My New Role


July 29, 2015 by Mike Hillwig

The news is out at work, so I can post it on my blog now.

Two weeks ago, I started a new job. I kept the same desk, laptop, and network account. My new role is somewhat of a promotion.

Long story short, we’ve merged the SQL Server teams across multiple parts of the organization, and I’ve been tasked with leading the combined team. The direction from my management team is substantial: reduce costs, leverage our quantity of scale, and standardize everything. That’s no small order. The good news is that I have a team of eight dedicated DBAs on my team, and we have the ability to do some really cool stuff.

I have a ton of work to do over the next year. We’re looking to take the best of breed from all of our systems and tools. For example, our R&D group had a better backup tool, but our hosting group had better maintenance processes. Now I just need to get a handle on all of the projects that are currently underway and determine what value my team can add instead of just building servers and backing them up.

This is a huge step in my career. My boss and his director have been incredibly supportive. The best part of this whole thing is that I get to help improve our client experience.

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