4th - 7th March 2015

ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, London

Sessions & Content

PolyBase is one of the most exciting, innovative features in PDW; enabling transparent data integration with Hadoop's distributed file system (HDFS) and Windows Azure Storage Blobs (WASB). See it in action.
A fun session showing some amazing things you can do with Power BI
This session is a primer on column store indexes and SQL Server batch mode, it delves into the background behind the performance gains achieved by batch mode and includes demos on things that can be done to further enhance batch mode performance.
In this session we will look in detail into some of the features for the Power BI designer and take it for a spin and investigating some of the new capabilities it has to offer for different relationships and new DAX formulas.
This session introduces SQL Server 2012 and 2014 text mining capabilities.
Azure stream analytics is a new Azure service for analyzing streaming data.
Deploying your database changes to production can be nerve-wracking. We'll discuss methods that take the stress out of the process by ensuring that you practise your deployments using continuous integration before you ever get near production
Azure Machine Learning is a fully managed cloud service for predictive analytics. In this 1hour session, we will run through; ML Studio,using data, Creating and running Experiments, visualising results, R , publishing and using experiments.
Sometimes don't want our data in the cloud, but that doesn't mean we can't use the cloud at all.
A SSAS MDX Deep Dive session covering the implementation of a business requirement to identify rogue behaviour over time and within SCD organisation groups.
A journey from dev to production. This talk covers best practices for developing and deploying Visual Studio Database Projects targeting multiple environments. We will cover using composite projects, pre and post deployment scripts and other optionst
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Everyone wants a dream job that they enjoy going to each week. Steve Jones will give you practical tips and suggestions in this session that show you how to better market yourself in today's competitive world.
Alberto will show you some common techniques to use when building a budget model with Power Pivot and Power Query, including previous year allocation, multiple-step budgeting with linked back tables, handling of budget on non-existing products
Learn how to write Powershell that will use Remoting to run scripts parallel on any number of servers. We'll talk about remoting, background jobs and how to collect and report on the results
This all demo session build around a real life case study from one of the largest organizations in the world. will take you through a case of how to build a completely meta-driven SSIS solution relaying on BIML and MDS to do the hard-work for you.
See how to use Power Query to build a detail-level reporting solution
This presentation will focus on techniques and practices for using memory optimized tables in SQL Server to build “warm” data stores from a variety of application data sources (logs,traces, performance statistics)
The Azure CAT team has successfully architected, designed and built hundreds of cloud projects. In this session we will share the learnings on how to design a cloud application to scale to handle large, complex workloads.
When loading a large amount of data, e.g. into your data warehouse, you want the data inserted into the table as fast as possible. You know you have to use bulk load, but what do you need to do to ensure that data is loaded as fast as possible?
Come to this session to find out what is involved and what we learned from migrating 700+ servers into Microsoft Azure.
Come and hear about some of our most interesting SQL Server support cases from the last 12 months
This presentation includes an overview of SQL Server 2012 & a deep dive into SQL Server 2014 columnstore indexes, including a review of the architecture, as well as the challenges, workarounds, travails, & big wins at customer sites
In this session you'll learn how to analyze execution plans efficiently, how to track the real bottleneck quickly, and how to avoid some common mistakes that will save you a lot of time and frustration…
Continuous Integration for Reporting Services
You're hearing a lot about the new features in SQL Server, but you're not hearing a lot about the drawbacks. Ever wonder why? Join Brent Ozar, the guy behind DBAreactions.com, for a sarcastic, funny look at SQL Server 2014's "features" and bugs.
Multi Site Tier 1 HA solution: 5 parts (1 Windows Cluster, 2 lots of cluster storage, 3 SQL FCI’s & 4 AG’s)
This session will demonstrate query performance issues a dba is confronted with every day. The demos will handle these scenarios and it's solution
Being able to reason over your data and accelerate your insights is essential in this cloud first mobile first world. This session visits key technologies, PowerBI, AzureML and IoT to help you start driving your data culture.
This session will look at the most common deadlocks asked about on the forums, and how to troubleshoot them using the various methods available to DBA’s in SQL Server; including Trace Flags, SQL Trace, Event Notifications, and Extended Events.
Join us to go beneath the UI, to learn how to unlock the full power of the underlying query engine and the formula language, and to truly conquer your data and data-shaping needs.
Does the concept of analytics make you nervous? Are you being asked to do more advanced analysis with existing tools? Come learn how to take your predictive capabilities to the next level with new azure technologies.
Data warehouse designers often ignore the specific needs of an OLAP database. In this session, John will outline the best ways to optimise your relational database to support your multidimensional OLAP cubes
In this session, you’ll learn about SQL Server stored procedures: what they are, when and why you'd use them, and how you would develop a solution with one. We’ll walk through examples to explore the process of solution building in SQL Server.
The Power BI Preview service offers developers a rich API service for anyone to interact with Power BI programmatically and create applications for Power BI. In this session we will introduce you to the Power BI developer story
One of the most important aspects of maintaining uptime with both availability groups and clustered instances of SQL Server is dealing with quorum. This session will cover multiple versions of Windows on how to approach, configure, and manage quorum.
This session will look at providing cost effective DR capability with Azure.
Today’s BI systems are often perceived as mission critical, but their value depends on the quality of data they contain. Learn to use SQL Server Master Data Services and Profisee’s Master Data Maestro to ensure data quality and improve BI value.
You're a DBA who's struggled with Perfmon metrics and Profiler. You're facing a sea of confusing numbers, and you don't know where to focus first. Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar will give you a friendly introduction to wait 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 and how you can have influence over these choices.
EventStore is an event streaming database specialising in delivering CQRS, but capable of being a general repository for notifications. Get the skinny on how it works, the architecture and where you might use it.
The attendees will get a overview of the possibilities with Excel Services 2013 in a Business Intelligence perspective. (1) Overview of the publish options (2) How to control the layout (3) Tips & Trick from real world examples
Extended Events are replacing the old SQL Trace & Profiler, and there are many good reasons for that. In this session I want to demonstrate to you some of the best features and possibilities of this Tracing Framework.
What's your data visualization vegetables, and what's your candy? This session will look at data visualization theory and practice.
Many triggers are inefficient and violate best practices, but it doesn't have to be this way. Join this session and learn how to improve your triggers and keep them off the list of potential scapegoats for your SQL Server performance woes.
According to The New York Times, data scientists may spend as much as 80% of their time on “data janitor work.” Attend this session and discover five ways you can become the data hero in your organisation.
This session present key tools, methodology and approach for troubleshooting SQL Server. Performance and availability of the database engine has a direct impact on user experience of applications.
tSQLt is a testing framework that is designed to help you write repeatable, isolated tests against your database code. In this session we will briefly examine the goals of testing, and introduce tSQLt with a variety of demonstrations.
Come to this session if you want to find out about Microsoft's Document storage option in the cloud. You will leave understanding what it is, why it exists and how to get started.
Need to search your data efficiently whilst in the cloud? This session introduces you to MSFT's highly scalable search solution in Azure
Learn how Auditing provides Configurable Auditing policy and Azure storage to log database activity. Also learn how to leverage Dynamic Data Masking reduce the exposure of sensitive data in application and DevOps scenarios.
If you work with an amazing visualisation plugin NodeXL you might have asked yourself the question - how do I get my custom data for getting those great visualisation for analysis. This session will show you a couple of ways of how to get it done.
Big Data is here to stay, no doubt about that. And Hadoop is THE framework for Big Data. But what is Hadoop? Is it a friend or foe for SQL Server DBA? Let’s explore what Hadoop is and how to make it work together with SQL Server.
For long Hadoop and MapReduce were linked together. With the release of YARN, Hortonworks, Microsofts Hadoop partner, launched the Stinger initiative to speedup Hive a 100x. But wat is it? In this session I will show you.
SQL Server needs its locking mechanism to provide the isolation aspect of transactions. As a side-affect your workload can run into deadlock situations - headache for you as a DBA is guaranteed!
Come and explore HP’s latest solutions, including Superdome X and Microsoft Analytics Platform. We will also present a real life case study detailing how HP helped a customer overcome their SQL challenges.
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. Like all problems in the database world there are no h
Why can't DBAs seem to trust automation for the Database? Here's how to overcome that mistrust and conquer database automation.
In this session we'll dig into the internal structures of indexes. We will explore the differences between clustered and non-clustered indexes, what's laid out within each page of the indexes.
Microsoft has totally reimagined the Power BI platform and user experience for BI professionals, developers and business users. Please join me to further explore all these great changes and enjoy a fun demo-intensive session.
You’ve been hearing about this newfangled craze, and it’s time to learn exactly why it’s called POWERshell. We’ll work on SQL Server with Powershell, and learn some cool techniques. Come see this all-demo, hands-on session!
A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love.
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 session is your opportunity to ask the people who know, the questions you want to ask. This is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.
One of the crawl, walk then run onramps to the cloud would be to exploit Hybrid computing. Microsoft SQL Server gives you this on ramp as it continues to extend the value to your on premise environment with features that let you extend to the cloud
DBAs are always asked to perform tasks against dozens of objects and the requests never come in the format we need them. Learn how to make regular expressions parse through the requests for you to get your day back and become a star in your office.
SQL server 2014 is one of their measure releases. Where Microsoft has done a superb job. There are so many enhancement we have in SQL Server 2014. In my session I will show you my top 5 features.
Transactions are critical when multiple changes need to be made entirely or not at all, but it’s rare to see transactions used at all in most production code. In this introductory session, we'll look at what transactions are and how they're used
BI Office can help you achieve your quest for insights and timely business information. By demonstrating how to build a BI Solution, this session will show you how BI Office can make you a BI Superhero in your organisation
Ever wondered if you can optimize your sql projects so you don't have to do unnecessary work? Take a look at how I've optimized SSDT Deployments by use case.
Most ORM's tend to be very chatty and generate complex queries. In this session we will look at optimizing database access in ORM's. Using Nhibernate, LINQ &Entity Framework in the demos, we will examine how your ORM talks to the database and why.
Learn how to use the Power BI tools to help you analyse, specify and test the concepts and requirements of your next data Warehouse project.
Power BI offers new features for creating dashboards on the cloud. In this session, you will learn how to create data models, display visualizations and synchronize cloud data with on premise data sources.
SAP HANA is ubiquitous nowadays and its market share is growing steadily. But being foremost a backend technology opens the trail for other frontend tools like Office 365 &Power BI. How to combine these two technologies will be shown in the session.
In this demo-packed session, you’ll learn practical tips and tricks for SQL code tuning from experienced SQL Server MVPs Aaron Bertrand and Kevin Kline as they walk you through some of the most problematic and troublesome SQL coding problems.
Come to learn how to implement solutions to prevent undesirable settings creeping in your SQL Server environment. To accomplish this, we will look Policy Based Management with Central Management Servers, SQL Server Audits and DDL Triggers.
This session will show you how the query optimizer has been updated to work with the new SQL Server 2014 features and to provide better performance to existing ones. Topics include Hekaton, the new cardinality estimator and incremental statistics.
Query Store is a new feature that is coming to SQL Azure and SQLServer. It aims to greatly simplify the process of getting insight intothe performance of your application. Come learn how the SQL team is going to make your life awhole lot easier!
In this session we'll explain what the SQL Execution plan is, how the SQL Server generates it, and how to read the output.
In this session you will learn about common MDM scenarios, and get Real Life examples on how to handle these Scenarios by building a MDM Architecture using SQL Server and Master Data Services.
Your relational Data Warehouse is suffering from performance problems. In this session we will take a look at some of the most common performance problems that tend to occur in a relational data warehouse.
RMan and Reporting Girl join forces to fight the crimes in data visualization. By building a common ground (based on the IBCS standards) they improve their weapons (R and SSRS) that help them in their fight.
In this interactive session, Matthew Roche from the Data Catalog team will present the capabilities of the catalog in Power BI, as showcased in an end-to-end self-service scenario.
Setting up SharePoint BI applications and services to work in an enterprise environment
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.
Hekaton is the Greek word for 100 - the goal of In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2014 is to improve query performance up to 100 times. In this session we will look under the cover of Hekaton and the Multi Version Concurrency Control (MVCC) principles.
This presentation discusses the process undertaken to achieve the certification of a 90TB SanDisk solution (HP DL580 Gen8 and Fusion ioMemory) whilst achieving an efficient out-of-box balance between SQL Server data processing capability and hardware
Flash storage is a game changer for virtually every app in which it is used. Whether used locally, for tiered storage, or all-flash arrays, flash is turning what we thought we knew about SQL Server best practices on its head.
Working on full abstract...i'll update this week.
In SQL Server 2014, there have been many changes aimed at giving a more accurate number of rows, and therefore better plans. This session will be a look at these changes, comparing and contrasting with SQL2012/2008 to see how they help.
In this session, we will share some of the hard lessons learned from the first large deployments in Analysis Services Tabular.
In this session, we show how SSIS and HDInsight can work together, as well as how Hadoop jobs can be executed and how data can be transferred with SSIS between HDInsight, SQL Server, and other sources or destinations.
Still not sure of which is faster? Let us put this matter to rest once and for all. We will measure every single aspect of the execution of a stored procedure vs. its Ad-Hoc query counterpart, and only one will prevail!
With over 15 years of experience as a semi-remote Lead DBA for a medical system, running a consultancy firm, producing SQL Cruise events and balancing a personal life Tim Ford has a pocketful of tips to share in making "remote" work for you.
This session will take a look at how parallel select into can be scaled to the nth degree in SQL Server such that all available hardware resources are utilised as fully as possible.
Learn how to assess query performance, ensure consistent and reliable query tuning, and avoid ten all-too-common performance killers in SELECT statements running on Microsoft SQL Server.
Exposing the lighter side of Business Intelligence. If you've never been to a Power Hour session before then you will definitely shouldn't miss this one.
Microsoft has a famous whitepaper called "The Data Loading Performance Guide". On this session, we will turn the whitepaper into a presentation and see a few advanced ways to boost your data loading processes.
The Microsoft SQL Server comes with many features to take a look behind the scenes of the powerful engines. This session will explain how to use the power of these tools to write your own monitoring and diagnostics environment in Powershell and C#.
Gain insights into what is behind the media storm surrounding the Economic Crisis, by diving into publically available data using PowerBI . Learn how the use of analytical tools can empower us by answering the questions we need to ask.
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