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Archives: July 2015

Professional Development – What a Difference 60 Years Makes

Originally appearing at ForITPros.com.

In 1957, the Soviet-made Sputnik streaked across the sky in low earth orbit. It was clearly visible to millions of concerned Americans. The Soviet government had leapfrogged America technologically. The dot that traversed the nighttime sky marked a change in international politics and fueled the… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 30 July 2015

DBTA – IT Employers Must Adapt to the Looming DBA Shortage

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine.

In the first of this three-part series, I described some of the findings contained in an intriguing new survey published by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. In that article, I covered the macroeconomic and… Read more

4 comments, 743 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 29 July 2015

Professional Development – Set the Bar High

Originally appearing at ForITPros.com.

Henry Ford is reported to have once said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you’re right.”

That’s great insight. Too often people place self-imposed and artificial limitations on themselves. They tell themselves that they cannot accomplish something because they aren’t smart… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 23 July 2015

DBTA – Does the Looming Shortage in DBAs Spell Opportunity?

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine.

In my last column, available HERE, I described some of the findings contained in an intriguing new survey sponsored by Ntirety, a remote database administration service provider, and published by Unisphere Research. You can read the… Read more

0 comments, 404 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 July 2015

Professional Development – Interviews are a Two-way Street

(Originally appearing at ForITPros.com).

I was recently chatting with a friend who was seeking advice about difficulties in their job. This was a job which, a year ago, she described as her dream job. It quickly became evident to her that it was actually a nightmare job. The company,… Read more

0 comments, 1,169 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 16 July 2015

DBTA – Delayed Durability—The SQL Server 2014 Transaction Log Hack!

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine.

Delayed durability was announced late in the SQL Server 2014 development cycle, but offers something that many SQL Server professionals have wanted for years—the ability to disable transaction logging.

Why turn off the transaction log? It is… Read more

0 comments, 460 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 July 2015

Professional Developement – Digging for Gold

Originally appearing at ForITPros.com.

Andrew Carnegie, once the wealthiest man on earth, came from humble beginnings. As a young boy, he worked a number of odd jobs. His hard work, industrious nature, and persistence eventually led him to become the largest steel manufacturer in the United States.

Once, during… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 July 2015

DBTA – For #SQLFamily, a Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine.

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… Read more

0 comments, 438 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 July 2015

SQLVacation Slides and Scripts

First came the in-person roadtrip.

That Kline family won’t be nearly as good at this as us Griswolds!

Two weeks riding the highways from Nashville, TN to Chicago, IL to St. Louis, MO and back.

One thousand four hundred miles in a minivan with my wife and four daughters.

Eight… Read more

0 comments, 391 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 July 2015

Professional Development – The Stradivarius of Teams

Originally appearing at ForITPros.com.

A world-class violinist was on campus for an artist-in-residence program. While at lunch he was discussing what he perceived to be the similarities between management and great music. Said the violinist, “I have glorious music, a splendid instrument, and an exquisite bow. All I need… Read more

1 comments, 443 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 July 2015

DBTA – Russian Hackers Steal 1.2b Internet Credentials: Or, 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 them… Read more

0 comments, 372 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 1 July 2015