Kathi Kellenberger

Doing the Right Thing

From the time you rise in the morning until you close your eyes at night, your day is filled with thousands of small decisions, many that you don’t even think about. For each decision that you make, there is a probably a good choice and a poor choice available. Most of the time, the good […]

2019-01-28

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PASS Summit 2018 Recap

This year, PASS celebrated the 20th PASS Summit. As it has been many times, this year’s Summit was held in Seattle. PASS Summit has visited other locations such as Orlando and Charlotte, but, at least to me, it feels like home when it’s hosted in Seattle. For those of us who have participated for many […]

2018-11-19

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Explaining Our Professions to Our Parents

Have you ever had a difficult time explaining what your job entails to your parents or other family members? You may be working in a field that didn’t exist 20 years ago, such as mobile device development, or your job may be so specialized that non-technical people will never understand. Now that my job title […]

2018-11-05

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What Should You Look for in a SQL Monitoring Tool?

Performance is a common reason to monitor SQL Server. The work day of a database administrator is often interrupted with unexpected calls about slowness in applications or reports. But, how does the performance today compare to the performance last week or last month? Can the root cause of the issue be traced to the database […]

2018-10-08

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SQL Server Gets Smarter and Smarter

With each recent version of SQL Server, Microsoft has added features that can be used to improve query performance with much less effort than traditional index and query tuning require. First was Query Store, introduced with 2016. When enabled, this feature allows you to easily find regression in query performance due to changing execution plans. […]

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2018-05-21

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SQL Community

Back in my early days as a database administrator, almost 16 years ago, I happened upon a web site called SQL Server Central. Because I found so many useful articles and forum posts, the site was open in my browser at work every single day. It was a great source of information, and eventually, I […]

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2018-04-23

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So Many Choices with SQL Server

There was a day when you didn’t have many decisions to make about a new SQL Server instance. You had to choose from a few editions and two licensing models: per proc or server cal. It wasn’t long ago that SQL Server would almost always be installed on a physical server on premises, and the […]

2018-03-26

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