded companies, Microsoft specialist sales and sales management community in particular.

DB Best was proud to be a co-sponsor of the event. We were happy to support Microsoft in increasing solution and value selling skills through this unique collaborative and experiential learning activities, and providing both formal and informal networking opportunities within the specialist Microsoft sales community and with select Microsoft partners.

DB Best S4 conference

Our CEO – Dmitry Balin, VP of Sales- Prabhat Varma and Director of Data Services and Cloud at DB Best MidWest, Sudhir Gajre represented our company in the Cloud and Enterprise section at the Bellevue Westin Hotel.

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Future of Database Management: How can a DBA Stay Relevant?

Posted by | On January 14th, 2015 | In Data Management, Life & Business | Tags: , , ,

Changing Nature of Database Management

A few months ago I was presenting to a large audience on the topic of running SQL Server in the cloud in IaaS and PaaS. I was touting the auto install, auto management, and the auto patching capabilities. I mentioned the capability of Azure IaaS to auto provision an AlwaysOn cluster. I demoed the simple step of picking a ‘template’ and auto installing SQL Server. A gentleman sitting in the audience raised his hand and interrupted me, asking “Is the cloud going to get us DBAs out of a job one day?” There was silence for a few minutes in room……


Database Management, as we know today, has evolved over the last few decades. Starting with punch cards, programming circuit boards, physical manipulation of storage devices, etc. we have now arrived at the era of cloud computing. Provisioning a server today simply means going to a Web portal and clicking ‘Next’ a few times. Administration and Management tasks which used to a few hours just a few years ago, now have been reduced to few minutes or have been totally eliminated as a result of cloud computing.

Database Management as a trade is changing and in a few years’ time we could possibly see even more automation coming from platform related capabilities. This poses an interesting dilemma to DBAs, Server Admins, and professionals in similar areas who provide administration and instance / database level management and support. What should they do so they adapt and change with the changing times and technology landscape? How should they keep their skills relevant? Let’s explore what the change in technology is, how it came about, and what it means to the DBAs today, more important, what should a DBA do to stay relevant and in a job.
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DB Best: 2014 Year in Review

Posted by | On January 5th, 2015 | In DB Best News, Life & Business

After a short holiday break DB Best is already running at full speed into 2015 with dozens of active and upcoming projects, hundreds of new and exciting opportunities, and stronger than ever team!
Before we sweep you off your feet with all the exciting updates and news, let’s take a deep breath and recap on yet another busy and productive year with our Special Annual Achievements Infographic. Big shout out to all our partners, clients and our growing crew, who made it all happen! 2015 here we come!


No More Forgotten Children! DB Best Helps a Great Cause

Posted by | On December 12th, 2014 | In Data Management, DB Best News, Life & Business, Web & Software Development

Christmas is a time of joy, miracles and giving. Everyone, and especially kids, are looking forward to it, decorating their homes, writing letters to Santa, and secretly hoping they will get exactly what they wished for. For many kids however the Holiday season becomes the saddest time of the year as their families are going through rough times.  The Forgotten Children Fund  (FCF) was founded by a group of kind-hearted and dedicated people in order to fix this terrible injustice. DB Best strongly believes that children are our future and that together we can make this world a brighter and better place, especially for those in need. We have been actively involved in a number of charity initiatives worldwide, and of course, when we found out that The Forgotten Children Fund was looking for help, we jumped right in without giving it a second thought!




The ultimate goal of the fund is to make the holiday a bit brighter for the maximum number of kids, who are experiencing hardship due too various reasons. Typically, the fund helps families, who are not assisted by other public or charitable organization. That is why volunteers perform a scrutinized screening and detailed research to identify these households, by creating multiple lists and reports. When FCF turned to us for help, they already had an ASP.NET website which allowed them to manage their daily tasks, but to make the data storage and report processing more efficient certain improvements were needed.

Being an expert in data management and database modernization, DB Best team was asked to expand multiple UI forms, which FCF volunteers used to collect and store data on families. Our team significantly improved performance, reports generation and usability of the website. The technology stack included ASP.NET & SQL Server, Reporting Services and Fast Search. These changes have drastically improved volunteers productivity so that they can devote more of their time to the actual act of giving.

All the work of DB Best had been performed for the The Forgotten Children Fund  was free of charge, and we are very honored and happy to have had an opportunity to contribute to such a wonderful and much needed cause.
This holiday season let’s make a difference together!