SQLBits: Is there an Echo in here?

Richard Douglas

Published On: March 29, 2017

Categories: Community, SQLBits, Speaking 0

It's almost time for one of my favourite events of the year; SQLBits. Last year was the first event I've missed since I became aware of the SQL Server community back at SQLBits IV. Unfortunately other events meant that I could not attend.

The phrase "SQL Family" is used a lot, but for me this is where it all began. It's a place to learn, it's a place to network, and above all it's a place to have fun!

Why the Echo?

SQLBits has become so large that it's difficult to find a venue that meets all the needs for the conference. Most places will have a large enough hall for a keynote. The problem occurs when you have to find a number of large rooms to hold all of the tracks, as well as exhibitor space. This year SQLBits has gone back in time to visit a previous venue; Telford International Centre.

The real reason for having Echo in the title

OK, I tried to be clever and failed. The real reason for the word Echo in the title is that we at SentryOne are giving away not 1, but 2 UK Amazon Echos!!!!

Not heard of it? This is a selection of what the Amazon Echo can do:

    • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more using just your voice
    • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
    • Allows hands-free convenience with voice control
    • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even in noisy environments or while playing music
    • Answers questions, reads audiobooks, reports news, traffic and weather, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
    • Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
    • Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills

SentryOne SQLBits 2017 prizes

Having owned one myself for a while I can honestly say they are a really cool piece of kit. Especially if you are looking to integrate voice into your smart home. If you think it sounds like something you wouldn't mind owning drop by our stand for your chance to win one.

The SentryOne Team

Because I was unable to make last year this will be my first SQLBits as a SentryOne employee. We have brought some seriously talented people along this year (and me, presumably because I live relatively close by).

        • We have 6 MVPs
        • 2 Product Managers
        • 2 Speakers delivering their own Pre-cons
        • Our own Precon - see below for more details
        • 5 community sessions
        • AND a sponsor session.

That's right, we'll be providing over 25 hours of content between us at SQLBits this year. More than any other ISV.

Sessions I'm involved in
Wednesday - SentryOne Performance Bootcamp 2017

During the pre-con I shall be leading two sessions as well as taking part in the extended Q&A.

Friday 12:15 - Alerting; Beyond the Basics

Many people are unaware of the basic alerting capability available in SQL Server. Those that do have likely just scratched the surface of what is possible. In this session sponsored by SentryOne, we shall discuss why alerting is important and how to move from basic alerting to more advanced alerting techniques allowing you to take automated actions when problems occur. You will even learn how you can create alerts in multi-tenancy environments and increase visibility with other collaboration platforms on your mobile devices.

Saturday 14:30 - Understanding the Transaction Log

If you are mad enough not to fancy sessions by Melissa Coates or Kevin Kline on at the same ime, you'll be more than welcome in my session about the transaction log...

Does your application suffer from performance problems even though you followed best practices on schema design? Have you looked at your transaction log?

There’s no doubt about it, the transaction log is treated like a poor cousin. The poor thing does not receive much love. The transaction log however is a very essential and misunderstood part of your database. There will be a team of developers creating an absolutely awesome elegant design the likes of which have never been seen before, but then leave the transaction log using default settings. It’s as if it doesn’t matter, an afterthought, a relic of the platform architecture.

In this session you will learn to appreciate how the transaction log works and how you can improve the performance of your applications by making the right architectural choices.

That's all great but...

I know that a lot of you reading this won't be able to go to SQLBits, with that in mind why not check out our events page to see what physical events we'll be at soon. There's also a bunch of virtual events being planned too.


Hope to see you at a community event soon!

Richard (@SQLRich) is a Principal Solutions Engineer at SentryOne, specializing in our SQL Server portfolio offering in EMEA. He has worked with SQL Server since version 7.0 in various developer and DBA roles and holds a number of Microsoft certifications. Richard is a keen member of the SQL Server community; previously he ran a PASS Chapter in the UK and served on the organizing committee for SQLRelay.