User Quotes and Testimonials
SQL Sentry software improves SQL Server performance as well as the performance of the team responsible for managing the SQL Server environment. Oftentimes this performance improvement translates to time savings throughout the organization and a reduction in future hardware and software expenditures. However, rather than take our word for it, check out a sampling of quotes from our customers.
Performance Advisor Finds the "Needle in a Haystack"
"How many times has management said, 'What happened four minutes ago on the database?', only to be followed by sounds of my brain figuring out the best way to say, 'We really have no idea since we don’t have trace files and PerfMon running and even if we did it would be like looking for the preverbial needle in a haystack.' Now, with Performance Advisor I simply say, 'Well from 9:53AM to 9:57AM it looks like the C: drive spiked to 435ms and the benchmark for C: is more like 10ms. Oh, and the performance hit we saw ten minutes ago, that was blocking that occurred for 30 seconds and I have already added (NOLOCK) hints to the blocked queries.'"
Kirby Repko, Database Administrator, REOTrans
Performance Advisor Helps SQL Server Worldwide User's Group
"I wrote about some performance issues we were chasing. The issues were revolving around a symptom of disk queues growing, system performance lagging in spurts, etc. We were having trouble getting real visibility into all of the possible causes, in a cohesive, single look kind of way. It was one thing to look at queries running, another to check counters, yet another to look for lock/blocking. The folks over at SQL Sentry jumped on that and helped us out - they helped show off their new performance dashboard and at the same time shine some serious light on our server and the issues we were seeing. Literally as soon as we fired it up we could see what was happening."
Stephen Wynkoop, SQL Server Worldwide Users Group
Performance Advisor Receives "Two Thumbs Up"
"I have been playing with Performance Advisor, the new companion to the very popular Event Manager software from SQL Sentry. Right off the bat, I can tell you that this tool should have
[the competition] shaking in their boots, as it is really going to give them a run for their money. While a late comer to this segment of the market, Performance Advisor has definitely been worth the wait."
SQLBlog.com, Aaron Bertrand, SQL Server MVP
Event Manager Simplifies SQL Server Monitoring
"Event Manager has greatly simplified SQL Server monitoring for our environment. I spent a minimal amount of time setting up this product to watch our critical SQL Servers. Since then, I am notified of any SQL error worth noting, new job, new package, agent job issue or SQL irregularity. This product has greatly improved my knowledge of how my production SQL Server's operate on a 24/7/365 basis. It catches potential problems and notifies me before they escalate into larger issues. I would highly recommend this product to anyone that needs a better understanding of their SQL Server job activities."
Jonathan Seashore, Systems Engineer III, Time Warner Telecom
Completely Sold on Event Manager
"Currently I am the solo DBA here and that is the main reason SQL Sentry Event Manager is in our environment. Given our large number of SQL Servers, 40+, along with the hundreds of jobs that need to run daily, it was an actual .5 FTE just to monitor the jobs when I arrived. Since I have incorporated Event Manager into our environment I have been able to pinpoint tens of problems with the jobs and fix them, while streamlining others to run more efficiently and at better times. Now it takes me a couple of minutes at most to verify that the essential jobs in our environment are working and have run. And the occasional failure is very easy to identify and fix. So I am completely sold on your Event Manager product."
Thomas Engelthaler, Senior DBA, Enterprise Platform Support, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Event Manager Reduces Response Time
"SQL Sentry Event Manager has been very valuable in reducing our
response time to issues, reducing the time required to validate job executions,
and given us the ability to set up and manage alerts across our database and
server platforms through one interface."
Rick Shonak, Sr. Database Administrator, Blue Cod Technologies
Event Manager Reduces the Effort of Managing SQL Servers
"We are a small SQL shop without the benefit of a dedicated SQL DBA.
Managing our SQL environment is a small but very critical part of my responsibilities.
SQL Sentry Event Manager greatly reduces the daily effort of managing my SQL Servers.
I can see all of my scheduled events, configure alerts to capture hung jobs and even
automate a response to critical issues. Plus I don't have to install, manage and suffer
the performance drain of agents on every server. SQL Sentry has proven over the years
to be a reliable and cost efficient tool."
Peter Smith, Director, Corporate Services at Brickmill Marketing Services
Event Manager is Simple to Use and Dependable
"I save at least an hour a day without the chore
of checking SQL Server jobs. More importantly, I now have great peace
of mind. If there are no email alerts, there are no problems. Event
Manager is simple to use and dependable. What a great product and I should also
mention great tech support as well."
Victor Simms, Sr. Systems Engineer, Burger King Corporation
Event Manager Eliminates the Struggle with Native Tools
"Now that I have Event Manager, I look forward to going to work.
No more struggling with the native tools to get things done."
Klara Barton, Database Administrator, El Paso County, CO
Event Manager - A First Class Application
"Our team has been impressed with the range
of functionality, the ease of use and the comprehensive job management
capabilities of Event Manager. To put it in a short form...a first class
Markus Kottwitz, EMP, Lingen, Germany
Event Manager Saves More than 20 Hrs per Week
"Event Manager is a critical component of our cutting-edge
SQL Server hosting environment. It is an efficient tool to manage all
our scheduled events and notifications and it saves me more than 20
hours per week."
Sarah Barela, DBA Manager, MaximumASP
People Say You Can't Buy Time – But with Event Manager I did!
"Event Manager saved me time. Over an hour of Data
Warehouse processing time each night. That's an invaluable resource.
People say you can't buy time – but with Event Manager I did!"
Geoff N. Hiten, Microsoft SQL Server MVP
Event Manager - Calendar AND Crystal Ball
"Everyone who sits near me is tired of hearing me say 'COOL!' as I learn more
and more about what Event Manager does. And to think - all I was really looking
for was a SQL Server job calendar. What I got was the calendar AND a
crystal ball! Not only can I see that some jobs are overlapping with
others, I can see which ones WILL overlap in the future. But I think
my favorite feature is getting emails if someone else creates a job
without seeing what's already scheduled. If anyone asks for a reference,
I'll happily tell them how much better my day is now that I'm using
Kim Raburn, President, Open Systems Consulting
Automating a Workflow Between SQL Server and Oracle Jobs is an Amazing Feature
"Event Manager enables a busy DBA to do things that were almost impossible just yesterday. Automating a logical workflow between SQL Server and Oracle jobs is an amazing feature and critical time saver. Event Manager's intuitive interface provides insight over all scheduled database events whether SQL Server or Oracle, with the granular control that DBAs
often dream of."
Kevin Loney, Oracle Press author of the Oracle 10g DBA Handbook
Clients and Management Have Noted the Positive Effect of Event Manager
"Event Manager has improved our business and our
work environment. Clients and management have noted the positive effect.
Event Manager removed the job management burden and has given us the insight
and capabilities to improve our systems and applications everyday!"
Scott Brooks, Director of Hosting Services, Peak 10, Inc.
Event Manager Provides Power and Control
"SQL Sentry Event Manager helped us detect and resolve in three minutes a critical problem that had plagued us for three months. SQL Sentry Event Manager has provided our DBAs the power and control to raise administration of our enterprise to the next level."
Kurtis Smith, Director of Product Development, Red Rocket Solutions
Event Manager Recommended to Reporting Services Clients
"I am already recommending Event Manager to all my Reporting Services clients...it is time to take control
of all those SQL Agent Jobs for report subscriptions and snapshots."
Douglas McDowell, Director of Operations, Business Intelligence, Solid Quality Learning
Event Manager Simplifies the DBA's Life
"Event Manager is the one tool that can really
change an organization and simplify the DBA's daily life. It's not a
"nice to have tool", it's a "must have tool" if you're concerned
about the bottom-line support costs of your servers. You'll never know
how you lived without Event Manager and it's a must have in the DBA's arsenal."
Brian Knight, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, SQLServerCentral.com
Every DBA Should Use Event Manager -
"This is a product that every DBA should use."
Brad McGehee, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, SQL-Server-Performance.com
Your "Install Everywhere" Software Includes Event Manager
"Event Manager should be in your "install everywhere" software
set. You won't want to manage tasks and jobs on systems that don't have
it once you've used it."
Stephen Wynkoop, SQL Server Worldwide Users Group
Event Manager - A Must-Have Tool
"Monitoring jobs running on multiple servers
is difficult and time-consuming work. Consolidating that information
into one customizable view is a life saver. Event Manager is a must-have
tool for SQL Server DBAs."
Mike Palavido, IT Director, Wachovia Securities