17th - 19th July 2014

The International Centre, Telford

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Sessions & Content

Come to this session to pick up some tips and tricks for advanced reporting writing, that is also in accordance with thinking by Data Visualisation gurus such as Stephen Few and Edward Tufte.
In this session I'll cover advanced HA and DR architectures for SQL Server 2012 that also enable you to scale-out certain workloads.
The introduction of Availability Groups in SQL Server 2012 and the flexibility this gives administrators is truly awesome. In these session we will cover what Availability Groups bring to the table
Join me as I guide you through the architecture and capabilities of the OData protocol. Data has been locked inside applications for too long, allow me to show you how to implement OData and open up the data silos inside your company today!
Mark will explain the use cases for Analysis Services, illustrate how it improves performance for large data sets and eases report writing, and will go through a practical example of building a first Analysis Services solution
In this session, we'll review methods for cleaning up dirty data using SQL Server Integration Services. We will review the various cleansing tools accessible from within SSIS including native components, T-SQL, SSIS scripting, and DQS.
Do you struggle to reduce those frustrating long hours it takes to load data? Are your time windows for loading becoming too short for comfort? If so – you simply can’t afford to miss this session…
In this session we’ll look at a number of different data scenarios and explore ways of remodelling the data to optimise it for cubes and MDX. Sometimes a small ETL change can have a dramatic impact on the cube's functionality and simplicity.
Great database performance starts with great database design. During the design process it is important to select your SQL Server datatypes wisely. Failure to do so will result in wasted disk space, additional I/O overhead, and decreased performance.
In this session, we will analyze the way DAX solves filtering. Starting from simple queries, we will follow the steps DAX does with the filter context, discovering the internals of the query engine of DAX.
This session looks at the most significant new functionality to be added to SSAS Multidimensional in recent years: support for the DAX language and Power View.
In the ideal world, all information and structures are static, but in the real world almost everything is dynamic, and changes are constant. This session reviews different methods for generating MSBI content (SSIS, SSRS) dynamically.
In this session we will discuss how using flash with intelligent caching can allow an economical mix of flash and HDDs to be used to provide huge performance gains
At the heart of SQL Server is the cost based optimizer. This is driven by estimates and they in turn are driven by statistics. This will be a deep dive into how the optimizer makes its decisions to give you a plan, the things that can go wrong.
I know what you're thinking, Powershell is not an ETL tool. And you're probably right. But I keep running into weird requests that were just easier to fix with Powershell. I'll show you why some things are not easy in SSIS.
Big Data is hot! And the magic word is Hadoop. But what is it? And more important: what can I do with it? In this session we will cover some basics of Hadoop, MapReduce, Pig and Hive.
In this demo-rich session, Hugo Kornelis shows how the full syntax of MERGE enables more than just synchronizing data. You'll get an overview of all the available options, plus a few surprising pitfalls you may not be aware of.
You probably already heard a lot of the wonders of PowerPivot and Power View, but will you have any other cool new BI features with Excel 2013. The answer is a big YES! This session will demo a lot of those.
Excel is “The” analytical tool in Microsoft suite for advanced analysts. This session introduces Excel 2013 and 2010 business intelligence capabilities.
This session will give you insight into both of the current tracing technologies in SQL Server. Old SQL Trace has served us well but new times call for new technology. The new Extended Events are a new lightweight tracing mechanism built into SQLOS.
ioN Data Accelerator software transforms industry-leading open server platforms into powerful shared acceleration devices for multiple applications or clusters. Come learn how and why.
The geospatial capabilities in SQL Server are not only powerful, but easy and fun to use! In this session, learn how to integrate location-awareness into your own applications with the geometry and geography data types.
This session teaches the fundamentals and principles behind how Windows Failover Clustering works and how SQL Server leverages on the technology, allowing you to build highly available database infrastructures.
There has been rapid development in the capabilities of SQL Server to support big data and hadoop following introduction of the HDInsight Service and HDInsight Server. This session covers SQL Server capability and integration points.
Learn how to eliminate the bottlenecks and costs of SAN-based clustering. Leverage the performance of SuperMicro's 2U Twin featuring Fusion ioMemory and achieve higher levels of availability with SIOS
Processing of SSAS OLAP databases can be a tricky business, particularly when it comes to incremental processing of dimensions. John will give you real life examples of why certain approaches work and others do not.
This session will introduce you to the Pyramid Analytics Platform and Architecture and demonstrate some of its innovative and game changing capabilities, from analytics to dashboards to reporting, with full central management and control.
I would like to present easy to follow principles of Kerberos configuration with handy tips and templates to get this right the first time for your particular environment.
While there are many similarities between SQL Server and SQL Azure, there are different kinds of applications that are easier to build in one or the other.  One of the major differences relates to how to build an application that “scales”.  This presentation will provide an introduction into the difference between scale-up (SQL Server) and scale-out (SQL Azure) architectures and give you a primer on how you can build a large, Internet-facing service that can scale to arbitrarily large sizes on commodity hardware.  This talk is targeted at SQL Server practitioners to give them a working knowledge of how the two platforms differ based on Microsoft’s experiences with its largest Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) customers running on SQL Azure.
“Just use partitioning” is the answer you hear, when you need to manage very large data sets in your Data Warehouse. But how do you design and implement it? We will walk through different ways to design partitioning, including layered partitioning.
Do you consider the Windows GUI to be a waste of resources? Starting with SQL Server 2012, you can run on top of Windows Server Core 2008 R2 or 2012. In this session we will discuss installation and management, along with lots of tips and tricks.
A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love.
This session will demonstrate scripts to gather server inventory data and SQL Server and operating system performance data with PowerShell and provide reports to stay on top of your servers.
Compare and contrast how multidimensional and tabular achieve the same end result in quite different ways. Features covered can be used in a broad range of scenarios (not only currency conversion), adding valuable knowledge to your SSAS arsenal.
This session will discuss what a modern strategy for data warehousing can be in this era, considering how the use of technologies like PowerPivot or Analysis Services Tabular affect the way you should model your data.
SQL Sentry will present their revolutionary new software which provides enhanced visibility and manageability for advanced AlwaysOn topologies.
Upgrading SQL Server is one of the most challenging and risky operations that you will perform as a DBA. Make the wrong move, and you could be heading for the exit. In this diverse session, we'll take an in-depth look at moving to SQL Server 2012.
There are new functions introduces with the release of MS-SQL Server 2012. To perform analytic operation in T-SQL , this time Microsoft has added couple of very handy functions.
In this session we'll look over some of the things which you should be looking at within your virtual environment to ensure that you are getting the performance out of it that you should be.
In this session, we will use Grade of the Steel type workloads to quantify the CPU cost of enabling different types of compression. Using CPU profiling, we will try to quantify the cost of this feature.
Just because you're using an Azure SQL database does not mean you can avoid tuning queries. This session will introduce you to the tools you have available to identify poor performing queries, understand, and fix them. All in the cloud.
In this lunchtime session, Attunity will highlight real customer implementations of Attunity Replicate and the Microsoft BI technology stack that enabled them to achieve competitive advantage.
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) provide a new declarative model for building SQL Server databases. Come and learn more from Craig and Jamie who have both been using SSDT to do that for many months.
An introduction to scaling out packages using parallelism with the "Work pile" pattern, balanced data distributor and "Roll your own" techniques.
A look at binary data in SQL Server and full-text searching of the content of binary files.
In this session, I’ll tell you about some of my favorite undocumented features, and also tell you some of my tricks for discovering more undocumented secrets.
Always On Availability Groups offer a huge leap forward in terms of high availability. This sessions is a demo based introduction to the high availability changes in SQL 2012 emphasizing key features and benefits.
In this session we are going to look at the some of the flavours of SQL in Azure, namely Windows Azure Database and SQL on IaaS. We will discuss the differences between them, look at what this means from a DBA stand point
SQL Server 2012 brings a wide range of changes, including a key change in how SQL Server memory is managed. Earlier releases of SQL Server have two memory managers, which have now been merged into one, discover all these important changes
Learn about Statistical Semantic Search, the newest addition to Full-text Search in SQL Server 2012.
Ewan Fairweather and Silvano Coriani from the SQL CAT team will take you on a tour of the new features that make up the Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks running SQL Server 2012 in a Virtual Machine.
Let’s have some fun! Using a game show style presentation, Kevin will test your knowledge of IT pop culture, IT history, computers, database technology, and – of course – SQL Server. Winners get prizes!
In this session we will learn about the SSISDB catalog views. We will use this info plus our own info to build a monitoring solution for SSIS using SSRS.
Ever had to write a large number of similar stored procedures, audit triggers, archive tables, views, etc.? Let SQL Server do the work for you! With some custom functions, stored procedures and extended properties, this no longer has to be a chore.
The Master Data Services offers an easy to use toolset to work with Master Data. In this session we will explore the hidden power of MDS to integrate this service in our solutions. Take your MDS Project on a higher level.
This session will include a variety of such activities including Gathering Performance Counters in several servers at the same time using posh jobs, identifying Blocked Sessions and Reading & filtering SQL Error Log even if the Instance is offline
This demo-packed session introduces you to database unit testing. You’ll learn techniques to write SQL code that is resilient to defects and is easier to change and maintain.
Attend this session to learn about 10 techniques that developers can apply to their code which will calm your DBAs’ fears and earn their admiration
In this session we will advice how to avoid common developer mistakes and show how bad designed queries reduce the SQL Server optimizer's capabilities for choosing an optimal execution plan.
PowerPivot is a breakthrough for self-serve BI but is not easily deployed in the enterprise. Join us for this fast-paced, technical demonstration on how to upgrade PowerPivot into secure and scalable Analysis Services tabular cubes
Do you have enough from "normal" performance tuning sessions? You can't hear anything about Indexing and Execution Plans anymore? Then you are right in this session!
This session will cover a collection of minor bad habits that can occasionally lead to major problems, and a set of best practices that you should always have in mind.
A two-in-one presentation
In this session we will look at the features which are provided with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 as part of the "AlwaysOn" features including site to site configurations to allow of a large scale high availability solution.
This session provides an architectural blueprint to deploying disaster recovery solutions combining on-premise and Windows Azure cloud technologies. The session looks at a design pattern to solve a long standing and often expensive issue of DR.
I will illustrate how SQL AlwaysOn can be used as a tier 1 solution. I will go through the barriers and misconceptions that I tackled whilst implementing it within the real world.
Most T-SQL developers know that the APPLY operator can be used to invoke a table valued function. But do you know the other ways APPLY can be used? Come learn five additional use cases and leave with a few new tricks up your T-SQL sleeves.
We aim to cover the fundamental concepts that you should know on the Cloud and Windows Azure. In this demo based hour we will step through building Azure applications, deploying and managing them and what storage choices you will face.
While knowledge of SQL Server troubleshooting still applies to the Windows Azure SQL Database service, there are new and different features, methods, and tools that are unique to cloud database computing. Come learn about these new techniques.
The pros and cons of using XML to store and access data with SQL Server 2008.
Join the Dell Software Group (formerly Quest Software) for our traditional fun filled lunchtime quiz. we’ll question your knowledge from middle age to cutting edge technology and best practices
It's 2AM and Disaster just began... In this session I want to discuss about best practices for surviving disaster, based on my experience in few years in data center. I presented this session as Lightning Talks in Liverpool. Now is the time for full
Karen discusses five (plus a few more) database design blunders with tips on how to avoid them. Audience members will also be able to contribute their war stories of design fails, WTHs and D'ohs.
SSIS in SQL Server 2012 has a lot of new features to help control larger projects. I'm doing a trial migration of our datawarehouse (100+ packages, 1TB+ db size) This session will be a will be a walkthrough of this process and a lessons learned
In this session, we are going to explain and test different DW features in SQL Server 2012, including star join optimization through bitmap filters, table partitioning, window functions, columnstore indices and more.
An in-depth dive into physical table structures
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) 2012 includes a new database referred to as the SSIS Catalog. Come to this session to learn what it does and how its going to change how you do SSIS development.
Mission critical is a major focus of SQL Server 2012. There are quite a few changes in this release to ensure that you maximize your uptime and reliability when it comes to SQL Server. This session will start preparing you for what is coming.
Learn how Varigence tools accelerate BI development, enhance reusability, and improve agility through the use of customizable patterns and automation scripts and transform your metadata into comprehensive BI solutions.
This session will cover advanced security topics in the Analysis Services Multidimensional model.
In this session we'll understand the best practices of using this new technology. What exactly is it good for? When to use it and when NOT to? Migration, Security, Administration and other tips and tricks.
We'll focus on the awesome new SQL Server 2012 stuff that will make your T-SQL development a breeze. We'll look at new stuff like OFFSET, WINDOWING FUNCTIONS, SEQUENCES, ERROR HANDLING, FORMAT & CONVERT functions and METADATA DISCOVERY.
In this session, you will learn how to combine data from web services, tables and cubes to build a powerful model, and visualise it in Excel.
: We are looking at the dawn of a new workload: BigData. In this session I will talk about what BigData is, and which BigData technologies Microsoft are working on.
The Microsoft BI stack has a number of tools for data visualization - Excel, Power View, native Reporting Services, and Performance Point. Come see each visualization applied to the new tabular model in Analysis Services.
Users love flexible analytics but hate to wait for the data to be loaded into a traditional data warehouse. John will describe how to build an infrastructure to support real-time loading of your OLAP cubes so your user's get exactly what they want
Most of us use Excel in our Daily work, but are you familiar with the Business Intelligence features in Excel? In this session we'll look at some of the most common and useful BI features in Excel 2010 and discuss limitations and best practices.
In this session you will see how to create a BISM Tabular data model from scratch, providing the required metadata in order to improve user experience navigating the data model by using client tools like Excel PivotTable and Power View.
We’ll be looking into the pros and cons of moving SQL Servers into a virtual server environment. Specifically we’ll be looking into when it’s a good idea and when it’s probably not a good idea.
Declare how you want your schema to look like, not how you want to implement it. Using the SQL Server Data Tools, you define your database schema in a declarative form and deploy it as such!
Do you want to learn how Microsoft helped one of the largest Financial Services organizations in the world design a Private Cloud infrastructure using Windows Hyper-V and System Center 2012 to standardize and consolidate hundreds of SQL Servers?
This talk will cover how the distributed query feature in SQL Server works, end-to-end. Topics include the query model, metadata, query optimization, execution, distributed transactions, and scale-out scenarios via Distributed Partitioned Views(DPV)
This talk will explain the patterns that we recommend to customers when designing data warehouses. This talk will help people learning about DW for the first time and also give insight for those who wish to learn more.
In this session we shall demonstrate configuration, installation and administration of SQL Server 2012 on Server 2008R2 Core. We shall discuss Command line and PowerShell configuration, Installation of SQL, Remote Administration and Clustering.
But were afraid to ask. Pyramid Analytics burst onto the Microsoft BI scene with not only a full roadmap for ProClarity users, but also with cube driven dashboards that offer rich functionality – yet are easy to design and deploy by business users.
Extended Events made its appearance in SQL Server 2008, but in SQL Server 2012, the number of lightweight events have been expanded. After a quick review of how Extended Events work, I’ll cover the enhancements in detail.
A beginners guide to using Extended Events Sessions to monitor your servers.
SQL Server FastTrack References Architecture gives you the best practices and reference architectures from different hardware vendors to help you create a balanced environment for your data warehouse workload.
More data, less time, storing everything. These ingredients mean it is becoming imperative we do not move the kitchen sink everytime we do our ETL Come to this session to find out how.
Join Quest Software’s Kevin Kline as he takes you on a guided tour of some of the worst and most horrible IT experiences. Some of them were intentional and some were accidental, but all of them will make you wince. Most are great for a laugh!
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