SQL Server “Denali” Roadshow with Bob Duffy

Mission Critical Confidence, Breakthrough Business Insight

SQL Server “Denali” will help organizations unlock breakthrough insights across the organization as well quickly build solutions and extend data across on-premises and public cloud backed by mission critical confidence.

Come to this free, half day seminar, to learn how, with SQL Server “Denali”, you can get you the nines and performance you need, especially for mission critical workloads. See how “Denali” will help unlock exciting new insights with self-service pervasive data discovery across structured, unstructured and cloud data sources backed by IT management and insight, credible consistent data and large-scale data warehousing and analytics solutions.

Dublin, Monday 7th November 2011. Learn more and register here.

Belfast, Tuesday 8th November 2011. Learn more and register here.

Cork, Wednesday 9th November 2011. Learn more and register here.

Galway, Thursday 10th November 2011. Learn more and register here.



1.00 – 1:30pm Registration / SQL Denali Overview

1:30 – 3:00pm Denali Always On Deep Dive (Level 300)

SQL Server Denali offers a huge leap forward in terms of high availability. This session is an introduction to the high availability changes in Denali and a demonstration of the key features and benefits.

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.

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.

Target Audience: SQL DBA and IT Pro working with high availability, reporting, disaster recovery, replication or within a data centre.

If you are working with clustering, log shipping, replication, mirroring or reporting then this is an important session for you.

3:30 – 3:30pm Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00pm Introduction to the BI Semantec Model (Level 200)

SQL Server Denali Introduces the BI Semantic Model which bridges the gap between Self Service Business Intelligence and Corporate Business Intelligence.

In this session we will introduce the new Tabular Model and improvements in tools like PowerPivot and Reporting Services to dynamically and rapidly develop and deploy BI solutions

Target Audience: DBA and Business Intelligence Professionals.

If you are currently working with Analysis Services, PowerPivot, Reporting Services or any other BI product then this is an important session for you.



Bob Duffy has been designing database solutions for 18 years. He is both a Microsoft MVP for SQL Server and also one of a select few Microsoft Certified Architects for SQL 2005/8 (aka SQL Ranger).

Currently Bob is heading up SQL/BI consultancy and the SQL Centre of Excellence at Prodata. His main role is helping customers in Ireland with enterprise SQL Design, Performance Tuning, Business Intelligence, consolidation and upgrade planning. Including lots of experience on multi-terabyte databases.

Bob worked with Microsoft as a Senior Consultant and was the Western European Community Lead for SQL Server. While there, he also won Customer CPE Champion Award in 2007 and the Great People Great Performer Award in 2008.

Bob has spoken at many events including SqlBits, TechNet and MSDN, The Irish Java Technology Conference, The SQL 2008 Technical Launch (Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway), the SQL Ireland Users Group, MTUG (Microsoft Technology Users Group) and the Irish SQL Academy Programme. Bob was also on the working group for the new SQL 2008 Master syllabus, helping set and grade exam questions.

Bob has designed more than 250 database solutions during his career, and worked on some of the largest database systems in Europe


Cork Dev Day 2

The Cork Area Microsoft Technology User Group has invited me back to their 2nd Cork Dev Day, at the Cork International Airport Hotel, this October 10th, to present on “Understanding Database Behaviour for Developers”. The talks run from 11am until 7pm.

Other presentations on the day are

  • HTML5 by Josh Holmes
  • Demystifying SQL Azure by Vikas Sahni
  • SQL Denali Power Overview by Bob Duffy
  • NoSQL Architecture of RoleConnect.com using Azure Storage and Lucene.Net by Kieran Logan
  • ASP.Net MVC by Andrew Locatelli Woodcock

Further details of the event can be found at: http://www.mtug.ie/UserGroups/Cork/tabid/78/ctl/Details/Mid/405/ItemID/92/Default.aspx?ContainerSrc=[G]Containers/_default/No+Container

You can register there too. But remember to book early to avoid disappointment … & it is free.

Cork Dev Day

The Cork Area Microsoft Technology User Group has invited me to present on the Incidental DBA at their Cork Dev Day on October 13th. This idea of presenting a session focussed on the windows developer or administrator who has just been “volunteered” as the SQL Server database administrator was not mine but has proven to be very successful session, including at tech & dev days in Dublin, Belfast, & Galway last year

Other presentations at the Cork Dev Day include Azure and Windows Mobile 7, both of which are hot topics at the moment and are likely to be well attended.

Details of the event are sparse at the moment but can be found at: http://www.mtug.ie/UserGroups/Cork/tabid/78/ctl/Details/Mid/405/ItemID/70/Default.aspx?ContainerSrc=[G]Containers/_default/No+Container

You can register there too. But remember to book early to avoid disappointment … & it is free.

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