SQLSaturday 733

Atlanta, United States

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Analytics. This event will be held on May 19 2018 at Gwinnett Technical College - Alpharetta, 2875 Old Milton Pkwy, Atlanta, Georgia, 30009, United States

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018
Gwinnett Tech - Alpharetta

Common SQL Server Mistakes and How to Correct Them with Tim Radney

Making mistakes is natural, but learning from them and avoiding them in the future takes effort. There’s no substitute for experience or the shared wisdom of others to help you learn what mistakes to avoid and how to correct them. In this full-day workshop, aimed at developers working with SQL Server as well as junior/accidental DBAs, Tim will share with you a ton of what he’s learned over the years from working and consulting at multiple Fortune 500-level companies. You’ll hear about real-world environments he has worked on where there was a high impact from administrators making mistakes in how SQL Server was configured and administered. We will cover key topics such as backups, recovering from disasters, database maintenance, consistency checks, security reviews, installation best practices, and monitoring and troubleshooting performance issues. By the end of the day you’ll be more comfortable with your ability to support SQL Server because you will know what you need to do (and what not to do!) and have a checklist of items to take home to make sure your SQL Server environment is configured properly.

Tim Radney
is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills.com. He has worked with SQL server for the past 15 years, in a variety of roles including DBA, Lead DBA, and multi-department manager, which have given him extensive experience planning and implementing large-scale environment changes and upgrades.
Tim is a SQL Server MVP and has a whole collection of Microsoft and other industry certifications. His experience includes HA/DR, virtualization, SSIS, SSRS, and performance tuning, among everything else SQL Server-related.

Show it Right! An In-Depth Guide to Visualization with Jonathan Stewart

In this full-day session, you will learn the ins and outs of data visualization.  The focus of this course is to help beginners and experts alike refine their visualization process.  Participants will not just learn the theories and concepts of visualization, but the actual process to successfully implement them including the why's and not just the how-tos.  Get hands on experience as we work through a complete cycle from the initial request to the successful delivery of the visualization.

Join us for this session and become the visualization rock star you know you know you can be!

  • The only prerequisite for this course is a curiosity in visualization!
  • Bring a laptop to make sure you can take part in the hands-on activities!
Jonathan Stewart is a Business Intelligence consultant who has worked with SQL Server since 6.5.  His experience ranges from BI architecture, data modeling, data warehousing, database architecture, database administration and strategic IT planning for Fortune 100 companies. He sees data in everything and is constantly looking for ways to organize, read and analyze what ever data set he can get his hands on. In his free time, he enjoys helping build communities through youth education and social policy.

Azure Infrastructure for the DBA with Joey D'Antoni

In this daylong session, we’ll review all the various infrastructure components that make up the Microsoft Azure platform. When it comes to moving SQL Server systems into the Azure platform having a solid understanding of the Azure infrastructure will make migrations successful and making support solutions much easier.
Designing your Azure infrastructure properly from the beginning is extremely important. An improperly designed and configured infrastructure will provide performance problems, manageability problems, and can be difficult to resolve without downtime. As Azure scales around the world many more companies, no matter where they are located, will be begin moving services from on-premises data centers into the Azure Cloud, and a solid foundation is key to successful migrations.

Joseph D'Antoni is a Senior Consultant and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over 20 years of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He is a Principal Consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates and lives in Malvern, PA. He is a frequent speaker at major tech events like Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, and Enterprise Data World. He blogs about all topics technology at joeydantoni.com. He believes that no single platform is the answer to all technology problems. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from North Carolina State University, and is the co-author of the Microsoft book "Introducing SQL Server 2016”.

Zero to Hero with PowerShell and SQL Server
Half-day (afternoon)  with Robert Cain

Today's DBA is under more pressure than before to manage ever increasing workloads. And not just in your local SQL Server installations, but now supporting cloud based databases in AzureSQL. But don't worry, there is an answer! Automation, using PowerShell.
In this course we'll look at using PowerShell with SQL Server. You'll see how to use the SQL Server PowerShell module to explore your SQL Server installation, then do more and more tasks such as backups, and executing scripts against your databases.
Next we'll branch out into the cloud, using PowerShell with your Azure SQL instance. You'll see how to take a local SQL Server database and import into Azure SQL, after which you'll see how to run scripts against your Azure SQL databases.
Finally, we'll roll up our sleeves and get low level. Underlying the SQL Server module is the SMO, or SQL Management Object library. You'll see how to connect directly to the SMO from PowerShell, often gaining big speed advantages over using the SQL Server module. Come see example after example of ways you can automate your life with PowerShell and SQL Server.

Robert Cain (http://arcanecode.com) is a Microsoft MVP, MCTS Certified in BI, and is the owner of Arcane Training and Consulting, LLC. He is also a course author for Plurasight, and co-author of 4 books. A popular speaker, Robert has presented at events such as the SQL PASS Summit, TechEd, CodeStock, and numerous SQL Saturdays. Robert has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, working in a variety of fields ranging from manufacturing to telecommunications to nuclear power.


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Need a place to stay for SQL Saturday Atlanta? We have a block of rooms at a special rate ($89/night) at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta.

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What is SQLSaturday?

SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. Admittance to this event is free, and most costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. At some events you will have the option to pay for lunch at the time of registration. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

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