Upcoming Events: SQL Saturday Richmond (Virtual)

Key Details

What: SQL Saturday Richmond.
Where: On your computer. It’s a virtual event.
When: Saturday, April 25th.
Admission is free. Register on the SQL Saturday website.

What I’m Presenting

1:45 PM — 2:50 PM — Data Virtualization with PolyBase
3:00 PM — 4:00 PM — Optimizing Backup Performance Using Data Science Techniques

This is the first ever virtual SQL Saturday, so I’m glad I could take part in it. Although it’d be nicer if I could be in Richmond and present in person, I’m happy to have the opportunity at least to present from afar.

Data Architecture Day: Call for Speakers

The Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group is hosting Data Architecture Day on May 16, 2020. Data Architecture Day is a free, one-day Twitch marathon where we will host a variety of data architecture-related sessions.

To that end, we are looking for speakers for Data Architecture Day. Our Call for Speakers is open through April 29th.

You can read more about the official set of suggested topics, but what I’ll do here is give a flavor for the type of talk I’d be interested in seeing. I’m mostly looking for the “Why? Then How?” kinds of talks. Going through each of the key topic spaces, with relational databases, why would I want to normalize my databases? Why might I want to use horizontal scale-out with relational data? After taking us through the reasoning behind it, show us a good way to do it.

The goal of this conference is to take a strategic overview of the data platform. This means, for example, that drawing out how a good HA/DR solution looks would be more interesting than a tutorial on installing and configuring Availability Groups.

If you have a talk along these lines, we’d love to see your submission for our Call for Speakers.

Shop Talk: Mondays at 7 PM Eastern

The Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group is excited to debut a new broadcast on TriPASS on Twitch: Shop Talk.

Shop Talk will air weekly on Mondays at 7 PM and features Tom Norman, Tracy Boggiano, Mala Mahadevan, and me. This is a Q&A format show where, for one hour per episode, we will take questions from a live studio audience (assuming wherever you’re watching Twitch from is a studio). We’ll intersperse audience questions in chat with e-mailed questions, technical segments, and water cooler discussion topics.

You can track whenever we go live by joining TriPASS on Meetup. You will also be able to collect show notes after episodes air by going to the Shop Talk page. We hope to see you in chat!