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SQL Rally Day 1 PreCon

Yesterday was the first day of the SQL Rally conference in Orlando, FL.  It was a great first day because I was able to be part of delivering a full day pre conference seminar.  Patrick LeBlanc, Adam Jorgensen, Mike Davis and I did an End to End BI workshop that covered:

Data Modeling




SharePoint BI


I know it’s a lot of material but the goal was to give the attendees a taste of the entire BI stack while solving a specific business problem.  It was our own special form of Infotainment that hopefully kept people interested for the whole day.  One of the attendees Bradley Ball even wrote about his experience during the event, which is much better than anything I could possibly write.  http://www.sqlballs.com/2011/05/sql-rally-pre-con-business-intelligence.html


Today is the second day of SQL Rally and I’m looking forward to attending some great sessions before presenting my own session on Performance Tuning Analysis Services on Friday.  Here’s what I’m planning on attending today:


The Dirty Dozen: PowerShell Scripts for the Busy DBA – Aaron Nelson

Performance Management Scorecards – Building a process to achieve top performance – Scott Schledwitz

Understanding Storage Systems and SQL Server – Wes Brown

T-SQL Code Sins:  The Worst Things We Do to Code and Why – Jenn McCown

SQL Azure 201 – Cloud Database Deep –Dive – Scott Klein

What’s new in SQL Server 2011 (“Denali”) – Aaron Bertrand


Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).


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