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DBTA – 6 Reasons to Think About Upgrading to SQL Server 2014


If you’re an IT manager, the first thing I’d like to tell you is how invested Microsoft is in SQL Server. While earlier incarnations of executive leadership focused in other areas (anyone remember “Developers! Developers! Developers!”?), Microsoft’s new leadership is very bullish on SQL Server. And, why not? After… Read more

1 comments, 88 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 26 January 2015

SQL Injection – Why the Heck Does this Keep Happening?!


I’m decidedly old-school in a few of my habits. My morning routine, barring anything out of the ordinary, is one such example. Typically, I’ll get up between 6:30 to 7:00 am, grab my first cup of coffee, and then chat with my daughters for a few minutes before seeing… Read more

2 comments, 106 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 January 2015

Listen to Lead

I’ve got a question for you. Where did you learn how to listen?

Of all the coaching and consulting clients I have asked that question to, not one has had formal training to become a better listener.

Some have pointed to the works of Stephen Covey and others like him… Read more

2 comments, 90 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 16 January 2015

DBTA – PowerBI: The Self-Service BI App That Can Change Your Life

Here’s a real-world story: Data collection and analysis is, ironically, for a data management profession, one of the toughest parts of my job. I regularly pull data from our various databases and packaged application reporting systems for CRM, licensing, and user information.

If you’ve ever worked with a packaged product,… Read more

1 comments, 110 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 12 January 2015

Preventing tl;dr Emails


A new abbreviation is beginning to take hold. I first heard of it on Seth Godin’s blog. The abbreviation? tl; dr.

Too long; didn’t read.

I like the new abbreviation. It gives voice to something that has been going on for many years. The elephant in the room now… Read more

3 comments, 104 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 January 2015

IT Pro Events & Free Stuff for the Central USA – Jan 2015

Central USA IT Pro Community News – Jan 2015

There are lots of free, in-person and virtual events happening in the central USA over the next few weeks. Don’t miss out on training, ebooks, and other goodies!

Come to the Nashville SQL Saturday on Jan 17!

Upcoming Events

  • Jan 10

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2 comments, 102 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 January 2015

DBTA – Tools to Evaluate Viability of Database Platforms

As the manager for enterprise architecture in a very large IT organization, the C-suite executives frequently posed the question, “What database platform is best for this application today and for the future?” Implicit in that question was the idea that some platforms, for the application and for the database, might… Read more

2 comments, 107 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 January 2015

Feedback is a Gift


I’m reminded of a demonstration I saw as a kid. San Diego Chargers quarterback, Dan Fouts, had earned a reputation as a prolific passer, breaking record after record.

Once during a practice, Fouts donned a blindfold, took the snap from center, dropped back, and fired a perfect strike into… Read more

1 comments, 101 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 January 2015

DBTA – Other News in SQL Server 2014 RTM


A while back, I told you about some of the coolest new features in the recent RTM for SQL Server. The RTM was announced during the “Accelerate your insights” webcast by a boatload of Microsoft’s top executives, including CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, and CVP Quentin Clark. They… Read more

2 comments, 120 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 29 December 2014

Minimizing Interruptions to Stay “In the Zone”


Have you ever been really focused on solving a problem? So focused that you tuned out the rest of the world around you? A monkey clanging cymbals in the cube next to yours wouldn’t bother you, you are so focused. Some IT professionals call this “in the zone.”

Now,… Read more

2 comments, 126 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 26 December 2014

DBTA – Big Data and Microsoft SQL Server HDInsight


It’s time to follow up with a discussion of Microsoft’s cloud-centric approach to big data using HDInsight.


HDInsight is a 100% Apache Hadoop service, currently at v2.2, available through Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud offerings. HDInsight makes all of the standard… Read more

2 comments, 632 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 December 2014

First Ask “Why”, then Ask “How”


A common refrain we hear when presenting at technical conferences and training events is “How can I get promoted into IT management?” We hear this so often that we’ve worked out a sort of mental flowchart for the subsequent dialog. (We are IT people after all). And our exploratory… Read more

3 comments, 290 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 December 2014

DBTA – Microsoft SQL Server and the Big Data Play


When it comes to implementing a big data strategy in a Microsoft SQL Server shop, you’re generally going to consider one of three strategies. In the first strategy, which I won’t be addressing today, you might choose to tackle your big data architecture by pushing your relational database to… Read more

1 comments, 143 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 December 2014

We’ve Got to Do More With Less


“We’ve got to do more with less.” A few years ago that phrase was tossed about regularly in companies throughout the U.S. and abroad. Although those exact words have fallen out of favor, the sentiment still exists in many organizations. As managers and leaders, we have fewer resources with… Read more

2 comments, 392 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 12 December 2014

DBTA – Cloud Computing Enhancements in SQL Server 2014


There’s no doubt that cloud computing is growing due to the strong cost benefits, simplified management, and reduced hosting complexities.  So it’s only fitting that we cap this series on the new features of Microsoft’s upcoming SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014) release of their flagship database by going over the… Read more

1 comments, 100 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 December 2014

Why Do People Leave a Good Company?


When people join a company, it’s usually with a sense of anticipation, of excitement, and of enthusiasm. They are ready to get started and to make a difference. Whether they are an individual contributor or a mid-level manager, the first day at a new company brings with it a… Read more

3 comments, 191 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 December 2014

DBTA : Business Intelligence Enhancements in SQL Server 2014


Microsoft has been pouring R&D resourcesinto building out its business intelligence (BI) feature set and the upcoming SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014) release will continue that trend. The new release includes enhancements to make data exploration easier, improvements in BI semantic modeling, new offerings to help build and support massive Read more

2 comments, 177 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 1 December 2014

Me and You or Me versus You


Have you ever had to deal with a manager or co-worker who made your working life uncomfortable or even miserable? That’s one of the most difficult and emotionally taxing situations for adults all over the world. Each night, after a hard day of dealing with these people, IT pros… Read more

1 comments, 725 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 November 2014

DBTA – For #SQLFamily, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s the holiday season, a time for cheer and goodwill towards men. That got me thinking about the whole “most wonderful time of the year” tune playing in the background and how that has some special implications for the SQL Server world. Here’s a bit of context: I’m writing this… Read more

1 comments, 135 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 November 2014

DBTA – Mission Critical Performance Enhancements in SQL Server 2014


Microsoft has three major feature sets that they are advancing with SQL Server 2014 (SQL2014). One is called “Mission Critical Performance.”  Microsoft wants to stake out this ground not only as performance enhancements in the relational engine, but also those features which support better data availability, performance, security, and… Read more

0 comments, 151 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 24 November 2014

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