The hardest problem for any IT professional to solve is when they are put in the position of being an “Accidental DBA”. This situation can happen to anyone, anytime, regardless of experience. Yes, even a 10 year pro can come to work one day and find themselves playing the role of “Accidental DBA”.

Attend this session and learn how to:

  • Make the transition from “Accidental” DBA to “On Purpose” DBA
  • Avoid the mistakes that many people make
  • Do the right things, at the right time, for the right reasons
  • Have happy data, databases and users


Thomas LaRock and Karen Lopez

Karen Lopez is a senior project manager and architect for InfoAdvisors. A frequent speaker at conferences and local user groups, she has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen is a chronic volunteer, a SQL Server MVP, and an active advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and data quality.

She isn’t a DBA, but loves to talk and debate about the effectiveness of lazy DBAs. She isn’t sure if the minimalist thing is a strength or an excuse.

Karen’s presentations are known for their lively and interactive approach to learning. Her motto: Love Your Data!

Thomas LaRock is a Microsoft Certified Master, a SQL Server MVP, a VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry in various roles such as programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator. He is also the author of “DBA Survivor: Become a Rock Star DBA” ( and has participated in the technical review of several other books.

Currently, Thomas is a Technical Evangelist for Confio Software. This role allows for him to work with a variety of customers to help solve questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization. Thomas also serves as the President of PASS. You can find out more information about him at his blog: