Manchester Data Platform User Group

Manchester (UK) Data Platform User Group

Network, learn, ask a question, meet fellow SQL Server Professionals and have some pizza - these are all things that happen at user group events. These events are a really great opportunity to socialise in an informal learning experience. Remember to tell your friends and the people you work with.

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Next Meeting: Wed, Apr 19 2017

Manchester PASS User Group (April 2017)

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17.30 – 18:00 Registration and networking

18:00 – 18:10 Get the latest news in the SQL Server and Azure Data Platform field. This is also a great opportunity to ask any burning questions you have, may be a problem at work.

18:10 – 19:10 - First Session.

19:10 – 19:30 - Break. Time for pizza.

19:30 - 20:30 - Second Session.

20:30 – Feedback and Close and head for drinks down the pub

Featured Presentation

Faster Provisioning with SQL Clone

Speaker: Richard Macaskill, Product Manager Redgate

Summary: Database provisioning requests are the bane of many DBA’s working lives. Developers want to work with realistic data, DBAs want to protect Production and secure data. But copying databases for development and test is a job that gets 'delegated up'; DBAs, IT Managers, those with the keys to Production find themselves performing the task, and the development team is often blocked while it takes place. The same people are often responsible for ensuring the copy is appropriate for the environment (permissions, configuration data, sensitive data), so have to perform semi-manual tasks and maintain brittle scripts to do so. In this session Redgate’s Richard Macaskill shows how new tool SQL Clone enables self-service or easy automation of database copies and is near-instant at the time of need, using a fraction of the disk space, and allowing quick reversion to a baseline.

About Richard: Richard is a Product Manager at Redgate, having previously spent almost 20 years in IT management, database administration and development for Insurance and Financial Services firms in London, back-filling other roles along the way. He spends much of his time boring anyone in earshot about the DevOps and automation implications of financial compliance and audit.

Columnstore Tour – How & Why it can make your Database Faster

Speaker: Neil Hambly, Founder & CEO & Principal Consultant DataMovements

Summary: Taking a guided tour into the world of Columnstore indexes, you will gain an understanding of the key differences to traditional row-based indexing and storage; discover how this can benefit the performance of the database and when and where you should consider applying it. As we go deeper into this new feature we will look at a real world Columnstore index implementation project.

About Neil: Neil Hambly is a SQL Server consultant, founder and consultant at Datamovements, a Gold Microsoft Data & Analytics Consulting company. Neil has 20+ years in a variety of SQL Server roles and is an MCT. He is a regular presenter (200+ events) at user groups, and PASS events, including PASS Summit and SQLSaturday, and many UK events (SQLBits, SQLRelay). Neil is the leader of PASS London (UK), a Professional Development VC, a Melissa Data MVP, and a SQL Cruise Technical Lead, who loves Guinness, whisky, and dancing.


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