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Early September Free Training from PASS VCs

By Aaron Nelson,

We have three webinars from the Performance Virtual Chapter this week.

  • Introduction to SQL Server Statistics
  • Designing High Performance I/O for SQL Server
  • Data Mining with PowerPivot 2010


Introduction to SQL Server Statistics

September 7th 12:00 PM EDT (GMT -4)
Presenter: Andy Warren

This beginner to intermediate level session will introduce you to statistics, including how to create, manage, troubleshoot, and more! Statistics are a key part of getting solid and repeatable performance and is easily just as important as having indexes. Whether you're a DBA or trying to get by without one, this session will give you the information you need to know.

Andy Warren

Andy Warren is a SQL trainer focusing on basic administration and performance tuning, he runs the free training site, is currently a SQL Server MVP, blogs daily at, started the SQLSaturday franchise, is co-President of the Orlando SQL Server Users Group, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of PASS, and was a founding partner in In his remaining free time he's working on a book for first time managers.

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Designing High Performance I/O for SQL Server

September 8th 12:00 PM EDT (GMT -4)
Presenter: Jimmy May

This session attempts to describe the "full story" of SQL Server I/O. We will start at the hardware level working our way up the stack through Windows and into the SQL Server storage engine. I aim to provide in depth information about all aspects related to the fundamentals of high performance storage design for SQL Server and best practices on this complex subject.

Jimmy May

Jimmy is a Sr. Program Manager for the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team. He is the manager of the SQL Server Customer Lab where customers from around the world bring the biggest, fastest, & most interesting SQL Server apps for tuning. He is a founder of both the Indiana Windows User Group ( and Indianapolis Professional Association for SQL Server ( Jimmy recently moved to Redmond from Indianapolis, Indiana with his lovely bride, Phyllis, and Fannie May the Wonder Dog. Subscribe to and read his SQL Server performance and personal productivity blog at Contact him at or Jimmy is also part of the rich & robust SQL Server community on Twitter:

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Data Mining with PowerPivot 2010

September 8th 12:00 PM EDT (GMT -4)
Presenter: Mark Tabladillo

Excel provides a compelling and ubiquitous interface for Microsoft Data Mining. With new features available through PowerPivot, business users can apply the technology through a well-designed infrastructure of Microsoft technologies. This presentation will welcome any newcomers to data mining, and provide interactive demos which highlight data mining through these technologies.

Mark Tabladillo

Mark provides consulting and training for data mining with Solid Quality Mentors. He has taught statistics at Georgia Tech and for the graduate business school of the University of Phoenix. In addition to his Microsoft certifications (MCAD .NET and MCT), Mark has years of deep experience with the SAS System, and has presented at many local, regional, and national technical conferences. Mark produces a data mining resource and blog at

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