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Brent Ozar

Brent Ozar specializes in making SQL Server faster and more reliable.   He's a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server and MVP, and he has over a decade of experience.  He coauthored Professional SQL Server 2008 Internals and Troubleshooting, created sp_Blitz™ and sp_AskBrent™, and he loves sharing knowledge at

Making your T-SQL fast isn't really all that different from building and driving race cars. Learn lessons from racing icons that you can apply right away in your databases.
Got a slow application or server, and not sure where to start? Brent will explain how to use the two most popular free tools and how to read their results.
These two technologies can make a very big – and very bad – difference in how your SQL Server performs. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get the real, honest lowdown from a virtualization administrator, a SAN administrator, and a DBA? Wouldn’t it be even better if one person had done all three, and could give you the pros and cons of each point of view? That person is Brent Ozar, a Microsoft Certified Master who’s been there and done that.
PANIC IN THE DATACENTER! Your databases are approaching - or surpassed - the Terrible Terabyte mark. You're pouring money into the SAN, but your data isn't pouring back out as fast as you want. You're terrified to DBCCs or index maintenance because everything takes forever, and you don't have big maintenance windows.
You don't buy a lot of servers, but you're about to deploy SQL Server, and you only get one chance to make it right. Brent Ozar will boil down everything you need to know into just a few simple decisions including SQL Edition, sockets, and RAM.
How does SQL Server build results? We'll role play: Brent Ozar will be an end user sending in queries, and you'll be SQL Server. This session is for people who are comfortable writing queries, but not with indexes, statistics, and sargability.
Ever wonder how someone else does it? There’s no right way or wrong way, but in this session you can peer over Brent’s shoulder (virtually) while he takes a few Stack Overflow queries and tries various techniques to make them faster.

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The Top 3 Trickiest Features in SQL Server (Twitter Poll) 31 Jul 2014
I’ve worked with a lot of features in SQL Server. I know what I think is tricky and more difficult than it looks like at first. But experiences vary, right? So I asked the Twitterverse, “What are the Top 3 … Continue reading → Get 30% off any of our training videos or ...

Using Triggers to Automatically Add Indexes 30 Jul 2014
Let’s say you’ve got a vendor application that creates tables, loads them, queries them, and drops them all the time. You can’t change the code. The tables involved desperately need an index in order to go faster, and they’re your biggest … Continue reading → Get ...

Learning By Doing: How We’re Innovating In Our Seattle Course, “Make SQL Apps Go Faster” 29 Jul 2014
As teachers, we’re always working to maximize the skills that students can learn in a given amount of time. Many students “learn by doing.” But what’s the best way to do this? You may immediately think of lab exercises as an option. … Continue reading → Get 30% ...

What’s New in Oracle 29 Jul 2014
Oracle was recently released with some fanfare. One of the most talked about features is Oracle Database In-Memory, but there’s more to this release than just columnar storage. Big Investment in Data Warehousing Almost all of the new features reflect an increased … Continue ...

Public Service Announcement: Please Don’t Spend Too Much. 28 Jul 2014
It has come to my attention that some people bought training from us last week and they paid full price. While that’s cool – we really do appreciate your generosity – you can do better. During the month of July, use … Continue reading → Get 30% off any of our training ...