Gregory A. Larsen

Monday Dec 23rd 2002 by DatabaseJournal.com Staff
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Gregory A. Larsen is a DBA at Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Greg is responsible for maintaining SQL Server and other database management software. Greg works with customers and developers to design and implement database changes, and solve database/application related problems. Greg builds homegrown solutions to simplify and streamline common database management tasks, such as capacity management.

Greg has been working with computers since the late 1970's and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science, with a minor area of study in Mathematics. Greg's background in DBA work goes back to the mid 1980's. Gregory has been a DBA for a number of different organizations within the State of Washington. This has given him a broad perspective on how organizations manage databases and applications. During Greg's DBA career, he has managed databases on Windows, UNIX, and IBM mainframes. Greg remembers the days when DBAs frequently had to recover from hard disk crashes, as the normal course of business. Greg is currently a PASS chapter leader.

Prior to becoming a DBA, Greg developed and maintained applications. Greg has written a number of articles for different web publishing sites, as well as SQL Server Magazine. Greg also maintains a website ( http://www.sqlserverexamples.com) that contains a number of SQL Server examples to common DBA and SQL developer issues. Greg currently holds a MCITP: Database Administrator and MCITP: Database Developer certificates, and is a SQL Server MVP.

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