Archives for November 2009

The Sequels for SQL Server: The Week of November 27, 2009

Just as an FYI, I've added one new slide deck and webcast to, as well as quite a few upcoming user group events where I'm speaking in http://KevinEKline/Upcoming-Events/. I'm starting a new series called Sequels for SQL Server.  In this series, I point you to sites where you can go beyond the nose-to-the-grindstone resources that we see every day as SQL Server professionals.  These are the story that comes after and outside (the sequels) of our daily working lives (the other SQL).  Let's broaden our horizons together.  If you hit on an interesting but … [Read more...]

Anniversary at Database Trends & Applications Magazine

I was happy to hear that the magazine Database Trends and Applications had recently relaunched their website.  While I'd been a columnist there for a quite a while, I'd never been able to easily find my own articles nor check to see if they'd generated any interest.  DBTA has changed all of that with their relaunch.  I was also surprised, upon closer examination, that I'd been writing there for more than a year.  Check to see if any of these articles are of interest to you.  I'd love to hear your thoughts. Security as an Afterthought Issue: November 2009 The Big Keep Getting Bigger … [Read more...]

Health Data Outcomes

I've opined in the past about how strongly I think the health care industry in the USA needs a does of information technology.  One profession making impressive strides in this area is America's nurses. On the one hand, we have NDNQI, the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®).  NDNQI is a repository for nursing-sensitive indicators collected at the nursing unit level.  Since it began in the late 1990's, the program has added many hospitals as well as additional data points (that is, the quality indicators).  Lots of useful resources and good reading can be found … [Read more...]

New Goodies from Microsoft – Microsoft Answers and Web Spark

Here are a couple of nifty resources that you should bookmark. Microsoft Answers Join the conversation as a community leader through a new, fast-growing Microsoft site called Microsoft Answers.  The site currently focuses on Microsoft’s consumer products starting with Windows Vista.  Throughout the fall (actually, starting on September 28th), Microsoft began to add forums for Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows Live Services (in English, with other languages to follow starting back in October). Forums for Office will also be added later, with more consumer products to be added as the Microsoft … [Read more...]

Clash of the Clouds

The Economist, my favorite news and analysis magazine, published an outstanding briefing and analysis on the coming wars of ascendancy between the major vendors of cloud computing technology and services.  When a technological shift bubbles up into the mainstream news media, the technology has gone through a significant, society-altering right of passage.  As technologists, we all know that the "outside world" doesn't really get what we do.  It doesn't click for grandma that you're doing difficult and important work because it's hard to wrap your head around low-level technological work.  And, … [Read more...]

SQL Server 5-Minute Health Check

Quest Software Pain of the Week Webcast: The 5-Minute SQL Server Healthcheck Join me and Christian Bolton, UK SQL Server MVP and blogger,as we discuss how to quickly evaluate the basic health of your SQL Server environment. You’ll learn about several quick checks you can perform in minutes to determine if critical thresholds are being met—and where you need to resolve issues. Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009 Time: 8 a.m. Pacific / 11 a.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. United Kingdom / 5 p.m. Central Europe Duration: 45-60 minutes Cost: FREE Presenters: Christian Bolton, SQL Server … [Read more...]

Where you can find me at the PASS Summit

In previous years, I hardly had time to sit down and catch a breather at a PASS Summit.  Between my duties as an officer of PASS, exhibit hall time with Quest Software (my employer), speaking in my own sessions, and meeting with PASS volunteers and community organizers, I was busy from the crack of dawn until midnight all week long. Fortunately, those grueling marathons are fading into the past. I still have a busy slate ahead of me for next week.  But it looks like I'll even have time to attend some sessions.  Yeah!  Here's what I've currently got planned: Monday, Nov 2 Depart for … [Read more...]