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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, 172 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, 705 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, 323 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, 187 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, 450 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, 131 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, 265 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, 358 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, 807 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, 190 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

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 24 November 2014

Put Your New Leadership Knowledge Into Practice

Have you ever tried to hit a golf ball toward the pin, toss a dart at the bull’s-eye, or chuck a fly at a trout? If you’re like most people, your first attempt didn’t come anywhere close to hitting the mark. Your golf ball may have found the woods, your… Read more

1 comments, 188 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 21 November 2014

DBTA – SQL Server 2014 Overview


Perhaps this is your first time reading my column or you don’t know much about SQL Server. If either of those are true, then it might be a surprise to you that Microsoft has accelerated the release cadence for SQL Server to around one new release every 18 to… Read more

1 comments, 90 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 17 November 2014

T-SQL Tuesday #59: My Hero!

This month’s edition of T-SQL Tuesday is being hosted by Tracy McKibben (T|B). I was challenged by Aaron Bertrand (T|B) to participate in this T-SQL Tuesday. I instantly knew what and who I wanted to write about, but my schedule being what… Read more

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 15 October 2014

Join Me at the Ft. Lauderdale SQL Saturday on June 14, 2014!


Join Me at SQLSaturday #288 in Beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, FL

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Jun 14 2014 at 3301 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314. Admittance to this event is free, all… Read more

2 comments, 265 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 21 May 2014

Writing and Delivering a Successful Full-Day Technology Seminar

I was recently chatting with the current President of PASS, Thomas LaRock (Twitter | Blog), and Pieter Vanhove (Twitter | Blog), a prominent SQL Server consultant and expert in Belgium, about how I go about building and presenting a full-day technical seminar. In the SQL… Read more

2 comments, 298 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 6 May 2014

Interested in Self-Service Analytics at the PASS Business Analytics Conference?

I don’t know if you’re planning to attend the PASS Business Analytics Conference. But you’ll be missing a ton of great content especially for data, analytics, and business intelligence professionals. There’s still plenty of time to register and, if you use my discount code – BABS2B – you’ll get… Read more

0 comments, 392 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 24 April 2014

Top 10 DBA Mistakes on SQL Server


Hear one of my most popular session via streaming media at SQLSentry.TV!

Microsoft SQL Server is easier to administrate than any other relational database on the market.  But “easier than everyone else” doesn’t mean it’s easy.  And it doesn’t mean that database administration on SQL Server is problem free.… Read more

2 comments, 484 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 9 April 2014

Amazingly Useful SQL Server Articles on

Me and Aaron Bertrand, SQL Sentry flagbearers.

One of the things we’ve been working on at SQL Sentry is building up institutional knowledge for the SQL Server community. There are three main ways that we’re doing that on-line:

  1. Hard-core tech articles on, edited by long-time SQL Server MVP…

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2 comments, 322 reads

Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 3 March 2014

Join Me on March 14 in Silicon Valley for a Full-Day of SQL Server Configuration Tuning Lessons


Join me for a day of

Real World Database Configuration and Tuning for Microsoft SQL Server

SQL Saturday Silicon Valley 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)

Mountain View, CA

Click HERE to register Now! Seating is very limited!


This full-day training event…

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Posted in Kevin E. Kline on 18 February 2014

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