CloudBusting -Dispelling the myth of the Cloud

Galway’s ITAG are organising a one day (& evening) event this September & all are welcome ….

The Cloud is impacting all aspects of our modern lives,whether you are in business, a consumer , or a developer.

So what do you need to know about the cloud?This day-long tech conference hosted on the GMIT campus ( ) and supported by HP,aims to tackle that question examining the technologies and services offered in the cloud.

Cloud computing is listed as one of Gartner’s top 10 strategic technology trends to address.”Cloud computing is a major technology trend that has permeated the market over the last two years. It sets the stage for a new approach to IT that enables individuals and businesses to choose how they’ll acquire or deliver IT services, with reduced emphasis on the constraints of traditional software and hardware licensing models,” said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner Fellow. “Cloud computing has a significant potential impact on every aspect of IT and how users access applications, information and business services.”

Learn about the differences of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS and Private, hybrid, public cloud offerings and hear from your peers on their experiences when it comes to developing for cloud applications and their journeys in getting there.

This event is people in various roles of IT and business .It will be a “cross-over “ day will attempt to cover to the whole picture with tracks on startups, web, devops, social media, music.

The intended audience is people who want to learn more about the cloud from developers,managers, architects, web designers,entrepreneurs, sysadmins,devops, IT professionals and students.

Admittance to this event is free but registration is required at

To avoid disappointment book early and let friends, colleagues know about the event


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

Understanding Database Behaviour for Developers

I got home last night from my third Galway visit presenting on SQL Server to it’s local IT community.

Galway is such pretty and vibrant city and I continue to enjoy the opportunity to come and visit it albeit briefly. Despite arriving after 10pm at night, the city showed no signs of quieting down and it was a pleasure to amble the streets from the train station to the hotel (though doing so with 2 laptops is not so good for the spine).

My last visit was also in April two years earlier when I presented on the Accidental DBA for the first time and this proved to be an extremely popular topic ever since.

This was my second time presenting “Understanding Database Behaviour for Developers” which was first presented to my own SQL Server Ireland User Group on February 15th 2011.

Using the feedback from the first event, I spent the last week tuning the presentation, adding more & clearer examples as T-SQL scripts and removing as much code as possible from the slides. I also tried to improve the story flow which was a bit too disjointed for my liking originally.

The changes appear to have worked with many more questions and “what-if” scenarios coming from the audience. They say the presenters should never write code in a presentation but some questions were effectively answered by testing it out together there and then. These new cases have been added to my presentation notes.

It was my first time presenting to the local Information Technology Association Galway (aka ITAG) and it’s leader, Damien Joyce, was both friendly and extremely helpful.

I would be happy to return again. The ITAG event details are found at

My presentation notes can be found at!111&type=6&Bsrc=EMSHHM&Bpub=SN.Notifications

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