SQL Server Consulting


SQL Server Coaching

I’ll teach you how to find and fix your problems, and stick with you to coach you through the process.

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Erik Darling


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Confused about

SQL Server Performance?

Confusion around SQL Server performance tuning is common. There’s a lot of bad advice out there.

Pair that with consultants who feed into the myth that you can’t fix your own issues, and it’s no wonder you feel frustrated.

I take the mystery and misery out of the solutions to your problems.

Hi, I’m Erik

A DBA, developer, and architect with a track record of tackling even the most challenging of technical issues. With years of experience consulting with Brent Ozar Unlimited and almost 600 satisfied clients under my belt, I’m confident in my ability to help businesses like yours achieve optimal performance.

In addition to my consulting services, I’m also passionate about blogging, training, and contributing to open-source projects that help with SQL Server troubleshooting. I’ve given many public speaking engagements on the topic at conferences and events around the world, like PASS Summit and SQLBits.

When you work with me, you’ll get my undivided attention. As a one-man party, I guarantee that you’ll only ever work with me, so you can rest assured that you’re getting personalized attention from a seasoned professional.

Here are the outcomes I provide from my engagements:

  • Correctly configured servers
  • Right-sized hardware
  • The most efficient set of indexes
  • Optimized schema
  • Finely tuned queries
  • Resolved blocking and deadlocking
  • Well-trained database staff

I offer hourly buckets that are good for a year, starting at 20 hours, with discounts available if you buy 40 hours or more. And as part of any engagement with me, you’ll get free access to my SQL Server performance tuning training library, which includes over 24 hours of beginner, intermediate, and advanced streaming video content.

Let’s work together to optimize your SQL Server performance and take your business to the next level.

Contact me today to learn more!

Hiring me means executing a proven process:

The perfect mix of consulting and coaching.


Untangle Performance Issues

With a two-day performance analysis, you get a complete view of your performance issues, and learn how to solve them fast. No problem is too big or too small. Satisfaction is backed up by hundreds of happy customers.


Review and Build a Roadmap

You need a path forward: whether you only care about fixing today’s performance problems, or you want to build your knowledge about SQL Server on a stronger foundation so you can fix tomorrow’s problems, too.


Schedule your coaching calls

If you want ongoing support from me, we can scope and schedule that based on a thorough assessment of your environment. We’ll review your progress, and work through any issues you’re not quite able to get past.