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


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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