Newcastle SQL Server User Group
Network, learn, ask a question, meet other folk, get fed - these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience - if you want your own exposure then come and do a 1 - 5 minute nugget in front of your peers.
Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with; make sure you register as soon as you can.
5.30pm – 6:00pm Registration and networking
Meet and greet.
6:00 – 6:30pm Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL
Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.
It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.
6:30pm - 7:30pm - The BI Trinity: modelling, reputation & the data analyst with
Take note IT professionals, there is a BI gold rush going on
complete with land grabs, resource exploitation, empire building
and fools gold in plentiful supply.
Huge rewards are there for the taking, some of it sustainable.
However plenty of it is sugary confection that will leave a bad taste
in the mouth of many.
But beware of the pitfalls, aka the silver bullet solutions offered by
the teflon coated, promising the moon on a stick. In 2013 those
suits got a whole lot shinier.
Converging related trends of intertwined government and corporate
data capture, individual data privacy, distributed cloud services,
EaaS (everything as a service) and mobile devices are destabilising
the dominance IT departments have enjoyed for the last 3 decades.
Business Intelligence (BI) is at the centre of it all.
Against this backdrop, we will explore what I believe are 3 core
aspects of BI and examine opportunities for the future.
I have over 25 years experience in the database field, beginning
with IBM DB2, specialising on Tandem NonStop SQL and in the last few years I have focused on Microsoft SQL Server.
My core experience is with business intelligence solutions &
strategy, database modelling & design, large scale ETL systems
infrastructure, data migrations & bespoke training
7:30 - 7:50pm - Break
Time for pizza
7:50pm – 8:50pm - Little Data - In a world that seems obsessed with big data with Chris McGowan
Little Data - In a world that seems obsessed with big data this session will focus on OLTP data. With SQL Server size does matter, in some instances bigger really is better, it goes without saying that more memory, compute power or HDD speed can make a massive difference to performance. There are however a whole host of other FREE techniques that can improve both performance and scalability. We will look at table design and in particular data types, common problems, best practices and techniques to achieve the most efficient design possible.
Hailing from Manchester, Chris is a Database Administrator for Appliances Online with 10 years experience in the IT industry, 6 of those as a production DBA. He has worked with every version of SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and specialises in High Availability and preparing for disaster.
8:50pm - 9:00pm - Feedback and Close
Finally: Drinks on the Quayside :)