Category Archives: SQL Saturday

A full day of Predictive Analytics

The annual SQL Saturday event in Denver is scheduled for this Saturday, September 28, but you may not know that there is also a full day of training just one day earlier.  There are a total of three sessions scheduled for Friday and I have the privilege of presenting one of them, Predictive Analytics in the Enterprise.  If you’ve been reading the tech news and paying attention to where analytics is headed, predictive analytics is a great topic to dive into, especially for BI developers, analysts, architects, and DBAs.  Here’s a look at the session abstract:

Data Science is a red-hot subject, but what does that mean for SQL Server DBAs and developers?  The Data Mining algorithms in Analysis Services provide capabilities to achieve predictive analytics and modeling with your SQL Server data and any other data you have access to.  In this session you’ll get the chance to cover the data mining process from start to end.  By the end of the day, you’ll have a practical understanding of how to develop predictive models for your data.  The session includes a brief overview of data mining followed by an opportunity to complete actual predictive modeling exercises.  You’ll see how to fine-tune and compare the results using various algorithms, and how to make the best use of the models in your enterprise.   With Predictive Analytics having achieved the Plateau of Productivity in Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, now is a good time to learn what these powerful tools can do for you.

Like the abstract says, the session will cover the concepts and terminology in the predictive analytics world and will include case studies to review.  It will also include instructor-led labs so you can create your own predictive models.  Bring a laptop with SQL Server Analysis Services (multi-dimensional),  Business Intelligence Development Studio (or SQL Server Data Tools), Excel and the Data Mining add-in for Excel.  If you don’t have a laptop with these tools readily available, we can pair you up with a partner who has the tools ready to go.  Working in pairs will also be a good way to learn the topic better.

If you’re looking for training in other areas, Tim Mitchell will have a full day session for ETL developers on Real World SSIS: A Survival Guide, and Dmitri Korotkevitch will target DBAs with a session titled SQL Server Internals from the Practical Angle

See you Friday!

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SQL Saturday – The Spring Season

This Saturday February 23 I’ll be in Silicon Valley speaking on Big Data for SQL Server DBAs for a SQL Saturday event.  The SQL Saturday events have become so prevalent that it I see them as being grouped together by season.  For me the spring season started a couple of weeks ago in early February when I went to Albuquerque for their inaugural event, which was very well put together.  I was impressed with the participation, considering the size of the city, and the enthusiasm.

I went to the Silicon Valley event at the Microsoft offices in Mountain View, CA last year and it was a first-rate experience too.  Everything was great, including the speakers, the food, and location.  If you’ve been wondering what a SQL Saturday is all about, make it a point to attend one this spring.  If you are in the USA, there will be one near you no matter where you live.   There are also numerous events planned internationally.

I know Mark Ginnebaugh, the organizer of SQL Saturday in Silicon Valley, is putting together another fantastic event this year.  I hope to see you there!

SQL Saturday #109 – Silicon Valley Coming Up

The next SQL Saturday, number 109, is coming up this weekend in Mountain View, CA.  I’ve spoken at and attended 15 of these events and I want to tell you why you should attend too.

Everything Changes

SQL Server is a broad and deep product.  It’s difficult to be an expert in every feature of the product, and it’s also going through a major release.  And everything else is changing.  I’ve been at the Strata conference this week and it’s very clear that SQL Server professionals will continue to be in a changing and evolving environment for the rest of their working lives.  The work there is to do in analytics, visualization, real-time data, automated processing, and new technologies is huge with no end in sight.  The constant studying, learning, and re-learning that we do in this business will only get bigger.

Attending a SQL Saturday event is one really good way to stay on top of things.  You’ll get targeted sessions on SQL Server from top speakers on Performance, Business Intelligence, Administration, and much more.  And it’s free!

My Session

If you decide to come to the event, find me and say hello.  I’m presenting the session Using Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2012 so it’s a good way to find out about an important new feature in SQL Server.  Colomnstore Indexes will be a key consideration for you when developing a data warehouse architecture and I’ll show some good demos that explain why.

See you Saturday!