May 2009 - Posts

June 10th sees a cracking line up as the title above shows. 

For more information and to register: http://www.sqlserverfaq.com/events/168/SQL-2008-R2-and-Gemini-From-Data-Modelling-to-Information-Architecture-and-Attribute-Relationships-Aggregations-and-using-MDX-Studio-to-its-best.aspx

Join us for another UK SQL Server User Group meeting.

5.30pm – 6:00 Registration and networking + Tea/Coffee with biscuits.

Meet and greet.

6:00pm – 6:15pm Round Table discussion and Nuggets - ALL

Take stock and get the latest news in the SQL Server field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.

It's also a great opportunity to share your knowledge and gain exposure in the industry by giving a short 1 - 6 minute "nugget" demo/tip.

6.15pm – 7:00pm Andrew Fryer, Microsoft

SQL Server 2008 R2 and Gemini
SQL Server 2008 R2 will be the release with Gemini in it. Gemini is about trying to marry self service BI for end users with proper control of that data for the IT Professional. The beta program has only been recently announced and so it’s still early days but if you want to know what to expect then this is your first real opportunity in the UK. So join Andrew Fryer for an hour of peering into what 2010 BI looks like

7:00pm - 7:45pm Alex Pratt and Andrew de Rozairo Sybase

From Data Modeling to Information Architecture
It used to be about doing the thing right: a tactical approach for data modelling was necessary, because all the data was contained within the same domain. Now it’s about doing the right thing. Management demands information that is strategic and which helps them make business decisions. This information is more complex, housed in multiple domains, created in different languages, and used by different areas of the organisation for opposing purposes. Adding to the complexity is the critical need for it to be timely, accurate and comprehensive. 
In this 45-minute session, Andrew de Rozairo and Alex Pratt of Sybase will impart the secrets of successfully building a foundation for a comprehensive and successful information architecture. You’ll learn how to take a new approach to modelling: combining the business view, information view and the technology view to achieve a strategic vision. 

7:45pm – 8pm BREAK: Light refreshments

More time to network and ask questions...

8pm - 8:15pm Vincent Rainardi

Nugget (demo) on SSAS

8:15pm – 9.00pm Ashwani Roy

Attribute Relationships, Aggregations and using MDX Studio to its best
Setting proper relationships for the attributes of a dimension is essential from a query performance point of view. It is one of the most important things while dimensional modelling.
Aggregations are pre calculated summaries of cube data that help enable Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services (SSAS) to provide rapid query responses. Aggregations are like fact table data grouped and aggregated to a higher level in the Hierarchy. Building the correct aggregations can greatly enhance query performance.
MDX Studio can be used to analyze complex MDX expressions, monitor performance characteristics of MDX queries and get insight into how MDX interacts with other UDM features such as attribute relationships. MDX Studio provides unique visualization representation of MDX expression and allows the user to interact with different stages of MDX execution. It is built by Mosha Pasumansky, who is inventor of MDX and one of the Architects of Microsoft Analysis Services.

Speaker Bio's

Andrew Fryer

Microsoft Evangelist specialising in Business Intelligence.

Ashwani Roy

Ashwani Roy is a Business Intelligence Consultant with IMGROUP with 5+ Years of experience in RDBMS and OLAP. He specialises in Database engine, SSIS and SSAS, C#, Design Patterns.
Ashwani is MCTS & MCITP in SQL Server 2005 and also has 2 patents in Business Intelligence domain.
Ashwani is also frequent blogger on www.sqlkit.com  and http://ashwaniroy.spaces.live.com  and one of the authors of Server 2008 MCP exams 451 (database solutions). He is also regular responder on Microsoft Forums 

Andrew de Rozairo

Andrew de Rozairo has focused on delivering business value through technology for the last 23 years. An Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an MBA from INSEAD, Europe's leading Business School, provides him with a unique mix of technical and business perspective. Andrew has over 16 years in management roles in the Data Management Industry, including as CEO of a VC-backed encryption start-up, and European Managing Director of an American data monitoring software company. In his current role as Business Development Manager EMEA for Sybase, Andrew works with strategic clients and partners to develop and deliver business value propositions based on leading-edge Sybase modeling, metadata management and analytics technology solutions.

The first in my live meeting series was on SQL Server Basics - Part 1 : An introduction to the SQL Server toolset.

The recording is available here:

http://sqlserverfaq.com/livemeetings/sqlfaq_20090528_tonyrogerson_sqlserverbasics_tools.zip

I pretty much covered the following:

>> Common tools you need to use in deploying, using and managing SQL Server (Configuration Tools, Management Studio, Profiler and Perfmon)

>> Simple querying

SQL Server Installation Center

Configuration Manager

 Manage Services

 Network - 32 v 64.


SQL Server Management Studio

Connecting to SQL Server

Object Explorer 

Table Designer

Tools...Options
Prevent saving changes
Create Schema Script

Import / Export Data

Export (to csv, with column headers - use a query, save as SSIS)
Import back into a table

SQL Server Agent

Properties - what can we do? (Database Mail, WMI etc...)
Schedule the ssis package

Maintanence Plans

Registered Servers

Groups

Central Management Servers

Profiler

Don't forget tonight is the Edinburgh user group meeting (http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=174, if you've already registered then see you there - Martin Bell is your host this evening. Tomorrow afternoon I'm doing a Live Meeting (http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=175) on the product tools at an introduction level - ideal for anyone who needs to manage SQL Server but its not their main job (forward this on if you know someone like that).

Three new bloggers are active on http://sqlblogcasts.com; Trevor Dwyer (http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/sqlartist), Martin Bell (http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/martinbell) and David Wimbush (http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/davidwimbush/) - lots of super fine content on there too!

I'm formulating the list of ongoing Live Meetings and it will be published on sqlserverfaq.com soon - if you fancy doing 30 minutes then let me know (any level, beginner - advanced).

TODAY (27th May)
Patterns and Practices with SQL Server and How to Model Hierarchies.
EDINBURGH
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=174

TOMORROW (28th May)
Live Meeting - SQL Server Basics (Part 1 : An introduction to using the product - "The SQL Server Toolset").
LIVE MEETING
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=175

3 Jun 2009
SQL Server Troubleshooting Techniques
LEEDS
Sponsor: Quest (http://www.quest-software.co.uk/sql-server)
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=182

4 Jun 2009
Integrating Data Mining into your BI Solution
LIVE MEETING
Allan Mitchell, SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=177

10 Jun 2009
Business Intelligence Focused Event
READING
The agenda is nearly complete, what out on the site!
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=168

18 Jun 2009
SQL Server Usergroup - Evening Event
LONDON
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=158

Any problems just call me, Tony Rogerson 0796 816 0362.

Tony Rogerson
SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com
http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/tonyrogerson

Are you coming to Reading tomorrow - see you there! Tomorrow evening at Microsoft I've got Mike Taulty taking us through ADO.NET Data Services and James O'Neill and Viral Tarpara from Microsoft will do Windows 7 indepth. We've also got our weekly Thursday Live Meetings starting on the 28th May, even if the topics aren't immediately applicable come and join us anyway for the networking sessions - meet your peers perhaps get the gossip or get a question answered in our round table session.

Simon Sabin and Martin Bell have secured a new venue in Cambridge and we've got Peter Blackburn to do a Reporting Services hints and tips session and Darren Green on Integration Services.

Check out one of our site sponsors Confio who have published a series of white-papers on SQL Server- Confio Whitepapers.

13 May 2009
Sessions on Understanding ADO.NET Data Services, Windows 7 features in-depth and the usual SQL Nuggets and Networking
READING
Microsoft's Mike Taulty, James O'Neill and Viral Tarpara
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=167

20 May 2009
Reporting Services and Integration Services - Evening Event
CAMBRIDGE
Peter Blackburn and Darren Green, SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=176

21 May 2009
SQL Server in the Cloud - Evening Event
LONDON
Jamie Thomson, SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=156

23 May 2009
DDD South West
TAUNTON
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=166

27 May 2009
Patterns and Practices with SQL Server and How to Model Hierarchies
EDINBURGH
SQL Server MVP's Satya Shyam K Jayanty and Martin Bell
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=174

28 May 2009
SQL Server Basics P1 (The SQL Server Toolset)
LIVE MEETING
Tony Rogerson, SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=175

4 Jun 2009
Integrating Data Mining into your BI Solution
LIVE MEETING
Allan Mitchell, SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=177

10 Jun 2009
Business Intelligence/Data Mining Focused Event - Agenda TBC
READING
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=168

18 Jun 2009
SQL Server Usergroup - Evening Event
LONDON
http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=158

Any problems just call me, Tony Rogerson 0796 816 0362.

Tony Rogerson
SQL Server MVP
http://sqlserverfaq.com
http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/tonyrogerson
http://sqlbits.com

Quick note on what's coming up this month in the user group physical meetings, if you want to come make sure you register asap so we know numbers. 

This Thurs: Manchester, Evening

http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/172/Tony-Rogerson-23-years-of-hints-and-tips-on-SQL-and-using-it-and-Chris-TestaONeill-Monitoring-and-Controlling-Resources-in-SQL-Server.aspx

We have control! Monitoring and Controlling Resources in SQL Server - Chris Testa-O'Neill
Hints and Tips from 23 years of SQL - Tony Rogerson

Our second Manchester event, come and join us for a great networking experience and a chance to expand your knowledge or even contribute and get your name known.

Next week: Reading, Evening

http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/167/Sessions-on-Understanding-ADONET-Data-Services-Windows-7-features-indepth-and-the-usual-SQL-Nuggets-and-Networking.aspx

Understanding ADO.NET Data Services
Windows 7 indepth

Come and join us for the evening of Wednesday the 13th May at TVP Reading where we have Mike Taulty from Microsoft presenting on "Understanding ADO.NET Data Services" and we have James O'Niell and Viral Tarpara both IT
Pro Evangelists for Microsoft taking us through the features in the soon to be released windows 7 in-depth.


On the horizon:

21 May, London - SQL Server in the cloud

http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/156/SQL-Server-in-the-Cloud-Evening-Event.aspx


27 May, Edinburgh - Patterns and Practices with SQL Server and how to Model Hierarchies

http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/174/Patterns-and-Practices-with-SQL-Server-and-How-to-Model-Hierarchies.aspx

 

Come and join us for the evening of Wednesday the 13th May at TVP Reading where we have Mike Taulty from Microsoft presenting on "Understanding ADO.NET Data Services" and we have James O'Niell and Viral Tarpara both IT Pro Evangelists for Microsoft taking us through the features in the soon to be released windows 7 in-depth.

http://sqlserverfaq.com/events/167/Sessions-on-Understanding-ADONET-Data-Services-Windows-7-features-indepth-and-the-usual-SQL-Nuggets-and-Networking.aspx

These meetings are great opportunities to network and learn new things.

Please register asap so we have an idea of numbers.,

Tony.