Building Bridges in Telford with SQLBits
It's getting to that time of year again in the UK when we make our regular trip to SQLBits. Getting ready to talk all things SQL Server, catching up with friends and making new ones. This year the SentryOne team will be in attendance with one of our largest contingents, many of whom will be presenting sessions throughout the conference.
We have six speakers, presenting a combined total of ten sessions over the course of the SQLBits conference. Including three pre-con sessions and seven main conference sessions. The list of sessions and who is presenting them can be found in the table below;
|Speaker||Session Type||Session Title|
|Wednesday, 5th of April|
|Aaron Bertrand||Pre-Con Training Day||Become a Better SQL Server Developer|
|Thursday, 6th of April|
|John Q. Martin||Pre-Con Training Day||Data Platform Essentials Toolkit|
|Friday, 7th of April|
|Aaron Bertrand||Conference Session||New T-SQL Capabilities in SQL Server 2016 & v.Next|
|Allen White||Conference Session||Get Near Realtime ETL with Service Broker|
|John Q. Martin||Conference Session||Designing for Concurrency|
|Richard Douglas||Sponsor Session||Alerting Beyond the Basics|
|Saturday, 8th of April|
|Kevin Kline||Conference Session||Optimizer Secrets: Debugging using 860x Trace Flags|
|Melissa Coates||Conference Session||Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure|
|Richard Douglas||Conference Session||Understanding the Transaction Log|
In addition to these sessions, we are also running the SentryOne Performance Bootcamp 2017. Where we will be diving into the depths of just what the SentryOne suite of monitoring solutions can do, along with how to get the most out of it. If you are currently a SentryOne customer then this is really worth a look, as we will be covering many aspects of the solution and how it applies to SQL Server.
SentryOne are coming back to SQLBits as a Gold Sponsor again, meaning that we have sponsored every SQLBits event since SQLBits IV all those years ago in Manchester. We will have a stand in the main sponsor area and we will have a team there who will be able to answer any questions you have in relation to our solutions. This will include Aaron, Kevin, Allen, Richard, Melissa and I, so feel free to drop past and just chat SQL Server too if you want.
Our team on the stand will include:
|Name / Job Title||Random Fact|
VP, Sales / Marketing
|Nick has been attending SQLBits since SQLBits IV back in Manchester, in that time he has developed a fondness for pork pies.|
Solution Engineering Manager
|Scott can be found riding his motorbikes on track days when not at work.|
Product Manager (BI Solutions)
|Steve prevented a couple of SQL Server MVPs from getting run over, pulling them back to the pavement and reminding them that we drive on the correct side of the road in the UK.|
Chief Strategy Officer
|Douglas was the arch-villain "SQL Slammer" at the Superhero party for SQLBits at the Excel in 2015. He rocked the red lycra and black cape.|
As you can see above, I will be presenting two sessions over the course of SQLBits this year, as well as presenting a couple of modules as part of the SentryOne Performance Bootcamp.
This is going to be a whole day pre-con session, taking a look at a number of different components within the Microsoft Data Platform ecosystem. Covering on-premises SQL Server, Azure virtual machines, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL DW, and a number of the supporting technologies for each of these areas.
The training day is aimed at those who have a responsibility to deliver and manage Data Platform capabilities to their colleagues and the business. Who need to gain an appreciation for what these technologies are, their use cases, and how to get them up running. Whether you are an experienced DBA looking to understand the 'Cloud' offerings from Microsoft, or a sys-admin/developer who has inherited the responsibility to manage these systems. I am going to look at equipping you with the core knowledge that you will need to really progress on the journey to becoming a proficient Data Platform Engineer.
I will be presenting a one hour session looking at a number of design patterns that you can use to improve the concurrency of SQL Server or Azure SQL Database solutions. Ranging from how GUIDs can help, through to options that exist outside of the database engine such as queuing and caching. This session will help give you a leg up when it comes to working with and managing Microsoft Data Platform solutions that rely on the relational engine, letting you make informed choices on design patterns that can help increase performance and allow solutions to scale.
I hope that you get the chance to come and see some of our sessions, and chat to us on the stand. We will have some cool giveaways at the stand that can be picked up. We are also going to be giving away an Amazon Echo as one of the raffle prizes, so make sure that if you want a chance to win that you drop past the stand and hand us your raffle ticket.
Hope to see you there.
John (@SQLDiplomat) is the Product Manager at SentryOne, looking after SQL Sentry and the core monitoring suite. John is also a Microsoft Data Platform MVP with more than a decade of experience with SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform. John is an experienced DBA, Developer, and former Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Having worked with SQL Server for the last decade he has gained a broad understanding of how you can use, and misuse, SQL Server. With the latest PASS Board Election Results, John will be the EMEA representative effective January 1st, 2018.