Archives for September 2010

Video: The Growing SQL Server World- Surviving the Data Avalanche

An expert roundtable discussion hosted by SQL Server Expert Kevin Kline and featuring speakers from Microsoft, EMC, Avanade, HP and Quest Software. With the release of SQL Server 2005 and its focus on Business Intelligence, SQL Server professionals are faced with unprecedented amounts of data to manage. How are you dealing with the flood of data? At the PASS Community Summit 2006, experts from Quest Software joined forces with a variety of other SQL Server industry experts for a panel discussion around the implications of managing large volumes of business critical data on SQL Server and … [Read more...]

DBTA: The Trouble with Third-Party Applications

Third-party applications are a very important part of the IT landscape. Many of us have faced the common dilemma of trying to decide whether to build or buy that next important application our organizations need. (By the way, I'm talking about smaller, specialized applications like an inventory management system for the company warehouse, or a practice management system for a doctor's office. I'm not talking about the huge and incredibly sophisticated ERP systems like SAP and Oracle Financials.) [READ MORE] … [Read more...]

Plays Well With Others – Hiring, Part 2

Interview Styles and Samples There are three basic interview styles you can use when interview technologists: biographical, technical, or behavioral.  Each has advantages and disadvantages.  Because of this mix of pros and cons, some organizations will mix two or more of the styles, or allow different people in the organization to serially interview the candidate using different styles.  We’ll cover each of these styles in a bit more detail and provide some examples of interview questions that you might use with them. BIOGRAPHICAL The biographical interview style offers the advantage of … [Read more...]

Video: Clock drift and virtualization

Watch Kevin discuss what clock drift is and how it occurs in a virtualized environment and how to avoid this issue. Posted August 27, 2008. … [Read more...]

DBTA: SQL Server in the Clouds?

The idea of "SQL Server in the cloud" is all the rage as I write this article. Many SQL Server experts already predict the demise of the IT data center and a complete upending of the current state of our industry, in which large enterprises can spend millions of dollars on SQL Server licenses, hardware and staff. I have to admit, when I first heard about this idea, I was ecstatic. What could be better for an enterprise than to have all the goodness of a SQL Server database with none of the hardware or staffing issues? However, on deeper examination, there is much about which to be cautious. … [Read more...]

Plays Well With Others – Hiring, Part 1

Pre-Interview Preparation As I promised in the last post , I’ll be covering hiring in greater detail over the next three installments.  Today, I’m going to talk about what goes into effective hiring before the interview ever takes place.  Future installments will cover the various interview styles you can choose from in some detail, to be followed by another installment on what sort of team involvement and interview format you choose. The Ideal Candidate Hiring, training, and acclimating a new person to your organization is estimated to cost anywhere from 17-32% of the position’s … [Read more...]

The State of the Internet Operating System

Tim O'Reilly has written a two part post on his thoughts on the internet operating system. If you're not familiar with Tim, you should be. Part one is here. Part two is here. … [Read more...]

Video: First Video Blog

This is Kevin Kline's first video blog post on Posted August 04, 2008. … [Read more...]

Broken or Just Bent? #passvotes

Cross Posted from Though things have died down a bit since the initial backlash, the recent development in the PASS board election process is still the talk of the town.  I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a number of folks about this, and have read some excellent blogs and other opinion pieces from those on both sides of the debate.  I traded some e-mails with Kevin Kline, a longtime member of the PASS board of directors, and he asked an interesting question: “Many in the community seem to think that the PASS election process is badly broken.  Do you think that PASS … [Read more...]

DBTA: The Future of Coding for SQL Server, Part 2

In my last column (published in the February e-edition and the March print edition of DBTA), I reviewed the overall coding landscape for SQL Server with special focus on LINQ to SQL, a new technology introduced by Microsoft in late 2008. LINQ to SQL promised to make developers' lives much easier by allowing them to focus on writing programs in their favorite Visual Studio language and letting LINQ to SQL write all the Transact-SQL code. The problem is that LINQ to SQL writes very bad Transact-SQL code. [READ MORE] … [Read more...]