SQLSaturday #595 - Cleveland 2017

Event Date: 02/04/2017 00:00:00

Event Location:

  • Hyland Software
  • 28500 Clemens Rd.
  • Cleveland, Ohio

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Title: Seeking the Perfect Hybrid: On-Prem Data with Reports and Dashboards in Power BI

Abstract: For many new Power BI implementations, initial self-service and team objectives are soon met, and the natural evolution of Power BI turns to an organizational focus. In other scenarios, the enterprise seeks to preserve its investments in “classic BI” by integrating Power BI with Analysis Services and the underlying data warehouse.

In this session, Data Platform (SQL Server / BI) MVP and SSAS Maestro Bill Pearson explores the construction of organizational BI solutions, wedding the “traditional” solutions with the reporting and analysis power of Power BI. We’ll focus upon the components of a “traditional” solution, up to the semantic model (with SQL Server Analysis Services as an example), and then explore paths to the implementation of an end-to-end enterprise solution that uses Power BI as the presentation layer. This session applies, in most respects, to Analysis Services 2012 and above.


  • William E Pearson III

Track and Room: BI Platform Architecture, Development Administration - Training 3

Title: Power BI Administration and Best Practices Implementation Techniques

Abstract: Power BI is becoming more and more widely used in various organizations. As it’s adoption grows there are a number of decisions and practices, which if made early in the process can prevent problems. Attendees to this session will learn the best practice methods for administering Power BI from visualization creation to deployment. These concepts will assist to provide a successful implementation which will scale from a management perspective to encompass both the non-technical users who are starting to clamor for better analysis tools while providing a framework for managing the data from an IT perspective. This session will also cover an in-depth dive to the administration and security features of Power BI ensuring attendees will know exactly how Power BI can be managed and secured in their environments.


  • Ginger Grant

Track and Room: BI Information Delivery - Training 5

Title: Big Data, Small Data, and Everything In Between

Abstract: The breadth of options available to data professionals today is staggering: between relational, object, graph, and document databases, we have a wide array of storage options, as well as a huge number of access and analysis tools. This talk will walk you through data platform, data analysis, and data processing options. We’ll discuss when to use (and when not to use) Spark, R, Storm, and SSAS, as well as a range of other tools and technologies. By the end of this talk, you may not have MongoDB or Neo4J, but you will know where they might fit.


  • Kevin Feasel

Track and Room: Strategy and Architecture - Training 3

Title: Execution Plans 101

Abstract: Do you have a query that you want to tune, but don’t know where to start? Execution plans can be a great starting point for understanding what your query is doing under the hood. This course covers the bare bones basics: what an execution plan is, how to run them, how to read them, and additional features.


  • Eugene Meidinger

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Auditorium

Title: Create lightning fast Dashboard with Power BI and its Components

Abstract: Every data has meaning, but we had limitation to use data through big long running process Extraction, Transformation and Representation, but now Power BI solves your problem to kick start having Data extraction in Power Query, Data Modelling and Transformation in Power Pivot and reach data representation using power view and power map on demand any nearby device on your fingertips, You will learn all latest and greatest features of Power BI.


  • Vishal Pawar

Track and Room: Analytics and Visualization - Training 2

Title: Why NULL is not a value (and other SQL gotchas)

Abstract: Allowing NULL “values” in your database is simple, but managing them is a whole different story. Learn what NULL really means and why you may want to avoid it in your systems. I will share techniques for overcoming NULL and other SQL idiosyncrasies leading to bad data or incorrect query results.


  • Wendy Pastrick

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 1

Title: Crash Course on Better SQL Development

Abstract: SQL Development is a broad subject with many roads to choose from. Often times SQL Developers feel overwhelmed and unsure which areas they need to focus on. The purpose of this session is to give a high-level overview and present paths for further study and growth. Subjects reviewed in this session will include coding patterns, error handling, and execution plans. Demonstrations of free tools will also help developers find ways of simplifying their daily tasks. Attendees will leave this session empowered with knowledge and directions for further growth.


  • Vladimir Oselsky

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Auditorium

Title: Introduction to Indexes and SARGability

Abstract: Did you know that there is more than one type of index? Do you know the differences between them? Do you know when SQL Server flat out can’t use an index? Join Jared Karney as he explains the differences between the types of indexes and when they can and cannot be used (SARGability). He will talk about the different ways they are used and how you can make good indexes even better. You will leave this session understanding the basics of indexes and how they work, which is crucial to making your queries and servers perform well.


  • Jared Karney

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 3

Title: Don’t Let History Be a Mystery! Temporal Data in SQL Server 2016

Abstract: It’s been said that the only constant is change, and no truism better defines the average database workload. With data constantly shifting in form and focus, DBAs and developers find themselves fielding myriad questions about whens and whys: When did this fact get updated? Why is data quality lower than it was last week? And where did my sales figures go?!? Solutions such as Change Tracking, Change Data Capture, and hand-rolled triggers can each be leveraged to help in this scenario, but with various ugly tradeoffs. SQL Server 2016 introduces Temporal Tables, a new technology that finally gets us what we’ve needed all along. In this session you’ll learn how to enable seamless and automatic history collection, take control of a great query experience, and build on a solid platform to help your users understand data history. By taking advantage of this fantastic feature, you’ll approach your next project ready to answer all of the questions that constant change brings to the table.


  • Adam Machanic

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 2

Title: In-Memory OLTP for Developers: What You Need to Know

Abstract: With the significant improvements made to in-memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016, it’s natural to expect significant increases in query performance. But what do we do when queries which utilize in-memory tables actually start to perform same or, in some cases, even worse than their equivalent disk based table predecessors?

In this session, we are going to take a look at in-memory tables, their best use cases as well as development best practices. We will also look at the changes to the indexing design for inMemory-based objects and how it differs from existing disk-based table indexing. Finally, we are going to cover how to build fast, scalable applications which utilize inMemory objects, as well as choosing the appropriate indexes for your inMemory objects to give you the performance boost that you have been expecting.


  • Konstantin Melamud

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 4

Title: Demystifying Data Compression

Abstract: SQL Server 2016 SP1 makes data compression available in all editions. Data compression can reduce storage costs, and provide a performance boost—and now compression is available without the added cost of Enterprise Edition. Whether you are a developer or a DBA, it’s important to know how to use compression to save money and improve speed.

Come learn about how data compression actually works, the differences between ROW and PAGE compression, and learn how to pick the best compression level for your data. This session will cover the details of the compression algorithms, and the costs and benefits associated with each type of compression.

By the end of this session, you’ll have a better idea of how the different compression algorithms work, when compression is the right solution, as well as what type of compression to use.


  • Andy Mallon

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 5

Title: Extended Events: What are they and How do I use them

Abstract: Since Extended Events are replacing Profiler, every DBA should know what they are and how to use them. This session will cover the basics of Extended events as well as an introduction to the system_health session. This session will give someone who has never used Extended events before the skills to start using them!


  • Dave Bland

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Auditorium

Title: I/O Tuning 101

Abstract: One of the most common problems I have encountered as a DBA is the complaints from users that a particular query is slow, just one query. Many times one that used to run in acceptable time, but that over time has slowed down substantially.

In this session we will show some of the causes for this, with emphasis on I/O requests being too high for the query.

First part of the session will explain how to find these numbers, looking at a few queries with some major performance issues, including explaining why they have a problem.

The second part will focus on how to reduce I/O requests.

All of this can be done without the need for any 3rd party tools, all within the scope of what is available to SQL Server, all versions, all editions, including Azure.


  • Anders Pedersen

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 1

Title: Introduction to Window Functions

Abstract: SQL Server 2005 and later versions introduced several T-SQL features that are like power tools in the hands of T-SQL developers. If you aren’t using these features, you’re probably writing code that doesn’t perform as well as it could.

This session will teach you how to avoid cursor solutions, and create simpler code by using the window functions that have been introduced between 2005 and 2012. You’ll learn how to use the new functions and how to apply them to several design patterns that are commonly found in the real world.


  • Kathi Kellenberger

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 3

Title: Hacking SQL Server - A Peek into the Dark Side

Abstract: The best defense is a good offense. Learn how to practice hacking without going to jail or getting fired. In this presentation we’ll be demonstrating 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.


  • Dustin Prescott

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Auditorium

Title: Relational Data Architecture 101

Abstract: This presentation is a quick introduction for the DBA or developer who was just told that their boss promised a major new customer a scalable, well designed database. The customer will pay a lot of cash and years of ongoing business using this database… If you deliver it this week!

You’ll get a big bonus if you build this right, but you also remember what your co-workers did to the person who bungled the last database design… and wonder if that designer ever recovered! This session will introduce you to the fundamentals of Datatypes, Relational Algebra, and Normalization to help you avoid the major pitfalls and maybe get some sleep too!

This presentation is a survey of Data Architecture for the Intermediate DBA, it is not intended for experienced Data Modelers.


  • Pat Phelan

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 5

Title: Analyzing SQL Server Data using PowerPivot in MS Excel

Abstract: Your end users want to analyze data in your data warehouse. They could deal with the learning curve of SSAS but they’d prefer to utilize a familiar application like MS Excel. Welcome PowerPivot, a tool that retrieves data from your data warehouse by combining the power of SSAS models and your SQL Server Data warehouse within the familiar interface of MS Excel. In this presentation well explore SSAS BI Semantic model, PowerView, PowerPivot in Excel.


  • Wylie Blanchard

Track and Room: BI Information Delivery - Training 3

Title: Does your performance tuning need a 12-step program?

Abstract: Performance tuning can be complex.It’s often hard to know which knob to turn or button to press to get the biggest performance boost. In this presentation, Janis Griffin, Database Performance Evangelist, SolarWinds, will detail 12 steps to quickly identify performance issues and resolve them. Attendees at this session will learn how to:

  1. Quickly fine tune a SQL statement
  2. Identify performance inhibitors to help avoid future performance issues
  3. Recognize and understand how new SQL Server features can help improve query


  • Janis Griffin

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Auditorium

Title: Got stress? Sometimes the SQL Server needs some too

Abstract: We hear it in every session and every webinar “…test…” regardless of it being upgrades, new code, performance tuning or any of a thousand changes. Once we confirm nothing breaks., we don’t need to check anything else, nothing could possibly change the results, right? What about load on the database(s) in question or the server as a whole? In this session four readily available tools, distributed replay, Hammer DB, SQL Query Stress and oStress will be introduced. The session will cover how to use the tools as well as which situations they shine in. Once introductions are made, we will spend a little time with two of my favorites, HammerDB and SQL Query Stress. Join me as we apply a little heat to our SQL Servers.


  • Peter Shore

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 4

Title: Performance Pitfalls from Code Reuse

Abstract: Have you ever found yourself deconstructing endless layers of nested code? Is your T-SQL codebase written in an object-oriented format with functions views? Did you know that object-oriented code reuse can come at a significant penalty?

Come to this session and learn why applying object-oriented principles can be extremely detrimental to your T-SQL’s performance. You will learn how T-SQL is not like other common programming languages. We will peek inside the Query Optimizer to see how it handles these scenarios. Through extensive demos, we will explore solutions to maximize performance. You will be introduced to a T-SQL tool that will aid you in unraveling nested code. Alternate design patterns will be shown to help you mitigate these performance pitfalls.


  • Andy Yun

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 1

Title: Why should I care about … the plan cache?

Abstract: SQL Server is a huge product, with many different places a DBA can go to look for information on how the server is performing. So many in fact that they can often overlap, which sometimes makes it hard to understand why tackling a new tool is worth the effort. In this installment of Rick’s “Why should I care” series, he lays out a case for why working knowledge of the plan cache is critical for performance tuning efforts in real world environments. A review of relevant views and functions is included for the (newly?) motivated audience.

Perfect for those who are relatively new to performance tuning concerns, or advanced DBAs trying to figure out how to have a similar conversation with their less experienced peers, or developers who are curious as to why their DBAs drink in the morning (allegedly). This is not a deep dive into the cache, it really is primarily a session exploring why these DMOs are worth slogging through.


  • Rick Lowe

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 2

Title: SSIS Incremental Loading: The Tortoise and The Hare

Abstract: Extracting, transforming and loading data has become a major component to satisfying business requirements and needs. Depending on the size of the data you are working with, the way you design your SSIS packages can have an impact on performance and run times. In this session, we will cover a variety of incremental design approaches centered around large data sets using SSIS. We will look at the pros and cons of each ETL strategy and generate specific use cases to decide which strategy yields optimal results.


  • Jeremy Frye

Track and Room: BI Platform Architecture, Development Administration - Training 2

Title: Secure/Encrypt SQL Server Database With TDE

Abstract: TDE, Transparent Database Encryption, is a Microsoft built-in solution to protect sensitive information by encrypting entire SQL Server database. TDE encrypts and decrypts the data on the fly with minimum overhead and no code change at all on the development or application side.


  • Thomas Chan

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 2

Title: Ensuring Plan Stability with Query Store

Abstract: SQL Server 2016 introduced Query Store, a new feature which tracks query metrics and can be used for troubleshooting, testing, and proactively monitoring a workload. Query Store also provides the ability to force a plan for particular query, which means you may no longer need to use those tricky plan guides.

In this session, we’ll start with a quick review of how Query Store works. Then we’ll examine plan forcing in depth, including why a forced plan will fail and how plan forcing compares to using plan guides. Expect a lot of demos as we investigate how Query Store can help you do more than just troubleshoot issues, but also manage query performance.


  • Erin Stellato

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 1

Title: Beyond the Basics of Multidimensional vs Tabular in SQL 2016

Abstract: This session is all about hands-on experience and information sharing of SQL 2016 MultiD vs Tabular differences that are not articulated in common Internet blogs and MSDN comparison charts. You will be seeing VS examples of many-to-many, date calculation strategies, role playing dimensions, hierarchies and we’ll be talking a lot about available properties. We’ll be covering storage and query engines, performance tuning and extended events. If you are evaluating either of these SSAS tools for your BI project, come spend an hour digging into the detail which will help you make a more informed project decision.


  • Delora Bradish

Track and Room: Strategy and Architecture - Training 5

Title: SQL Server on Linux for SQL DBA.

Abstract: For the last 25 years SQL Server DBAs administered SQL databases using only Windows GUI. For majority of them even Windows Core is too hard to accept. In the situation, when Microsoft invaded Linux territory with it’s flagship product, as SQL DBA, you must not outsource SQL Server administration to some Linux geeks. You can do it yourself! Your way! And I show you how to do it.


  • Slava Murygin

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 4

Title: Extending SQL Server with Advanced Analytics and R

Abstract: The Microsoft SQL Server stack provides an excellent set of tools for storing, visualizing, and analyzing data, but sometimes we want to do more. In this session, we’ll take a look at the various ways that we can apply advanced analytics by using the R programming language on top of SQL Server. We#39;ll consider the advantages and capabilities of SQL Server R Services and look at how to set up a development environment. Along the way, we will discuss the data science workflow and consider some examples of advanced analytics that are commonly used.


  • Michael Schulte

Track and Room: Analytics and Visualization - Auditorium

Title: Data Visualization: How to truly tell a great story!

Abstract: We have more information available to us today than ever before. So much so that we run the risk of not being able to tell concise stories. There’s a lot more to creating that story than just getting the correct information. Come learn not just the do’s and don’ts, but the whys…


  • Jonathan Stewart

Track and Room: BI Platform Architecture, Development Administration - Training 1

Title: SQL Server Transactional Replication: A Deep Dive

Abstract: Ah, SQL Server Transactional Replication. The technology everyone loves to hate. But for all the notoriety, there’s some interesting technology to be had in it that might you might want to leverage. In this session, we’ll explore what happens when you create a new transactional publication: what happens during a snapshot, how data gets delivered to subscribers, and how you can monitor, tweak, and tune your publications. We’ll also see some common trouble spots and how to identify them. There will be plenty of examples and demos and, yes, even some PowerShell!


  • Drew Furgiuele

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 4

Title: Top 5 Tips to Keep Always On Always Humming and Users Happy

Abstract: Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep an Always On availability group running and the users and administrators who depend on it happy? Let my experience maintaining several production Always On Availability Groups provide you some battle-tested information and hopefully save you some sleepless nights. From security tips to maintenance advice, come hear about some less than obvious tips that will keep users happy and the DBA’s phone quiet.


  • Matt Gordon

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 4

Title: Creating an Azure SQL Database Using PowerShell

Abstract: Azure SQL Database provides an environment to quickly build SQL Server databases. This allows for testing of new versions and functionality with minimal effort. PowerShell provides cmdlets that create, configure and deploy an Azure SQL Database quickly and easily. Additionally, cmdlets exist to tear the environment down once you are done with it, Join me to learn more about the options available for scripting and automating the build of an Azure SQL Database.


  • Frank Gill

Track and Room: Cloud Application Development Deployment - Training 5

Title: How To Give a Technical Presentation

Abstract: Most people don’t like to speak in public and technical folks are certainly no exception. Yet, you’ve got some ideas for a great presentation but just don’t know how to go about putting it all together. On top of that, how do you go about giving the presentation itself? This session will cover how to pull your material together in an organized fashion and present it such that your audience can follow along and get the message you want to relay. We’ll also discuss how to deal with issues that cause presenters stress to help you to make the process enjoyable and rewarding for all.


  • Aaron Cutshall

Track and Room: Professional Development - Training 5

Title: It’s a Machine World - Predictive Analytics with Azure Machine Learning

Abstract: Introduces Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, explaining what Azure Machine Learning is and how it functions. Attendees are walked through a real world scenario of building and using a predictive analytics model with Azure Machine Learning. At the end of this session, attendees will understand fundamental Azure Machine Learning terminology, how to build, train and use a predictive analytics model and the key concepts around the various components used within predictive models.


  • Greg Deckler

Track and Room: Advanced Analysis Techniques - Training 4

Title: SSMS Tips and Tricks

Abstract: Most of us do not have a lot of spare time at work. In this session we will share favorite shortcuts, tips, and tricks for using SQL Server and Management Studio. Learn how to manage your server and write code quickly to help you save a few minutes every day.


  • Eric Blinn

Track and Room: Application Database Development - Training 1

Title: Anatomy of a Transaction

Abstract: In SQL Server, the transaction log is the most important file in any database. All changes to the data and schema are tracked in the transaction log. Join me to learn how to read the transaction log, how to follow a transaction as is processes, and how SQL Server handles a transaction rollback. You will also learn how to identify the resources and objects SQL Server accesses during the course of the transaction. Finally, you will see how SQL Server processes transactions for In-Memory tables.


  • Frank Gill

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 3

Title: Wait Statistics - The Top 5 Waits You Should Know

Abstract: Wait statistics are a great tool for troubleshooting performance problems in SQL Server. However, there are so many different wait types in SQL Server, it can be challenging to determine what to focus on and what can be ignored. Even after discovering that SQL Server is waiting for something, most DBAs don’t know where to look next. In this session, we’ll examine 5 of the most frequently seen wait types in SQL Server and how to troubleshoot each of them. You’ll learn how to determine the root cause of a particular wait type, and how to avoid common mistakes made when troubleshooting with wait statistics.


  • David Maxwell

Track and Room: Enterprise Database Administration Deployment - Training 2


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Frank Gill

Twitter: - skreebydba

LinkedIn: Frank Gill

Contact: http://skreebydba.com/

Frank Gill is a Senior Data Engineer at Concurrency With 21 years of IT experience, the first 8 as a mainframe programmer, he has developed a love of all things internal. Over the past several years, he has worked extensively with SQL Server solution in Azure, including Managed Instance. When not administering databases or geeking out on internals, Frank volunteers at the Art Institute of Chicago and reads voraciously.

Konstantin Melamud

Twitter: - @kmelamud

Konstantin has over 15 years of SQL Server experience and demonstrates his expertise and commitment to helping SQL Server DBAs succeed through his position as Director of Service Delivery at RDX. In his role, Konstantin is responsible for designing and implementing RDX’s service delivery strategies, including those for SQL Server. Since joining RDX in 2009, Konstantin has proven to be a strong leader and expert in SQL Server database administration, architecture, performance tuning, and business intelligence. He is also a very active member of the SQL Server community and frequently presents at SQLSaturdays and user groups throughout the year. In addition, Konstantin presented during 24 Hours of PASS and at the PASS Summits.

Dave Bland

Twitter: - @SQLDave29

LinkedIn: Dave Bland

Contact: https://www.davebland.com

Over 20 years of SQL Server experience that includes being a DBA, BI development and Application development using VB.NET. Dave currently is the Manager of the DBA team at Stericycle. Dave is a Friend of Red-Gate for 2019. He is a frequent presenter at SQLSaturday events and user groups around the country. Has been teaching SQL Server since version 2000 and is the SQL Server instructor at Harper College in Palatine, IL. Current certifications include: • Microsoft Certified Trainer • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, BI Development and Maintenance • MCSA: SQL Server 2008 • MCSA: SQL Server 2016 • MCSE: SQL Server 2016 - BI • MCDBA: SQL Server 2000 • MCSD • MCSE: Data Management and Analytics

Anders Pedersen

Twitter: - @arrowdrive

LinkedIn: Anders Pedersen

Contact: http://blog.AndersOnSQL.com

20+ years of experience with SQL Server, from version 6.0 to 2017. Funnily enough, the only certification I have is on SQL 2012, the one version I have never used. Mostly worked at medium sized companies, by choice. Was a consultant for 6+ years, working on anything from facility security systems, background checks, retail PoS systems, to major financial systems. Passion for performance, and teaching people easy ways to better SQL performance.

Andy Mallon

Twitter: - AMtwo

LinkedIn: Andy Mallon

Contact: http://www.AM2.co

Andy is a Data Platform MVP and SQL Server DBA that has managed databases in the healthcare, finance, e-commerce, and non-profit sectors. He has been supporting high-volume, highly-available OLTP environments with demanding performance needs since 2003.

Andy is the founder of the BostonSQL User Group, and previous co-organizer of SQLSaturday events in Boston. He blogs at am2.co.

Andy lives just outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA with his husband and their two dogs.

David Maxwell

Twitter: - https://twitter.com/dmmaxwell

LinkedIn: David Maxwell

Contact: https://dmmaxwell.wordpress.com/

David Maxwell has almost 20 years of experience with SQL Server, with a keen interest in performance tuning, monitoring, and troubleshooting. He has experience in environments as diverse as health care institutions, auto manufacturers, and insurance companies. David has been a frequent presenter at SQLSaturday events around the United States since 2012, as well as a presenter for the DBA Fundamentals Virtual Group, the Performance Virtual Group, 24 Hours of PASS, and the annual PASS Summit. David participates in his local Columbus Ohio PASS Local Group, where he serves on the board of directors as SQLSaturday coordinator.

Frank Gill

Twitter: - skreebydba

LinkedIn: Frank Gill

Contact: http://skreebydba.com/

Frank Gill is a Senior Data Engineer at Concurrency With 21 years of IT experience, the first 8 as a mainframe programmer, he has developed a love of all things internal. Over the past several years, he has worked extensively with SQL Server solution in Azure, including Managed Instance. When not administering databases or geeking out on internals, Frank volunteers at the Art Institute of Chicago and reads voraciously.

Kathi Kellenberger

Twitter: - auntkathi

LinkedIn: Kathi Kellenberger

Contact: http://auntkathisql.com

Kathi Kellenberger is the editor of Simple Talk at Redgate and a Data Platform MVP. She has worked with SQL Server for over 20 years and has authored, co-authored, or tech edited over a dozen technical books. Kathi is the co-leader of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group and a volunteer at LaunchCode. When Kathi isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, singing, and climbing the stairs of tall buildings. Be sure to check out her courses on Pluralsight.

Dustin Prescott

Twitter: - @nujakcities

LinkedIn: Dustin Prescott

Contact: http://nujakcities.wordpress.com

Dustin has worked for a large insurance company since graduating from Western Michigan University in 2006. Dustin has certifications from Microsoft, EMC, VMWare and Cisco. He currently wears three hats as a SQL/Storage/Virtualization administrator but enjoys a large array of other infrastructure and automation topics. He blogs about these topics at http://nujakcities.wordpress.com.

Andy Yun

Twitter: - SQLBek

LinkedIn: Andy Yun

Contact: http://sqlbek.wordpress.com

Andy Yun is a SentryOne Principal Solutions Engineer and a former Microsoft MVP. He has been working with SQL Server for nearly 20 years as both a Database Developer and Administrator. Leveraging knowledge of SQL Server Internals and extensive experience in highly transactional environments, he strives to make T-SQL leaner and meaner. Andy is extremely passionate about passing knowledge onto others, regularly speaking at User Groups, SQLSaturdays, and PASS Summit. Andy is a co-founder of the Chicago SQL Association, co-Chapter Leader of the Chicago Suburban User Group, and part of the Chicago SQLSaturday Organizing Committee.

Rick Lowe

Twitter: - DataFLowe

LinkedIn: Rick Lowe

Contact: http://dataflowe.wordpress.com/

Rick is a Microsoft Certified Master with more than 20 years of SQL Server experience in a variety of roles. He currently lives in Washington state and works as an independent consultant providing remote performance DBA and performance tuning services for clients in the USA and Canada. His first exposure to SQL Server was as a database developer, but over time he became more and more interested in how the database engine operated… eventually specializing more on performance issues than code.

Rick will work with all things relational, but most enjoys helping smaller companies get better performance from MSSQL, as well as smoothing over relationships between DBA and development teams.

Pat Phelan

Twitter: - @YetAnotherSQL

LinkedIn: Pat Phelan

Pat Phelan first joined a computer user group (DECUS) in High School, and has joined many more since then. Pat worked many jobs in high school and college, and over twenty years for a major accounting firm. Pat started working for Involta in 2007 and is now the database mentor and a member of the Engineering team. Involta builds, owns and operates world class colocation datacenters and also provides managed services and support staff to clients.

Peter Shore

Twitter: - pshore73

LinkedIn: Peter Shore

Peter Shore is a seasoned IT professional with over 25 years of experience. He took the accidentally intentional DBA plunge in 2013 and has discovered that he loves to find the stories the data has to tell. Peter is comfortable working with both physical and virtual servers, where he tries to apply best practices to attain performance improvements. He is also adept at bridging the gap between technical and business language in order to bring technology solutions to business needs.

Aaron Cutshall

Twitter: - sqlrv

LinkedIn: Aaron Cutshall

Contact: http://sqlrv.com

Aaron N. Cutshall is an Enterprise Data Architect with 20 years of experience in analysis, design and development for applications and databases in manufacturing and warehousing plus over 15 years in the Healthcare Informatics field. His primary focus is in designing and developing solutions for extremely large data sets that perform quite well in SQL Server. He is active in the SQL Server community and speaks at SQLSaturday sessions across the country.

Jeremy Frye

Twitter: - SQLBInstein

LinkedIn: Jeremy Frye

Contact: https://jeremyfrye.net

Jeremy Frye is the manager of the Business Intelligence and data warehousing team at RDX. He is a Business Intelligence architect and developer with a background in database administration as well. Jeremy has over 9 years of experience in SQL Server. He has spoken on BI topics at many SQLSaturday’s throughout the country, webinars, and local and remote SQL user groups. In his spare time, Jeremy often spends time trying to bridge the gap between keyboard strokes and workout reps.

Thomas Chan

LinkedIn: Thomas Chan

I work with SQL Server since 2001 with version 7.

William E Pearson III

Twitter: - @Bill_Pearson

LinkedIn: William E Pearson III

Contact: https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/profile=02C5CD07-7511-4151-A678-3A4A3451F85E

Bill Pearson created Island Technologies Inc. in 1997, and has developed a large and diverse customer base since. Bill#39;s background as a CPA, Internal Auditor, Management Accountant, and SQL Server MVP (BI) enables him to provide value to clients as a liaison between Accounting / Finance and Information Services. Bill has implemented enterprise business intelligence systems over the years for many Fortune 500 companies and focuses his practice upon the integrated Microsoft Business Intelligence

Drew Furgiuele

Twitter: - pittfurg

LinkedIn: Drew Furgiuele

Contact: http://www.port1433.com

Drew Furgiuele is a senior DBA that lives in Dublin, Ohio who is passionate about SQL Server and PowerShell. He’s been working with SQL Server since 2002. When he’s not accidentally dropping tables in production, he likes writing automation scripts, blogging about SQL Server Replication, wiring electronics, playing board games, and spending time with his dog. He’s also not embarrassed by his Spotify playlists.

Kevin Feasel

Twitter: - feaselkl

LinkedIn: Kevin Feasel

Contact: http://www.catallaxyservices.com

Kevin Feasel is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and CTO at Envizage, where he specializes in data analytics with T-SQL and R, forcing Spark clusters to do his bidding, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (https://curatedsql.com), president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group (https://www.meetup.com/tripass), and author of PolyBase Revealed (https://www.apress.com/us/book/9781484254608). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather’s nice enough.

Eugene Meidinger

Twitter: - @sqlgene

Contact: http://www.sqlgene.com

Eugene Meidinger works as a BI consultant and full time Pluralsight author. He currently focuses on content on Power BI and related products. He also leads the Pittsburgh Power BI User Group. He is certified in querying and administering SQL Server.

Greg Deckler

Twitter: - @GregDeckler

LinkedIn: Greg Deckler

Contact: https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/0_3IIpqzJXt0rHLHrw11HbE0?trk=prof-sm

I am a Director at Fusion Alliance and the Solution Director of Cloud Services. In addition, I am a Microsoft MVP for Data Platform. As an active member in the Columbus IT community, I founded the Columbus Azure ML and Power BI User Group (CAMLPUG) and have presented at many different conferences and events including Dog Food, SharePoint Saturday, CloudDevelop and M3. I have written numerous trade journal articles on business and technical subjects and the book “Achieving Process Profitability, Building the IT Profit Center”.

Vishal Pawar

Twitter: - Vishal_BI

LinkedIn: Vishal Pawar

Contact: http://bimentalist.com/

Vishal Pawar is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), founder of the Global Power BI User Group and co-leader of the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group. He is a Principal BI Architect in Green House Data, with decades of experience in BI solution architecture and best practices. He has published more than 1000 articles since 2011 in SQL and BI. Vishal teaches a free Power BI course through Udemy, which has more than 65K students from the glob. Vishal is an exceptional technology community of leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real-world expertise with the technical communities.

Adam Machanic

Twitter: - @AdamMachanic

LinkedIn: Adam Machanic

Contact: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/adam_machanic

Adam Machanic is a Boston-based SQL Server developer, writer, and speaker. He focuses on large-scale data warehouse performance and development, and is the author of the award-winning SQL Server monitoring stored procedure, quot;sp_WhoIsActive.quot; He has contributed to several books on SQL Server, including quot;T-SQL Queryingquot; (Microsoft Press, 2015). He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server.

Erin Stellato

Twitter: - erinstellato

LinkedIn: Erin Stellato

Contact: http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/erin

Erin Stellato is a Data Platform MVP and lives outside Cleveland, OH. She has almost 20 years of technology experience and has worked with SQL Server since 2003. Her areas of interest include performance tuning, Query Store, Extended Events, and helping accidental/involuntary DBAs understand how SQL Server works. Erin is an active member of the SQL Server community, has volunteered for PASS at the local and national level, and is a regular speaker at conferences including the PASS Summit, SQLIntersection, and SQLBits. Outside of time with family and friends, she enjoys running, spinning, movies, and all things chocolate.

Vladimir Oselsky

Twitter: - @VladyOselsky

LinkedIn: Vladimir Oselsky

Vladimir Oselsky (Vlady) is an IT Professional with over 15 years of experience in various IT Jobs. Born and raised in Siberia, moved to United States in late 90s. Passion for computer and programming started with DOS games and learning Borland Paschal in 8th grade as a hobby. IT career consisted of everything from hardware and software support to server administration. Current focus on SQL Server Database Development and .NET programming

Wylie Blanchard

Twitter: - WylieBlanchard1

LinkedIn: Wylie Blanchard

Contact: https://WylieBlanchard.com/?utm_source=sqlsaturday.comutm_medium=profileutm_campaign=website

Wylie Blanchard, MCSE is an IT consultant, SQL Server professional and web strategist who enjoys helping people learn how to use technology as a tool to amplify their professional lives. He has 15+ years of experience in the IT Industry and holds several certifications in SQL and Oracle systems. He is a father of twin-girls, a gadget enthusiast and a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur. Learn more about Wylie at: www.WylieBlanchard.com.

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.

Matt Gordon

Twitter: - sqlatspeed

LinkedIn: Matt Gordon

Contact: http://www.sqlatspeed.com

Matt is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and has worked with SQL Server since 2000. He is the leader of the Lexington, KY PASS local group and a frequent domestic and international community speaker. He’s an IDERA ACE alumnus and 2020 Friend of Redgate. His original data professional role was as a database developer, which quickly evolved into query tuning work that further evolved into being a full-fledged DBA in the healthcare realm. He has supported several critical systems utilizing SQL Server and managed dozens of 24/7/365 SQL Server implementations. He currently utilizes that real world experience as a data platform consultant helping clients design solutions that meet their ever-changing business needs.

Jared Karney

Twitter: - jaredkarney

LinkedIn: Jared Karney

Jared Karney has been working with SQL Server since 2007. He currently works as a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft. His specialties include performance tuning, big data, cloud, automation, internals, and overall architecture. He is an MCT and holds a number of Microsoft certifications. He is also a leader for the Chicago SQL Server Users Group.

Jonathan Stewart

Twitter: - sqllocks

LinkedIn: Jonathan Stewart

Contact: https://sqllocks.net/

Jonathan Stewart is a Business Intelligence consultant specializing in data visualization, data warehousing, and data management technologies. An advocate for educating others, he is a public speaker, teacher and blogger, continually teaching people about the Microsoft BI Stack. Since 2000, he has been working in the database field with industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, financial, insurance and federal, state and local governments.

Jonathan is very active in the community. He has presented on SQL Server, SSIS, Reporting Services, Power BI and Business Intelligence at numerous SQLSaturday events, local user groups, and conferences throughout the United States and around the world. He participates in webcasts, podcasts, and on

Delora Bradish

Twitter: - @sqlsme

LinkedIn: Delora Bradish

Contact: http://www.delorabradish.com

Delora Bradish comes to SQLSaturday by way of Pragmatic Works. She has worked with SQL Server from 1999 with a primary career focus in MS BI since 2005. Delora has assisted companies of every size to implement SSIS, SSRS, SSAS and Sharepoint solutions. Some of her clients have included Hewlett-Packard, NASCAR, and General Motors, as well as state governments and prominent medical agencies. Delora is a MCSE in BI and Data Platform, and holds her MCSA in SQL 2012.

Ginger Grant

Twitter: - desertislesql

LinkedIn: Ginger Grant

Contact: http://www.DesertIsleSQL.com

Ginger Grant manages the consultancy Desert Isle Group and shares what she has learned while working with data technology to people around the world. As a Microsoft MVP in Data Platform, Microsoft Certified Trainer and an instructor on DataCamp, she focuses on guiding clients to create solutions using the entire Microsoft Data Stack, which includes SQL Server, Power BI, and Azure Data Cloud components. When not working, she protypes the latest pre-release data technologies, maintains her blog http://www.desertislesql.com, and spends time on twitter @desertislesql.

Wendy Pastrick

Twitter: - @wendy_dance

Contact: http://wendyverse.blogspot.com

Wendy Pastrick is from Chicago, IL, and for the past 15 years has served as a Database Administrator supporting both development and production environments. Her many years of involvement with PASS include WIT Virtual Chapter and the Chicago Suburban User Group, serving as Regional Mentor, and as a PASS Board member since 2013. Wendy has organized several highly successful SQLSaturday events in Chicago.

Eric Blinn

Twitter: - @SQL2TheSequel

LinkedIn: Eric Blinn

Contact: https://ericblinn.com/

Eric has been a SQL Server DBA in the legal, software, transportation, and insurance industries for over 10 years. Currently he is the Sr Data Architect for Squire Patton Boggs, a leading provider of legal services with 47 offices in 20 countries.

Eric is a 2018-2019 Idera Ace and has co-authored 2 Idera Whitepapers.

He has been a presenter at PASS Summit, SQLSaturdays, the in.sight transportation conference, and the Ohio North SQL Server User’s Group.

Michael Schulte

Mike Schulte is a decision support analyst at Gateway Health Plan. He works with tools such as SQL, Tableau, R, SAS, Azure Machine Learning, and Spark to use data to support decisions. These days he is trying to change the world by supporting value-based healthcare initiatives, whereby healthcare costs are lowered while quality of care is improved! In his spare time, he teaches economics and philosophy courses, plays chess and directs chess tournaments, and rings bells in church bell towers.

Slava Murygin

Twitter: - SlavaSQL

LinkedIn: Slava Murygin

Contact: http://slavasql.blogspot.com/

Started working with SQL Server 7.0 as DBA and Developer. Since then went through all SQL Server versions, migrations and multiple companies of different sizes and industries. Currently working as a contractor with all aspects of SQL Server, including, but not limited to: troubleshooting performance, designing/developing: databases, systems, processes, data warehouses, cubes, reports, ETLs; Refactoring old code; Migrating data from other systems to SQL Server; Securing the data on enterprise level.


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