SQLSaturday #273 - Tampa 2014

Event Date: 02/22/2014 00:00:00

Event Location:

  • USF College of Business Bldg
  • 12212 USF Maple Drive
  • Tampa, Florida

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Title: Statistics and Query Optimization

Abstract: There are any number of tricks and traps around getting the query optimizer to provide you with an optimal execution plan that gets you your data quickly and efficiently. But, at the end of the day, the principal driving factor of the optimizer, and therefore of your queries, are the statistics that define your data. This session teaches you how those statistics are put together and maintained by SQL Server. Different types of maintenance results in different levels of accuracy within statistics so we detail what the structures and information looks like after this maintenance. Your understanding of how the optimizer works with statistics will better enable you to understand why you’re getting the performance and types of execution plans that you are getting. Understanding enables you to write better t-sql statements and deal with performance problems such as bad parameter sniffing.


  • Grant Fritchey

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: Discover, Document, Diagnose Your Servers on Your Coffee Break

Abstract: Documentation is the bane of every DBA’s existence. We all know we should do it but it’s time consuming; by the time you’re finally done it’s probably out of date. Throw in the new servers you just found out about last week and keeping documentation up to date can turn into a full time job. And with everything we have to do in our day, who has time for that?

You need a way to work smarter, not harder, and automate your documentation. It can be done, and in this session you’ll learn how to discover all the SQL Servers on your network, document their configuration from top to bottom (including OS details), and diagnose common problems before they turn into big headaches - all while you’re on a coffee break. You’ll look like a rock star without writing a line of code on your own or having to ask management to sign a check.

Attend this session and walk away with everything you need to generate documentation for your entire SQL Server environment on your first day back at the office


  • Kendal Van Dyke

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: Unit Testing SSIS Packages

Abstract: Unit testing is a widely accepted best practice, yet it is difficult to do well with SSIS packages. This session will focus on both the practice of test driven development as it applies to SSIS, and the tools for actually implementing it. It will cover in depth how to set up your development environment to support test driven development and what techniques can be used to make this practical for SSIS. You will also see how to automate the testing of SSIS packages, using the open source ssisUnit framework. The session will cover several of the common questions about automated unit testing, including how to handle test data , how to set up the environment for multiple developers, and how to make tests flexible.


  • John Welch

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: Database Development Comes out of the Dark Ages

Abstract: Database development has traditionally been done using SQL Server Management Studio query window as the primary tool, when far more powerful tools are available in your toolset. This is the equivalent of writing a document using Notepad, when MS Word is available on your desktop. This session will take you through some of the basics of using SSDT, show you how to use VS2012 database projects effectively, how to utilize TFS build, test and deploy your code. I’ve had my share of bumps on the road to deploying these toolsets. At the end of this session you will have a good introduction into how to use the tools and how to avoid some common issues with legacy code you are already have in your environments.


  • miguel Cebollero

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: Geekin’ Out on Extended Events -Deconstructing the system_health session to solve performance issues

Abstract: Extended Events are used to gather a wide range of performance information to help troubleshoot performance problems in SQL Server. The system_health session is an Extended Events session that is included by default with SQL Server. This session starts automatically when the SQL Server database engine starts, and runs without any noticeable performance effects. This presentations will take you on an in-depth tour of the data provided in the system_health event session and how to use it to troubleshoot performance issues. Cases studies from real-life examples will be used to demonstrate tips and tricks.


  • Janis Griffin

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Title: Introducing Cube World To Users From Flat Table Land

Abstract: This session explores the tabular approach to building cubes in SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 for those DBAs and developers who are more comfortable working with relational databases than cubes. Starting with a ‘normal’ relational database, the attendee will learn how to build a basic model by loading data from several data sources, establish relations between these data sources, define measures and dimensions, build hierarchies, create KPIs and deploy functional cubes that can be used to answer management’s questions about what is really going on with their data. For users already familiar with PowerPivot, this session provides a good transition into the world of SSAS as both use essentially the same techniques.


  • Michael Antonovich

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Title: BIML–Step by Step

Abstract: BIML–Business Intelligence Markup Language is your key to faster development of SSIS Packages. This session will guide you through an introduction to BIML. We’ll explore the capabilities of BIML and BIMLScript, available through the free Codeplex BIDSHelper download. We’ll move through basic syntax of plain BIML, and progress to BIMLScript, using LINQ, and Lambda expressions to access enterprise metadata, speeding SSIS development exponentially.


  • Julie Smith

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Title: Can’t we all just get along?

Abstract: There comes a point in every career that you will need to talk to people that you do not agree with. It is important to advancement (and well-being) that you are able to make concise points that will draw interest from other teams, as opposed to alienating them.
How do you speak to your leadership team? Your peers? People who depend on you? People on whom you depend?


  • Susan Rickman

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Title: Trimming Indexes Getting Your Database In Shape

Abstract: Indexes are a wonderful thing. We should be using them, and we should be maintaining them. But over time our production databases start to look a little pudgy around the mid-section. Maybe they are a little bloated with Unused Indexes, maybe they have Duplicate Indexes, and possibly even Reverse Indexes. The first step to fixing these problems it so see if you have them, and if you do the second is to set about fixing them. You could be costing yourself CPU cycles, I/Op’s, and space and never even know it.


  • Bradley Ball

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: Getting involved and Getting ahead

Abstract: Learn how getting involved in the SQL Community can help you get ahead within your organization, improve you skill set as well as help provide career stability. PASS and other organizations practically give you all the tools you need to succeed in the DBA field, learn about the events that help make this possible as well as how you can get involved to help others who are starting out. The rewards of the SQL Community are endless.


  • Tim Radney

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: SQL Server Amnesia: Diagnosing Memory Problems

Abstract: Amnesia is caused by injuries, traumatic events, or physical deficiencies. Memory problems in SQL Server can also be classified using these same terms. This session will take a deep dive into memory internals in SQL Server by covering the SQLOS and the differences in memory allocations in SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2012. This session will focus on common patterns and problems that affect SQL Server memory usage and how to solve them based on real-world scenarios. From incorrectly sized hardware to code and schema design challenges that tax SQL Servers memory usage, this session will give you the tools necessary to tackle even the most challenging memory problems.


  • Jonathan Kehayias

Track and Room: - N/A

Title: Manage SQLServer Efficiently w/PowerShell Remoting

Abstract: You have more and more servers to manage and less time to accomplish everything. You’re writing scripts to automate those tasks but they still take time to run. PowerShell remoting allows you to manage servers without the overhead of Remote Desktop, and allows you to run processes on all your servers simultaneously. In this session we’ll walk through how PowerShell remoting works, how to set it up, and how you can save time getting things done more quickly.


  • Allen White

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Title: You Inherited a Database, Now What?

Abstract: You have recently inherited the support of a new or existing database, what are the things you should immediately check and start monitoring and what are the things that you should address over the next few weeks. When taking over support of a database or system, you cannot ASSUME anything. At the end of this session you will have a nice checklist of things you should check and be doing on ALL your databases not just the one you inherited. Whether you are a seasoned DBA or just starting out, this session should be informative and something you can relate to.


  • Tim Radney

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Title: What is a BI DBA?

Abstract: Have you ever read a job description (or needed to hire one yourself) asking specifically for a “BI DBA” and wondered what exactly that means? In this session we will discuss the expectations of the role, what the various pieces of the Microsoft BI stack are and what administrative components and gotchas are involved for each one. If you need to unveil the mysteries and intricacies of administrating an SSIS, SSAS and/or SSRS environment from a DBA perspective then check this session out!


  • Jorge Segarra

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Title: Free tools from the SQL Server Community

Abstract: No budget? That’s OK! Need Tools? We’ve get them! Don’t know where to go? We’ll show you! The SQL Server community is one of the best around and has put out loads of free tools, videos, blogs, and other great ideas and information to help you out. In this session we will show you several great tools, scripts, blogs and other resources to help you out. Best of all, it’s all free! But wait, there’s more. Order now and we’ll include an extra two tips at no additional cost!


  • Eric Wisdahl

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Title: Your Best Interview Ever

Abstract: Are you looking for a career change? Good News! Technology is back on the move and companies are again hiring. I’ll cover key strategies you can use to make your face-2-face interview the best ever increasing chances for a new job and new adventure.


  • Chris Skorlinski

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Title: Harvesting Web Data Using Data Explorer and XML

Abstract: In this session we will cover the basics of using Data Explorer (Now called Power Query) + other tools to explore XML data from the SQLSaturday website. We will look at lesser-known features like XML feeds, harvesting data from other websites, and social media sources using open source tools like Curl (a command line tool for transferring data with URL syntax). We will use Business Intelligence tools such as the new Data Explorer and SQL Server to download and analyze the XML.


  • Rob Volk

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Title: Maintenance and Backups: How Ola makes your life

Abstract: This session will provide an overview of the critically acclaimed SQL Server Maintenance Solution written and maintained by Ola Hallengren. If you’re using Maintenance plans, you’re started in the right direction, but Ola’s solution is the Gold Standard for Maintenance scripts. We will review the options and show you how these scripts can leave you more at ease with your backup, database and index maintenance duties.


  • Jason Carter

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Title: An introduction to Business Intelligence and Big Data

Abstract: An introduction to BI architecture with the focus on the Microsoft BI stack as well as an introduction to Hadoop and its impact on BI and analytics. Anybody interested in BI and Big Data. Some knowledge of database and/or exposure to BI tools would be beneficial for better appreciation between the significance of BI and Big Data


  • Frank Quintana

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Title: Introduction to FileTables in SQL 2012

Abstract: What are FileTables? How do they work? What are their limitations? These questions and more will be answered in this demo filled presentation. We will walkthrough the configuration and implementation of this feature. We will show you some use cases on how this fucntionality can help you manage your data in whatever forms it exists.


  • Warren Sifre

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Title: ETL: Avoiding Costly Mistakes

Abstract: In this session, we will review a list of costly mistakes we make when designing and building ETL and data integration processes, and provide with actionable recommendations to avoid them. You will get a check-list you can use in your projects to ensure the ETL processes include the capabilities a solid data integration sub-system should have and you will be better prepared to assess the robustness and reliability of ETL solutions.


  • Rafael Salas

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Title: SQL Server Security Easy Button

Abstract: Attendees will learn how to define a permission set with a single script that allows your company’s DBAs to do routine work and how to elevate DBA permissions quickly to respond to production emergencies. DBAs will leave this session with an easy to implement, low hassle solution that provides DBAs the minimum necessary access required to maintain the server but not be able to view user data. In addition, I’ll talk about our DBA’s real world experience with reduced permissions


  • Ronald Dameron

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Title: Dynamic File Loading Using SSIS Programming

Abstract: Every organization has to deal with the constant loading of text,csv,excel,pipe, fixed width, and ragged right files in this session we are going to build metadata driving ETL framework that will dynamically create an standard SSIS template that will encompass the file format, enforce standards, and keep track of data lineage across an organization.


  • Jorge Novo

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Title: Check Engine Lights

Abstract: Together we’ll explore SQL Server “check engine lights”, those little indications that SQL Server needs your attention. Ignore these and you could be stuck alongside the road with a broken engine.


  • Chris Skorlinski

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Title: Introduction to SSRS for DBAs

Abstract: Want to write SQL-Server SSRS reports? Not fluent in T-SQL or MDX? Learn how to create Custom Reports without writing any code. See examples in OLTP, OLAP and Hadoop Hive.


  • Jon Bloom

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Title: Complex DAX Functions

Abstract: PowerPivot is a powerful new tool able to slice and dice data in memory very fast. But how do you acheive complex situations like, parent child hierarchies, Many to Many, and using inactive Relationships. Come see these complex DAX functions and leave with some great DAX knowledge.


  • Mike Davis

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Title: PCI For The SQLDBA

Abstract: Are you storing or planning to store credit card numbers? If so, you need to learn all you can about the requirements for PCI compliance. We’ll cover how PCI works from the requirements to the final audit, and eveything in between that you’ll need to know something about. We’ll talk about encryption, key management, logging, alerting, administration access, granular permissions, tokenization, and as much more as we can fit into an hour. It’s a complex topic, but that just makes it more interesting!


  • Andy Warren

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Title: Loading a Data Warehouse with SSIS

Abstract: You’ve just been assigned a data warehouse project. Maybe you’ve figured out what tables you want to work with, but outside of that you don’t really know how to get started. In this session we’ll cover some of the basics of data warehousing, and then we’ll show how to use SSIS as an ETL tool to load a Kimball data warehouse.


  • Robert Biddle

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Title: Squeezing Top Performance from Your Virtualized SQL Server

Abstract: Just about anyone can click through a SQL Server installation and get it working, but more than a little tuning is required to get the most performance out of your servers. Once virtualized, additional tuning can help get even more performance out of that virtual machine. David Klee (@kleegeek) will discuss valuable details for both VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V on how to tweak and tune your virtual infrastructure for business-critical virtualized SQL Servers. Tips on configuring your SQL Server installations for maximum performance when virtualized will be covered in detail.


  • David Klee

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Title: Translate SQL server performance issues into business costs

Abstract: DBAs understand their bottlenecks, managers understand business issues, this presentation will help both sides understand each other and how to put a dollar figure in business terms on your performance problems. Putting actual costs to problems allows the business to determine if it worth fixing and allows the DBA to obtain budget to move their environment forward.


  • Shawn Meyers

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Title: Windowing Functions in SQL Server 2012

Abstract: SQL Server 2012 brings with it nearly full ANSI compliance with the windowing functions. Come to this code filled session to learn about all of the windowing functions in SQL Server 2012: Ranking functions, changes for windowing in the Aggregate functions, and the new Analytic and Sequence functions. We’ll examine how this latest implementation of the windowing functions allows us to perform running and sliding aggregations; retrieve data from adjacent rows in the partition, and much more – all without self-joins back to the source table.


  • Wayne Sheffield

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Title: Designing and Optimizing SSAS Hierarchies

Abstract: In this session Jose will do an overview of the different types of hierarchies and how to design user hierarchies in SSAS by defining attribute relationships and key columns the right way. Attendees will learn how to implement natural unnatural hierarchies, balanced and ragged hierarchies, and Parent-Child hierarchies. A brief introduction will be made navigate hierarchies using MDX functions.


  • Jose Chinchilla

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Title: Eternal story on temporal objects

Abstract: Every database professional knows about temporary objects. They can help to solve complex problems and improve application performance when used wisely. However, they can introduce very serious issues when used incorrectly.

This session focuses on the temporary objects available in SQL Server. It talks about temporary tables, table variables, table-valued parameters and discusses their internal implementation and best use-cases for them. The session also covers some aspects of tempdb usage and monitoring and shows how to reduce tempdb load and improve its throughput.


  • Dmitri Korotkevitch

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Title: How to be a GREAT DBA

Abstract: This presentation describes the tasks a DBA needs to perform to do a great job. Formal training classes and certifications only take you so far; this session talks from experience about everything from preventive maintenance to planning to scaling to communication.

Great for beginner to intermediate DBAs, as well as Developers who think this is a direction in which they might want to move.


  • Jeffrey Garbus

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Title: The Modern Data Warehouse

Abstract: This session covers the following topics: evolution of the data warehouse, insights on all data types (relational and non-relational), real-time performance on data at all scale, flexible platform choices across appliance, box, and cloud (hybrid focus). Specifically we will focus on SQL Server 2014’s Clustered Columnstore Indexing, HDInsight Service, and SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse. You will come away from this session with a better understanding of how these technologies can help drive your Modern Data Warehouse.


  • Brian Mitchell

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Title: Introduction to SQL Server Replication

Abstract: With replication being a source for many data warehouse systems, this session will cover aspects regarding your data and business that should drive design decisions when architecting a replication topology. Discussed will be design decisions for snapshot, transactional, and merge replication. Also discussed will be agent profiles and optimizations for replication. What type of replication to use to solve business needs will also be covered.


  • Chad Churchwell

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Title: Treating Tables Like Legos, Partitioning Basics

Abstract: Partitioning allows us to isolate parts of our table as small chunks called partitions. In turn, these partitions allow us to do some really cool tricks for manageability and performance. In this session we’ll look at the concepts surrounding partitioning and how we can apply them. We’ll reinforce what we cover with some cool demo’s showing some really neat tricks.


  • Brandon Leach

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Title: Database Design: Size DOES Matter

Abstract: Great database performance starts with great database design. During the database design process it is important to select your datatypes wisely. The wrong choices will often lead to wasted space, increased response times, and less stability. Additionally you run the risk of having your design not scale as well as it should. Leave this session armed with the knowledge you need to help your databases perform at their peak efficiency.


  • Thomas LaRock

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Title: Big Data - HdInsight and Parallel Data Warehousing (PDW)

Abstract: We will define Big Data first. Then, we will talk about Microsoft’s two offerings: HdInsight and Parallel Data Warehousing (PDW). HDInsight is Microsoft’s new Hadoop-based platform. It combines the simplicity of Windows with the power and reliability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to deliver big data insights from Apache Hadoop. PDW is a shared nothing massive parallel processing (MPP) relational DB based on SQL Server. This Session will explore how to load data to the Azure blob store, creating an HDInsight Service cluster, adding additional storage locations, and adding structure with Hive objects.


  • Philip Pees

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Title: Combining SQL Server, SSRS and SSAS with Tableau Dashboards

Abstract: The demo intensive session covers how to combine SQL Server, SSRS and SSAS with Tableau visual analytics and the Microsoft BI platform. Topics include:

  • Visual Analytics in Enterprise BI
  • Solution Architecture
  • SQL Server, SSRS and SSAS and other Microsoft BI data source connectivity
  • Mobile BI
  • Integration
  • Predictive Visual Analytics


  • Jen Underwood

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Frank Quintana

Twitter: - Frankqr2

LinkedIn: Frank Quintana

Contact: http://www.businessintelligencematters.us

Doctor Quintana has been involved in optimization and math modeling since the ’80s. He is an IT University professor of Data Science, Databases, Data Mining, and Knowledge Discovery. He is a former head of an RD department. He worked as a research engineer at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He also worked as a consultant in the role of a technical team leader and software architect for EDS responsible for critical parts of the SDLC for multi-million dollar projects. He is one of the Software Architects that designed and built the “Health and Benefits System for the of the Veteran Affairs of Canada” He is a regular speaker at national and international events In 2004 he started his consulting practice in South and Central Flori

Chad Churchwell

Twitter: - @chadchurchwell

LinkedIn: Chad Churchwell

Contact: http://www.sqlchad.com

Seasoned SQL Server DBA Professional with over 18 years IT experience with 15 years experience in databases. I have managed an enterprise DBA team and am currently in a strategic consulting role specializing in HA, DR, Replication, and Performance Tuning and Optimization. I am currently speaking at several SQLSaturday’s as well as local user group meetings.

Mike Davis

Twitter: - @mikedavisSQL

LinkedIn: Mike Davis

Contact: http://MikeDavisSQL.com

Mike Davis, MCITP, is a Consulting Team Lead at Pragmatic Works. He is an author with books covering Business Intelligence and SSIS. Mike is an experienced speaker and has presented at many events such as several SQL Server User Groups, Code Camps, SQL Server Launches, SQLSaturday, and SQL Rally. Mike is an active member at his local user group (JSSUG) in Jacksonville, FL.

Bradley Ball

Twitter: - @SQLBalls

LinkedIn: Bradley Ball

Contact: http://www.sqlballs.com

Bradley Ball is a Sr. Azure Engineer for Microsoft, and former Data Platform MVP. During his IT career Bradley has spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States, and the former Data Platform Practice Manager for Pragmatic Works Consulting. He has presented at SQLSaturdays, SSUG’s, SQL Rally, DevConnections, SQLBits, SQL Live 360, and the PASS Summit. Bradley can be found blogging on http://www.SQLBalls.com

Jeffrey Garbus

LinkedIn: Jeffrey Garbus

Contact: http://mssqlperformance.blogspot.com/

Jeff has been consulting on and performing technical training for MS SQL Server since 1989, Version 4, on OS/2. Since then, he has worked extensively with each release of the product, specializing in performance and tuning, from concept through legacy system, on systems of all sizes, from small start-up company applications to multi-terabyte data warehouses.

In addition to hands-on consulting, he speaks at SQLSaturdays several times/year, has a youtube channel with free training, and has written 20 books on database management systems.

His latest book is “Transact SQL the Definitive Guide.”

Rafael Salas

Twitter: - @RafSalas

Contact: http://www.rafael-salas.com

Rafael Salas is a recognized speaker and published author with more than 17 years of experience in business intelligence and information architecture. He is the recipient of multiple industry recognition, including the Microsoft MVP Award and The Data Warehouse Institute Best Practices Award. Rafael is also an active member of the SQL Server technical community and blogs regularly at www.rafael-salas.com.

Jason Carter

Twitter: - TampaDBA

Contact: http://jason-carter.net

Jason#39;s past has included being a developer, a development manager, accidental DBA, and now a full-time DBA. Having worked with VLDBs as a developer, he found great interest in tuning, tweaking, and making things run faster. With the support of his wife, he gave up his managerial duties and jumped the Development ship and dove head first into his new career as a Database Administrator

Jen Underwood

Twitter: - @idigdata

LinkedIn: Jen Underwood

Contact: http://www.impactanalytix.com/

Jen Underwood, a Senior Director at DataRobot, has held worldwide analytics product management roles at Microsoft and served as a technical lead for system implementation firms. She has over 20 years of experience launching new products and turning around failed projects in enterprise data warehousing, reporting, and advanced analytics. Today she designs product and helps analytics professionals learn how to solve complex problems with machine learning in the emerging citizen data science segment.

Jen has a Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing, Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a post-graduate certificate in Computer Science – Data Mining from the University of California, San Diego.

Julie Smith

Twitter: - @juliechix

LinkedIn: Julie Smith

Contact: http://datachix.com

Julie Smith is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and a BI consultant for Innovative Architects in Atlanta, GA. She#39;s implemented increasingly complex Business Intelligence solutions for over a decade at various organizations. She#39;s also worn many other database “hats” in her career – production DBA and database developer–but data integration and BI are her true passions. Julie holds a BA from the University of South Carolina. She and Audrey Hammonds co-created The Datachix.com blog.

Susan Rickman

Susan Rickman, Principal Consultant at Intellinet, has over 14 years of experience in leading enterprise-wide data solutions. She specializes in data integration and migration, performance tuning, clustering/high availability, disaster recovery, security, and virtualization. Susan lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family and is actively involved in many local and global charities, as well as the local SQL Server Community.

Philip Pees

Currently a Principal Consultant with Cardinal Solutions out of Charlotte, NC. Originally from Columbia SC, I have lived in Charlotte now for the last 13 years. Have worked in IT for over 15 years in several roles using varioius technologies. I have a wonderful family; my wife Pilar and two children, Austin and Samantha.

Jonathan Kehayias

Twitter: - @SQLPoolBoy

Contact: https://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/jonathan

Jonathan Kehayias is a Principal Consultant and trainer with SQLskills, and has been recognized as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for over 10 years, and was the youngest person ever to achieve the Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server certification. He has presented at numerous conferences including PASS Summit and SQL Rally, SQLBits, VMware Open Forum, SQLintersection, and multiple SQLSaturdays around the world. As a performance tuning and high availability expert for SQL Server, Jonathan has architected and implemented complex systems and solutions for some of the worlds most challenging workloads.

Warren Sifre

Twitter: - WAS_SQL

LinkedIn: Warren Sifre

Contact: http://www.broadstrokeconsulting.com/blog/, http://www.allegient.com

Warren Sifre has been in the IT community since 1998 and has worked in a variety of industries deploying solutions utilizing MS SQL Server in one capacity or another. In 2003, he decided to make SQL Server his mastery and has since developed skills in most defined disciplines of MS SQL. Currently he is a Principal Consultant and Technology Leader with Moser Consulting. He is responsible for BI Solution Architecture and the mentorship of team members. He has been a SQLSaturday Speaker since 2012, Azure Global Bootcamp, and many user groups in 2015 alone. He has a passion for knowledge transfer and solutions architecture, with a keen interested in Info Security.

Eric Wisdahl

Twitter: - @EricWisdahl

LinkedIn: Eric Wisdahl

Eric Wisdahl is a computer engineer working in the database field. He has held multiple roles and positions in e-commerce, marketing and insurance industries. Currently, he is working as a database administrator in a development role for an e-commerce company.

Eric Wisdahl does not like writing about himself in the third person. It is kind of creepy.

Shawn Meyers

Twitter: - 1dizzygoose

LinkedIn: Shawn Meyers

Shawn Meyers is a Field CTO working at Tintri. Shawn has worked in IT for 25+ years and specifically with SQL Server for 20+ years, beginning with version 6.5. A frequent speaker at many events including PASS Summit, VMworld, VMUGs, Virtual Chapter sessions, and many SQLSaturday events. Current focus is on improving DBAs lives with better infrastructure.

Ronald Dameron

Twitter: - @RonDBA

LinkedIn: Ronald Dameron

Contact: http://RonaldDameron.com

Ronald Dameron is The Only DBA at a small software company building planet-scale mobile resource management software.

He has over 20 years IT experience on a variety of platforms. His current interests are Azure, PowerShell, SQL Server 2016 and Linux.

He was a PASS Summit 2015 Speaker Idol contestant and has spoken at SQLSaturday Tampa, Orlando, South Florida, and the Tampa and Orlando SQL User groups. He has recently earned the Competent Communicator Award from Toastmasters International.

He is most active on Twitter as @RonDBA.

Dmitri Korotkevitch

Twitter: - aboutsqlserver

LinkedIn: Dmitri Korotkevitch

Contact: http://aboutsqlserver.com

Dmitri Korotkevitch is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, author of Pro SQL Server Internals and other books with years of experience working with SQL Server as an Application and Database Developer, Database Administrator, and Database Architect.

Dmitri specializes in the design, development, and performance tuning of complex OLTP systems that handle thousands of transactions per second around the clock. He blogs at: http://aboutsqlserver.com.

Tim Radney

Twitter: - @tradney

LinkedIn: Tim Radney

Contact: http://www.timradney.com

Tim is a Data Platform MVP and has a whole collection of Microsoft and other industry certifications. His experience includes HA/DR, virtualization, SSIS, SSRS, and performance tuning, among everything else SQL Server-related. Tim is very active and passionate in the SQL Community. He runs the Columbus GA SQL Users Group, has been a PASS Regional Mentor for a number of years, was named a PASS Outstanding Volunteer in 2012, and is a frequent speaker at user groups, SQLSaturdays and PASS Summits. Tim is one of the top ranked in karma on ask.sqlservercentral.com, answers questions as @tradney on Twitter, and blogs at http://timradney.com and SQLskills blog at http://www.SQLskills.com/blogs/tim.

miguel Cebollero

Twitter: - SQLMiguel

LinkedIn: miguel Cebollero

Miguel is a father, husband and database professional with more than 18 years of experience. He has held positions in management, database administration, development, architect and BI development. Miguel is a regular speaker at local user groups, regional SQLSaturday and the national PASS Summit conference on various database topics. He has been an avid volunteer, chapter leader, contributor for PASS and published author of Pro TSQL Programmers Guide; ApressMedia, Published 2/27/2015

Grant Fritchey

Twitter: - @gfritchey

LinkedIn: Grant Fritchey

Contact: http://scarydba.com

Grant Fritchey is a Data Platform MVP with over 20 years’ experience in IT, including time spent in support and development. He has worked with SQL Server since 6.0 back in 1995. He has also developed in VB, VB.NET, C#, and Java. Grant has written books for Apress and Simple-Talk. Grant presents at conferences and user groups, large and small, all over the world. He joined Redgate Software as a product evangelist in January 2011.

David Klee

Twitter: - kleegeek

LinkedIn: David Klee

Contact: http://davidklee.net

David Klee is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware vExpert with a lifelong passion for technology. David spends his days focusing on the convergence of data and infrastructure as the Founder of Heraflux Technologies. His areas of expertise include cloud, virtualization, performance, and business continuity. David speaks at a number of national and regional technology related events, including PASS Summit, VMware VMworld, SQLBits, SQLSaturday events, and many SQL Server User Groups.

Jorge Novo

Twitter: - @ETLDEVDBA

LinkedIn: Jorge Novo

Contact: http://etldevelopernotes.blogspot.com/

Jorge Novo is a database developer with more than 10 years of experience in the design, implementation, and maintenance of OLAP, ROLAD database system for the enterprise. Jorge specialize himself on ETL processes, SQL tunning, and much more. Jorge is always eager to learn and shared his ideas and challenges with the SQL Community.

Thomas LaRock

Twitter: - @SQLRockstar

LinkedIn: Thomas LaRock

Contact: http://thomaslarock.com

Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft Certified Master, Data Platform MVP, VMware vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.

Janis Griffin

Twitter: - DoBoutAnything

LinkedIn: Janis Griffin

Janis Griffin has over 30 years of DBA/database experience including design, development and implementation of many critical database applications. Before coming to Quest Software, Janis primarily worked in the Telecom/Network Industry, working with both real-time network routing databases and OLTP business to business applications. Janis also held positions as a Principal Architect and Senior Manager, mentoring other DBAs on best practices in database performance tuning.

Brian Mitchell

Twitter: - @brianwmitchell

LinkedIn: Brian Mitchell

Contact: http://brianwmitchell.com

Brian Mitchell, an MCM - SQL 2008 with a MBA from the University of Florida, is a Senior Consultant in the Microsoft Big Data Center of Expertise, where he focuses on SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse, HDInsight, and Microsoft Business Intelligence. Brian has spent countless hours onsite at customer sites delivering Microsoft database and BI solutions. He has extensive experience creating and delivering advanced training for the full range of the Microsoft BI stack, with a particular passion for Analysis Services and Reporting Services.

Brian has presented at TechEd, PASS Summit, SQLRally, and several SQLSaturdays and SQL Server user groups. You can read more about his deep involvement in Microsoft data technologies at http://brianwmitchell.com.

Robert Biddle

Twitter: - @robert_biddle

LinkedIn: Robert Biddle

Contact: http://robert-biddle.com

Robert Biddle is a Data Architect for Hilton Grand Vacations in Orlando, Florida. He has over a decade of experience working with SQL Server in a variety of roles. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware and also has MCITP certifications for Database Administration and Database Development. In recent years, Robert has specialized himself working with data integration, ETL, and data warehousing. He is a frequent speaker at SQLSaturday and Code Camp events.

Tim Radney

Twitter: - @tradney

LinkedIn: Tim Radney

Contact: http://www.timradney.com

Tim is a Data Platform MVP and has a whole collection of Microsoft and other industry certifications. His experience includes HA/DR, virtualization, SSIS, SSRS, and performance tuning, among everything else SQL Server-related. Tim is very active and passionate in the SQL Community. He runs the Columbus GA SQL Users Group, has been a PASS Regional Mentor for a number of years, was named a PASS Outstanding Volunteer in 2012, and is a frequent speaker at user groups, SQLSaturdays and PASS Summits. Tim is one of the top ranked in karma on ask.sqlservercentral.com, answers questions as @tradney on Twitter, and blogs at http://timradney.com and SQLskills blog at http://www.SQLskills.com/blogs/tim.

Brandon Leach

Twitter: - SQLServerNerd

LinkedIn: Brandon Leach

A Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Brandon manages the DB Operations team for financial company x. With a data estate of several petabytes, he puts a high focus on performance tuning and automation. He is a frequent speaker at events like conferences and user groups.

Michael Antonovich

Twitter: - @SharePointMikeA

LinkedIn: Michael Antonovich

Contact: http://sharepointmike.wordpress.com

Michael Antonovich is the assistant director of Web and Technology Services in the Communications Division for Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, FL, where he manages the Internet and intranet infrastructure. He has published seven books, ranging from an Apple II User Guide to Office and SharePoint 2010 User’s Guide. His blog has focused mainly on PowerPivot and Power BI, but for the last year Mike has taken a break to pursue some other activities. He hopes to restart his blog later this year focusing more on style and presentation. Mike has used SQL Server since 1998 and, for the past 7 years, has been promoting SSAS, PowerPivot, and Power BI for the masses.

Jorge Segarra

Twitter: - @sqlchicken

LinkedIn: Jorge Segarra

Contact: http://sqlchicken.com

Jorge Segarra is a senior consultant for Microsoft (Premier Support for Developers) and a former SQL Server MVP. Jorge has co-authored titles including “SQL 2008 Pro Policy-Based Management” and “SQL Server 2012 Bible” .

Kendal Van Dyke

Twitter: - SQLDBA

LinkedIn: Kendal Van Dyke

Contact: http://www.kendalvandyke.com

Kendal is a database strategist, community advocate, public speaker, and blogger. A practiced IT professional with over 15 years of SQL Server experience, Kendal excels at disaster recovery, high availability planning/implementation, amp; debugging/troubleshooting mission critical SQL Server environments. Kendal is a Senior Consultant on the Microsoft Premier Developer Support team and President of MagicPASS (http://magicpass.sqlpass.org), the Orlando, FL based chapter of PASS. Before joining Microsoft, Kendal was a SQL Server/Data Platform MVP from 2011-2016.

Chris Skorlinski

Chris Skorlinski has been with Microsoft for 17 years. He is a Support Escalation Engineer at the Microsoft Charlotte NC office specializing in performance tuning and troubleshooting Replication. His is a contributor to SQLShare.com training as well as his own BLOGs on Replication Performance at http://blogs.msdn.com/ReplTalk/. #160;

Jon Bloom

Contact: http://www.bloomconsultingbi.com/

Jon Bloom is a Business Intelligence Consultant working in the Microsoft BI stack. Jon has worked with Data professionally since 1996 in various roles such as: Report Writer; Programmer; Data Warehousing; ETL; and now Big Data. He is also a member of the Microsoft Tampa Bay BI User Group. Twitter: @SQLJon.

Chris Skorlinski

Chris Skorlinski has been with Microsoft for 17 years. He is a Support Escalation Engineer at the Microsoft Charlotte NC office specializing in performance tuning and troubleshooting Replication. His is a contributor to SQLShare.com training as well as his own BLOGs on Replication Performance at http://blogs.msdn.com/ReplTalk/. #160;

Andy Warren

Twitter: - @sqlandy

Contact: https://sqlandy.com

Andy Warren is a SQL Server consultant and trainer based in Orlando, FL. Focusing on administration, performance tuning, and SQL Server patterns and practices, he’s been a SQL Server MVP since 2008. Andy served two terms on the PASS Board of Directors, was a founding principal in SQLServerCentral, and created both the SQLSaturday and SQLRally event models.

John Welch

Twitter: - @john_welch

LinkedIn: John Welch

Contact: http://agilebi.com/jwelch

John Welch joined SentryOne in spring 2018 as VP of Engineering with the acquisition by SentryOne of the software division of Pragmatic Works. John leads the development of a suite of products that make developing, managing, and documenting data solutions easier. John has been successfully delivering IT solutions to business problems since 1994, and has been focused on business intelligence and data warehousing technologies since 2001. He is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP), and a frequent presenter on SQL Server and data topics. He also contributes to several open source projects and community initiatives targeted toward making data professionals work more productive.

Allen White

Twitter: - SQLRunr

LinkedIn: Allen White

Contact: http://dataperfpro.com/blog/

Allen White is a Data Platform consultant. He has been both a developer and an administrator, so he understands both perspectives towards database technology. He loves sharing his experiences and helping people learn how to use SQL Server. Allen has spent over 40 years in IT, using SQL Server since 1992, and has been awarded Microsoft’s MVP Award for the last 13 years. Allen was a PASS Director from 2016 - 2018.

Wayne Sheffield

Twitter: - @DBAWayne

LinkedIn: Wayne Sheffield

Contact: http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne

Wayne Sheffield, a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, started working with xBase databases in the late 80’s. With over 25 years in IT, he has worked with SQL Server (since 6.5 in the late 90’s) in various dev/admin roles, with an emphasis in performance tuning. He is the author of several articles at www.sqlservercentral.com, a co-author of “SQL Server T-SQL Recipes”, and enjoys sharing his knowledge by presenting at SQL events worldwide and blogging at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne

Jose Chinchilla

Twitter: - SQLJoe

LinkedIn: Jose Chinchilla

Contact: http://www.sqljoe.com

Jose Chinchilla is an experienced data analytics professional with multiple certifications including Microsoft Certified Database Administration (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Data Management and Analytics (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Jose specializes in Data Warehouse and Data Lake Architecture and Development as the Data Analytics Practice Lead at AgileThought, a full-service custom software and analytics consulting firm based in Tampa, FL. Jose is a book author (SQL 2012 Bible, Professional SQL Server 2012 Administration, Exam Ref 70-767 Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse 2016) and leads the Tampa Bay BI Data Analytics PASS Chapter in Tampa, FL.

Rob Volk

Twitter: - sql_r

LinkedIn: Rob Volk

Contact: http://weblogs.sqlteam.com/robv/

Rob Volk is a SQL Server DBA in the Metro Atlanta area since 2001. He also moderates and answers the forums on SQLTeam.com. While an old-time cranky DBA, he no longer considers quot;business intelligencequot; an oxymoron or quot;the cloudquot; as merely atmospheric moisture, and is delightedly dipping his toes into both of these new oceans, and loves to do things in new and and unusual ways.


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