Bradley Ball is a Sr. FastTrack Azure Engineer on the Microsoft CXP Product Group. He is a current Microsoft MVP Reconnect member and former MVP. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office of the President of the United States, was the Data Platform Practice Manager for Pragmatic Works Consulting, and a Sr. Consultant for Microsoft Premier Support for Developers. He has presented at many SQL Saturdays, for PASS SSUG’s across the US from California to Puerto Rico to New Hampshire, SQL Rally, DevConnections, SQLBits 2015, TechReady 24, SQL Live 360 2011-2019, SQL Intersections 2019 - 2021, & the PASS Summit 2011-2015. He wrote Chapter 14 Page & Row Compression for PRO SQL Server 2012 Best Practices, he hosts the Tales from the Field weekly Azure Data Community Round table and technical videos on https://www.youtube.com/@Tales-from-the-Field with his Azure FastTrack PG colleagues, and he can be found blogging on http://www.sqlballs.com about anything else that interests him.
Bradley Ball's Training Days
From Beginner to Certified: A Fabric Analytics Engineer WorkshopSQLBits 2024
In this full day workshop, we’ll cover the skills and tasks required for a career as a Microsoft Fabric Analytics Engineer and prepare you for the DP-600 Certification Exam.
Migrate SQL Server to Azure SQLBits 2022
In this session, the Microsoft engineering team will show you everything you need to know based on a migration lifecycle of Assess, Migrate, and Optimize including our experience helping customers migrate. We will demonstrate to you all the tools and give you the knowledge you need to make your migrations seamless, cost efficient, and optimized for speed. This is your one-stop shop to learn how to migrate SQL Server to Azure.
Bradley Ball's Sessions
Indexing Internals for Developers & DBAsSQLBits 2024
This is a dive into how indexes work within SQL Server. The goal of this session is for attendees to gain a greater understanding of how Indexes work and how to use them to gain performance.
What we’ve learned running a YouTube channel (so far)SQLBits 2024
This session is suitable for anyone who is interested in starting or growing their own YouTube channel, or who wants to learn more about the YouTube ecosystem.
Soft Skills eat Technical Skills for BreakfastSQLBits 2023
Over the years I’ve faced some very difficult situations. Talking down angry customers, de-escalating tense situations, and focusing on the right outcomes. There are a few key books that cover these concepts. In 20 minutes I will tell you what they are, why they are important, and how they saved me more than a few times.
The Most Powerful Azure Service You’ve Never Heard OfSQLBits 2023
Join Patrick Leblanc from the Power BI CAT team, Josh Luedeman, and Bradley Ball from the Azure FastTrack PG as we talk about the most powerful Azure Service you’ve never heard of. If only you knew the name of the service. Come to this session, and you’ll never forget it!
Migration to Azure Customer Experiences & Best PracticesSQLBits 2022
How to create a roadmap to migrate to Azure, best practices, and using Azure Migrate to start, & customer stories
Inside the Query OptimizerSQLBits 2015
In this session discuss the query optimizer, the individual phases of optimization, and how understanding these items can impact our queries in a positive way
BI DBA Performance TuningSQLBits 2015
Understanding how SQL Server performance tuning works is not just a job for DBA's. It is important for BI professionals to understand as well