Big Data preconference at SQLSaturday Cambridge

I’m pleased to be holding a precon entitled ‘Big Data for the Business Intelligence Professional’ at SQLSaturday Cambridge on 27th September. We still have a few places left. To register, please contact 

Why would this benefit you? Well, let’s face it; Big Data is coming. It is something that Business Intelligence professionals are going to have to face, and it is better to be forearmed with the knowledge of not only how to make the most of your big data, but also what you can do with it.

With a steeply accelerating growth curve, big data is the thing of the future necessitating specially trained skills all along the data ‘food’ chain including managers and analysts right through to technical resources. 

Business Intelligence specialists could plan on specializing in big data since there is going to a huge demand and shortage all over the world. 

Currently, this segment is worth over $ 100 billion with giants such as Oracle, IBM, SAP, EMC, HP and Microsoft deeply involved in its growth. 

Internet, mobile telephony, web transactions and science will drive big data growth. EMC’s Bill Schmarzo goes as far as to say that Big Data is evolutionary and a game changer and that if companies do not incorporate it as part of their business strategy, they are likely to drop into oblivion. Big data, according to him is not an end to itself but an enabler for business. 

For me, we have to bet on our future, and it seems to me that Big Data is a certainty that we need to face. So that’s why we chose to deliver this preconference with a focus on Big Data; we can’t be like King Canute, holding back the tide. Big Data is coming!

So what is SQLSaturday Cambridge? SQLSaturday is a fun community driven training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn more about SQL Server. The preconference session will be hosted at the Queens College, Cambridge, CB3 9ET, United Kingdom. 

Each training day session is priced at £250 + VAT and covers the cost for one person attending the whole day training session and refreshments and lunch are included. 

The pre-conference session will run from 9 a.m. and are expected to end at 5 p.m. Registration will open from 8 a.m. 

The early bird discount has now expired but members of any SQL Server PASS Chapters (or Charitable organisations) will receive a 10% discount (codes will be sent to Chapter Leaders and Charity discount codes are available on request through 

Also don’t forget to register for the Free Community day on the Saturday!
Each training session has very limited places due to the size of the classrooms so it is advisable to book early if possible.

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