4th - 7th March 2015

ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, London

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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.
See how to use Power Query to build a detail-level reporting solution
This session will demonstrate query performance issues a dba is confronted with every day. The demos will handle these scenarios and it's solution
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Over the years I've tried various ways to look at output from SQL Server for performance tuning reasons. We will look at virtual_file_stats, waitstats, the buffer cache etc. and we will visualize them in various ways
Indexing internals and how it impacts query performance.
In this humorous session I’ll be contesting many of the so called "best practices" in SQL Server and demonstrating counter arguments. Come along to see how so called "pillars" of design are starting to break down.
In this session we'll look at the common causes of bad execution plans and examine options for resolving the problem, short term and long term.
Peter O'Connell will talk about how SpotlightEssentials.com uses SQL Azure to collect and mine over 40TB of SQL Server Performance data across thousands of instances to drive unique insights into SQL Server Performance.
Learn how to use performance counters, report execution log data, and trace files to troubleshoot performance problems. Learn how to set up a monitoring solution to capture data and diagnose slow queries.
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.
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 I will talk about backup, integrity check, and index and statistics maintenance, and how you can use my maintenance solution (http://ola.hallengren.com) in an enterprise environment.
Join this session to make a deep dive into how SQL Server implements physical locking with lightweight synchronization objects like Latches and Spinlocks.
Learn more about use cases and limitations for buffer pool extension. We will also cover the performance gains it can bring to your environment.
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()
This session will discuss the recommended approaches and best practices for partitioning and scaling Windows Azure SQL Database, allowing you to fully leverage the managed relational database service and take advantage of massive scale-out scenarios.
In this demo-rich presentation, Brian shows you some of the common and not so common ways to tune SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).
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.
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.
What is In-Memory OLTP? How is it architected? Where can I use in-memory technology in my solutions? Learn this and more from the Microsoft team
Learn how flash storage accelerates In-Memory OLTP performance. We will also cover limitations with SQL Server In-Memory OLTP.
In this session, you will learn the internals of SSIS and why having a deep understanding is important to solve performance problems, and how the control flow and data flow engine work.
Join me in this session to get a basic understanding of Bookmark Lookups, and why they can be dangerous in SQL Server.
Ensuring top performance is never easy. To maintain performance you need to make sure you’re monitoring the right things. How do you know if the figures you’re seeing are good or bad? Baseline comparisons can help.
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.
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