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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, and long-time blogger at As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.

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 […]

Singin' the #SQLVacation Blues in Memphis, TN

I'm sure not everyone agrees, but Memphis means blues, BBQ, Elvis and BB King. It's Tennessee's biggest city, at approximately 650k residents, only 8% more than Nashville. It's strategic location on the Mississippi River made it a key shipping and immigration hub and, as a consequence, the city houses some of the state's prettiest and […]

U-SQL and the Azure Data Lake

There's a new buzzword on the loose, the data lake. At first glance, a data lake could be easily mistaken for a data warehouse. The two big data concepts have a common focus on analytics and they may, in certain situations, produce roughly equivalent output. But that's about where their similarities end. Learn more about […]

It's #SQLVacation Time in Baton Rouge

There are three more dates in my #SQLVacation this year after Baton Rouge. So, after a bit of vacation time in Gulf Shores, AL, were now at the half-way point for the excursion. While I knew that Baton Rouge was the state capital of Louisiana and a major petrochemical center, I had no idea it […]

#SQLVacation on the Sugar-White Sands of Pensacola

This time last year, the Horde and I were drawing ever closer to the great Windy City. As always, my inner Clark Griswold was trying to make the best of all of our many stops. But by the time we arrived downtown, it was windy, overcast, and as warm as a Tennessee Sunday in March […]

#SQLVacation Comes to Birmingham

My family would frequently make the trip from Huntsville, AL where my father worked as an analog computer engineer, to Birmingham, the largest city of Alabama, where a large number of my extended family had settled after WWII to work of the iron and steel industry. Back then, everybody called it The Pittsburgh of the […]

Columbus, Georgia welcomes #SQLVacation

Lovely Columbus, Georgia is situated along the banks of the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia border and is the second biggest city in the state. It is close to Fort Benning, home of the United States Army Infantry School and one of the biggest employers in the region. It is also home to lots museums […]

SQL Vacation 2016!

Kevin Kline (@kekline) is going on another SQL Vacation, this time between Nashville and Pensacola, with 7 events scheduled and many chances to win prizes!

Temporal Tables in SQL Server 2016

While temporal data support is something that has existed in the past within other database platforms, it is a newly available feature with the RTM version of SQL Server 2016. In case you haven't heard of temporal data values (or for some, "bitemporal"), here is a brief explanation. READ MORE… Originally Posted June 09, 2016

SQL Server on Linux – It's No Joke

Many thought it was an early April Fool's Day prank, but it was no joke: On March 7, 2016, Microsoft announced the beta release of SQL Server on Linux with the intention of shipping a full release of the product by 2017. Oh, and SentryOne already supports SQL Server on Linux! READ MORE… Originally Posted […]

Microsoft on the Ascent in Business Intelligence and Data Science

Microsoft has been on a tear for the past couple of years. It has been pushing forward with a very steady stream of powerful new features and capabilities, even entire product lines, within its Data Platform business. But while Microsoft has been hard at work on this deluge of new technologies, it would be completely […]

An Interview with Greg Gonzalez, SQL Sentry CEO

What's a great innovator and entrepreneur like? Learn more in this interview with SQL Sentry CEO, Greg Gonzalez.

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Powerful ETL Technologies in the Microsoft Data Platform

Microsoft first truly disrupted the ETL marketplace with the introduction of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) back with the release of SQL Server 2005. Microsoft has upped the ante yet again by bringing to market powerful ETL features to the cloud via the Azure Data Factory, which enables IT shops to integrate a multitude of […]

Live and In Person! My Speaking Schedule for 2016

After a couple of months with no travel, Kevin Kline (@kekline) lays out his conference and speaking schedule for the upcoming calendar year.