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  • What Does a Good Mentor Do for You?

    These would be good mentors - me plus Adam Machanic, and Klaus AschenbrennerNot long ago, John Sansom (Twitter | Blog) kicked off a SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by asking 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question:''If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on January 13, 2014
  • What's the Hidden Issue in the Recent PASS Bylaw Changes?

    The 2004 PASS Board of DirectorsOn December 19, 2013, the PASS board of directors (BoD) proposed a small and targeted set of bylaw changes in response to CA relinquishing the BoD seats they were entitled to as a Founding Partner in the professional association.How Did CA Get Involved with PASS?You might be wondering ''How did a company ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 31, 2013
  • One Piece of Advice for the Aspiring Junior DBA

    This post is part of the SQL Community Project #DBAJumpStart by John Sansom (Twitter | Blog).''If you could give a DBA just one piece of advice, what would it be?''John asked 20 successful and experienced SQL Server professionals this exact question. I share my own thoughts with you below and you can find all our answers together ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on December 10, 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 these most recent trips.  And, as you can see, there's quite a ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 15, 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 software/technology.I've ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 15, 2013
  • PASS Summit 2012, Day 1

    One of the most positive experiences I can have, as a former leader of the PASS organization, is when I see a neophyte become a passionate support and champion for the community. On my first day in Seattle, before the event had even begun, I was stopped several by people who'd attended their first PASS Summit last year. But this year, they were ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 8, 2012
  • Timewarp: What Is a Relational Database?

    Relational?!? Move On, Geezer!Maybe you're thinking that relational databases management systems (RDBMSs), like Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle, are going the way of punched cards and rotary phones.  After all, there's been a lot of hype these days in the IT media about the rise of so-called NoSQL (Not Only SQL) databases. ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on September 5, 2012
  • The Next Chapter: Inspiring and Motivating

    I’d like to start this post first by thanking everyone who sent well wishes, both public and private, about my decision to move on from Quest Software.  It was very uplifting and encouraging to hear from you!So, again, the question of “Where am I off to?”  The answer is SQL Sentry.  I’m joining them as Director of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 16, 2012
  • A Fond Farewell to Quest Software

    The week of the 4th of July is a happy week for Americans.  Most families get out for a parade, a fireworks display, a picnic in the park, a movie where Will Smith puts the beat down on a bunch of aliens, or an afternoon at the pool or lake.  We celebrate the contributions of our service men and women. We honor veterans. We ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on July 11, 2012
  • Information Hoarder No More!

    I hate to admit it, but I'm a hoarder. Yes, like those insane people on the A&E TV show. Only my hoarding is all virtual. For example, take the image above. That's just a tiny part of my Google Reader home page. That's a tiny part of my Google Reader home page AFTER reading most of the day on a recent Sunday. I still had thousands of ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on November 2, 2011
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