Futureproof Your Data Professional Career


What are the technical skills that are necessary for a database professional to succeed in today’s workforce? More importantly, what technical skills are needed as our organizations undergo a massive digital transformation where workloads are processed entirely in the cloud? Join Kevin Kline and Brian Knight, two of the highest-rated experts in the SQL Server community, in this wide-ranging Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) style discussion about skills and capabilities that will make your database career fireproof and futureproof.

In this session, you’ll hear about the skills needed to succeed as a junior, intermediate, and senior DBA, SSIS developer, and BI professional. From there, we will push into the technical skill set needed to make you successful in the next decade and beyond.

In addition to tech skills, we will spend some time discussing the soft skills that successful IT professionals have in common that enable them to avoid downsizing and enable them to get the very best jobs when competing with other talented peers.

This combination of technical skills for today and the future, plus soft skills that are perennially sought after will help you become irreplaceable in your workplace and can lead to a fireproof and futureproof career.


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Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline

Principal Program Manager, SentryOne

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at blogs.sentryone.com/author/kevinkline. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.

Brian Knight

Brian Knight

Founder, Pragmatic Works

Brian Knight is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works and is a member of the SentryOne advisory board. Brian is a contributing columnist at several technical magazines and does regular webcasts. He is the author of more than fifteen technical books. Brian has spoken at dozens of conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd and many Code Camps. He has receiveda number ofawards from the state, governor, and press, including the Business Ambassador Award (Governor) and Top CEO (Jacksonville Magazine). He is on the board of the region’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation.

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