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TechED North America 2013

2013 May 9
by Brian Mitchell

Ladies and Gentlemen, TechED 2013 is less than a month away.  In case you didn’t know, TechED is in New Orleans this year.  I haven’t been to New Orleans in almost 20 years, so i’m looking forward to it.  I started out the year with the modest goal of getting a TechED  session accepted.  Well, one thing lead to another and next thing you know I had agreed to do three sessions at TechED NA.  Luckily the material has come together pretty well and at this point I’m really concentrating on what the demos will look like. 

A really cool aspect of the sessions that I have at TechED is the relative breadth of the three sessions makes them all interesting to me in on very different levels. My first session is on Monday and I’ll be introducing a roomful of people to SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse.  Even if you thought you knew SQL Server PDW, come to this session to find out the radical changes the product group has made to the architecture to make it faster and more accessible at the same time.  As many of you know, I moved over to the Big Data Center of Expertise within Microsoft Services last year.  Thus, you won’t be surprised I have a session on Big Data.  If you are still grappling with what Big Data is and want to better understand what the heck you might do with it, come to my session on Tuesday.  Finally on Thursday I have a session on Columnstore Indexing.  I promise that you won’t disappointed as we’ll not only discuss what we have today, but a quick peak into what the next release of SQL Server has for Columnstore.  Below are the abstracts, see you there!

If you have happened to come across this after TechED or if you aren’t going to be able to make it, you can find all three of my sessions here on Channel 9.


DBI-B304 Large-Scale Data Warehousing and Big Data with SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse V2

Breakout Monday June 3 4:45 PM – 6:00  PM

The new version of SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse has many new features and functionality that make it a compelling solution for your data warehouse. In this session we will explore the features that make this a groundbreaking release for Microsoft.

DBI-B325 Do You Have Big Data? (Most Likely!)

Breakout Tuesday June 4 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

The meaning of Big Data, the hot buzzword of 2012, is still a mystery to many in the field. This session walks you through many scenarios in which companies are leveraging Big Data Tools. We discuss the sources of data that are often involved in Big Data solutions and how those sources provide additional insight for an organization. In this session, we explore concrete examples and demos of various data sets and determine whether or not they are Big Data. With each example, once we’ve come to a conclusion of the type of data it is, we explore when and why to choose a schema on write solution (traditional SQL/PDW) or a schema on read solution (Hadoop).

DBI-B322 What’s New for Columnstore Indexes and Batch Mode Processing?

Breakout Thursday June 6 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Have you experienced the blazingly fast query performance enabled by Columnstore indexes and batch mode processing? Are you wondering what’s next for these revolutionary data warehouse features? We’re adding some new query processing enhancements to extend the benefits of batch mode processing. More query types will benefit from batch mode, and larger proportions of your complex queries will be executed in batch mode. In this session, learn about the new capabilities for processing data from Columnstore indexes and how to get access to these benefits.

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