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Hi friends,

I know a lot of you regularly read my blog either on my home page at KevinEKline.com, on SQLBlog.com, or one of the locations where it’s syndicated. And you may also regularly take in my content on SQLSentry.TV or my monthly column on Database Trends &… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 10 September 2013

Windows Azure and SQL Database News

This morning Microsoft released some great updates to Windows Azure.  These new capabilities include:

  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Support: General Availability support with Windows Azure Virtual Machines for High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Notification Hubs: General Availability Release of Windows Azure Notification Hubs (broadcast push notifications for Windows 8, Windows Phone,…

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 14 August 2013

New on DBTA.com: Database Benchmarking Tools, the final article in the database benchmarking series

In the last several articles on Database Trends & Applications, I’ve been describing the benefits of reading and analyzing the benchmarking case studies released by the Transaction Processing Council. I’ve given you from a broad overview of the TPC benchmarks and shown ways that the vendor-published TPC benchmarks… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 24 July 2013

The New PASS Executive Committee of 2014

I’m sure you can understand the high level of interest I have in the internal affairs and governance of PASS.  After all, I was one of the founders of the organization way back in 1999 and was president for four years from 2003 through 2006 (fondly remembered as “the… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 July 2013

My Advice About Growing as an IT and Data Professional

First off, I should apologize for not blogging in quite a while. I’ve been traveling extensively and, because traveling can be so exhausting, I usually have to queue up blog posts to hit while I’m traveling in order to remain active while on the road.  I didn’t do that for… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 July 2013

MySQL, NoSQL, and NuoDB

I’ve been keen on MySQL ever since I first started using it heavily more than a decade ago.  In fact, I liked it well enough to include it as one of the four main database platforms, over and above the ANSI-ISO SQL standard, in my popular book SQL in a… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 July 2013

What’s the Data Modeling Standard for Business Intelligence Systems?

I had the good fortune to overhear some of my good friends and fellow MVPs discussing the process of data modeling for business intelligence systems.  So what are the industry standard approaches for modeling dimensional data modelling?
The short answer is that Kimball’s dimensional modeling is the most widely adopted…

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 2 July 2013

Hear the SQL Server 2012 story on DotNetRocks

I was privileged to have a chat with my buddies over at www.dotnetrocks.com, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell, episode number 876 (876!). Listen to the most popular internet audio talk show for .NET developers!  Here’s the abstract:

Carl and Richard talk to Kevin Kline about the latest features in SQL… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 31 May 2013

New On-Line Resources for Windows, Virtualization, and Cloud!

Ever since returning from the UK for the SQLBits conference, I’ve been snowed under a mountain of action items.  I’ve got such a backlog of things to get done, emails to answer, and family to not ignore that I’m starting to feel really guilty.

So with that in mind, I… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 May 2013

Cheaters Never Win, Even in TPC Benchmarks

In this column, I want to tell you about one of my favorite aspects of the TPC benchmarks – CHEATING. Keep in mind that I use the term “cheating” in a joking manner with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek.  But I’m also half-serious.  One of the of the… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 6 May 2013

Use TPC Database Benchmarks to Save Money

Last month, I began a series of articles describing database application benchmarking. In the first article, I told you about different ways that you can construct your own database application benchmark. However, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. The Transaction Processing Council (www.tpc.org) has already created… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 29 April 2013

Read the New TPC Database Benchmarking Series

Introduction to TPC Database Benchmarks

Let’s talk about database application benchmarking.

This is a skill set which, in my opinion, is one of the major differentiators between a journeyman-level DBA and a true master of the trade. In this article published in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 22 April 2013

PASS Business Analytics Conference (BAC) Recap

The PASS Business Analytics Conference (PASS BAC) is PASS‘ first foray into an event that is dedicated to business intelligence, big data, data visualization, and business analytics.  And it totally makes sense for PASS to move in this direction, over and above the flagship community work centered… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 April 2013

The All-New ‘Database Lifecycle Management” is available on MSDN

The initial release of Database Lifecycle Management is now available on MSDN.

The site is something called “curated content”. This means it’s a single consolidated location to look up lots of disparate articles and content, all in one easy to search location. This “curated content view” contains the best content,… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 5 April 2013

Squishy Limits in SQL Server Express Edition

It’s an old story you’ve probably heard before.  Provide a free version of your software product with strict limitations on performance or other specific capabilities so that folks can give it a try without risk, while you minimize the chance of cannibalizing sales of your commercial products.  Microsoft has take… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 28 March 2013

SQL Intersection!

The best emotion to describe how I’m feeling is ‘astounded’.  I’m astounded that I’m in such august company to be speaking the SQLIntersection (#iSQL) conference.  Read the blog post from my first SQL Server mentor, Kimberly Tripp, which tells you all about SQLintersection.

Check out this list… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 27 March 2013

Is Microsoft SQL Server Supported By …?

One of the types of question you get after speaking at a conference about virtualization, like I did at the 2012 PASS Summit with my buddy David Klee (Twitter | Blog), might go down like this:

Is SQL Server version X supported on hypervisor platform Q?”… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 19 March 2013

SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012 Released!

SSDTBI for Visual Studio 2012 enables customers to use the Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services project templates within the Visual Studio 2012 shell.  The components are delivered as a web download on the Microsoft Download center and will be available through Web Platform Installer.   This release is the… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 8 March 2013

Demo Mastery for the Technology Evangelist

In the same way that the finest presentations involve much more than the simple relaying of information, the finest software demos are much more than just presenting features.

REMEMBER: The goal of a demo is to INSPIRE the audience to use the software/technology, not to teach them every nuance of… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 February 2013

Hurray! I Have One of the Top 1% most vied LinkedIn Profiles

I just got this email from LinkedIn about my profile (that’s http://www.linkedin.com/in/kekline in clear text).

 

Hi Kevin,

Recently, LinkedIn reached a new milestone: 200 million members. But this isn’t just our achievement to celebrate — it’s also yours.

I want to personally thank you for being part of our… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 11 February 2013

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