CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dan McClain, technical lead for the SQL Server team at Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, has been voted the 2008 winner of the Exceptional DBA of the Year Award. More than 1,000 votes were cast at the www.exceptionaldba.com web site for the five finalists in the awards competition, sponsored by Red Gate Software.
McClain oversees the health and performance of more than 4,000 Anheuser-Busch databases on 300+ servers. He has been working in information technology for more than 25 years, nearly half of those as a database administrator (DBA).
“It’s an honor for me and my team to be elected by my peers for this award,” says McClain. “DBAs are often overlooked when it comes to accolades for our work. I accept this for all the DBAs out there who are devoted to managing one of their company’s most precious assets.”
Exemplifying an exceptional DBA
McClain was nominated by co-worker Jeff Bennett, who cited his leadership in implementing new versions of SQL Server; his fully automated administration scripts for SQL Server 2000 and 2005; his design of a web-reporting service that allows developers and management to see SQL Server performance in a dashboard-type interface; his mentoring of co-workers; and his perpetual quest for knowledge.
“Of all the outstanding nominees, I was most impressed by Dan’s leadership, communication, passion for learning, and adhering to standards and best practices,” says Rodney Landrum, one of the judges of the competition and an author of three books on SQL Server reporting services. “He exemplifies an exceptional DBA.”
As the top prize winner, McClain was awarded a full conference registration for the PASS Community Summit 2008 in Seattle, a four-night stay at The Westin Seattle, and $300 in travel expenses. In addition, he and the other four finalists – Richard Ding of American Student Assistance, Ken Kaufman of Zillow.com, Cristian Lefter of Micro Training, and Jerry Sommerville of Crown Equipment Corp. – receive a copy of Red Gate’s SQL Toolbelt with 36 months of support.
More than 70 nominations were received from 19 countries in the first year of the Exceptional DBA of the Year awards. A panel of expert judges narrowed the nominations to five finalists, who were then presented to the SQL Server community for a public vote.
“The response from the community exceeded all expectations,” says Claire Brooking, DBA tools brand manager for Red Gate Software. “I think we achieved our objective of shining a spotlight on the achievements of SQL Server DBAs. We’re looking for even greater participation in the years to come.”
About the sponsor
Red Gate Software, based in Cambridge, U.K., makes ingeniously simple tools used by more than 500,000 Microsoft technology professionals worldwide. Red Gate’s SQL Toolbelt comprises 11 essential database tools, including SQL Compare, SQL Prompt, and SQL Backup. The company’s ANTS Profiler helps .NET developers make their applications fly. Red Gate was chosen as one of the 100 best companies to work for by The Sunday Times.