August Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – James Donahoe

Session – New Instance, Now What?

Congratulations, you’re now our DBA! For new DBA’s a new SQL instance is like a blank canvas, you stare at it and wonder where to start. As an accidental DBA, this session will help you learn how to survive in your new role.

In this session, you will be supplied with the beginning brush strokes to make your server a master piece. To do so, we will review best practices for standard configurations, backups, maintenance, and disaster recovery.

By the end of this session, you will have developed a pallet of tools to help you create your SQL Server Masterpiece and be able to use it as a print for others.

July Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – Melissa Coates

Session – Building Blocks of Cortana Intelligence Suite in Azure

Join us for a practical look at the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite for information management, data storage, analytics, and visualization. Purpose, capabilities, and use cases for each component of the suite will be discussed. Expertise required for implementation of each component will be covered as well. If you are a technology professional who is involved with delivering business intelligence, analytics, data warehousing, or big data utilizing Azure services, this technical overview will help you gain familiarity with the components of Cortana Intelligence Suite and its potential for delivering value.

June Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker:Wayne Sheffield

Topic –Minimally Invasive – Tools to Doctor Up Your Code

This code filled session examines several additions to recent versions of SQL Server. These tools allow you to perform minimally invasive surgery on your code and gain performance! Learn how the APPLY operator works; iterate through incoming data just once with the MERGE statement; “slice and dice” your data with the Windowing (ranking) functions; re-write your multi-statement table-valued functions to inline functions to help the optimizer and speed up your queries; learn how to create a grouped delimited list – without loops!

May Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker – Jessica Moss

Topic – SQL Server 2016 On-Premises Business Intelligence Tool New Features

Business intelligence developers and users everywhere are happily anticipating new updates to the on-premises business intelligence tools for SQL Server.  With the full release of SQL Server 2016 around the corner, Microsoft has released several preview versions of the on-premises tools.  Based on these previews, we can expect to see updates in Reporting Services, such as customizable parameters, mobile reports, and new chart types.  Integration Services also boasts new changes, such as incremental package deployment, better error handling, and new logging levels.  Finally, Analysis Services has additional features, including new DAX functions and extended event viewing.  This session will cover these new items and more in a demo-focused presentation.

April Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker: Kenneth Jensen

Session: SQL Injection and the DBA

Per OWASP, SQL Injection (SQLi) is the number one threat to database driven web sites. But the SQLi menace is not limited to just web attached databases, all databases are threatened.

If you are asking yourself, what is SQL Injection, how can it affect my company or what can I do about it as a database professional, this session is for you.

March Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker: Louis Davidson

Session: Let Me Finish… Isolating Write Operations

OLTP databases can be constantly written to and reporting databases are written to at least periodically. In order to ensure consistent results, connections must be isolated from one another while executing, ideally with the lowest possible cost to concurrency. How this isolation is handled is based on the isolation level, whether the classic lock based or the newer optimistic scheme of the in-memory OLTP engine is used, or even if both engines are enlisted in the same transaction. In this session we will look at examples of how SQL Server isolates reading and writing operations from other writing operations to explore how this may affect your application through error messages and performance hits.

February Meeting – 2016 0

Speaker: Andy Leonard

Session: Hacking the SSIS Catalog

The SSIS Catalog supports enterprise data integration by providing execution, logging, parameter management, and reporting. But what if your enterprise needs more functionality than the SSIS Catalog provides? Do you have to build your own SSIS Framework? Should you?

December Meeting – 2015 0

Speaker: Jamie Wick

Session: SQL Backups: Choosing the right solution for your environment

Abstract: Backing up databases is (arguably) the most important maintenance task for any database administrator. But the question is: Which solution should you choose for creating and managing your backups? In this session we’ll discuss the options available and demonstrate 2 of the solutions in action (Ola Hallengren’s DatabaseBackup and Minionware’s Minion Backup).

Free Training! 0


Our good friends Jason Brimhall and Wayne Sheffield have graciously decided to once again provide a full day of SQL Server training for FREE!  The only cost involved is your lunch at Ruby Tuesdays and, of course, your time.  They did a “Free Con” for our locale last year on extended events and Jason will be speaking about extended events at our users group meeting on Wednesday, November 18.  (Don’t forget to register to be eligible for our giveaways!)

This years Free-Con is entitled “Murder They Wrote”  It is an awesome deep dive into some T-SQL coding anti-patterns and what to do about them.  Please register here or if you would like additional information please visit the website (there is an EventBrite registration link there as well)  On a professional note, I can attest to the value from this training.  I have attended this all day session twice as a pre-con for SQL Saturday events.  These events had a cost associated with them and I can honestly say it was training dollars well spent.  Oh did I mention that the training on November 20th is FREE?  Don’t miss out, register today.