Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 23 years. She has provided performance consulting services and taught advanced courses on SQL Server to thousands of professionals and organizations.
Delaney began her career working for Sybase, where she taught all the education department’s courses and was the specialist for the advanced course on Performance Tuning and Optimization. In 1992, she became an independent trainer and consultant. In that role, she worked with both the Microsoft and Sybase companies to develop courses and to do internal training for their technical support staff.
In 1993, Microsoft awarded Delaney with the SQL Server MVP designation for her participation in the public SQL Server help forums on Microsoft’s news server. She is still a regular participant on Microsoft’s public forums, where she answers questions dealing with SQL Server internals and behavior.
Delaney has been writing about SQL Server for many years, in addition to her courseware development. She is the primary author of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals, Inside SQL Server 2005: Query Tuning and Optimization, and Inside SQL Server 7. She also authored Inside SQL Server 2005: The Storage Engine and Inside SQL Server 2000. In 1998, she joined the editorial staff of SQL Server Magazine, when the magazine was first launched. Delaney also wrote a regular column for SQL Server Professional Journal and several articles for Windows ITPro Magazine.
Delaney received her Master’s degree in Computer Science and her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she developed the college’s first course in database management systems, and has also been a lecturer at her alma mater.