Come spend a session with us while we play games with Reporting Services…literally! Come watch Stacia Misner and Erika Bakse push the limits with what can be built in SSRS.
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.
As a shared database infrastructure in the cloud, SQL Azure provides the opportunity for creating large workloads in a scalable and reliable environment.
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.
When your boss sends you to a conference, she expects you to learn something useful. Like all of the buzzwords she has to explain to her boss. Make it worth her while (and budget) and bring back the info she craves.
: 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
Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation features and functionality are key to the strategic and technical changes in SQL Server 2012.
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.
The Enterprise only feature "Compression" can make a HUGE difference to your storage requirements and we will examine this feature in detail, integrate this into your strategies, finding objects which your should use this one
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!
Come see what a Database Private Cloud is all about. If you have many SQL Server instances already or need to grow use of on-premises SQL Server and other demanding workloads you may need a database private cloud.
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.
Microsoft Codename "Data Explorer" provides a new way to organize, manage, enrich, share and gain new insights from your data.
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!
Introductory Relational Theory Using Lego Bricks to Model Data and Set Operations
A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love.
Ever deployed an Analysis Services cube that worked perfectly well with one user on the development server, only to find that it doesn’t meet the required volumes of user concurrency?
This session looks at some of the different methods available to load slowly changing dimension data into a data warehouse, and compares the relative performance given different data scenarios and traditional storage compared with FusionIO
Hierarchies are the bread and butter of most business applications (departmental diagram, product categories, sales territories, calendar, …). See typical business problems and how they are solved in SQL Server.
In this session we will discuss ways to maximize existing hardware utilization to speed up queries. We will analyze cases of performance issue and tune them for better CPU, Storage and Memory utilization resulting in higher performance and lower TCO.
Learn how to monitor Analysis Services with SQL Sentry Performance Advisor. Get tips on best practices, monitoring counters and options plus improve your understanding of how Analysis Services uses memory and where it differs from SQL Server.
This dynamic session will teach you how to use FILESTREAM and FileTable using T-SQL and the OpenSqlFileStream API. We’ll also cover the hierarchyid data type, full-text search improvements and the new Statistical Semantic Search.
This session will do a brief overview of Analysis Services 2012 performance topics, and drill into some common methods for investigating performance issues. The talk will be adjusted based on the audience interests.
Join X-IO to learn how customers like Redknee and Temenos are combining SQL Server 2012 with X-IO intelligent storage to generate higher performance at significantly less cost. Learn why storage is on the verge of a revolution.
Presenting your ideas is essential – from a simple team meeting to a hall of thousands of listeners, it’s vital that you have this skill. But how do you make your presentations effective, useful and interesting for everyone.
In this session we will deep an in-depth look at some of the most common query plan operators. We'll look at what they do, how they do it and the circumstances in which they are chosen. We'll also take a look into the ups and downs of each
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.
In this deep(!) dive session. I will walk you through the internal storage format of MDF files. I'll cover how SQL Server stores its own internal metadata, how it knows where to find your data, and how to read it once found.
The Column Store Index is an
exciting new technology in SQL Server 2012. Using column stores, you can
unlock new levels of performance for data warehouses – often gaining an order
of magnitude speedup on queries.
This talk will describe how the new ColumnStore index technology in SQL Server 2012 makes queries go faster. Covering details of the storage and execution model, how this model interacts with modern CPUs to deliver significant performance benefits.
In this presentation, we provide an introduction to SQL Azure Federations and also show
some interesting patterns that provide additional capabilities such as
scale-out query processing, cross-shard schema management and multi-key sharding.
In this first of two sessions, we review the architecture of SQL Server and its BI components and deployment options for optimal performance. We'll also discuss how to optimize data warehouse load operations.
In this session, Noemi and Tom explain how they developed a system to import information from Twitter into a SQL Server data warehouse, and to export their analysis into Google Docs using Red Gate tools to help them on their way.
The addition of spatial data to SQL Server 2008 is one of the most important in terms of integration in line-of-business applications. This talk will discuss the new features and performance enhancements in SQL Server 2012.
Always On offers a huge leap forward in terms of high availability. This sessions is a demo based introduction to the high availability changes in Denali emphasising key features and benefits.
Data is the most important asset in every business. SQL 2012 introduces the new innovative Knowledge Driven Data Quality Services that allows IT and Data Users to define and use Knowledge effectively for data cleansing and validation.
This one hour session will provide insight on what to expect when deploying a highly available end to end SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence environment as experienced from the field.
Coeo worked with Microsoft and European tour operator Sundio Group to migrate their mission critical, line of business application to SQL Server 2012. This session presents a case study of this project and the lessons learned from the experience.
This session will present you with a fascinating behind-the-scenes deep-dive view of the new column store index feature. How do column store indexes work? How are they built? And how can they yield such enormous performance boosts to some workloads?
This discussion will consist of the project team from a recent SQL Server 2012 production deployment delivered for a leading European tour operator - Sundio Group together with partner Coeo and Microsoft SQLCAT.
The fill-factor index option has a huge impact on the performance of your DB. By using a different approach for specific use cases this session will give you the tools to find the most optimal fill-factor for your tables.
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!
Sql user group leaders present an A-Z of nuggets
There is a growing need for real-time analytics, but streaming, continuously changing data are hard to deal with in traditional databases. This session will explore StreamInsight, a new tool that enables you to handle these scenarios with ease.
This demo intensive session will show off the new features and enhancements designed to ease adoption for new users and increase productivity for experienced SSIS developers
The SQL Server 2012 release of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) includes a broad range of new capabilities designed to improve the deployment, management and monitoring of SSIS solutions. The core of these capabilities is the new SSIS Catalog.
Learn all about the integration of Business Intelligence Markup Language (BIML) into BIDS Helper and see what it can do for you. BIML can help you automate the creation of SSIS packages, reduce maintenance and help code re-use across projects.
I will compare SSRS with Google Analytics (website traffic) and give real life data from my own websites which I will use to make real life decisions during the session (quarterly review) and show you how I analyze data to create "to do list"
System Center Advisor assesses your servers’ configuration and helps you proactively avoid downtime, performance degradation, and data loss. It only takes 5 minutes to setup and is accessible wherever you have a web browser.
Snapshots without snapshots...is that possible? Take a "Classic" snapshot fact table, add some temporal data theory and you'll get a new fact table than can store snapshot data without doing snapshots. A life saver when you have a lot of data.
This session reviews the purpose of NUMA, how it changes the internal behaviours of Windows and SQL Server 2012 and NUMA related performance monitoring.
Based on healthcheck reviews of hundreds of SQL Servers across dozens of customers, I'll talk you through the 10 most commonly made mistakes by action or inaction and what you can do to make sure your SQL Servers get a clean bill of health.
Reporting Services is a powerful tool that can make designing reports a snap...most of the time. Design format starts with your report query. Take your queries to the next level with MDX concepts to conquer the trickiest report layouts.
We are going to show how to compute classical time intelligence with the built-in DAX functions. Then, we will show some more complex time intelligence formulas that require to think out of the box, using advanced data modeling techniques.
Learn how the SQL Server Data Tools can help you migrate your on-premise SQL Server databases to SQL Azure
Microsoft SQL Server is one of the easiest database to setup and administrate. But that doesn't mean it's problem free. Find out the most common DBA mistakes on SQL Server so that you can make sure not to make them!
For the most DBAs and DEVs the TempDb is a crystal ball. But the TempDb is the most critical component in a SQL Server installation and is used by your applications and also internally by SQL Server.
Sometimes some piece of T-SQL slips by, or falls out of memory.Come and revisit old favorites, and brush up on new T-SQL features and enhancements.This session is chock full of code examples, including before-and-after demos and how-to illustrations.
SQL Server optimizer doesn't use and index seek for execution of your query although the query is high selective? What is better, when and why: LIKE vs: SUBSTRING, IN vs. EXISTS, SUBQUERY vs. JOIN. Why you should not use the UPPER or LOWER functions?
Do you have data warehouse queries that run too long? In this session we’ll address how columnstore indexes speed up queries, best practices for creating and using columnstore indexes, and how to diagnose and treat potential issues.
Learn about the revolutionary free Plan Explorer from SQL Sentry. Find out what's new in version 1.3 and how you can use it to get to grips with even the most terrifying query plans around.
In this session, Pete Harris, Chris Testa-O’Neill and Christian Bolton will provide an overview of the certifications and training offered by Microsoft for SQL Server 2012.
Unit testing is incredibly beneficial, but is very difficult to do effectively in SSIS. If you have wanted to do this, but aren't sure how, this session will cover the options and demonstrate a free tool for unit testing packages.
In this session we will look at the features which are provided with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 as part of the "Always On" features including site to site configurations to allow of a large scale high availability solution.
In this session, we'll examine the query plan cache to see what plans are saved, what plans are reused, when plans are recreated, methods for observing the contents of the plan cache, and finally,
methods for manipulating plan reuse and recreation.
A high level look at some of the TSQL enhancements added to SQL Server 2012
Once upon a time in a kingdom of darkness… SQL Server 2012 + Windows Functions… and they lived happily ever after… This session describes the improvements in Windows Functions T-SQL support from SQL Server 2005 through SQL Server 2012.