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SQL Saturday #204 - Detroit

By Press Release,

Come to SQL Saturday #204 on March 16, 2013 in Detroit, MI

SQL Saturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Join of for a free day of SQL Server training and networking.


Lawrence Technological University
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Conference Information

Below are some of the speaker tracks available at the Detroit SQL Saturday.

DBA Basics: The Four Tasks Every DBA Should Know.

David Maxwell

There are four basic tasks every DBA should know how to do. They are, in this order: Restore, Backup, Index and Stats maintenance, and Consistency Checking. After this session, beginning and 'involuntary' DBAs will know the basic ins and outs of each of these four critical tasks, as well as how to set up recurring maintenance on their servers, and handle some of the common issues these tasks present.

Using Filetables

Sam Nasr

The FileStream feature was introduced with SQL Server 2008 allowing BLOBs to be managed by the DB. In 2012, FileTable expands on this feature by using specific tables for storing these BLOBs. This allows Windows apps to access these items as if there were stored on the file system.

How PowerShell helps me as a DBA (2013 Edition)

Carlton Ramsey

In this session we will review some example code of ways I use PowerShell to help me as a DBA. Bring your questions and we will work together see how PowerShell can be the 'Super Glue' that can be used to solve some of your problems.

Database Health and Performance

David Klee

Sure, your SQL Server is up and running. Is it healthy? Is it performing the best that it can? Where are your performance bottlenecks? In an emergency, can you objectively demonstrate where a performance problem lies? This dynamic dialog session will present a solid process for checking your environment's overall health and performance levels as well as solutions for common problems. Some of the items focused on include dynamic management views (DMVs), Windows Perfmon, and disk performance tools such as IOMeter and SQLIO.

Windowing Functions: THE Reason to Upgrade to 2012

Kevin Boles

For the first time since SQL 7 there is a compelling reason for EVERY SQL Server user to upgrade to the next version and this time around the reason is Windowing Functions. And these are NOT limited to Enterprise Edition, like so many other really useful and important features! The range of data processing needs that can be very efficiently and cleanly solved with these tools is stunning. In this demo-packed session we will cover as many features as we can pack into an hour's time, and you can take the demo code back home with you to review at your leisure!

Common TSQL Mistakes

Kevin Boles

We are going to examine a variety of oopsies MANY developers fall prey too - some obvious, some pretty subtle and some down right sneaky! Lots of code examples with the bad AND good code presented. I GUARANTEE that you will find things here that will either prevent you from getting bad data, throwing unwanted errors or vastly improving your database application's performance. I have given this talk over FORTY times now and it is always very highly rated!

Don't Box Me In: Escape the Cubicle

Tim Ford

I've been telecommuting in some capacity or another since before I was a DBA. For 13 years I've been able to be a productive, responsive, integral and valuable asset to my company without maintaining a physical presence within the confines of a corporate office. Let's have a conversation and discuss what has (and has not) worked for me over the years. Let's discuss the traits of a good telecommuter as well as those attributes that may not make this the right arrangement for everyone. We will even discuss what my Managers have done over the years to not only acommodate telecommuting, but to embrace and succeed from having staff that work remotely!

Free SQL Tools for Your Toolbox

Kevin Bullen

Every SQL developer or DBA should have a fully stocked toolbox that they can turn to in times of need. SQL Server enjoys a wide variety of support from 3rd party vendors that provide tools to help us peek under the hood and pinpoint issues. Sometimes we either don't have the budget for everything we would like, or we need something for a one-off project. In this session we will examine some of the free tools published by members of the SQL community and 3rd party vendors.

Demystifying BISM and Tabular Mode SSAS

Josh Fennessy

With the release of SQL 2012, Analysis Services (SSAS) has seen some major changes. An entire new method of modelling analytic data has emerged and it's called Tabular Mode Analysis Services. In addition to that, a new semantic layer has been added to the tool, the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM), which will help to bring the two modes -- Multidimensional and Tabular -- into one level playing arena.

In this session, attendees will gain understanding of what Multidimensional and Tabular modelling IS, as well as how the BISM layer helps to translate user requests to ensure no confusion is made. Attendees will also learn how to BUILD a Tabular model, and will help design a solution live during the presentation.

SQL Audit - auditing doesn't have to be boring

Colleen Morrow

Let's face it, auditing isn't sexy. But if you're a DBA, you need to know what's going on in your SQL Server instance. Fortunately, SQL Audit makes it easy. In this session, we'll cover what you can and can't audit using SQL Audit, enhancements in 2012, configuring database and server audits, ways to process output, and ideas for how to implement SQL Audit on a larger scale. Auditing doesn't have to be hard. And with the help of a little custom coding, it can even be sexy.

Upgrade Roadmap: Let’s delve into SQL Server 2012

Craig Purnell

We will review the upgrade process to SQL Server 2012. An upgrade is 75% project planning and 25% execution. Everyone knows that, right? Actually, no. A checklist of considerations a company would likely encounter coming from SQL Server 2005/2008 or R2. The pros and cons of in place upgrade vs. the build out new approach. There will be many real world lessons learned sprinkled in as the presenter has led many upgrades and migrations of SQL Server. Key takeaways include: when to upgrade in place compared to build new, usage of and how to gauge the usefulness of Upgrade Advisor, deprecated features and how to test for them

LinkedIn for SQL Server Professionals

Craig Purnell

LinkedIn is more than an online resume! The platform is chock full of useful features for networking, relationship building, and job searching. Think of it as your professional online image. LinkedIn is rapidly becoming the de facto platform for business networking. There are many powerful, advanced features that most people don’t know how to use or even exist. It is also an online communication platform, professional networking portal, and contacts database. Takeaways include: how to optimize and polish your profile, how to get your profile to 100%, quality vs. quantity networking strategies, selecting of and the correct use of LinkedIn groups

Data Modeling for Large Scale Cube systems

Jordan Martz

Implimenting agility and leveraging tool to deliver cubes faster is the next generation for Data Warehousing initiatives. I'll show you how to generate C# applications for SSIS And Cubes, impliment a tool for generating the SSIS, Dimensional structures, and building the cubes.

This is just the start because I'll be interjecting how to Model Data Warehouses for major companies and how your company needs to do it. You don't get hired for knowing Kimball and Inmon anymore.

Incorporating Hadoop into your DW/BI Strategy

Rob Kerr

This session provides a technical overview of Hadoop and HD Insight targeted for Microsoft DW/BI professionals. Emphasis will be on how Map/Reduce paradigms complement and extend BI architectures. Specifically highlighted will be the Hadoop ecosystem, HDFS, Cloud vs. On-Premise, and various strategies to integrate SQL and NoSQL technologies into cohesive solutions.

Hacking SQL Server

Dustin Prescott

The best defense is a good offence. Learn how to practice hacking without going to jail or getting fired. In this presentation we'll be going over how to exploit weak SQL servers with actual tools of the penetration testing trade. You will learn why the SQL Service is a popular target on your network and how to defend against basic attacks. We will also attempt to snag some credentials from the SAM cache so we can go galavanting across the rest of the network.

Hierarchies... on Steroids the No RBAR Way

Jeff Moden

Hierarchical data sets are everywhere. If you haven't worked with one yet, you will. If you're already working with them, you know they can be horribly complex, slow performing, difficult to maintain resource hogs that can really take the steam out of any GUI or batch process. This simple but code intensive 'black arts' session shows you how to quickly and easily get around all of that using all 3 common hierarchical structures and a new structure that just might make Nested Sets obsolete. For stalwarts, it also includes a very high performance method (100,000 nodes in 6 seconds) for converting Adjacency Lists to Nested Sets that even a beginner can understand. You just have to know that a Tally Table is involved somewhere in this. ;-)

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