Pass Summit day 1

powershell-f8deadaf08be625e8d5dc2d146d1b7a5Sitting here waiting for the session to start, and what better way to use the time than to plan my schedule for today and tomorrow. I have to say it’s real hard to choose the right ones, due to the high quality of the speakers and abstracts.

But I think I made som good choices, but that I’ll know better to night. Here’s the sessions that I found most interesting.

I’ll write during later about what I took with me from the sessions.

[AD-306] Make SQL Server Pop with PowerShell
Speaker Robert Cain

PowerShell is everywhere, and that includes SQL Server. In this session, we’ll look at using PowerShell with both the SQL Server provider and the SMO (SQL Management Objects) library. You will learn how to handle common DBA tasks, such as checking the status of various services, validating backups, and checking for disk usage. You’ll also see how to perform developer tasks such as creating tables, inserting records, and querying data. Perhaps most importantly, you will learn how to read and understand the SMO object model, and translate it into PowerShell commands. Come see how to make your SQL Server Pop with PowerShell.

[BIA-206] Configuring SharePoint 2013 as a Business Intelligence Platform
Speaker : Edwin Sarmiento

With SharePoint as the business collaboration platform of choice for the enterprise, it has become an important piece in the overall Microsoft BI stack. However, deploying and configuring it to support Microsoft BI solutions has become a cumbersome task for the IT professional. In this session, you will learn what it takes to successfully architect and design SharePoint 2013 as a BI platform. We will cover multiple configuration scenarios and the different technologies necessary to build the infrastructure. At the end of the session, you can walk away feeling confident to run Power Pivot, Power View and Reporting Services in your SharePoint 2013 farm.

[DBA-407-M] Query Store – A New SQL Query Tuning Feature
Speaker : Conor Cunningham

Have you ever come in to work only to have the boss come tell you that your main site is down and the database is “broken”? Fixing query performance problems can be rough, especially in high-pressure situations. Microsoft has developed a feature to help customers gain significantly easier insight into production systems and to be able to quickly fix cases where a new plan choice from the query optimizer has undesired performance consequences. This talk introduces the Query Store, explains the architecture, and shows how it can be used to solve real-world performance problems. It will now be possible to ask questions like “show me what query plans have changed since yesterday” and to quickly ask the optimizer to “go back” to the query plan that was working fine for you previously.

[BIA-307] Continuous Delivery for Data Warehouses and Marts
Speaker : John Welch

Most data warehouses are in a constant state of flux. There are new requirements coming in from the business, updates and improvements to be made to existing data and structures, and new initiatives that drive new data requirements. How do you manage the complexity of keeping up with the changes and delivering new features to your business users in a timely manner, while maintaining high quality? Continuous delivery is an approach for managing this. It focuses on automation of many steps in the process, so that time is spent on adding new functionality, rather than repetitive steps. Attend this session and learn how Continuous Delivery can be applied to your data projects.

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