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SQL Relay Agenda Announced

SQL Relay: Free, Full Day SQL Server Events

If you’ve not heard the news yet, then where have you been hiding?! With SQLBits X such a phenomenal success, but already a distant memory, we’re all looking for the next SQL Server community event to learn, network and enjoy.
The 2012 SQL Relay, following on from the great inaugural events last year, have now been announced and registration is open.

Where are they?

Who’s speaking?

Each event is different, but with a common theme. The awesome line-up of speakers include:

As well as sessions from Microsoft partners and sponsors.

How big are these events?

Each of the 5 venues have different capacities, but in the region of 100-120 attendees per event.

What’s the format?

Each event has a morning session, in which the Microsoft speakers and partners will cover the technical challenges facing IT, and an overview of SQL 2012 and its new features that can help.
The afternoon sessions will be technical deep dives by the selection of World class MVPs.
Some events will also have an evening session, which will extend the technical sessions until 9pm, to cater for those who can’t get time off work!

You can come to 1, 2 or all 3 sessions, just mark your preference during registration.

How can this be free?!

Thanks to the kind generosity of our sponsors, who include:

Gold Sponsor Microsoft
Silver Sponsor Fusion IO
Quest
RedGate
Strategy Companion
Bronze Sponsor Microgen
Purple Frog
Technitrain
Wrox

Say no more… Sign me up!

Thought you’d say that – register at SQLServerFAQ.com

I’m delighted to be running the Birmingham event, so look forward to seeing you there!

SQLBits X talk – Loading Data Warehouse Dimensions

I’m thrilled to have been asked to present another session at SQLBits X, especially so as it’s set to be the biggest and best Bits yet.

It’s the official UK launch of SQL Server 2012, and as such there’s an impressive collection of Microsoft folk attending and presenting, alongside the MVPs and internationally renowned speakers that we now come to expect at SQL Bits.

The Saturday is now sold out, but (as of writing this) there are still some places available on the Thursday and Friday, but these are unlikely to stay available for long so head to www.SQLBits.com and get your name down asap.

Loading Data Warehouse Dimensions

The session that I’ll be presenting will cover different techniques of using SSIS to load data into data warehouse dimensions. Specifically a performance comparison of the methods when loading Type 2 slowly changing dimensions, as well as showing the impact of using solid state storage such as Fusion IO.

I’ll also be covering the details of how to use the T-SQL Merge statement to take care loading dimensions, and showing why it’s now my preferred approach.

SQL User Group Community

I’ll also be there representing SQLMidlands, a SQL Server user group in Birmingham. User group leaders from around the UK will be presenting a session on Saturday lunchtime, as well as staffing the community corner.

If you’re interested in getting involved with your local user group, if you just want to find out more, or are at your first SQLBits and want a friendly face to chat to – find me & the other UG leaders at the community corner.

Look forward to seeing you there!

SQLBits and Microsoft BI conferences

Following the launch of SQL Server 2008 R2 this week, the ever dedicated SQL Bits team are putting on the next installment tomorrow with SQL Bits VI – ‘the Sixth Sets’. The Purple Froggers will of course be there, hopefully in time for a pre-conference bacon butty!

Also worth mentioning is ‘Microsoft Solutions for Business Intelligence’, a seminar that Microsoft are holding at their Reading campus on May 12 2010. Rafal Lukewiecki is speaking, anyone who has seen him before will know what an entertaining and knowlegable presenter he is. Whether you are currently implementing a BI solution or are just ‘BI curious’, a technical developer or a business manager, the day will provide an insight into the direction BI is heading in, and what we can expect in the years to come.

We hope to see you at either/both!

SQL Bits 6 – Registration Open

For anyone interested in SQL Server, the unmissable SQL Bits conference is returning for round six. “SQL Bits – The 6th Sets” is being held in central London for the first time, and unlike previous conferences it will be for one day only on Friday 16th April 2010.

It’s being held as part of the SQL Server 2008 R2 release, also happening that week in London.

Registration is now open, you can find out more at the SQL Bits website.

We highly recommend the event, hope to see you there…

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I'm Alex Whittles.

I specialise in designing and implementing SQL Server business intelligence solutions, and this is my blog! Just a collection of thoughts, techniques and ramblings on SQL Server, Cubes, Data Warehouses, MDX, DAX and whatever else comes to mind.

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