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  • Writing and Delivering a Successful Full-Day Technology Seminar

    I was recently chatting with the current President of PASS, Thomas LaRock (Twitter | Blog), and Pieter Vanhove (Twitter | Blog), a prominent SQL Server consultant and expert in Belgium, about how I go about building and presenting a full-day technical seminar. In the SQL Server world, we tend to call these ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on May 6, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Women in Technology: A Quick Observation and a Quick Straw Poll

    A bit of background:  Those aren't grand daughters of the Clampetts in the picture at right.  Those are my three daughters and three stepdaughters, all of whom I want to inherit the world - as little or as much as they want to take hold of.  (I already talked a bit about this in a post on my personal, family blog.  ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on August 29, 2011
  • Leadership, Management, and SQLRally

    Transparency - A Great Leadership Quality I've always appreciated how Andy Warren (blog| twitter) operates in the most transparent manner, especially as it relates to his role as a director for the Professional Association for SQL Server. For example, Andy's latest blog post about prepping for the SQLRally, to kick off in less than 30 days, is ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 25, 2011
  • Innovation and Invention: Whose Method is Best?

    My Favorite Magazine There are a lot of reasons why I love The Economist magazine and pay over $100 per year for a subscription. First of all, it summarizes all of its news articles, big and small, in the first 4-5 pages of the magazine. Don't have time to read the entire issue? No problem, how does 20 minutes work for you? Second, it ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on March 22, 2011
  • Cloud Evolving, SQL Server Responding

    Brent Ozar (blog | twitter) and I did an interview with TechTarget’s Brendan Cournoyer at last summer's Tech-Ed, which as turned into a podcast titled “Cloud efforts advance, SQL Server evolves.” The podcast covers all the major trends at the conference (like BI), virtualization features in Quest’s products (like Spotlight), Brent’s new book ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on February 2, 2011
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