17th - 19th July 2014

The International Centre, Telford

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It's Friday, 05:00pm. You are just receiving an email that informs you that your SQL Server has enormous performance problems! What can you do? How can you identify the problem and resolve it fast?
Would you like to see examples of advanced SSRS reports that you do not see every day and which are not very easy to build (if you don’t know how) but are very useful for business users?
This session will take a look at query plan operators, what they are, what they each do, why they get chosen and also how to avoid using them when they perform badly. This will be held mainly in management studio with lots of examples
This session explains what the BI Semantic Model in SQL Server Denali is, how it is related to Analysis Services, and provides a brief introduction to the new Tabular model.
SQL Server Code Name Denali Reporting Services will include Project Crescent for visualizing, interacting with and presenting data. Project Crescent. Come to this session to see how to make the most of this new tool.
In this session you'll get a good introduction of the concepts and advantages of Biml as we walk to the creation of Meta Data Driven SSIS Solution.
Data Quality Services is a new product coming in the SQL Server Denali release of Microsoft SQL Server. Come to this session to understand how it can take your data cleansing to the next level.
This session will cover why you should run database unit tests (and when you should not). It will show how to set them up and run them in visual studio 2010
Organizations risk being overwhelmed by data. How can you effectively provide a “single version of the truth”, while unlocking the key trends and insights that will allow your business to succeed? Come to this session to find out how.
In this “demo-tastic” presentation, SSIS trainer, author, and consultant Andy Leonard explains the what, why, and how of an SSIS framework that delivers metadata-driven package execution, connections management, and centralizes logging.
It's important to keep a baseline of performance metrics that allow us to know when something is wrong and help us to track it down and fix the problem. This session will show you how to use PowerShell to gather your baseline and how to report it.
Do you have complex dimensions in your data warehouse? Parent-child, late arriving, type 3 or type 6? In this session, we'll cover some SSIS patterns for handling each of these, along with tips for making them perform well.
How many times have you needed to automate a restore process Asynchronous to N databases and be notified when each finalized? ...Or the SQL Server service stopped in your Server X and a notification in W task bar showing immediately what happened ?
Steps involved in implementing a near-real-time data warehousing solution.
How do you do database maintenance in an enterprise environment? In this session I will go through how you can do backup, integrity check, index and statistics maintenance using Ola Hallengren's Maintenance Solution.
This keynote will provide deeper insight into the currently available appliances (Business Decision Appliance, Business Data Warehouse, Enterprise Data Warehouse) and solution blocks (Database Consolidation Solution), as well as looking to the future
Based on my experience in creating OrcaMDF, an open source MDF file parser, I'll go through the primary storage structures, how to parse pages, headers, internal base tables, b-tree structures as well as the supporting IAM, GAM, SGAM and PFS pages.
Service Broker was introduced in SQL Server 2005 to provide asyncronous messaging in your database applications. In this session we'll walk you through the basics of Service Broker and show how you can use it to build highly scalable applications.
A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love.
LogParser is a free data application that anyone working with SQL Server should know about, come along and see how you could use it.
Deep dive into the handling of many to many relationships in DAX. How to make them work and how to optimize their speed thorugh many patterns and live examples of M2M usage.
Master Data Services has been given an overhaul in Denali, including a new Excel add-in and modified web front-end. Come to this session to see how MDS can be used to give greater control and process to your BI/DW dimension management.
This talk looks at MDX and DAX, examining their similarities and differences. It won’t turn you into an expert in either but it will help you to decide, given your particular career plans, if either or both are worth learning.
How to get started with PowerPivot and QlikView. Covering how to combine data sources, common pitfalls, adding some calculation logic and building a basic dashboard. We’ll walk through the same example on both systems and compare the results.
Sooner or later some sort of disaster occur on your SQL Server instance. It might be the destruction of a server, the corruption of a page inside the database, or just the unexpected deletion of some data. When disaster does strike, will you be prepa
In this session we will investigate SQL Server concurrency and reveal some very surprising and thought provoking behaviors.
Basic outline of SQL Azure: How SQL Azure fits in with other Azure Storage Options. Main differences between SQL Azure and SQL 2008. Brief new design challenges.
SQL Server denali offers a huge leap forward in terms of high availability. This sessions is an Introduction to the changes in Denali and a demonstration of the key features and benefits.
Database or SQL Server instance upgrade will need thorough planning and implementaiton.
With a myriad of options available, choosing the most appropriate storage solution for your company can be challenging. This session will give you a brief introduction to the technologies available, and what to focus on when making the decision.
So your customer's dot.net application is ready to ship and it is dog slow. This session focuses on the tools and methology that SQL consultants use to test and improve performance with dot.net applications.
When loading a Fast Track Data Warehouse it is important to ensure that your data is optimally laid out for Sequential I/O. Fragmentation is therefore the enemy. Know your enemy. Learn what it is, how it occurs and prevent it from happening to you!
Well, I'm a DBA and one of my duties is to check that all SQL Server stuff are in the right place. It's a routine job, but, probably, the most important duty as DBA because it can help me to predict many important problems.
Virtualisation changes the way you need to monitor the performance of a virtualised instance of SQL Server. In this session I will demonstrate a balanced and well-rounded approach to performance monitoring in the virtual world along with best practices to avoid poor virtualised performance.
In this session we will take a deep dive into gaining an understanding of things that can affect transaction log performance and look into methods of prevention and troubleshooting of everyday gremlins.
This session will explore a handful of T-SQL practices - why they happen, why they're bad, and how we can work around them.
In this section we will show how to avoid performance problems caused by poor query design (functions in WHERE clause, data type conversions…) and explain how local variables and parameters affect the generation of execution plan.
Do you know SQL Server Execution Plans? Yes! - and can you read/analyze them? No... For the beginner it is not very easy to understand and explain execution plans generated by SQL Server for your queries.
In this session we will introduce the new modeling capabilities of Vertipaq, showing how the same scenarios can be modeled in both Multidimensional (MOLAP) and Tabular (Vertipaq), looking at how to enable your data warehouse to support both.
An overview of the engine and tools changes coming in SQL Server "Denali" - including some of the features that will stop working.
A look at the new TSQL functionality within denali
Learn to create and customise TSQL scripts for capturing SQL Profiler data in a server side trace. Examine methods for stopping, starting and storing these traces, and finally look at free tools available for analysing the captured data.
With Excel 2010 it is finally possible to modify data in a SSAS cube, without using any macros or third party add-ins. This opens for a lot of common business scenarios like budgeting and planning directly from Excel 2010.
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