Sessions & Content

This talk takes a look at Cloud Computing – what it is, the types of Cloud available and their advantages and disadvantages along with what Microsoft Azure has to offer.
Think you know MDX? This session will show you some advanced, little-known but nonetheless practical tips and tricks for writing complex calculations and making your queries run faster.
This session covers the more advanced aspects of development for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Areas such as data movement, workload concurrency and resource management will all be covered during this intense 60 minute session.
If you use AlwaysOn Availability Groups, then come learn about the new enhancements shipped with SQL Server 2012 SP3 and above which allows you to troubleshoot failovers in your AG and understand reasons for latency.
Analytics is all about having a good set of analytical tools. Last year at Sqlbits I outlined 4 such tools, this session will expand on that set. We’ll cover Dark Data, Probability calculations, RFI
ETL Development takes time. Allen will show how PowerShell and BIML combine to make the development process seamless, consistent and reduces costly development time dramatically.
Azure Data Factory and SSIS are both data movement tools, but built for different purposes. In this session you will learn pros and cons of using each technology, and best practices of using each in real world scenarios.
Let's talk about how you can get the most out of Azure DocumentDB. In this session we will dive deep in to the mechanics of DocumentDB and explain the various levers available to tune performance.
Join me for an overview of how Azure SQL DB customers can simply secure their data using our most advanced features to-date including Always Encrypted, Transparent Data Encryption, Dynamic Data Masking and SQL Threat Detection.
SSIS is a powerful tool for extracting, transforming and loading data, but creating and maintaining a large number of SSIS packages can be both tedious and time-consuming. Learn how to speed up your SSIS development by using Biml and BimlScript.
Attend this session and understand how, why, and when SQL Server uses statistics and how the new CE will help improve performance.
Continuous Integration is not normally associated with data warehouse projects due to the perceived complexity of implementation. John will be showing how modern tools make it simple to apply Continuous Integration techniques to data warehouse projects
Buck Woody will lead you around the Cortana Intelligence Suite showing you how to create intelligent actions from data.
There's base R, modern R, the Hadleyverse, R in SQL, and more - understanding where to begin can be an exercise in frustration and cost you valuable time. This session takes you through the R you need to be productive quickly.
In this session we will talk through the process of gathering user requirements to provide a good starting point for your data model. We will use the Sun Modelling technique to aid us in this.
Learn how enhancements in Extended Events can help in easing the troubleshooting for common scenarios that you face in your daily SQL Server life.
This session looks at the two main techniques to efficiently implement searches where users can select between a large set of search conditions
Do you have an application running with an in-market version of SQL Server, such as 2012 or 2014? Then this session is for you! We will see more in-depth what enhancements are in the latest SPs and 2016, and why you should install them.
Do you have an application running with an in-market version of SQL Server, such as 2012 or 2014? Then this session is for you! We will see more in-depth what enhancements are in the latest SPs and 2016, and why you should install them.
Virtualization has had a major impact on computing. While data professionals have adjusted to this for database servers, many BI workloads have moved there as well. Learn about the impact of virtualization on BI.
These two Microsoft analytic platforms share lots of technologies and users can import and model data in any one of the environments and use the results across both.
Tabular offers only one-to-many relationships on a single column: it seems poor when compared with Multidimensional. However, with DAX, you can handle any relationship. We analyze and solve scenarios with calculated, virtual and complex many-to-many.
In this session, we will introduce a step-by-step approach to adopting the technology, aimed at beginners who are interested in how it can fit into their own environments.
In this session we will take a deep dive into one of the, in my opinion, most exciting new feature in SQL Server 2016, the Query Store. Learn all about the inner workings of the query store and how it can help you analyse query performance!
A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love.
Enter the world of SQL Server concurrency to experience the age old problem of Locking, Blocking and Deadlocking. Let's investigate pessimistic isolation and whether optimistic concurrency could be the answer to all our problems or the last resort.
Locking and blocking is SQL Server’s default method of managing concurrency in a multi-user environment. In this session we’ll look at the three main aspects of locking, including when locks cause blocking and also examine ways to minimize blocking.
In this session, we are going to look at a typical machine learning process and how to apply it to real world data. We are going to use Azure Machine Learning to transform data and ideas into models that are production ready in minutes.
In this talk, you will get an overview on what to think about when storing data in a document database.
Discover the ins and outs of some of the newest capabilities of our favorite data language. From JSON to COMPRESS/DECOMPRESS, from SESSION_CONTEXT() to DATEDIFF_BIG(), and new query hints.
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.
What are the pros, cons and gotchas of being a permy vs contractor or freelance consultant? We’ll look at what you need to think about from a logistics, financial planning, tax, marketing, career and skills development perspective.
This session looks inside the transaction log to see exactly what is logged for minimally logged operations in each of the recovery models. We also look at other factors in our SQL Server operations that affect what is actually written to the log.
In this session we will see how the Extended Events streaming API can be used to process events in a near real-time fashion. We will demonstrate how this technology enables new possibilities to solve real world problems.
This session covers practical applications of running total computations.
This sessions covers the SQL Server 2016 Hero Features and you will see a real customer scenario demo showcasing the Full Lifecycle of Financial Data.
In this session we will cover the core database engine improvements that make SQL Server 2016 run faster than previous releases. We will also cover some new performance related features and how Windows Server 2016 will improve SQL Server performance.
Security is one of the top topics for the new release of SQL Server. A total of 3 completely new features are coming to us: Always Encrypted, Dynamic Data Masking and Row Level Security.
Join us in this session for a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the new foundation for SSMS, how we built what you see today and learn about how we will accelerate innovation for SQL client tools going forward.
Everyone tests their code, but most people use ad hoc, non-repeatable testing with simple queries. This session will show you how to begin implementing testing into your development process, giving you a growing library that improves code quality.
The Internet of Things starts with your things. It's a great time to take a look at game changing technologies you can use today to make your IoT ideas stand out from the rest using Microsoft Azure.
Learn about keys and how to get them right.
This session will examine how to successfully design a modern data architecture on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Focusing on design tenants for efficient, scalable and resilient data processing
SQL Server 2016 introduces the Query Store. The Query Store will change how you tune queries. Come to this session to learn everything you'll need.
Have you managed to implement, or are you struggling to implement, automated deployments for your databases, but keep hitting problems? Database deployments are complex - we look at the common problems.
R extends statistical and mathematical capabilities of SQL Server 2016.
Data Warehouses are changing. This session will run through the architecture of the modern warehouse, from structured/unstructured Azure Data Lakes to platform as a service Azure Data Warehouse and bringing the two together.
Nowadays many companies don't have dedicated developer positions. Therefore the most of the SQL code has been written by application developers. In this session we will cover the most important things they need to know about SQL Server.
Learn about Excel and PowerBI from the Excel team.
A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love.
A look at the basics of CLR integration with SQL Server, focusing on the nuts and bolts of CLR objects, followed by some practical examples.
In this purely demo-based session, I will show several real-life attacks, from mere reading up to disrupting service availability via various types of manual and automated SQL Injection, including a broadly unknown elevation of privileges attack.
Error handling in T-SQL stored procedures
This session will look at SQOOP, PIG and HIVE. Three tools which are essential in your Big Data Toolbox. We'll look at what they do, how they do it and why you would want to use them
This session goes beyond the classical star schema modeling, exploring new techniques to model data with Power Pivot and SSAS Tabular. You will see how brute-force power in DAX allows different data models than those used in SSAS Multidimensional
What are the techniques to implement linked reports, subscriptions, report history, snapshot options, editing report using browser based Report Builder? Find out in this session.
In this talk, I will share my experience in creating and running Azure SQL Database, a large cloud scale service powered by SQL Server technologies. This presentation will provide an outline of the scenarios and requirements for a database service.
Impress the boss and your colleagues by delivering Dashboards, KPIS, maps and Scorecards wrapped in a tablet-ready interface with SSRS
Everyone wants a job they enjoy and look forward to working at each day. This session will present practical techniques for improving your brand and giving you the chance to interview for the job you want.
Information Workers and Data Analysts do “myth busting" on corporate performance and forecasts on regular basis. This session uncovers ways to take advantage of Power BI as Software as a Service (SaaS) for a "myth busting" lab you can try at home!
Sets are king when it comes to SQL Server, but sometimes you need to see data row by row. Window Functions help you get the best of both worlds. Learn when and where these functions can help you get what you need without compromising performance.
Attend this session and understand how, why, and when SQL Server uses statistics and how this new feature will help improve performance.
A deep dive into batch mode scalability with column store index and SQL 2014.
Continuous delivery is an approach that enables new functionality to be delivered as needed. This session will cover how this approach can be applied to data warehouses to enable faster time to value for the consumers of the data.
Everyone knew how to keep data safe and secure, right up until Edward Snowden revealed this error. Learn how to keep the data secure, by identifying and quantifying the risks. Take away practical tips and advice to apply immediately.
Learn ready-to-use DAX patterns improving development speed of Power Pivot solutions. Good also for SSAS Tabular developers.
This session targets SSAS developers that are already dealing with complex security solutions on a regular basis and want to get more insights on what actually happens inside SSAS when the different kinds of security are applied to their model.
This session shows how you can use SQL Server 2014’s features to meet your solution’s non-functional requirements and ensure operational success.
This 500 level session will focus on using undocumented statements and trace flags to get insight into how the query optimizer works and show you which operations it performs during query optimization.
We all know that ‘Indexing’ is KING when it comes to achieving high levels of performance in SQL Server. When Indexing also combines 2 of the Enterprise features: Partitioning & Compression
Join me for an hour of playing with different ETL patterns by using Clustered Columnstore Indexes. Using different Hardware might lead you to different conclusions,and the size of the workload is always the paramount of your performance.Loading data first and then creating a Clustered Columnstore or creating Clustered Columnstore and than loading - join me to find the answers!
In this session we will discuss Data Governance around Power BI and on-prem platforms. How to avoid dataset-hell. What are the best practices for sharing queries? Who is the famous Data Steward ?
Learn where to start reading execution plans and how to interpret them in order to understand how to tune poorly performing queries.
Hadoop (Big Data) vs SQL Server. A view from a SQL Server DBA / Developer
You don't buy a lot of servers, but you're about to deploy SQL Server, and you only get one chance to make it right. Brent Ozar will boil down everything you need to know into just a few simple decisions including SQL Edition, sockets, and RAM.
In this session I will talk about backup, integrity check, and index and statistics maintenance, and how you can use my maintenance solution ( in an enterprise environment.
R was originally for doing stats, but it now does database CRUD, reporting, documentation, and even websites. It can be awkward to know where to start, so this session fast tracks you to the sections you need to know about.
So you are a developer or a systems admin and you've just been handed a SQL Server database and you've got no idea what to do with it. I've got some of the answers here in this session for you.
Join this session to make a deep dive into how SQL Server implements physical locking with lightweight synchronization objects like Latches and Spinlocks.
In this session we'll look at the structure and basics of MDX, the Multi Dimensional query eXpression language for querying Analysis Services OLAP cubes. We'll start at the beginning, so no previous experience necessary.
Come to this session to learn about the next wave of Microsoft’s analytic capabilities. Big data opens up great possibilities but do you have the right skills as a data scientist? Learn what Microsoft is doing in the analytics space
This session will help DBAs to understand what changes they need to make in their performance and monitoring practices for virtualized database servers.
Once you've decided to move to Azure with any of your databases, you're going to need to know how they're performing, this session shows you.
Alberto will start with a simple query and he will perform on stage all the necessary steps to optimize it, showing you the tools ant the techniques used to identify the bottleneck and to fix the performance issues
Because there are always at least two sides of the performance coin, in this session aimed at .Net and SQL developers, we'll dive into the workings of the .Net SqlClient and give you insight into way more than just SqlCommand.ExecuteReader()
Writing efficient queries with temporal predicates is finally not a problem anymore.
In this demo-rich presentation, Brian shows you some of the common and not so common ways to tune SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).
Explore Power Query features to import data from existing Corporate BI systems.
An in-depth session on advanced Power Query functionality and the M language
The query optimizer is at the heart of SQL Server. Much of the its' internal workings are hidden from the user, but can be revealed by using a selection of undocumented trace flags. This session will be a deep dive into the these internals.
It's 18:00 o'clock on Friday. You execute a process that usually takes a few minutes and start packing in order to start the weekend. You are already with your bag on your back, but the process doesn't finish. What should you do now?
Are you a frustrated DBA? Ready to snap? Before you do, come see Revenge: The SQL! and learn a kinder, gentler form of vengeance.
More and more senior roles require familiarity with SAN technologies - tricky for us, 'just' the DBA. This '90% practical' session will explore Hue's 2× different SAN in a box'es. Come and gain this much-needed exposure to Enterprise technologies.
T4 templating will be a first class citizen in SSDT for SQL Server 2014. This session will show why you should use this technology for SQL code generation and how you can automate the process. The session will be demo rich.
Join me in this session to get a basic understanding of Bookmark Lookups, and why they can be dangerous in SQL Server.
Starting at version control, we’ll look at typical patterns and practices, how to tackle known challenges, and the safety checkpoints you should plan for as you work towards continuous delivery for databases, and painless deployments.
So you have heard of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), you have started using it but not entirely sure how to use it to it's full potential. This session is perfect for adopters of SSDT and how to get the most out of it.
The plan cache is one of SQL Server's fundamental components. Getting to know it can take you a few steps ahead in optimizing your system. In this session we will demonstrate ways the Plan Cache can help us identify performance problems.
Management Studio Templates and Snippets make the DBA look like a superstar and in the process makes our lives easier through tapping into the mantra of Work Less - Do More. Join Tim as he shares his shortcuts for optimizing repetitive tasks
Come to this session to learn how bad habits develop, the problems they lead to, and how you can avoid them.
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