Data Warehousing, BI and Data Science

11 March 2010

SSUG BI Evening and SQLBits 6

Filed under: Event — Vincent Rainardi @ 11:21 pm

On 17th March 2010 I’ll be speaking at SSUG: SQL Server User Group BI Evening, Microsoft Victoria, London, 18:00-21:00, SQL Server Data Warehousing features. Details below.

16th April 2010: SQLBits VI, Church House conference centre, Westmister, London, my proposed session is Query and Loading Performance of a SQL Server Data Warehouse. Details below.

See you there.

SQL Server User Group Evening Meeting on Wed Mar 17, Microsoft Victoria, London

SQL 2008 Data Warehousing Features (Vincent Rainardi); Index Views and Computed Columns (Neil Hambly); Business Intelligence in Office 2010 – Excel, PowerPivot, SharePoint (Duncan Sutcliffe); finishing with a Q & A on BI with the panel

LiveMeeting Attendee URL:  Click here to join Meeting
Time: Starts (UK time) at 18:00, Finishes 21:00
Cost: Free
Organiser: UK SQL Server User Group
Address: Microsoft London, Cardinal Place, 100 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5JL
Directions to Event
Tags: Internals for Beginners; Indexing; Database Structure; File Groups
Note: This event has a max capacity of 102 – this event is now full; we are operating a reserve list – feel free to register as I will be sending reminders out a few days before the event to make sure if you have registered you are still coming.

Come and socialise and learn from your peers; these physical meetings are great places to expand your network, get answers and find out how other people are using SQL Server and what is going on. This is the last meeting this year for London and for those who can we should do drinks after the meeting to continue the SQL chat in an even more informal environment.

If you want to twitter please make sure you use the tag #uksqlug so it is shown on the site.

Your host for the evening will be Ashwani Roy, SQL Server MVP.


18:00 – 18:15 Meet & Greet
Meet up and socialise with your friends, meet new people, find out what other people are doing with SQL Server.

18:15 – 19:00 SQL Server 2008 Data Warehousing Features
Vincent Rainardi;

In this session I will explain about 2008 Data Warehousing features such as merge, CDC, data compression, backup compression, star join query, minimally logged insert, parallel query on partition tables, partitioned aligned indexed views, resource governor, grouping sets. I will pick some of them and show implementation example in the form of a demo.

So this session will be particularly useful for people/companies who already have a data warehouse on SQL Server 2005, as it explains to them the benefits of upgrading their warehouse to 2008. It will also be useful for companies who don’t currently have a data warehouse on SQL Server (perhaps they have it on other platform), and are currently deciding whether to use SQL Server 2008 for their warehousing platform. And of course this will benefit Microsoft, as it draws people’s attention to using SQL Server 2008 for their data warehousing platform.

19:00 – 19:15 Using Indexed Views & Computed Columns for Performance
Neil Hambly,

One of the key elements of any DW / OLTP system is performance, alas no matter how good it’s design or how powerful it’s hardware there are times when the performance of a Query operation / function is JUST NOT adequate, even if properly tuned these times generally we are likely to be dealing with lots of data or complex calculations SQL Server has ways to help deal with those scenarios, some of these include the use of Indexes Views or Computed Columns I will spend a few minutes explaining their usage, Pro’s & Con’s and demo some examples.

19:15 – 19:35 Break for Pizza sponsored by Microsoft

19:35 – 20:30 Business Intelligence in Office 2010
Duncan Sutcliffe, Hitachi Consulting (

This session will look at the improvements to self-service BI made in Excel 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. It will examine native Excel functionality, the PowerPivot for Excel tool, and deployment of PowerPivot in SharePoint 2010. The session will be in the form of a live demonstration using the most recent CTP and beta software.

20:30 – 21:00 Panel – Q & A session on Business Intelligence
Ashwani Roy and Chris Testa-O’Neill

SQLBits VI, 16th April 2010, Church House conference Centre, Westminster, London
Query and Loading Performance of a SQL Server Data Warehouse
This session discusses the impact of various design/modelling aspects and SQL Server features to the query and loading performance of a SQL Server data warehouse.
  • How various data warehouse design/dimensional modelling aspects like fact table primary key, foreign keys, snowflaking, fact grain, transaction dimension, slowly changing dimension type 2, periodic snapshot, incremental extract, accumulated snapshot and fact normalisation affects the data warehouse query performance and loading performance.
  • How SQL Server specific features affect (can be used to improve) the query and loading performance of a SQL Server data warehouse, for example: partitioning, clustered index, indexed views, filtered indexes, bitmap indexes, change data capture, data compression, merge statement, incremental delete, query/table hints, joins, data types, minimally logged insert, data/log files, filegroups, autogrow, tempdb, recovery model, and scalable shared database.

For a complete list of sessions click here. SQLBits home page is here.
Update: I won’t be speaking at SQLBits VI. My proposed session above was not accepted.

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