17th - 19th July 2014

The International Centre, Telford

Platinum Sponsor

Adam Machanic

Adam Machanic is a Boston-based independent database consultant, writer, and speaker. He has been involved in dozens of SQL Server implementations for both high-availability OLTP and large-scale data warehouse applications, and has optimized data access layer performance for several data-intensive applications. 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 user groups, community events, and conferences on a variety of SQL Server and .NET-related topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and a former member of the INETA North American Speakers Bureau.
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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.

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Cars, Databases, and Benchmarks 22 Apr 2014
Over the last few months we have migrated some functionality from Sql Server to PostgreSql, and developed a couple of new systems powered by PostgreSql. So far I do not see that either of these two products is better than another - they are different. Even though I guess this is the right time to ...

Windows 8.1 Start Menu partial workaround 22 Apr 2014
I want a Windows 7 Start Menu when I’m in desktop mode on Windows 8.1 without installing third party applications or going to a lot of trouble. I implemented a simple workaround that provides some of the functionality I’m seeking. It’s limited to operating system specific features. I’ll call it a ...

TechDays 2014 – Session material 22 Apr 2014
Last week in the Hague, I had the honor to present two very different sessions at the Dutch TechDays conference. A deep-dive session on internals of the SQL Server 2012 nonclustered columnstore index, and a very developer-oriented session on the bare basics of performance tuning. To my delight, ...

The ISEMPTY function in #dax #powerpivot #tabular 22 Apr 2014
Microsoft silently added the ISEMPTY function to the DAX language in Analysis Services build 11.00.3368 (SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU4). This function is particularly important in DAXMD (when you use DAX to query a Multidimensional model), because produces a much better execution plan in OLAP than the ...

SQL Server 2014 Cumulative Update #1 is Available 21 Apr 2014
Microsoft has released Cumulative Update #1 for SQL Server 2014. KB Article: KB #2931693 114 fixes listed at time of publication (121 total) Build number is 12.0.2342 Relevant for @@VERSION 12.0.2000 through 12.0.2341...(read more)