SQL Server Social

October 2018 – Azure Data Platform Services Roadmap

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

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When: 2018/10/03 From 5:45pm – 8:00pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Kristina Rumpff (Microsoft) – Azure Data Platform Services Roadmap

krisi_rumpff

Kristina has been in IT for (shh don’t tell) 20 years. She started out working as a Web Developer and actually created Gary Lyons Website! From there she has worked as a Unix Administrator, Progress DBA, Oracle DBA, BizTalk Admin, Perl Scripter, and finally a SQL DBA. Kristina is currently working in the Customer Advisory Team (AzureCAT) at Microsoft.

Azure is a constantly changing platform.

With Ignite in the USA is currently in progress, there have been a huge number of announcements. There is so much happening it’s really hard to keep on top of what is happening and when.

In this session, Kristina will take 15 mins to go through Microsoft’s Azure Roadmap document and share what’s on it for all the Azure Data Platform services.

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

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Pluralsight:

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See you there!

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September 2018 – Using SQL in Azure Notebooks

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

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When: 2018/09/11 From 5:45pm – 8:00pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

NOTE – FOR THIS EVENT WE ARE IN THE CELLS – GO THROUGH TO THE REAR OF THE MAIN BAR AREA

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Jon Searle – Using SQL in Azure Notebooks

Jon Searle

Jon has been in the data business for yonks. He is a strong lateral thinker, with solid data modelling skills. He has delivered projects in statistical databases, data warehousing, BI, and data analytics, across many industries.

Jon hones his skills in data modelling, engineering, analysis, and visualisation to solve complex technical challenges and represent data in such a way to promote clear understanding and effective decision making. He is particularly adept at designing solutions that serve immediate tactical needs while remaining aligned with the strategic vision.

Azure Notebooks is a free service for anyone to develop and run code in their browser using Jupyter. The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text.

Notebooks provide a mechanism for communicating data finding, ideas and stories. It offers a public forum for presenting data analytics for education, communication, promenading, and other forms of data perambulating and consequently is fast becoming the data-geek slide-deck tool of choice.

In this session, Jon will give a basic show and tell about using SQL in Azure Notebooks. This will assume you don’t know what a notebook is, but perhaps you have used SQL before. It will not cover aspects of machine learning, data science, or other newfangled flashy things.

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, Quest and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

Quest:

At Quest, our purpose is to solve complex problems with simple solutions. We accomplish this with a philosophy focused on great products, great service and an overall goal of being simple to do business with. Our vision is to deliver technology that eliminates the need to choose between efficiency and effectiveness, which means you and your organization can spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation.

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Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

August 2018 – Quest SQL Server Tools Overview

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

Register Here!

When: 2018/08/08 From 5:45pm – 8:00pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

NOTE – FOR THIS EVENT WE ARE UPSTAIRS – GO THROUGH OUR NORMAL AREA AND UP THE STAIRS

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Alfred Lang – Quest SQL Server Tools Overview

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Alf is a systems consultant for Quest Software, with 20 years of IT experience, specializing in databases and applications.

He has been with Quest Software (known for a period of time as Dell Software) since 1999 and worked on the development teams for many Quest products, including SQL Navigator, Spotlight on Oracle and Spotlight on Oracle RAC as a QA analyst and DBA.

This presentation is aimed at helping SQL Server professionals increase their productivity, reduce the costs of maintaining SQL Server environments and helping to protect your data. Using Quest’s tools, DBA’s have been able to cut their workload by up to 80% and focus on adding value to their businesses.

Quest’s industry-leading SQL Server software solutions allow you to:
• Simplify performance management
• Accelerate backup and recovery
• Centralize administration
• Manage and monitor single/multiple database platforms
• Promote collaboration across teams

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, Quest and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

Quest:

At Quest, our purpose is to solve complex problems with simple solutions. We accomplish this with a philosophy focused on great products, great service and an overall goal of being simple to do business with. Our vision is to deliver technology that eliminates the need to choose between efficiency and effectiveness, which means you and your organization can spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation.

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Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

July 2018 – SQL Server Tools

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

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When: 2018/07/04 From 5:45pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Martin Cairney – SQL Server Tools

Martin-Cairney

Martin has over 15 years’ experience in SQL Server technologies. His experience spans both the Database Engine and infrastructure requirements, and Data Warehousing and BI implementations. He’s worked across many industry sectors including London’s global financial institutions and both State and Federal Government Departments.

He is a Data Platform MVP, MCT and an experienced conference presenter, having presented at PASS Summit, SQLBits, and SQL Saturday events and User Groups round the world He also runs the SQL Social group in Melbourne and the Melbourne SQL Saturday event and continues to run rings round the opposition on the football field.

There has been a great deal of development by the Tools Team within Microsoft’s Data Platform. From new tools to manage your databases across platforms to huge improvements with tools to plan and implement upgrades and migrations. Things are getting much easier for Data Professionals.

Martin will give a quick tour of what has been released and what we might hope to see in the near future.

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions, Quest and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

Quest:

At Quest, our purpose is to solve complex problems with simple solutions. We accomplish this with a philosophy focused on great products, great service and an overall goal of being simple to do business with. Our vision is to deliver technology that eliminates the need to choose between efficiency and effectiveness, which means you and your organization can spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

June 2018 – Augmented Analytics

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

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When: 2018/06/06 From 5:45pm – 8:15pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Julian Tintinger – Augmented Analytics

Julian Tintinger
Julian Tintinger

Julian is a Principle Consultant at Triatin. He has 32 Years experience in Information technology, 20 in Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing. Drafted to Marines after high school before being trained in Cobol programming by IBM.

He used this experience in Retail applications for 10 years, after which he started in Data Warehousing on MS Access, Oracle and SQL server. He founded Triatin 11 years ago.

He is passionate about data, numbers, and helping people experience as many “Aha!” moments as he can.

Gartner calls it “The next disruption in Analytics and BI”. It has also been called “The future of BI”. Augmented Analytics is here and as a paradigm is changing the architecture and model in corporate Business Intelligence around the world.

Julian has been working on Augmented BI with Triatin’s SQL Server based ABBIE product, developing a way to augment existing data warehouses by quickly bringing predictive analytics, metric reporting and whole world views to business intelligence consumers.

This session will provide an overview of Augmented Analytics and the ABBIE platform.

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

Quest:

At Quest, our purpose is to solve complex problems with simple solutions. We accomplish this with a philosophy focused on great products, great service and an overall goal of being simple to do business with. Our vision is to deliver technology that eliminates the need to choose between efficiency and effectiveness, which means you and your organization can spend less time on IT administration and more time on business innovation.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

May 2018 – R and Python Showcase

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When: 2018/05/02 From 5:45pm – 7:45pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Helen Gross – R and Python Showcase

Helen GrossHelen Gross has 10+ years in the SQL/BI space mostly focusing on Microsoft BI stack (SSIS, SSAS and SSRS) with some PowerBI and more recently some ML.

She has worked across Health, Finance, Energy and Transport.

In SQL Server 2017, using Machine Learning Services we can now run both R and Python in the database.

In this session, Helen will demonstrate how this is done and focus on some use cases for each using some mind-blowing datasets.

So be prepared for a wild ride!

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!

April 2018 – SQL Auditing & SumoLogic

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SQL Social: Australia’s Premier Data Networking Event!

Register Here!

When: 2018/03/04 From 5:45pm – 7:45pm

Where: The Governors Lounge, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cost: Free!

Food & Drinks will be provided.

SQL Social brings together Database & BI professionals, industry experts and those with an appetite for learning more about data & information management, in a relaxed atmosphere to network, share ideas, impart knowledge, and have a great time whilst doing so.

We will provide you with plenty of food and drinks for the evening, all thanks to our fantastic sponsors (see below).

Networking

This is not your usual SQL Server User Group event. At SQL Social our aim is to give YOU the opportunity to meet with MVPs, well-known speakers, experienced professionals & industry experts and ask them about the data-related topics that matter to you. It is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friendships and find out what is going on in the data industry in Melbourne.

Speaking

As we have mentioned at previous events, we want to encourage you to take your first steps as a new speaker. As an incentive, every speaker will receive a free 1 month PluralSight subscription as a thank you. We only need a short 10 minute or so session on any SQL Server related topic – from an interesting query technique to an overview of the functionality of a component. Contact us if you’d like to have a go.

This Month’s Speaker and Topic

Alicia Horner – SQL Auditing & SumoLogic

Alicia HornerAlicia Horner Twitter_Logo_Bluehas worked with SQL Server as a DBA for 8 years in both Australia and the UK.

She is currently working as the SQL Technical Lead for a Top 15 ASX company and has previously worked in Managed Services and supporting a UK airline eCommerce system.

She is certified as an “MCSE – Data Platform”.

In this session, Alicia will be asking how do you keep your auditors happy? Are you using SQL Auditing on your SQL Instances and if you are, is it a case of set and forget?

SQL Server provides SQL auditing that is easy to enable, but what do you do with that data?

Alicia will show how with SQL Audits and Sumologic (a log analytics and metrics platform that can ingest logs which for further review and analysis), you can use dashboards for visualisations and to schedule queries that can review and alert on logged events.

Lets keep those pesky Auditors at bay with some pretty graphs!

Our Sponsors:

Once again we are fortunate to have wonderful sponsors on board who will ensure that we are suitably fed and watered. A big thank you to Lobsterpot Solutions and Pluralsight for their ongoing support of this great community event!

Lobsterpot Solutions:

LobsterPot Solutions™ is an Australian company with staff in Adelaide and Melbourne, offering consultancy and training services around Australia. LobsterPot Solutions specialises in SQL Server, including performance tuning, Business Intelligence, and more.

LobsterPot Solutions is a company of firsts. When the Microsoft Partner Network went live, we were the first company in Australia to become a Gold Competency Partner, the first in the world to gain the Gold Competency in Business Intelligence. Since then we have become the first to have an APS / PDW trainer on staff, and have been involved in training other trainers in the region.

Pluralsight - Hardcore Developer Training

Pluralsight:

Pluralsight is the global leader in high-quality online training for hardcore developers. The revolutionary Pluralsight training library provides developers with instant access to a rich collection of online training courses delivered by industry authorities. See what you can learn at pluralsight.com and join the @pluralsight community on Twitter.

See you there!