Big Data Industry Predictions for 2024

Back on 03-Jan, 2024, the publication insideBIGDATA published a collection of predictions for the coming year in an article written by Daniel Gutierrez. I, along with many other experts on the subject, was invited to provide my thoughts on the topic. I suggest you give it a review. Read the full article here - https://insidebigdata.com/2024/01/03/big-data-industry-predictions-for-2024. For my part, I wrote... AI Answers The Call for Help Managing Data Overabundance: Today’s data professionals have an overwhelming amount of information at their fingertips but many may lack the … [Read more...]

Observability: The Central Watchtower for Your All-Seeing IT Needs

As we were closing out 2023, I wrote the article Observability: The Central Watchtower for Your All-Seeing IT Needs for DevOps.com. I've enclosed the first few paragraphs below, but I'd love for you to read the entire article and provide your feedback and thoughts. Enjoy! -Kevin If there’s something you need to keep secure, it’s natural to want to keep it sealed away under lock and key. However, even keeping something in a vault, far from prying eyes and ill intent, may not be enough to offer peace of mind. After all, how can you have the peace of mind of knowing it’s safe if you don’t … [Read more...]

The Top Six Benefits of Database DevOps for Streamlined and Stronger Database Operations

DevOps is a very popular approach for running and managing development projects. But it shouldn't be restricted to only development projects. Databases have lots of code as well, from triggers to functions to stored procedures, and these too should be managed under the umbrella of DevOps. Back in July of 2023, I wrote about this idea in greater detail at DBTA.com. Click the link to read more. Here's a brief snippet of the article: Data is the cornerstone of the modern digital business. IT teams, database professionals, and business leaders use data to make informed decisions, … [Read more...]

TechStrong TV and SolarWinds Database Observability

Back in July 20, 2023, I had the opportunity to site for an open form interview with Alan Shimel, founder and CEO of the Techstrong Group, a media group with a host of excellent content sites such as DevOps.com and TechStrong.TV. The abstract for the interview follows - After a brief hiatus, Kevin Kline has re-joined the SolarWinds team as a senior staff technical marketing manager where he serves as a subject matter expert on a variety of relational database management systems. Ahead of his participation in TechStrong’s DataOps Day, Kevin brings his experience, particularly with Microsoft … [Read more...]

The Ghosts of IT Past and Present Can Help Improve the Future

December 21, 2023 "I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach."― Ebenezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens has remained one of the most iconic and beloved stories of the holiday season. Part of the reason the story has stuck with us since its Victorian-era publication lies in the lessons it teaches us. At its heart, the story is about the need for kindness and charity, and most importantly, how we can use the lessons of our … [Read more...]

Building Modern Data Pipelines Using DBT

Back in May 2024, I had the opportunity to write a guest column for Database Trends and Applications Magazine, a publication I once where I once wrote a monthly column on Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL for many years. I thought I'd take a moment to bring it to your attention. I'd love to hear your feedback! Cheers, -Kevin Earlier this year, I had the privilege of serving on the organizing committee for the DataTune conference in my hometown of Nashville, Tenn. Unlike many database-specific or platform-specific conferences, which tend to focus on analytics and data science, … [Read more...]

Celebrating SysAdmin Day 2023

It's been almost a year since July 28, 2023 for our last SysAdmin Day. I thought it might be fun to point to last year's VMware blog in which I had a part. https://vmblog.com/archive/2023/07/28/show-your-appreciation-celebrating-sysadminday-2023.aspx Many other IT experts also provided quotes for this. Following here is the introduction of the article as well as my small part. I hope you enjoy! -Kevin Today, July 28, 2023, the tech world is gearing up to celebrate one of its unsung heroes—the SysAdmins! On this special occasion of SysAdmin Appreciation Day, we take a moment to … [Read more...]

T-SQL Tuesday 153 Roundup: The Conference That Changed Everything

I received a great collection of blog posts in response to T-SQL Tuesday 153 which I kicked off on Tuesday, August 2nd – asking you to write about a conference or event that had a significant event on their life. As one of the small handful of people who attended every PASS Summit from its founding through the pandemic lockdown, I've witnessed so many transformational experiences firsthand. Human beings are social creatures and though we as IT pros like to focus on hard technology skills first and foremost, I think we can all admit that having a great social experience at a conference like … [Read more...]

T-SQL Tuesday 153 Invite: The Conference That Changed Everything For Me

T-SQL Tuesday is the blog party started by Adam Machanic (b|t) over a decade ago and is now maintained by Steve Jones (b|t) on tsqltuesday.com. On the first Tuesday of each month, a blogger hosts the party and suggests a topic. Anyone interested in the topic gets to blog about it. You have one week to write your blog post. It has to go live on the second Tuesday of the month, in this case August 9th. The host then compiles a list of posts and creates a blog post, for a summarized read. It is a great way to get thinking on subjects you may not have thought of, read other people’s ideas on … [Read more...]

DBTA – Keep Up With the Latest SQL Server Updates

Here’s one big advantage to moving to Microsoft Azure SQL Database—you never have to patch. That’s right. The various SKUs available in Azure’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering are automatically always kept up-to-date with the latest updates In fact, with Microsoft’s “cloud first” product development strategy, new code is deployed to Azure first and then made available to on-premise versions of SQL Server after. And, if you want to live on the bleeding edge of technology afnd act as a “canary in the coal mine,” you can work with your Microsoft liaison to run your workload in its specially … [Read more...]