London 16th June User-Group Review

London SQL Server User Group (Host by IMGROUP) 16th June

One of my own failings of past, has been not doing a follow-up on the User-Group events I attend and frequently speak @, with post event blog & slide decks, this last Thursday was just one such occasion so here is the blog I promised

We had somewhere around the mid 30's attend (I forgot to count it seems) and I think we all had a wonderful evening covering both SQL & non-SQL topics during the evening (let me know you thoughts on the evening- we appreciate the feedback)

Firstly we had the speaker from the IMGROUP up and due to the intended speaker being ill @ the 11th hour, they found us a replacement with a few hours ‘notice.

So we had the very talented speaker "Kay Lau" Senior Consultant @ IMGROUP

She held us captivated for the 20-25 minutes talking on "How does Microsoft BI compare with SAP BusinessObjects?" with a slide deck not even her own (very brave), but you wouldn't have known that from her delivery - so Kay our THANKS for a wonderful presentation

Next up was the very talented SQL Server MVP and long-time UG leader Tony Rogerson, Tony had a different twist in store for us that evening than his normal SQL fare, this time he showed us the delights of a very high performance / low cost commodity kit "Reporting Brick" I was fascinated by it all and enjoy the benefits of a FusionIO IOXtreme card in my desktop @ home and know first-hand how impressive these numbers are in reality, find his deck @ the follow

http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/tonyrogerson/archive/2011/06/17/deck-from-london-ug-20110616-building-a-reporting-brick-capable-of-1-2gbytes-sec-and-80k-ios-sec-for-less-than-163-2k.aspx

We then broke for Pizza (+ the trimmings) & Beer or other drinks and some networking - let's just say we did have a few not turn up who had registered (tsk tsk) but the amount of food laid on was Awesome and was more than enough to satisfy the hungry SQL professionals

Also a HUGE thanks to Panos @ IMGROUP, who helped us with everything that evening and I must say did a great job of making sure it all went smoothly

Once feed and ‘watered' we resumed the evening with the final session, this was when I presented my "Why are we Waiting" session, it is a repeat of my session I had given earlier in the year @ SQLBits 8 in Brighton, but to a smaller crowd this time around... it is strongly focused on the dm_os_wait_stats DMV information

I think it went well and I will post up the slide deck along with this blog, the material is going to be a struggle to cover in any depth in 1 hour session, so I hope I
was able to convey the concepts well enough and you can learn more on this methodology

I do recommend that everyone takes time to read the Whitepaper for this "Waits & Queues Methodology" initially it was written for SQL 2005, but still more than
relevant today for SQL 2008 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc966413.aspx

A quick pint @ the local pub (right next door) with Mark Pratt, who I will see next week while attending SQLSkills immersion training @ Heathrow from Paul Randal &
Kimberly Tripp

There are also some evening events sponsored by SQLSentry and FusionIO for others not on the course to attend, so I may even see you there if not on the course itself of course

Finally we have another other SQL User Group event in London & around the UK, London has a BI one next week 21st June

Please visit www.sqlserverfaq.com for more details on that & other events

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