[EN] SQL Relay Autumn Tour – Day Eight

A series of short post about SQL Relay Autumn Tour in United Kingdom, where I speaking, networking, helping and doing more fun and business things. Eight day in London. Last day of two weeks tour. Nope, not two weeks: week tour – week break – week tour. Reiny morning, canceled my plan for walk, so by Picadilly Line I jump from my hostel to Buckingham Palace area, then walked and almost as a first (except Anthony Saxby) SQL Relay affected person came to Cardinal Place where is Microsoft Uk Head Quater in London. Yes, the have big campus in Reading, where you can meet folks from Coeo. But in this post I’m writing only about London’s event.


Biggest event in very important place. But Victoria Square/Cardinal Place remembering me La Sagrada Familia  – neverending building process. It’s reallly anoying, but… Londoners are prepared for this, for last few years. Two rooms: Auditorium 1 and Auditorium Two – separated after Keynote (of course by Anthony Saxby) and Speaker Room and few other nice places. At the same time at Microsoft happened three or four internal meetings, Dynamyx Training, Azure Talks and something more. I really appreciate local Microsoft’s stuff – the made great, really great job. Two track and special session for me – I didn’t put it on my schedule before SQL Relay, but with free place and collaboration with Tony Rogerson I did’it! So our agenda was simple:

Keynote | Microsoft
Sponsor Sessions by Violin Memory & Pure Storage

Both Tracks: DBA Track & BI/DEV Track
SQL Server 2014 New Features (not Hekaton!) | David Williams

DBA Track
Understanding Parallelism | Christian Bolton
Dave’s SQL Fun Time Hour | David Morrison
SQL Server 20014 Hybrid Cloud Features | Scott Klein
T-SQL Performance Issues : What you should know to find and resolve them | Claire Mora
SQL Azure from Plan, to Backup to Cloud | Tobiasz Koprowski

BI Track
Using PowerPivot and DAX to predict and win Fantasy F1 | Alex Whittles
Introduction to Power BI websites | James Boother
BigData for SQL DBA’s | Alessandro Recino
Business Insight: Structure data in relational databases | Sameer Parve
Fast and Flexible Data Wrangling with Data.Table in R | Matt Dowle

We had few necomers like: David Williams {TWITTER} and Matt Dowle {LINKEDIN} but most interesting was Claire Mora {TWITTER}, because she was First Time Speaker. I had no time for attending on her session, but I’m sure I will do it next time. Last day of SQL Relay 2014 Autumn Tour. Again busy and full of work. It was special for me, because on behalf of Tony Rogerson I was proud to closing conference and whole tour on DBA Track – because Tony was able to closing it only in one room in one time. Fast but long day.

[EN] SQL Relay Autumn Tour – Day One

A series of short post about SQL Relay Autumn Tour in United Kingdom, where I speaking, networking, helping and doing more fun and business things. The trip just started from London with big crash on my Sunday evening works on my laptop. Windows failed and cannot start normally, only in modo securo, but of course is not enough for presentations, for running demos and so on. Even late evening (about midnight) running in deep rainy night around Hyde Park, cannot change my bad feelings and Fear of the Failure.


Monday morning I travel by train to Reading, and the ask cab’s driver for Microsoft. Of course he know where it is, but traffic change our route from ten to almost twenty five minutes. Finally arrived for Microsoft HQ UK Building Three {MAP}. Full day of sessions, coffee, bisquits and more in agenda below:

Keynote | Microsoft
Sponsor Sessions by Pyramid & Violin Memory

BI Track         
Intro to R | Steph Locke
SSIS Patterns-Performance testing and optimisation using Hashing | Mark Stacey
Journey to the Cloud | Gavin Payne
Introduction to the Analytic Platform System – the Microsoft Big Data appliance | Justin Langford
Migrating to APS | James Rowland-Jones
DBA Track  
Understanding Parallelism | Christian Bolton
Query Plan Deep Dive | Dave Morrison
Introduction to OLTP In memory | Amanda Ford
SQL Server Query Performance Tuning: A 12-Step Process | Scott Klein
SQL Azure from Plan, to Backup, to Cloud | Tobiasz Koprowski

We had great rooms with comfortable ‘theater mode’ chairs and free internet access. I had no chance to attend any session , cos till midday I worked with recovering my system, and re-preparing session. But with help of James Skipwith I did that, and had great plesure to talk about Azure Database for about fifty (maybe more) peoples. Session will be afailable on my SlideShare {box} soon and I updating picture album on Facebook {SQL Relay UK 2014 – Week One} each day.

After closing ceremony, raffles and more we just packing our stuff and with James as driver going with Stephanie Lockie, Neil Hambly, Scott Klein by SQL Relay Funny Bus to Southampton.

[EN] Anorak in the UK – October Rust Tour

Last year – by the special invitation of my Birmingham’s friend Alex Whittles {BLOG|LINKEDIN|TWITTER} I spend one week on a tour, a part of SQL Relay 2013: from Monday and Glasgow till Thursday and Norwich. I had no chance for second week, even for SQL Relay 203 R2. But… SQL Relay is back!

This time I will visit all Speakers Rooms on this tour! Based on decision of this year’s head of organizers Stephanie Lockie {BLOG|LINKEDIN|TWITTER} my sessions has been published, revisited and voted by community and my October’s tour looks very, very impressive:

  • 13th  – Reading |LINK| Sold Out!
  • 14th – Southampton |LINK| Sold Out!
  • 15th – Bristol |LINK| Sold Out!
  • 16th – Cardiff |LINK|
  • 27th – Newcastle |LINK|
  • 28th – Leeds |LINK|
  • 29th – Birmingham |LINK|
  • 30th – London |LINK| Sold Out!

Depends on the city I will be presenting one of the folowing sessions:  SQL Azure from Plan, to Backup, to Cloud or Maintenance Plans for Beginners or Windows Azure SQL Database – Tips and Tricks for Beginners. Except Leeds, where I will be speaking twice, and except London, where my session are not confirmed, yet. Is that all? Eight (or nine) sessions in eight days, in eight cities?

Of course not. First of all I want to say big Thank You for our SQL Relay 2014 sponsors and partners:

Premier Sponsor

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors



And of course I cannot wait for meet and greet (and pint’ing) with my friends and well known speakers through this tour (in totally chaotic listing):

Steph Locke, Mark Stacey, Justin Langford, Gavin Payne, Christian Bolton, Dave Morrison, Amanda Ford, Alex Whittles, James Skipwith, Richard Douglas, Neil Hambly, Alex Yates, Eric Lawson, Richard Munn, Andre Kamman, Jamilu Abubakar, Andrew Whettam, Daniel Sol, Mark Round, James Boother, Oz Locke,  Matt Dowle, Alessandro Recino, Steve Powell, Allan Mitchell, Stuart Moore, Chris Webb, Steve Powell,  Mike Boswell, Claire Mora, David Williams, Kevan Riley… please forgive me if I forgot about someone.

In short summary: eight cities, eight hotels, hundreds of miles by our Speaker’s FunBus, over ninety sessions and… one thousand knowledge hungry attendees. 

So if you will be in UK, somethere close to SQLRelay venues – please join us. And spread the world with one or more our fantastic badges:



Post Scriptum: of course I cannot forgot about October Rust… http://youtu.be/54ugzJNjMR0 Enjoy!