A full house–We could not have asked for more


The turnout at today’s event had an overwhelming response today. A big thank you to everyone who attended today’s event. An overwhelming response… So thank you everyone who attended and made this UG meeting a grand success! This was our very own version of introducing SQL Server 2014 to the SQLBangaloreUG community!

We had a brilliant line-up of topics… Just to re-cap the day.. Here is a short summary..

The day started off with a keynote session from Anupam Tiwari who is Business Program Manager and closely works with the team that supports developer technologies at Microsoft. He talked about where IT as we know it today is headed tomorrow.

Sourabh Agarwal [Blog | Twitter] covered the performance enhancements in SQL Server 2014 and explained why this version is bigger, faster and stronger! Smile

Then I had the opportunity of explaining the new enhancements in backup and restore in SQL Server 2014. I talked about backing up to a URL i.e. a storage account in Azure, managed backups to Azure and encrypted backups. The slide deck from today’s presentation is available below.

This was followed by Pinal Dave’s [Blog | Twitter] session on “Performing an effective Presentation” One key takeaway from this session is that the art of story-telling can weave out a presentation which can keep the audience hooked! He demonstrated this during his session and kept the audience awake after lunch! Smile

Then we had Balmukund Lakhani [Blog | Twitter] talking about InMemory Enhancements with SQL Server 2014. You can follow his SQL Server 2014 learning series to gain in-depth insights into the various enhancements that he talked about.

His session was followed by Vinod Kumar [Blog | Twitter] who talked about the Some more lesser known enhancements with SQL Server 2014 where he talked about managed lock priority, delayed durability and more.

And last but not the least was Kane Conway – (Support Escalation Engineer at Microsoft) who talked about Power Packed – Power BI with SQL Server. If you have not played around with PowerBI, then you should start now! Presenting data with compelling visualizations just got a new definition.

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It was a house full event and I had to put in two pictures to showcase the turnout today! It is not possible to have a successful event without the audience participation. We personally want to apologize to folks who came in late and had to return because the hall was overcrowded and the seats were full. Please do come in early for next UGs for sure.

A special thanks to Microsoft GTSC for giving us the space and the support till date. Also a special thanks to SQL Server Product Marketing team for sponsoring this Launch Event. Finally, a special thanks to team Pluralsight for supporting the UG till date and giving us numerous gifts as giveaway at the event.

The presentation that I used at the event today is available below:

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Bangalore Community gets a peek at SQL Server 2014


SQL Server 2014 which was recently released will now receive special attention at the SQL Bangalore UG Meet scheduled to happen on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. We are  conducting a full-day event for a SQL Server 2014 Community Launch at the SQL Bangalore UG. So don’t miss the opportunity to come and learn some of the new cool features introduced with SQL Server 2014.

I will be presenting on Backup Enhancements in SQL Server 2014 and will show you some exciting new features. This will get you thinking about your backup strategy when you upgrade to SQL Server 2014.

Just to tickle your learning taste buds, the agenda for the day is mentioned below:

Backup Enhancements with SQL Server 2014
Performance Enhancements with SQL Server 2014
Sourabh Agarwal [Blog | Twitter] – An active member on SQLBangalore community!

LUNCH BREAK

Performing an effective Presentation by Pinal Dave [Blog | Twitter] – He does not require an introduction!
InMemory Enhancements with SQL Server 2014 by Balmukund Lakhani [Blog | Twitter] – One of the most helpful people in the SQL community!
Some more lesser known enhancements with SQL Server 2014 by Vinod Kumar [Blog | Twitter] – Another individual who needs no introduction!
Power Packed – Power BI with SQL Server by Kane Conway – (Support Escalation Engineer at Microsoft) – A technical expert who will explain to about what PowerBI can do for you and your organization!

Register for the event (registration link) and feel free to pass along the message. The day will have an early start… 9.30AM!! Get your learning hats on and come visit us on Saturday!

Venue:
Microsoft Corporation, Signature Building,
Embassy Golf Links Business Park,
Intermediate Ring Road,
Domlur, Bangalore – 560071

Another day at the SQL Bangalore UG Meeting


Another Saturday and another Bangalore SQL UG meeting completed! The turnout on a Saturday morning was really good. This time around the event was a bit different as we had a session on Photography by Vijay [T: @msigeek | B: iClickD]. This week’s User Group meeting was dedicated to SQL Server Tips and Tricks with Balmukund Lakhani [T: @blakhani | B: sqlserver-help] and me presenting on Management Studio and Power Pivot and Power View in Excel 2013.

Balmukund’s session as always was a superb hit where he demonstrated more than a fair share of SSMS tips and tricks. I am sure every one at the event learnt atleast a new thing about SSMS. There are multiple hidden options under the Tools->Options view in SSMS.

Vijay delivered a great session on photography which was very well appreciated by the audience!!

My session was around the the usage of Power View and Power Pivot in Excel 2013. I demonstrated how easy it was to build visualizations with Excel 2013 for administrators. I also demoed the Excel sheet that I had created using the System Health Session data. All my blog posts on this topic are available below.

PowerView and System Health Session–CPU health

PowerView and System Health Session–Scheduler Health

PowerView and System Health Session–SQL Memory Health

PowerView and System Health Session– IO Health

PowerView and System Health Session– System

The Excel file can be downloaded from Sky Drive using the link: http://sdrv.ms/10O0udO The presentation that I used for my session is available at SlideShare and also embedded below.