SQL Saturday 686–Upgrade your SQL Server like a Ninja


There is a plethora of Data Platform subject matter experts who will be descending at Portland this weekend to mingle with data professionals. What’s more a number of them will be surfacing a week later at the SQL PASS Summit as well.  I am eagerly looking forward to the data drive conversations. I have always been a big proponent of sharing the knowledge with the community and SQL Saturday is great way to do that.

There are multiple tracks which will be running on the same day. There are a number of sessions from various known community subject matter experts on various subjects on the tracks listed above and also from the Microsoft SQL Server Tiger team. I am really looking forward to this event! This will be an awesome prelude to PASS!

I will be presenting a session on upgrading your SQL Server and how we have helped Enterprises upgrade their SQL Server instances through various automations that are available using recent tools that Microsoft has shipped.

Session name: Upgrade your SQL Server like a Ninja

Duration: 70 minutes

Date: 28th Oct, 2017

Timing: 10.10am – 11.20am

Session Abstract

Are you thinking about upgrading your SQL Server environment to the latest and greatest that your data platform has to offer? If yes, then let us show you how you can perform risk-free and automated upgrades for SQL Server. In this session, you will see the new experiences Microsoft is building for performing Tier-1 SQL Server upgrades at scale through automated assessments, robust performance validation and using product features to minimize downtime.

Hope to see you at the event!

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SQL Saturday 613: Building 1 million predictions per second with R-services and SQL Server 2016


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Last Saturday, I presented a session on how to use R-Services with SQL Server to build an analytical workflow for banking solutions. I talked about how our customer, Jack Henry & Associates, an S&P 400 company that supports more than 11,300 financial institutions with core processing services, is leveraging the power of SQL Server and R to make drive intelligent insights into their data warehousing software. Below you will find a link on how you can setup the complete solution that you can deploy on our Data Science Virtual Machine on Azure.

Our Corporate Vice President, Joseph Sirosh, had demonstrated this solution along with Jack Henry & Associates at Ignite. In this session, I talked about the nuts and bolts on how to build a scalable predictive engine with SQL Server and using the enhancements shipped in SQL Server 2016. After this session, you will be able to build your very own scalable predictive engine on SQL Server 2016!

As always, it’s always great to meet my friends and the community at SQL Saturday events!

The slide deck used for my presentation can be found on SlideShare. The PowerBI dashboard and the demo scripts can be downloaded from the tigertoolbox repo on GitHub.

SQL Saturday 511: Extended Events and more


imageExtended Events have evolved a lot since they were first introduced in SQL Server 2008. And today, there are multiple extended events available in SQL Server which allow you to debug common scenarios without collecting having to collect memory dumps or diagnostic data which can be detrimental to your SQL Server instance’s performance.

On April 2nd, join me at Redmond to understand how to leverage the new extended events that are available in SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 3 and above in your environments. I will talk about common scenarios where the new extended events are available and provide canned scripts to help collect and analyze data for complex scenarios.

There are a host of SQL experts and as well as folks from the Microsoft SQL Server product group who will be at the event to present and answer questions that you have! Looking forward to meet the SQL Community at the event!

WHEN: April 2nd, 2016, 2.15 – 3.15 PM PST
SESSION: Troubleshooting made easier using Extended events

Details about the session are available here. The full schedule of the event is available here.

The slide deck that I used during the session is available below.