Announcing DiTBits at SQLBits

We are pleased to announce our inaugural DiTBiTs Cheese and Wine event at SQLBits XI on Friday 3rd May at 5pm in Room 1. The DiTBits site is here, and this is a cross-post.

Our topic is as follows: Networking in IT. Can more diverse networks provide better networks?
Is business networking useful in our careers?
How much has networking helped you in your career?
How can you build good social media profiles – or are these even necessary?

Attendees can enjoy Cheese and Wine refreshments whilst during the Panel discussion and interaction. Then, we’ll have a Flashmob Speed Networking at the end, just to tie things together before everyone shoots off for the party – so bring your business cards!

We are pleased to welcome our following panellists:

Denise McInerney is joining us from the United States, so please be sure to give Denise a hearty SQLBits welcome! Denise McInerney is a DBA-turned-Data-Analyst. She lives in Silicon Valley where she is employed by the software company Intuit. Denise founded the PASS Women in Technology chapter and currently serves as a member of the PASS Board of Directors. She is a Microsoft MVP.

Mark Broadbent is well known within the UK and across the world as a dedicated PASS ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ award winner and UK Regional Mentor. He is a SQL Server specialist and speaker focusing on HADR & upgrade solutions and in 2011 was awarded Microsoft’s Community Contributor award and in 2012 received the PASS Outstanding Volunteer award. He is the proud host of the first UK SQLSaturday, and is hosting another SQLSaturday event in Cambridge later this year.

Stephanie Locke works primarily in the BI space as a Senior Analyst responsible for delivering high profile projects and educating & mentoring others.  She coordinates the local user group for SQL Server and tries to help grow the community.

The host for the inaugural DiTBits event is Jen Stirrup, a SQL Server MVP who best-known for her work in Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation. She is the current holder of the SQLPassion Award, presented by PASS at Summit 2012, for her work in helping the European SQL Server community. Jen has presented at TechEd North America, TechEd Europe, SQLPass and SQLBits and is the proud host of SQLSaturday Edinburgh.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with or feel free to browse around our site.
Who are DiTBIts? Take a look here.

SQLSaturday Edinburgh Preconference Training Day sponsored by SQLSkills

The SQLSaturday Edinburgh team are extremely proud to present the following one day, advanced level training with SQLskills Jonathan Kehayias and Joseph Sack. The Training Day will be held on Friday 7th June at the University of Edinburgh Pollok Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. You can find full details here, such as travel, accommodation and venue., and you can register here.
I’m very proud that Jon and Joe are joining us. They are extremely well-respected for their knowledge in SQL Server.
You may well have read their books or material. Jonathan is the ‘go-to’ expert and authority on Extended Events in SQL Server 2008— for example, he wrote the definitive whitepaper on Extended Events for Microsoft.
Joe is a SQL Server author, and you can see his Amazon page here. In 2009, Joe took over responsibility for the entire SQL Server Microsoft Certified Master program and held that post until 2011.
Jonathan and Joe are part of the highly-respected SQLskills team. We are also delighted to announce that SQLskills are our official Preconference Training Day Sponsor, and we are grateful to them for their fantastic support of SQLSaturday Edinburgh.
The SQLskills team are brought together by Paul S. Randall and Kimberly L Tripp, two of the world’s most renowned SQL Server experts, is dedicated to providing the highest quality and most in-depth training and consulting in the market. The SQLskills team have an emphasis on real-world expertise that you can immediately put into practice, making you a better SQL Server professional.
The Training Day itself has the following Agenda and you can register here.
Leveraging SQL Server 2012 Features and Tools
SQL Server 2012 offers a number of new features that improve high availability, security, performance analysis, and scalability that can be immediately leveraged for an immediate return on investment associated with upgrading. In this session, Joe and Jonathan will go through a huge list of problems solved by these new features and tools – and will demo them along the way!
Some of the new SQL Server 2012 features that will be discussed:
  • partitioning enhancements
  • ColumnStore indexes
  • contained databases
  • distributed replay
  • server-level roles
  • predictable failover with failover policies
  • availability groups
  • multi-database failover
  • read-only secondaries
  • and… much, much more!
If you want an information packed session with practical reasons to upgrade and powerful tips and tricks for using the new release – this workshop is for you!
Who are the presenters?
Jonathan Kehayias and Joseph Sack are well-known SQL Server experts, part of the elite SQLskills team of expert consultants.
What will you take away from the session?
By attending this session, you will obtain advanced SQL Server 2012 knowledge that will help you to conduct your upgrade more smoothly, whilst helping you to understand the new SQL Server 2012 features can help your environment.
SQLSaturday Edinburgh offer very reasonably priced sessions aimed at helping the SQL Server community. Given the low cost of £125 (exclusive of VAT) for this one-day training course, we believe that you will recoup this investment by delivering your upgrade with the expertise that you will gain from this session.