September Meeting – Tool Time, and Cloud-based SQL Server database concepts

Date/time: Wednesday 12th September 2012, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Location: BRLSI, Lonsdale Room, Queen Square, Bath

Title: Tool Time, and Cloud-based SQL Server database concepts


‘Tool Time’ 

In this short talk, Richard Munn shares three tools every database professional should have in their toolbelt:

Plan Explorer from SQL Sentry, SQLSearch from RedGate, and SQLAssistant from SoftTreeTech.

Cloud-based database concepts

In the second presentation of the evening, Richard will give an overview of the cloud-based technique of Database Sharding

Speaker bio: Richard is a database professional who has over 10 years experience working with SQLServer, and over 15 years in technology in general.  He is also keen on data management, data quality, SharePoint and KitKat Chunkys.

Cost: free – all welcome

Tea and coffee provided

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March Meeting – Digging deep with Weka

Date/time: 14th March 2012, 7 p.m.

Location: BRLSI, Lonsdale Room

Title: Digging Deep with Weka

Summary: If you don’t know what amazing things data mining can do for you, come and see. If you already know your classes from your clusters, come anyway and see how to identify them in Weka, an open source data mining tool.

You’ll find out how the best customers might be identifiable at first contact, why the USA needs a five-party political system and the truth about whether it’s really the same people buying beer and nappies.

The talk will cover the most common and useful operations that make your data tell stories you didn’t know existed, as well as an overview of how Weka can put them to work for you quickly and easily.

Speaker bio: Mike is a Business Intelligence Specialist at IPL and a former Mathematics Masters student at the University of Bath. His understanding of statistical theory and practical engineering issues has given him a particular interest in data mining and predictive analytics. He has most recently used Weka to discover fresh insights on a well-received proof of concept for a government initiative.

Mike’s experience accross a diverse range of high profile customers such as BP, GSK and Amex has proved how valuable a deep understanding of data can be. He is fascinated by the insights mathematics can give from real world information, and finding innovative ways to drive business value from complex data.

Cost: free – all welcome

Tea and coffee provided

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Belated November meeting

So we’ve finally found a date that seems to suit most people – we’ll
be meeting at central bar on Thursday the 1st of December. As usual,
it’s a free event and everyone’s welcome. We’re planning to start
around seven, but that’s pretty flexible, so don’t worry if you’re a
little early or late – some of us are bound to be found there
squeezing in a cocktail or two before and after!

Kudos to Calvin and Rich for organising this one 🙂

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August meeting postponed

Since everyone is away on holidays at this time of year, we’re postponing the august pub meeting until next month. If there are any dates that you’d like us to avoid please get in touch!

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Lessons from a High Scale Data Warehouse

A big thanks to our speaker last night Calvin Ferns! A very interesting – and at times controversial – talk, which covered just about everything from Kimball vs Inmon to project management and agile data warehousing, by way of some handy analysis services tips and tricks. I think just about everyone in the audience learnt something new….

Calvin has kindly put the slides up here

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July meeting announced

This month Calvin Ferns has kindly agreed to give us a talk:

July Meeting: 20th July, Lonsdale Room, BRLSI 19:30 – 21:00

Lessons from a High Scale Data Warehouse:

This session follows the implementation of a major data warehousing project. The project worked with very large data volumes, broad requirements and short timescales. We explore where mistakes were made and solutions found covering architecture, project management and technical implementation. We will visit topics such as Inmon vs Kimball, SQL server performance troubleshooting, partitioning, SSIS Design patterns and SSAS tips.

The session aims to provide real world take away examples to use on your next warehousing project with a view to the problems introduced by scaling up.

Speaker Bio:

Calvin has been a BI Consultant with Adatis for 3 years. He works daily on implementing complex data warehousing and reporting solutions for clients across multiple sectors.

He holds an MCITP Qualification and has a diverse skill set covering the whole Microsoft BI stack. Calvin is a regular attendee at community events and is at the forefront of the latest technical developments in SQL Server

The event is free, tea and coffee are supplied by our lovely hosts, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, and we’ll be starting from 7.30 (and probably heading for the pub afterwards…)
Hope to see you there!

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SQLBits 9 announced!

The fabulous SQLBits 9 has just been announced – it’s going to be in Liverpool, from the 29th of September to the 1st of October. The venue is the Adelphi hotel, where – more years ago than I care to count – my school held it’s sixth form Christmas Ball!

If you haven’t been before it’s a great event, with lots of very knowledgeable and talented people sharing their experience. I’ll definitely be going along – hope to see you there!

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