Sep 172018
 

I’m very happy to be returning to Boston this weekend to speak at SQL Saturday Boston 2018. I last attended a few years ago and have been wanting to get back there ever since, so I’m happy the cards fell into place this time around!

The organizers in Boston have put together an amazing schedule for the day that I’m really proud to be a part of. Check it out – they really have some top talent arranged on a wide variety of topics.

As for myself, I’ll be presenting a classic session that I feel will always be relevant: backup and restore performance tuning. Yes, it really is possible to tune backup and restore jobs just like queries! Even if backup performance isn’t necessarily important to your organization, I guarantee you that restore performance will be during an outage. If this sounds interesting to you, attend my demo-intensive session to see how these techniques can help you to save the day when seconds count!

To register for SQL Saturday Boston 2018, click here. I hope to see you there!

Sep 122018
 

I am very happy to be returning to the Chicago Suburban SQL Server User Group next week!

…Except I won’t exactly be talking about SQL Server. Instead I will be speaking about Azure Cosmos DB, a relatively new cloud offering that, while different from SQL Server, is quickly proving to be extremely important in the field of data management. So what exactly is Azure Cosmos DB, and why does it matter? This session, “Select Stars: A SQL DBA’s Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB” will cover the basics of the product, how it works, and what it can do for your organization. You will learn how it differs from SQL Server and Azure SQL Database, what its strengths are, and how to leverage them.

We will also discuss Azure Cosmos DB’s partitioning, distribution, and consistency methods to gain an understanding of how they contribute to its unprecedented scalability. Finally we will demonstrate how to provision, connect to, and query Azure Cosmos DB. If you’re wondering what Azure Cosmos DB is and why you should care, attend this session and learn why Azure Cosmos DB is an out-of-this-world tool you’ll want in your data toolbox!

Interested in learning about this new technology? This meeting will take place next Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at DeVry University in Downers Grove, IL. Registration and further details can be found here.

I hope to see you there!

Jul 252018
 

Chicago SQL Association LogoI’m very happy to be presenting at next month’s meeting of the Chicago SQL Server User Group! This meeting will take place on Thursday August 9 at the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago. For a little something different, I won’t be speaking about SQL Server. Instead, I will be giving an introduction to Azure Cosmos DB from a SQL Server DBA perspective.

I will be presenting “Select Stars: A SQL DBA’s Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB“.

Azure Cosmos DB has quickly become a buzzword in database circles over the past year, but what exactly is it, and why does it matter? This session will cover the basics of Azure Cosmos DB, how it works, and what it can do for your organization. You will learn how it differs from SQL Server and Azure SQL Database, what its strengths are, and how to leverage them.

Azure Cosmos DB LogoWe will also discuss Azure Cosmos DB’s partitioning, distribution, and consistency methods to gain an understanding of how they contribute to its unprecedented scalability. Finally we will demonstrate how to provision, connect to, and query Azure Cosmos DB. If you’re wondering what Azure Cosmos DB is and why you should care, attend this session and learn why Azure Cosmos DB is an out-of-this-world tool you’ll want in your data toolbox!

I’m really looking forward to giving this talk, as I fully believe Azure Cosmos DB is a technology that will only become more vital with time. If you’d like to attend and get a glimpse of what Azure Cosmos DB is all about, registration for this meeting is open! I hope to see you there!

May 312018
 

I always feel honored when chosen to present at a SQL Saturday event. Being selected is never a guarantee, especially these days when organizers seemingly have more speakers and abstracts to pick from than ever before. But I am just over-the-moon happy to share that I was picked to speak at SQL Saturday in Oslo, Norway coming up on September 1. Norway has been on my list of places to visit for years, and I really can’t wait. Thank you so much to the SQL Saturday Oslo organizing team for putting together an amazing schedule and for allowing me to be a part of it – this is going to be a fantastic event!

My presentation at this event is entitled “Select Stars: A SQL DBA’s Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB”. I’ve been working with Azure Cosmos DB for a while now, and it’s really an incredible product. It’s been generating lots of buzz as of late, but there are still plenty of DBAs out there who have yet to use it. This is an introductory-level session that focuses on explaining what Azure Cosmos DB is, how it works, what its strengths are, and how they can be leveraged. To anyone curious about Azure Cosmos DB, this is the session for you!

Registration for SQL Saturday Oslo is now open – register today before it fills up! If you would like to extend your SQL Saturday experience even further, they are also offering four pre-conference sessions on Friday August 31.

I am incredibly stoked to visit Norway and I hope I’ll see you there in just three short months!

Apr 122018
 

Next week I am happy to be presenting for the Chicago Suburban SQL Server User Group, which meets in Downers Grove, IL.

I will be delivering my session Locks, Blocks, and Snapshots: Maximizing Database Concurrency. This takes a look at SQL Server’s available isolation levels, what they are, how they differ, and why the default setting of “read committed” may not be appropriate for your workload. It should not only be helpful, but lots of fun as well.

I hope you can join us! The meeting is on Tuesday, April 17, and you can register and find further details here!