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  • Professional Development - A Recipe for Success

    Originally appearing at My friend Joe Webb's father-in-law spent most of his adult life as a cardiologist. That's a highly specialized and highly technical area in the field of medicine that deals with the heart. Not every physician can claim to be a cardiologist. It requires rigorous training under the close supervision ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 6, 2015
  • DBTA - StretchDB, a Cool New Feature in vNext SQL Server

    Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine. When it comes to cloud-based database management, there are really only two players: Amazon, the value leader, and Microsoft, the innovation leader. Amazon has carved out a niche as the value leader in cloud-based database management, ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 5, 2015
  • Professional Development - What a Difference 60 Years Makes

    Originally appearing at 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 ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 30, 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 general ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 29, 2015
  • Professional Development - Set the Bar High

    Originally appearing at 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 enough or ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 23, 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 online, 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 full survey with ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 22, 2015
  • Professional Development - Interviews are a Two-way Street

    Originally appearing at 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, her coworkers, and her boss were all dysfunctional in ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 16, 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 the main ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 15, 2015
  • Professional Development - The Stradivarius of Teams

    Originally appearing at 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 to do is bring ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 9, 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 for the SQL Server world. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 8, 2015
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