SQL Saturday is back in Dublin on June 22nd 2013

The SQL Saturday (www.sqlsaturday.com) one day event was a huge success in Dublin last year as it is all over the world. Almost 500 registered for that event and many SQL Server speakers from around the world were delighted to come to present in Dublin.

We have announced a 2nd Irish SQL Saturday in Dublin on June 22nd, 2013. You can register at http://www.sqlsaturday.com/229/

This year we hope to be better still. Speaker submissions are already arriving and we are organising THREE full day pre-conference seminars on the Friday. On the Saturday we will have FOUR tracks covering core database, BI, Developer and cloud/special interest.

I would like to thank my fellow committee members (Sandra, Marco, Bob, Inga, & Carmel) for the hard work they do to make this all possible again.

This is the must attend event for SQL Server here in Ireland in 2013.

Twitter – #SQLSatDublin

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/SQLSaturday-229-Dublin/272299059478083


SQL 2012 Always On Deep Dive and Windows Azure for SQL Folk in Belfast

Our very own SQL Server MVP ( as well as MCA, MCM & now Analysis Services “Maestro” certified) , Bob Duffy is heading North to present at the 3rd Belfast SQL Server User Group on April 11th at the LIT offices.

Bob currently is the lead database architect at the Prodata SQL Centre of Excellence in Dublin, Ireland where he helps enterprise customers with design, performance tuning, benchmarking and pretty much anything to do with SQL Server or Business Intelligence.

SQL 2012 Always On Deep Dive (Beginner/Intermediate)

Always On Availability Groups offers a huge leap forward in terms of high availability. This sessions is a demo based introduction to the high availability changes in Denali emphasising key features and benefits.

During the demonstration we will show how to seamlessly upgrade a database from SQL 2005+ to Denali with ZERO down time and then use the Always on features to simplify reporting, availability and disaster recovery.

This session will be useful for anyone who is working in a high availability environment or currently using replication to provide reporting and looking for a neater solution.

Windows Azure for SQL Folk (Beginner)

So what is this cloud stuff and how does it affect database professionals?

In this session we aim to cover the fundamental concepts that you should know on the Cloud and Windows Azure. In this demo based hour we will step through building Azure applications, deploying and managing them and what storage choices you have when developing applications in the cloud.

This sessions is Ideally suited to anyone who wants to understand more behind how Azure works, what it offers and what is probably just hype.

Date: Thursday 11th April 2013
Time: 5:45pm-8:45pm
Venue: Liberty IT, Adelaide Exchange, 24-26 Adelaide St, Belfast.

Registration is at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5705276636#

Core Features and Benefits of Self Service Business Intelligence (Dublin)

Spanish Point’s CTO, John Corley, presented this last November to the SQL Server Belfast User Group and has kindly agreed to present it to the SQL Server Ireland User Group on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at our usual location in Auditorium, on the Ground Floor of the Microsoft Atrium building, in Sandyford.

John will demonstrate the core features and benefits of Self Service Business Intelligence using the Microsoft platform including:

•The ability to access and integrate data from virtually any source.

•Create compelling reports and analytical applications.

•Visualize and interact with data in bold new ways.

•Easily collaborate and share insights using familiar tools in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint

The presentation will cover the latest features of SQL Server 2012 including PowerView and the BI Sematic Model.

For more information about Self Service Business Intelligence, please contact Spanish Point Technologies at info@spanishpoint.ie or +353 16522000.

When:                 March 12th,  2013 at 18.30

Where:                Microsoft Atrium, Carmanhall Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18. A limited amount of underground parking is available via the rear of the building.

Cost:                    FREE Community Event

Registration:      Not required. Contact ssiug at live.ie for more details or visit the Microsoft Technology User Groups site (www.mtug.ie )

Speaker Bio

John Corley is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Spanish Point Technologies. Spanish Point Technologies is an Irish based innovative software company working with Microsoft technologies to provide business systems which remove complexity, increase productivity and connect users to critical business information. Employing technologies such as SharePoint, Microsoft Office, BizTalk, SQL Server  and to build compelling solutions.

Spanish Point Technologies is a Microsoft Partner with four Gold competencies and two silver competencies. Spanish Point also was awarded a Microsoft Worldwide Partner of the Year award in 2007 and this year Spanish Point won Irish Information Worker Solutions Partner of the Year.

At Spanish Point, John designed LookupPoint, a productivity tool enabling users to access line-of-business data from within their familiar Microsoft Office environment. He has led many significant ICT projects including the OSi eBusiness Suite Project, the Irish Music Rights Organisation Distribution System for which Spanish Point was awarded Microsoft World Wide Partner of Year Award in 2007 and the Royalty Distribution System for The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency.

Previously, as head of software development for Mentec International Ltd, he headed a team of over 20 software developers and delivered numerous multi-million Euro software development ICT projects.

John is a member of the Microsoft Software Architects council and is frequently invited to speak at various Microsoft events both in Ireland and abroad. John has worked with the core Microsoft Office and SharePoint product team in Microsoft Corporation headquarters in Seattle for the past two years, appeared on Microsoft TV (Channel 9) and been interviewed for Microsoft Visual Studio Magazine in June 2010.

Prodata continue their SQL Server Masterclass series with “SSIS – What’s new in 2012”

SSIS has come a long way since its first release in SQL Server 2005. It is used extensively around the world and can even be found in businesses that do not use Microsoft SQL Server as their primary RDBMS. The product continues to evolve and SSIS in 2012 has introduced new concepts that redefine how we deploy, log and execute our packages. Both the design time experience and the management aspects of the product have changed.  This ½ day Master class will touch on

  • Design Time
  • Deployment
  • Execution
  • Management
  • Logging
  • Change Data Capture
  • Data Quality Services

Whether you have used previous versions of SSIS or are entirely new to the product this course will give you a good appreciation of what is possible and the processes around using the new features

Date: Thursday 25th April, 2013

Veune: Microsoft Auditorium, EPDC2, South County Business Park

Registration: 13.00 – 13.30

Class: 13.30 – 17.30

€100 if booked individually or €350 for entire series

Register Here

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