Microsoft SQL Server MVP Kevin Kline Holds Nordic and Australian Roadshows

SQL Server expert Kevin Kline has kicked off a multi-continent roadshow, sharing his deep SQL knowledge and best practices at a series at a series of SQL Saturdays and SQL Server User Group meetings.

Kevin KlineKline is SentryOne principal program manager, founder and former president of PASS, a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and author of the DBTA column SQL Server Drill Down.

“Despite the fact that data management is more important than ever to businesses of all sizes, we see a widespread shortage of workers with the right skills,” said Kline. "Now more than ever, thought leaders in our industry need to promote learning and the advancement of skills to help fill those skill gaps, especially since cloud adoption is driving a bit of a shift in what skills are most needed. I hope help move the needle in a positive direction by speaking directly to members of the SQL Server community.”

North America and the British Isles “have always been ground-zero for IT and technology skills,” said Kline. “However, we’re seeing several regions worldwide that are now at parity or quickly reaching parity with the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain,” noted Kline. “These regions include the Nordic countries, Ireland, Benelux, Germany and greater Deutschland, Israel, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.”

Kline has already visited Stockholm and is in Oslo today meeting with the Norwegian Microsoft Data Platform User Group. From there he travels to:

  • Copenhagen—May 8: Danish SQL Server User Group
  • Gothenburg—May 9: Swedish SQL Server User Group (rerun of May 3 precon)
  • Helsinki—May 11: SQLSaturday Helsinki
  • Reykjavik—May 13: PASS Iceland

From June 1 to June 15, Kline will travel to Australia and New Zealand for his “SQLVacation Down Under Tour,” in association with SQLMasters Consulting. The locations and dates include:

  • Brisbane—June 1: SQLSaturday Brisbane
  • Auckland—June 4: Auckland SQL Server User Group
  • Wellington—June 6: Wellington SQL Server User Group
  • Christchurch—June 8: SQLSaturday South Island
  • Sydney—June 11: Sydney SQL Server User Group
  • Adelaide—June 13: Adelaide SQL Server User Group
  • Melbourne—June 15: SQLSaturday Melbourne

“Typically, I ask the leaders of each local user group to select from five disparate topics that are relevant to SQL Server technologists today. While the topics vary, they all share a couple commonalities—teaching a skill that is widely needed today, improving the technologists professionalism and soft skills, and finally teaching skills and offering advice about how to best take advantage of cloud technologies if and when they make the leap.”

Technologists live their lives with a version number, said Kline. “If you’re not learning about the newest stuff, then you’re falling behind!”

For more details and registration information for the Nordic Roadshow, go to

Details for Kline’s SQL Vacation Down Under will be posted at