About Kendra

I’m a founder and owner of Brent Ozar Unlimited®.Kendra-Little Learn more about our consulting services here, or check out our SQL Server training options.

Where I write

Most of my technical writing these days lives over on my company’s website. Read lots about how to get the most out of your SQL Server at http://www.brentozar.com/archive/author/kendra-little/.

Periodic less technical pieces end up here.

What I tweet

Twitter’s great for pictures of cats AND chatting about databases. I’m @Kendra_Little if you want to tweet at me or follow me or help me understand what it means when someone “favorites” a tweet. (Are you really going to look at that later? Or is it just a way to “like” a tweet as if it was Facebook?)

What excites me

I love optimization. Databases have always interested me because they’re at the heart of software development and they’re just plain tricky. Everyone needs to get and modify data right this instant, but nobody wants to screw it up. I love helping people make databases as reliable, flexible, and fast as possible.

Where I learned to think

I earned a BA from awesome little Shimer College. I read great books at night and learned about them all day.

I also earned a MA in Philosophy from Fordham University in the Bronx. In grad school, I learned that wrangling databases was what I really liked doing. (Not philosophizing.)

Where I learned to database

Yep, “to database” is a verb. I got into the crazy joy of software development with terabytes of data when I joined aQuantive/Atlas Solutions in 2004. Atlas taught me operations principles and that software only matters when you can ship it. (So why not ship it all the time?)

Why I love Microsoft

I worked at Microsoft for five years – I started as a contractor working on a very cool system, then liked the team so much that I went full time. The best memories I have of Microsoft are of all the incredibly smart peers I learned from, who came from around the world. I got to work with the best and the brightest from Bangladesh, Iran, Mexico, China, South Korea, Russia, Nigeria, and India.

What keeps me real

In my free time, I manage a website for an old friend of mine who works in Haiti helping people climb out of poverty. Reading about his work puts my own life into perspective.

Where I live

I live in Portland, Oregon. Portland’s great for the friendly people, the awesome food, and the mild weather. It’s also 2 hours from the most wonderful place on earth: the Oregon Coast.

I’m A Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server 2008

I am an MCM, SQL Server 2008.  If you’re interested in getting certified, check out my video.

And I’m a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, Data Platform (SQL Server 2012)

Wow, that’s a mouthful. Microsoft thought I knew enough about SQL Server 2008 that they went ahead and certified me for SQL Server 2012. And then they retired the Microsoft Certified Master Certification. It turns out I do know a few things about SQL Server 2012, so here I am.


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