SQLRelay: The Second Leg

For those of you that follow athletics and have seen how the 4 * 100metre relay works you may appreciate that I decided not to go with the title “SQL Relay: Going round the bend” for yesterdays blog post SQLRelay: The First Leg. I might still go for it tomorrow depending on how tonight turns out!

Last night was a great success in terms of the first leg with four user group events Birmingham, Farnham – Surrey, Kent and Manchester. Tonight we look forward to a further five events in Bristol , Hatfield , Leeds , London & Maidenhead. If you haven’t registered yet then please do so using the links above. Not only will you enjoy some great speakers but there are some fantastic prizes to be won too. The London event is full but there are still places available at the other four venues.

Here’s the agenda for tonight’s meetings:

SQLServerClub User group evening with Tony Rogerson(MVP)

We’re delighted to be part of the SQL Relay event across the UK. A series of 16 SQL Server community events at the start of October, culminating in an event at Microsoft’s Cardinal Place venue in London with an internationally recognised author and speaker.

MVP Tony Rogerson returns to Bristol for his second visit to talk about High Availability in SQL Denali and to kick off Bristol’s event in the UK SQL Relay!

Tony is a freelance SQL Server specialist and BI consultant. He founded the UK SQL Server User Group in 1997, SQLBlogcasts.com in 2003 and was a founding member of Developer Developer Developer and SQLBits community conferences.

Visit http://www.sqlserverclub.co.uk for further event details.

Room with a View
4th Floor
Bush House
72 Prince Street, BRISTOL BS1 4QD

Doors open 6pm, meeting begins 6.30pm. We will break at 7.30pm for beer and pizza. After final questions and feeback, we’ll head to the pub at 9pm.

SQLHerts User group evening with Chris Webb(MVP)

As part of the SQLRelay events

Visit http://www.sqlherts.org.uk/ for event details.

October Leeds UG meeting meeting with Jen Stirrup(MVP) and Andrew Fryer from Microsoft

Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed – these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience – if you want your own exposure then come and do a 1 – 5 minute nugget in front of your peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
5.30 – 6:00pm Registration and networking
Meet and greet.

6:00 – 6:30pm Round Table discussion and Nuggets – ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.
It’s also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 – 6 minute “nugget” demo/tip.
6.30 – 7:30pm  iPad and PowerPivot – Mobile Business Intelligence in Action
Mobile Business Intelligence allows end users to access data to support their decisions, irrespective of time and place. The Apple iPad is the definitive tablet of the decade, and is game-changer as a credible business tool. PowerPivot is a game-changer because it places data, and data structures, back in the hands of business users. Apple’s cutting edge usability, along with PowerPivot’s accessibility, can be combined to enhance productivity for mobile business users. Together, these technologies can support Mobile Business Intelligence as an essential tool for end users who need data ‘on the go’.
What you will learn from this session:
– Capabilities of Microsoft PowerPivot in terms of scalability and empowering access to data
– Using PowerPivot as source for data, viewing the visualisation via an Apple iPad
– Specific considerations for visualising data to serve Mobile Business Intelligence, supported by Tableau
Come and see Mobile Business Intelligence in action using the Apple iPad, with Microsoft PowerPivot as a data source.v
Jen Stirrup
Newly awarded SQL Server MVP Jen Stirrup is an MCP, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and two Masters in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Currently, Jen is a freelance Business Intelligence consultant, delivering solutions to global clients. Jen is a veteran SQL Server Developer with over 12 years SQL experience in delivering end-to-end Business Intelligence solution. Jen blogs for SQLServerPedia as well.
7.30 – 7.50pm BREAK: Light refreshments
More time to network and ask questions…

7:50 – 8.50pm BI features in Denali
Denali is the next release of SQL Server. There are some great new features lined up to be delivered and Andrew will look into what enhancements to the BI stack are on the release schedule, such as BISM and Project Crescent

Andrew Fryer
Andrew is a technical evangelist at Microsoft UK. This means that he spends time explaining the future to IT Professionals who do data management and data centre administration. As there are just under a million IT Professionals in the UK, then to reach all of these requires him spending a lot of time on line: updating his blog, doing webcasts, and the usual social media channels. However Andrew loves going to user groups and community events to swap stories and help people get the most out of the Microsoft technologies.

8:50 – 9:00pm Close
9:00pm Down to the pub!



London User-Group with Chris Testa-O’Neill(MVP) and Neil Hambly

**** SOLD OUT **** Please Note: Our SQL Relay final event also in London on the Thursday has a few spaces left before it becomes full

** Due to number of attendees we have moved the event to a larger meeting room @ Fenchurch Street (Libra Room) .. **

Nearest Tube : Fenchurch Street

Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed – these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience – if you want your own exposure then come and do a 1 – 5 minute nugget in front of your peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
6.00 – 6:20pm Registration and networking
Meet and greet, take a seat

Avanade (Accenture)
1 Plantation Place
30 Fenchurch Street

Registration 18:00 – 18:20
Event Ends ~ 21:00
Also Feel free to join us for a post event drink @ a nearby pub
Please also bring some Photo ID for security checks
Avanade Contacts: Charles Feddersen & Igal Greenberg
SQL UG Contacts: Neil Hambly (London UG Leader) & Chris Testa O’Neill (MVP)
We look forward to seeing you there, as we have some great prizes from our vendor sponsors to give-away along and our fantastic sessions lined up

Exact Session order will be decide on the night – Neil Hambly will be your host and will enusre your have a terrific evening {and he will buy the Pizza’s}

Chris Testa O’Neill (SQL MVP) I need my reports……….Yesterday!

As greater collaboration between business stakeholders and BI professional occur in implementing reports, this session will focus on how best to facilitate the reports created by installing, configuring and administering Reporting Service.

The reports may look good and provide the users with the information required. However, ensuring that the reports are delivered in a timely manner can be an important measure of the success of even entire BI projects. This session will focus on tips and techniques that you can use tune and optimise reports to ensure that report consumers can get the reports they need, when they need it!Steve Wright (SQL Sentry) Demo of their FREE community Tool Plan Explorer
I leave the details for Steve to give you
Igal GreenBerg (Avanade) Saying no to no-SQL
We are living in momentous times for the database world.

A forty year old reign of amazingly complicated Relational database engines is coming to an apparent end. Internet scale is the battle cry of the new social networks, and the only databases that can cope are the bastard children of SQL databases the no-SQL databases.

These new databases are remarkably simple and difficult to query but can scale to dizzying heights of Petabyte, Exabyte & Zettabyte with apparent ease.Who needs a state of the art database server when you have ten thousands CPUs & un-imaginable amount of RAM & disks at your service is the word on the street.

Internet scale applications cannot run on sophisticated database servers is another. We are living in a time of many interesting common sense statements.The truth is that the same businesses that are producing data in internet social networks need to analyse it with tools that actually work.

Loading data from social networks to SQL Server is a great way to bring your data to life. During this session we would go over a few examples of doing that the reasons & benefits for getting it done.

Maidenhead SQL Server User Group’s inaugural meeting

Come along to see the birth!


18:00 – 18:30 – Introduction and Networking

18:30 – 19:30 – Chirag Roy presenting “Troubleshooting Transactional Replication in the Wild!”

19:30 – 19:50 – Break
More time to Network and Food

19:50 – 20:50 – Justin Langford talking about the latest release of SQL Server (Denali)

20:50 – 21:00 – Feedback and Close

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire