Archives: August 2010
SQL Server has supported VLDBs (very large databases) for some time now. Back in the SQL Server 2000 days, I recall hearing multi-terabyte databases were unusual but doable. Now, they are commonplace, while databases in the hundreds of terabytes inhabit the part of the map that says “there be dragons.”… Read more
Professional Development for the SQL Server Technologist
This series of posts is dedicated to enhancing your soft skills. For many technologists, the day-to-day grind of work tends to keep us focused on the SQL Server part of work and causes us to overlook the Professional. While we, as technologists, spend… Read more
Each month, for six months, Arnie Rowland will be giving away a package of software, books, training, and development tools, valued at over $15,000, to an unemployed or underemployed developer that takes on a software project of his/her choice with a non-profit.
“The idea is to provide the recipient access… Read more
Watch a full interview with Kevin Kline, president of PASS and technical strategy manager, SQL Server, Quest Software as he discusses the evolution of SQL Server.
Posted September 17, 2007.
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that my company’s IT department was bracing for a major new line of work. Back in the mid 1990s, we were going full steam into client-server technology. At the same time, we were significantly expanding our workforce. The IT department that… Read more
My Vlog- Heather Eichman interviews Kevin Kline, the former President of PASS and systems specialist for the SQL Server Business Unit at Quest Software.
Posted February 04, 2008.
In July, Microsoft announced its new advanced training and certification program known as the Master’s Certification. (Read more about it at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/master/default.mspx). I’m really excited about this new certification because it fully lives up to the standard of “the appropriate certification for the appropriate audience.” For one thing, if you’ve… Read more
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With SQL Server 2008 now RTM, what’s your best opportunity to learn about the new features and capabilities of Microsoft’s premier data management platform? The PASS 2008 Community Summit! The Professional Association for SQL Server (www.sqlpass.org) is holding its ninth annual event this November in Microsoft’s own backyard in Seattle… Read more
While enduring an endless series of flight delays and disgruntled passengers in the Baltimore airport that was my own personal travel hell on the evening of Thursday, August 5th, I came across this interesting and important article:
Even if you… Read more
In today’s podcast, Kevin Kline talks about the difference between influence and authority, and why IT professionals need to work on their influence to succeed.
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Posted December 24, 2008.
After the misery that was 2009, most of the SQL Server users I talk to are happy that 2010 started in languid fashion. Not that there isn’t a lot of work to do; on the contrary, there’s more work than ever. However, the long hours and multiple projects of 2009,… Read more
One fall semester many years ago, I was a university freshman. Actually, I was anything but “fresh.” I was dumb enough to think that 8 a.m. was a wonderful time to attend Economics 101. After staying up until the wee hours most every night, the “dismal science” took on more… Read more
I was once asked what I thought Microsoft’s overall product trajectory for SQL Server was, in light of Oracle’s rather obvious trajectory of acquiring multiple application vendors who will, in turn, deploy more and more of their applications to the Oracle database platform. To be honest, I had a little… Read more
Listen to a group of database professionals talk for awhile and someone will eventually bring up the topic of data deduplication. Data deduplication is a means to eliminate redundant data, either through hardware or software technologies. To illustrate, imagine you’ve drafted a new project plan and sent it to five… Read more
If you’ve read the IT press at all these days, you know that SQL Injection (SI) attacks are very common and can be devastatingly effective. In fact, SI attacks-equally easy to execute against Oracle, MySQL, IBM DB2, or Microsoft SQL Server-are among the most common hacks on the Internet today.… Read more
In this season of recession and financial meltdowns, a common question seems to be, “How big is ‘too big to fail’?” Titans of the financial industry made big bets with lots of risk and, when they didn’t pan out, American society overall has to pay the price. But, that aside,… Read more