4th - 7th March 2015

ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre, London

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Information Workers and Data Analysts do “myth busting" on corporate performance and forecasts on regular basis. This session uncovers ways to take advantage of Power BI as Software as a Service (SaaS) for a "myth busting" lab you can try at home!
Sets are king when it comes to SQL Server, but sometimes you need to see data row by row. Window Functions help you get the best of both worlds. Learn when and where these functions can help you get what you need without compromising performance.
Attend this session and understand how, why, and when SQL Server uses statistics and how this new feature will help improve performance.
A deep dive into batch mode scalability with column store index and SQL 2014.
This 500 level session will focus on using undocumented statements and trace flags to get insight into how the query optimizer works and show you which operations it performs during query optimization.
We all know that ‘Indexing’ is KING when it comes to achieving high levels of performance in SQL Server. When Indexing also combines 2 of the Enterprise features: Partitioning & Compression
Join me for an hour of playing with different ETL patterns by using Clustered Columnstore Indexes. Using different Hardware might lead you to different conclusions,and the size of the workload is always the paramount of your performance.Loading data first and then creating a Clustered Columnstore or creating Clustered Columnstore and than loading - join me to find the answers!
In this session I will talk about backup, integrity check, and index and statistics maintenance, and how you can use my maintenance solution (http://ola.hallengren.com) in an enterprise environment.
Join this session to make a deep dive into how SQL Server implements physical locking with lightweight synchronization objects like Latches and Spinlocks.
This session will help DBAs to understand what changes they need to make in their performance and monitoring practices for virtualized database servers.
Once you've decided to move to Azure with any of your databases, you're going to need to know how they're performing, this session shows you.
Alberto will start with a simple query and he will perform on stage all the necessary steps to optimize it, showing you the tools ant the techniques used to identify the bottleneck and to fix the performance issues
Because there are always at least two sides of the performance coin, in this session aimed at .Net and SQL developers, we'll dive into the workings of the .Net SqlClient and give you insight into way more than just SqlCommand.ExecuteReader()
In this demo-rich presentation, Brian shows you some of the common and not so common ways to tune SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS).
The query optimizer is at the heart of SQL Server. Much of the its' internal workings are hidden from the user, but can be revealed by using a selection of undocumented trace flags. This session will be a deep dive into the these internals.
More and more senior roles require familiarity with SAN technologies - tricky for us, 'just' the DBA. This '90% practical' session will explore Hue's 2× different SAN in a box'es. Come and gain this much-needed exposure to Enterprise technologies.
Join me in this session to get a basic understanding of Bookmark Lookups, and why they can be dangerous in SQL Server.
The plan cache is one of SQL Server's fundamental components. Getting to know it can take you a few steps ahead in optimizing your system. In this session we will demonstrate ways the Plan Cache can help us identify performance problems.
Come to this session to learn how bad habits develop, the problems they lead to, and how you can avoid them.
The purpose of this session is to have some fun with T-SQL and to learn practical tips and tricks that will help you improve and optimize your solutions.
This session will show you how parameter sniffing works and in which cases could be a problem. How to diagnose and troubleshoot parameter sniffing problems and their solutions will be discussed as well.
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.
Do you struggle to reduce those frustrating long hours it takes to load data? Are your time windows for loading becoming too short for comfort? If so – you simply can’t afford to miss this session…
Great database performance starts with great database design. During the design process it is important to select your SQL Server datatypes wisely. Failure to do so will result in wasted disk space, additional I/O overhead, and decreased performance.
At the heart of SQL Server is the cost based optimizer. This is driven by estimates and they in turn are driven by statistics. This will be a deep dive into how the optimizer makes its decisions to give you a plan, the things that can go wrong.
I would like to present easy to follow principles of Kerberos configuration with handy tips and templates to get this right the first time for your particular environment.
SQL Sentry will present their revolutionary new software which provides enhanced visibility and manageability for advanced AlwaysOn topologies.
Is your data badly behaved and embarrassing you? Are you tired of cleaning up its messes? Constraints can help you straighten out your wayward data and put it on the right path before it gets into too much trouble.
This session will include a variety of such activities including Gathering Performance Counters in several servers at the same time using posh jobs, identifying Blocked Sessions and Reading & filtering SQL Error Log even if the Instance is offline
In this session we will advice how to avoid common developer mistakes and show how bad designed queries reduce the SQL Server optimizer's capabilities for choosing an optimal execution plan.
Do you have enough from "normal" performance tuning sessions? You can't hear anything about Indexing and Execution Plans anymore? Then you are right in this session!
This session will cover a collection of minor bad habits that can occasionally lead to major problems, and a set of best practices that you should always have in mind.
Karen discusses five (plus a few more) database design blunders with tips on how to avoid them. Audience members will also be able to contribute their war stories of design fails, WTHs and D'ohs.
In this session, we are going to explain and test different DW features in SQL Server 2012, including star join optimization through bitmap filters, table partitioning, window functions, columnstore indices and more.
An in-depth dive into physical table structures
The Microsoft BI stack has a number of tools for data visualization - Excel, Power View, native Reporting Services, and Performance Point. Come see each visualization applied to the new tabular model in Analysis Services.
Ever deployed an Analysis Services cube that worked perfectly well with one user on the development server, only to find that it doesn’t meet the required volumes of user concurrency?
This session looks at some of the different methods available to load slowly changing dimension data into a data warehouse, and compares the relative performance given different data scenarios and traditional storage compared with FusionIO
This session will do a brief overview of Analysis Services 2012 performance topics, and drill into some common methods for investigating performance issues. The talk will be adjusted based on the audience interests.
In this deep(!) dive session. I will walk you through the internal storage format of MDF files. I'll cover how SQL Server stores its own internal metadata, how it knows where to find your data, and how to read it once found.
The Column Store Index is an exciting new technology in SQL Server 2012. Using column stores, you can unlock new levels of performance for data warehouses – often gaining an order of magnitude speedup on queries.
The addition of spatial data to SQL Server 2008 is one of the most important in terms of integration in line-of-business applications. This talk will discuss the new features and performance enhancements in SQL Server 2012.
This session will present you with a fascinating behind-the-scenes deep-dive view of the new column store index feature. How do column store indexes work? How are they built? And how can they yield such enormous performance boosts to some workloads?
The fill-factor index option has a huge impact on the performance of your DB. By using a different approach for specific use cases this session will give you the tools to find the most optimal fill-factor for your tables.
System Center Advisor assesses your servers’ configuration and helps you proactively avoid downtime, performance degradation, and data loss. It only takes 5 minutes to setup and is accessible wherever you have a web browser.
Snapshots without snapshots...is that possible? Take a "Classic" snapshot fact table, add some temporal data theory and you'll get a new fact table than can store snapshot data without doing snapshots. A life saver when you have a lot of data.
This session reviews the purpose of NUMA, how it changes the internal behaviours of Windows and SQL Server 2012 and NUMA related performance monitoring.
For the most DBAs and DEVs the TempDb is a crystal ball. But the TempDb is the most critical component in a SQL Server installation and is used by your applications and also internally by SQL Server.
SQL Server optimizer doesn't use and index seek for execution of your query although the query is high selective? What is better, when and why: LIKE vs: SUBSTRING, IN vs. EXISTS, SUBQUERY vs. JOIN. Why you should not use the UPPER or LOWER functions?
It's Friday, 05:00pm. You are just receiving an email that informs you that your SQL Server has enormous performance problems! What can you do? How can you identify the problem and resolve it fast?
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