4th - 7th March 2015

ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, London


Adam Machanic

Adam Machanic is a Boston-based SQL Server developer, writer, and speaker. He focuses on large-scale data warehouse performance and development, and is author of the award-winning SQL Server monitoring stored procedure, sp_WhoIsActive. Adam has written for numerous web sites and magazines, including SQLblog, Simple Talk, Search SQL Server, SQL Server Professional, CoDe, and VSJ. He has also contributed to several books on SQL Server, including "SQL Server 2008 Internals" (Microsoft Press, 2009) and "Expert SQL Server 2005 Development" (Apress, 2007). Adam regularly speaks at conferences and training events on a variety of SQL Server topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and an alumnus of the INETA North American Speakers Bureau.
http://sqlblog.com http://sqlblog.com/blogs/MainFeed.aspx

Are your big queries using every available clock tick, or are they lagging behind? And if your queries are already going parallel, can they be rewritten for even greater speed? In this session you will learn how to take full advantage of parallelism.
Large, complex queries need memory in which to work--workspace memory--and understanding the how's, when's, and why's of this memory can help you create queries that run in seconds rather than minutes.

Blog posts RSS

Medians pre-SQL 2012 26 Jan 2015
SQL 2012 was a big release for working out the median in SQL Server, with the advent of the function PERCENTILE_CONT(). It’s a very elegant way of working out the median (hint, that’s the 0.5 point), even though it’s not actually an aggregate function, as I’ve written before. Plus – it doesn’t ...

Why would the system process lock the transaction log of the user database? 26 Jan 2015
  Yesterday I have noticed that the log file for one of the user databases grew much bigger than it should have been. First of all, I went to check the sys.databases catalog view. The reason for the log growth appeared to be an Active Transaction which is a quite common cause. For some ...

Executing SSIS: Run SSIS Packages in the SSIS Catalog via Stored Procedure 26 Jan 2015
In my article titled A Custom Execution Method – Level 19 of the Stairway to Integration Services posted at SQL Server Central , I created a stored procedure to execute SSIS packages stored in the SSIS Catalog. Really, all I did was build a rudimentary wrapper for the stored procedures used by the ...

In The Cloud: Using InPrivate Browsing 23 Jan 2015
Periodically people post looking for an answer to the following error message which is also shown in Figure 1. Frequently zebra diagnoses are presented as the response. In healthcare, a zebra diagnosis is when you overlook the simple and the obvious. If you hear hoof beats, you should think of ...

Self-Awareness – Feedback 23 Jan 2015
Self-awareness is an important trait. I believe it is especially important for consultants. For each of us, there is some gap between reality and what we perceive. I believe one measure of humility (or pride) is this self-awareness delta. I also believe we can narrow this gap by engaging in ...