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Kevin Kline

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Google Author, and long-time blogger at and at As a noted leader in the IT industry, Kevin's blog covers Microsoft SQL Server features and best practices, third-party software, trends in the IT industry, and professional development for IT professionals.

Surprising but True: the Basics are Still Difficult

I always look forward to new research from Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc., publishers of this magazine and other great products for data professionals. The latest report which you should read is "SQL Server Transformation: Toward Agility & Resiliency 2017; PASS Database Management Survey." READ MORE… Originally Posted April 07, 2017

Staying Alive at SQLBits 2017

Staying Alive at SQLBits 2017

Kevin Kline talks about the upcoming SQLBits conference, the sessions he's giving and, most importantly, the DISCO THEME!

SQL Server Named 2017 DBMS of the Year

Way back in the summer of 2014, I told you about how I used to determine the popularity of various data management tools and vendor platforms. Plus, by adding in an analysis Google Trends I can see where the overall trends that I'm interested in are headed. Staying up with the trends isn't just

The Architecture of Azure Data Platform Applications

The Architecture of Azure Data Platform Applications

Kevin Kline and Ben Lezin hold a short Q & A with Gavin Payne and Mike Wood about Azure architecture and improvements.

Introducing the SQL Server Database Experimentation Assistant

There's a very handy new tool from Microsoft called the Database Experimentation Assistant (DEA). The DEA makes it very easy to conduct A/B testing for SQL Server upgrades, providing quantitative insight into the performance differences across two versions of a database workload on SQL Server. READ MORE… Originally Posted February 08, 2017

January Webinars Focus on Azure and Containers

January Webinars Focus on Azure and Containers

Kevin Kline (@kekline) invites you to three webinars coming up in January: A two-part series on the Azure platform, with Gavin Payne; and a session from Paul Stanton on running SQL Server inside Docker containers.

Major Feature Reconfiguration For SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1

One of the long-standing differentiators between SQL Server's Enterprise Edition (EE) and Standard Edition (SE), besides price, were the large number of features available only in EE. This is also true for other lower editions of SQL Server such as Web Edition and Express Edition. But there's big news in the air! READ MORE… Originally

Join Us at the Biggest Annual SQL Server Conference, PASS Summit

I'm thrilled to be presenting once again at this year's PASS Summit, coming up in October in Seattle. I've got two regular sessions, one technical and one profession, as well as two community sessions. I hope you can join me. In case you don't know, the PASS Summit connects you with industry experts and THOUSANDS

Proof of Concepts: Making Hard Things Easy with Azure

Back when I managed my employer's enterprise architecture, prior to the days of virtualization and cloud computing, one of my most difficult projects was to build out a sandbox environment for a major proof of concept (POC). Locally hosted servers and all of the required licenses were expensive and scarce. If you're still struggling with

PASS Summit Keynotes – Day 1 with Joseph Sirosh

PASS Summit Keynotes – Day 1 with Joseph Sirosh

Day One Keynote with Joseph Sirosh Adam Jorgensen, PASS President, welcomed the PASS community to the Seattle, introducing a number of exciting opportunities we are facing as we shift mere data storage to intelligent platforms. As a professional association, Adam's time on stage is as much about keeping the community apprised of the business of

I'm Speaking at PASS Summit 2016

I'm Speaking at PASS Summit 2016

I'm Speaking at PASS Summit 2016   This'll be a busy week for me at the PASS Summit, the biggest conference in the SQL Server industry, with 2 community sessions and 2 general sessions, as shown below: General Session (75 minutes): Fundamentals of Tech Team Leadership (Professional Development), Thu 10:45-12:00 AM PDT Four Ways We Kill

SQL Server Adds Even More New Features in Data Science

One of the great promises of AI is contextual processing that come naturally to humans, such as understanding visual input and natural language. You can now get in on the new previews from Microsoft to accomplish these goals. Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of APIs that enable developers to tap into high-quality vision, speech,

SQL Server 2016 – The Cool is in the Tool (SSMS That is)

As a heavy user of other RDBMS data platforms, I have long appreciated the extra effort that Microsoft put into their data management and administration tool, the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). While SSMS is an outstanding administration and T-SQL programming tool, it does have its minor qualms and quibbles. Learn more about all of

SQL Server 2016 is Simply Faster… A Lot Faster

I had the pleasure to spend some time with my old friend Mark Souza, a general manager in the Data Platform team at Microsoft, while speaking at the SQL Saturday event in Dublin, Ireland last summer. Now keep in mind that Mark and I have known each other since the 1990s when SQL Server was

Rollin' on a River into Chattanooga with the #SQLVacation

Chattanooga is a gem of a city situated on the Tennessee River very close to the junction of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia in the American Midsouth. For me and the Horde, Chattanooga is the perfect getaway. It has a great restaurant scene and river front, along with some of the most popular and best known