HRSSUG January 2018 Meeting

Speaker – Cameron Snapp (view bio)

Session – Choosing Sides in the ETL vs ELT Debate

NOTICE — This meeting has been postponed until 1/24 6pm because of expected inclement weather.

The debate regarding the relative merits of extract transform load (ETL) and extract load transform (ELT) data migration strategies isn’t new, but it remains relevant. Making the right choice is critical, because the wrong solution will slow development cycles and execution times, and increase the cost and complexity of code maintenance.  In this presentation, I’ll cover some best practices for implementing an ELT solution for a variety of data migration scenarios.  Data enthusiasts of any level will benefit from a detailed discussion of methodologies, strategic benefits, and code examples.

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HRSSUG December 2017 Holiday Social

Map to Gordon Biersch

4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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November 2017 – Meeting

Speaker – Rodney Landrum (view bio)

Session – The DBA Script Thumb (10 year anniversary)

Over time and through many different roles I have collected a wide array of T-SQL scripts and techniques that I use many times per week. These vary from basic troubleshooting, to health checks and best practice configuration settings to custom alerting and trending. In this session, I will walk through several of these scripts and ultimately show how you can automate the delivery of the output into useful reports and visualizations that will wow your boss (or customers) but more importantly, help you find and address potential problems fast and for free.

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HRSSUG October 2017 Meeting

Speaker – Wayne Sheffield


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, a co-author of “SQL Server T-SQL Recipes”, and enjoys sharing his knowledge by presenting at SQL events worldwide and blogging at

Session Title – More Fundamentals for Your SQL Server Toolbox [DBA]


SQL Server has evolved many times over the years. This evolution has brought a need for every DBA to enhance or at least revisit their fundamental methods for tuning and troubleshooting. In this session you will explore how SQL Server has made the data professional’s job easier through the addition of new features and enhancements to some of the well-established features. This session will expose you to some of the new toys now available to you (such as execution plan changes and new Dynamic Management Objects) that will help improve your efficiency at troubleshooting and tuning SQL Server. Coming away from this session, you will have more tools to help showcase your rock-star skills back on the job.

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September 2017 – Meeting

Speaker – Azhagappan (Az) Arunachalam (view bio)

Session – SQL Graph

Microsoft is on the verge of releasing SQL Server 2017 RTM. The feature set has been finalized, and Release Candidate v2 is out. Some of the major features of SQL Server 2017 includes support for Python alongside R (released with SQL Server 2016), inclusion of adaptive query plans, and SQL Graph integration, not to mention the portability of the product to run on other platforms (various distributions of Linux, Linux container on Docker on MacOS, or Linux/Windows container on Docker on Windows etc.,). SQL Graph is a version 1 of the product – but one that holds a lot of promises. In this session, we’ll take a look at what this feature brings to the table, and see how it is different from the other graph database offerings.

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