Upcoming Events

For recent news, see Getting Some Learning’ On for events in the first half of 2015.


SQLSkills Immersion Event – Business Intelligence

Chicago, IL May 4 - May 8, 2015 

Even with little to no knowledge of BI, this course will provide you with immediately-usable, production-level knowledge of BI. The course has been designed to take you from installation to configuration to application and integration – for all facets of the BI stack (SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, PowerPivot, and SharePoint) – it is meant for anyone who wants to get involved in BI. Are you a DBA who wants to better understand how to support BI projects on your servers? Or do you need to jumpstart your skills so you can start building solid, scalable BI solutions? This class might be the perfect way to advance your career and dig deeper into topics that don’t typically get covered in most BI classes.

Maybe you accomplish quite a bit with Excel – but how do you get the data there? Quite a few folks use cut-and-paste, or import from a CSV – but of course there’s a much better, and much more scalable and robust way using SSIS! Relational data warehousing – with lots of aggregate tables – helps you keep your data organized for Excel or any other type of reporting or analysis tool that you might want to use, but some types of business questions are answered more easily when you move your data from the data warehouse into SSAS cubes. Whether you store data in tables or cubes, you have a variety of options in the BI stack to access and analyze the data, but which is best? Learn how to choose the right tool for the task and how to manage a secure and scalable environment for reporting and analysis.

The course starts out in the 100-200 range on Day 1 but moves into the 200-300 range for the remainder of the week. For each technology in the BI stack, you’ll learn basic usage and design principles, followed by more coverage of configuration, performance tuning, and other management tasks than you’ll find in most BI end-to-end classes. The course will not only bridge the gap in your BI knowledge, but will continue on to take you a lot further. If you’ve always wanted to immerse yourself into BI, figure out the end-to-end story, and go behind-the-scenes to learn how to install, configure, and deploy BI solutions, this is the place to be!


Building a BI Performance Monitoring Solution

SQL Cruise 2015 Mediterranean, June 14 – June 21, 2015

Users expect business intelligence solutions to quickly deliver answers to their questions. When queries start slowing down, how do you determine the root cause of the problem? Is it the report server, the cube, the query, or server resource contention? Come to this session to learn how to use performance counters, report execution log data, and trace files to troubleshoot performance problems. You’ll also learn how to set up a monitoring solution to capture data for benchmarking purposes before problems arise and for diagnostic purposes when queries start slowing down. You’ll learn how to interpret performance monitoring data so that you can take the necessary steps to resolve performance problems in your BI solution.