[PL] Do konferencji SQLDay 2013 pozostało kilka dni…

…nie pozostało natomiast żadnych wolnych miejsc. Limit przestrzeni na tegoroczną (szóstą już) konferencję wyczerpał się ostatniego dnia kwietnia. Konferencja, będąca czymś w rodzaju imprezy rocznicowej Polskiej Grupy Użytkowników SQL Server (PLSSUG) po raz kolejny przyciągnęła więcej osób niż było miejsc. Od zawsze we Wrocławiu, drugi raz w zmienionej formule – metamorfoza z jednego dnia konferencji; na jeden dzień warsztatów i dwa dni sesji technicznych (w dwóch na razie ścieżkach) przyniosła efekty jakich się spodziewałem. W poprzednim roku organizację imprezy przejął ode mnie (po trzech całkiem niezłych edycjach na terenie Państwowej Inspekcji Pracy) powołany zespół, którego celem było między innymi wykreowanie tej imprezy na lepszą i ciekawszą. Patrząc z perspektywy minionego roku, nie tylko była to dobra decyzja, ale też spowodowała realizację celu jaki sobie zaplanowałem. Bardzo mnie cieszy, że konferencja w takiej formie jak dziś została przyjęta (i to dość dobrze) przez uczestników.

W tym roku impreza odbywa się całkowicie w tygodniu co ma swoje plusy dodatnie i ujemne. W środę (dwudziesty drugi maja) odbędzie się pięć warsztatów prowadzonych przez prelegentów z zagranicy, jak też z naszego kraju. Włochy, Anglia, Stany Zjednoczone, Dania, Holandia, Polska. MCP, MCTS, MCSA, MSA, MCITP, MCT, MVP, MCM. Wystarczy? Myślę że to wystarczająca zachęta.  Na czwartek (dwudziestego trzeciego maja) i piątek (dwudziestego czwartego maja) zaplanowane zostały dwie ścieżki: DBA/DEV oraz BI/DW. Ilość sesji jest spora, od rana do wieczora w dwóch salach podbędzie się łącznie ponad dwadzieścia sesji. Lista prelegentów się zwiększy zarówno o rodzimych jak i przyjezdnych. Dużo więcej sesji z tematyki mi obcej, czyli BI/DW/DEV, mniej z DBA. Zobaczymy, może przy następnej edycji los się odmieni.

Poza prelegentami i członkiniami oraz członkami społeczności skupionej wokół SQL Server, będzie można zapoznać się z ofertą sponsorów, z których najciekawszym jest Fusion-IO, tworzący fenomenalne karty do wysokiej prędkości obliczeń. Pojawi się również po raz pierwszy Microsoft, oraz między innymi lokalny oddział IBM (ciekawe co mają do zaproponowania w zakresie baz danych, może nową wersję DB2?) i podmiot reprezentujący specjalistów skupionych wokół firmy Betacom: SQLExpert.pl

Ci co będą uczestniczyć przynajmniej w czwartkowej części konferencji, będą też mieli okazję poznać bliżej prelegentów, dopytać się o szczegóły sesji i działania SQL Serwera we wszystkich jego aspektach, na wieczornej imprezie integracyjnej. Wiktuały i napitki zapewnione. Międzynarodowe doświadczenia sporej grupy prelegentów mogą przynieść odpowiedzi na niektóre pytania. Warto więc je wcześniej przygotować. Miejscem tegorocznej konferencji jest nowy obiekt (moim zdaniem zupełnie niepotrzebny na mapie miasta, ale choć raz użyty do szlachetnego celu <no może drugi raz – Gutek, nie miej mi tego za złe>) o lekkim zabarwieniu konferencyjnym, czyli Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu. Dużo miejsca, duży parking, łatwy dojazd – same plusy. Prąd, wi-fi, kawa – to wszystko będzie na miejscu. Jak dla mnie niczego więcej nie trzeba, może tylko odrobiny czasu na wybranie własciwych sesji.

Wszystkie szczegóły znaleźć możecie na stronie konferencji SQLDay 2013 oraz na stronie dla fanów na Facebook. Zachęcam również do śledzenia kanałów ćwierkających: #SQLDay_pl oraz #PLSSUG.

PS: Pamiętajcie, że warto pójść przynajmniej na jedną sesję z zupełnie obcej Wam tematyki, aby odświeżyć umysł a także – być może – znaleźć natchnienie i nową, lepszą drogę życia… (Kędziora – ciągle im to powtarzam)

[EN] Last September’s Saturday – SQL Saturday

I discovered a moment ago, that this year – The Year of the Dragon – is definitely under SQL Saturday Influence. What is SQL Sat? The answer is very simple: PASS SQLSaturday’s are free 1-day training events for SQL Server professionals that focus on local speakers, providing a variety of high-quality technical sessions, and making it all happen through the efforts of volunteers. Whether you’re attending a SQLSaturday or thinking about hosting your own, we think you’ll find it’s a great way to spend a Saturday – or any day. 

I had great pleasure to be attendee in Dublin (SQL Saturday #105 {EVENT PAGE}) and in Munich (SQL Saturday #170 {EVENT PAGE}). Also had super great to be speaker in Cambridge (SQL Saturday #162 {EVENT PAGE}). And this is NOT the END.

Last weekend of September will be under the same influences… I’m going to Sofia (SQL Saturday #152 {EVENT PAGE}) and same like in Cambridge I’ve got a chance to speaking, and same like in Cambridge… twice. It’s fantastic!! Yes – it’s a little bit sadly: I must leave my home for a moment, but new places, new people, new part of SQL Family are important too. With many of very famous speakers – let me introduce: Jen Stirrup, Milos Radivojevic, Allan Mitchell, Margarita Naumova and few new for me: Miroslav Lessev, Mihail Mateev, Andrev Ivelin, Anton Staykov, Ivan Donev, Jason Beres, Nikolay Chorbanov, Ventsy Popov we will share our knowledge and expertise area for SQL Community from Bulgaria.  …oopss… I almost forgot about my new colleagues: Boris Hristov and David Peter Hansen.

I will be presenting two sessions – generally both for DBA/Architect area:

  • Welcome to the Licensing Nightmare || 09:45 AM | DBA – Room: 3rd Floor Area
  • High Availability of SQL  in the context of SLA || 03:45 PM | SQL Azure & Personal Development – Room: Conference Room A

You still have enough time for register for this event and meet us somethere in 110 B, Simeonovsko Shosse Bul., Office Floor II, 1700 Sofia, Many sessions will be presenting in English, I’m very interested… will be some sessions presenting in Bulgarian (same like in German in Munich)? Will see on Saturday.

And last but not least – I’ll have special gift for one of the attendee… Wait for the final raffle.

[EN] Reminiscence Boulevard–SQL Bits IX (Liverpool)

LOGO__SQLBitsI suppose… No I expect, that All of You, my SQL Server Family Members have a plan to go for minimum one SQL Server Event in next year. If You living in Europe, You have no choice (in first half of 2012 You can go for two, maybe three events oriented for SQL Server). One of this is SQL Bits. I wrote about my last experience of this, no, of THIS event.

INTRODUCTION

Last edition of SQLBits IX was held in Liverpool (September 29 – October 1), and called: “Query across Mersey”. As almost always I went from Wroclaw to reception desk)East Midlands, meet my family (especially my goddaughter) and went to Liverpool (with excellent bus service National Express). I came to Liverpool about 1PM on Wednesday (28th), found my early booked hostel (with Polish person at , check-in and in the afternoon (after half hour or searching) found Conference Venue: The Adelphi Hotel (Ranelagh Place Liverpool L3 5UL). In place I meet The SQLBits Team, with many old friends and some new: Anette, Jonathan, Allan, Christian, Jamie, Mark, Christina, Simon, Andree, Maciej, John, Dirk, Kevin, Chris, Thomas and more. About 6 PM we started preparation. It was similar talk, like Previous Edition – SQLBits VIII in Brighton. In few hours we’re packed conference bag with information materials, gadgets and other nice stuff. Between un-formal competition (eg. between Mark and Me in “BADGE PACKAGING”), beers and pizza we talk about community, future and of course SQL server.

I have had interesting experience when I back to my hostel, I saw fire on three. I called for 112 and after three minutes of explanation, fire officer asked again: Where EXACTLY You are? I made mistake: I was on Brunshwick Road, but I said Brunshwick Street (different place in Liverpool). But they found me in two minutes. New skills: remember where on which kind of area You are: street, road, alley, avenue, square…

You can find You, Your friends and our stuff on my FLICKR EVENTS: SQLBITS9 Query Across Mersey [Wednesday Set]

FIRST DAY

Thursday morning. Alarm clock started about 6:30 AM (it was not easy, but I done this target). Short breakfast, coffee, mail checking and go to hotel. The venue was very close, about twenty minutes on foot. Firs day it was my first day as SQLBits Helper. I was a member of the special division under command and control by Annette Allen (better known as Mrs. Fatherjack). My target for Thursday was very clear: Reception, Marshaling, Community Corner, general conference attendees frequently asked questions, and preparation for next day (and evening). On Thursday I meet first time new fantastic peoples: Darren, Martin, Victoria, Tim, Karla, Laerte, Allan, Aaron, Kevin and of course Best-Room mate Mr. Neil. and more, more, more. All attendees was very surprise, because badges was sorted by Name (yes – First Name) not as standard by Surname. A lot of very funny questions: Wait, what is my name? After midday, when we finished, I went to sightseeing Liverpool. This part require separated story on my private blog, maybe next week… But you can look for my Photosynth small set HERE.

Back to the venue about 5PM to start preparation for the evening. For Thursday the SQLBits organizers prepared interesting music evening. About 8PM we can saw another face of Chris Testa-O’Neil with his band TRIPOD. It’s generally cover band, but sounds really good. In my opinion better than cover band of The Beatles (probably played after Tripod) but… With some of new friends, old friends, speakers and influencers we went to China Town for special Speakers Dinner. Oh it was really crazy experience: Chinese district with open-air cinema with Chinese horror-fantasy movie on very big screens. You know: the Hero can jump for hundreds meters and flying and… nevermind. Something interesting for eating in Chinese restaurant with very good Tsingtao (one of the most popular beer from China from 1903! more HERE). When we back, we talked very, very long – but… hostel was twenty five minutes away…

You can find You, Your friends and our stuff on my EVENTS: SQLBITS9 Query Across Mersey [Thursday Set]

SECOND DAY

Friday morning the blood still on my hand… No, sorry. It’s not review of Dream Theater’s Metropolis P: 2 album. Friday, very heavy and hard and long morning, I back to the Conference Venue. First target: coffee, next SQLbits Helpers as Marshall with Victoria. It was really nice and funny. The badges surprised again. On Friday I have meet first time Allan White, Andy Leonard and some other new (for me) peoples. Really Exciting! You know three years ago I hadn’t dream about it. Now it’s more simple. Of course I can’t forgot about Kevin Kline, Aaron Bertrand, Klaus Aschenbrenner, Steve Jones, Hannah Jermy and all teams from exhibitors: Fusion-IO, SQLSentry, Coeo, Microsoft UK, RedGate, Quest, Idera, Adatis and more.

Because standard conference day just started, I had more tasks, ordered by Annette. I had Room Monitor (You probably know what is it: checking the facility, power, projector, speakers, microphones, keep timing, and so on) for two sessions. For two GREAT sessions. For TWO EXCELLENT SESSIONS!! Yes, I must scream it! First session which I monitor was provided by Steve Jones {BLOG | @way0utwest} with subject: Preparation for Disaster {Sooner or later some sort of disaster occur on your SQL Server instance. It might be the destruction of a server, the corruption of a page inside the database, or just the unexpected deletion of some data. When disaster does strike, will you be prepared? Steve Jones will cover a number of common disaster occurrences and the ways in which you can be prepared to handle the situations}. You can see this session HERE. The second one on Friday was provided by Jennifer Stirrup {BLOG | @jenstirrup} with subject: iPad and Powerpivot-Mobile Business Intelligence in action {Mobile Business Intelligence allows end users to access data to support their decisions, irrespective of time and place. The Apple iPad is the definitive tablet of the decade, and is game-changer as a credible business tool. PowerPivot is a game-changer because it places data, and data structures, back in the hands of business users. Apple’s cutting edge usability, along with PowerPivot’s accessibility, can be combined to enhance productivity for mobile business users. Together, these technologies can support Mobile Business Intelligence as an essential tool for end users who need data ‘on the go’}. You can see this session HERE.

Evening with James Bond Cassino was not for me. OK, Almost. I haven’t special uniform/costume/dress for going to the Casino. Anyway I spend all evening from 6:30 PM with big friendly SQL Server Family. I want to say Thank You for John Martin (aka @SQLServerMonkey) for hours of learning of the English culture and traditions. We will continue this… We drunk a lot of Guinness – I preferred Guinness or Murphy’s (it’s just for SQLbits organizers info) with fantastic peoples, beautiful girls (even lives in London and from Poland). Again exciting language experience, speaking naturally (almost) in English, sometimes in Polish – especially without people from UK. I meet fantastic pair from… Plymouth. We went for small dinner and back about midnight. When the event finished, my new colleague from Poland and I we went to long talk (over one hour outside), next I back to hotel’s pub for… Guinness of course. I back to rom very early morning (about 3:34 AM) just for 3 hours sleeping with ghost.

You find You, Your friends and our stuff on my EVENTS: SQLBITS9 Query Across Mersey [Friday Set]

THIRD DAY

Morning… Saturday Morning… Is something which I remember? Yes. I was very tired. But coffee, friends, breakfast and friends keep me alive. I server a little less marshaling on Saturday. And spend more time in community corner. And meet new fantastic person: The Canon-Girl, beautful girl fromw Ireland. Thank You for talking about cameras, Carmel. I have two sessions for monitoring too. Another kind of sessions, in some of different subject, but interesting. First, provided by very interesting Dutch-Swedish SQL Server enthusiast Ola Hellengreen {BLOG} with subject: Inside Ola Hallengrens Maintenance Solution {How do you do database maintenance in an enterprise environment? I have developed a stored procedure based solution that has become extremely popular in the SQL Server community. In this session I will go through how the solution works, how it can be used in different scenarios for backup, integrity check, index and statistics maintenance and talk some about the background for the design. You can also bring your questions about the solution or about database maintenance in general}. You can see this session HERE. And the second one on Saturday, my fourth and generally last session at SQLBits 9 was presented by Dave Ballantyne {BLOG | @davebally} with subject: Whats new in Denali-TSQL {A look at the new TSQL functionality within denali}. You can see this session HERE.

After half hour after last session end The Master Of Ceremony: James Rowland-Jones starts the Final show, with many “Thank You All” with special thanks for Annette and other SQLbits Helpers. And at the end every exhibitors raffled a special awards and gifts for the attendees. Really great awards: Free Entrance for PASS Summit, or Super-Spy Flying Predator (from Fusion-IO) and many, many more.

Two hours of collecting things from event venue, packing all our stuff (ducks, stickers, books, demos…), and with a big hungry SQL crowd, we went for beer, dinner, beer, talks, beer, beer… and beer. I discovered – Super BIG, BIG Thank You Christina – Awesome Spanish Tapas Bar La Tasca. You must go there when You will be in this city.

You can find You, Your friends and our stuff on my EVENTS: SQLBITS9 Query Across Mersey [Saturday Set]

LIGHTNING TALKS

My friend, Allan Mitchel {BLOG | @allanSQLIS} invited me for Lightning Talks. In fact twice: on Friday and on Saturday. What is LT? Based on the SQLbits site: A chance for speakers new and seasoned to take the stage for 5 minutes and effuse about something/anything in SQL Server they love. Presented by Various Speakers. It’s really amazing experience. Just five minutes, sometimes almost not prepared, just: go to the stage and talk about SQL Server in Five Minutes. I prepared short session titled: 2AM A Disaster just Began – about best practices to survive disaster. Both my micro-sessions was funny and interesting for attendees and after talks, I received some good comments, and wishes for full session next year. Thank You friends. Thank You Allan Mitchell. And thank You all supporters: Jen, Laerte, Karla, Christina, Thomas, Mark, Allan, Annette, Neil, Richard, Andrew, Martin. You can see some of those sessions from SQLbits VIII (Brighton) here.

SUMMARY

It was my third time at

SQLBits Premier European SQL Server Conference

in order: York (autumn 2010), Brighton (spring 2011), Liverpool (fall 2011). Every time received more knowledge, opportunity to give help for other, possibility to get help from friends, share knowledge, meet new peoples and make some special gifts. I’m sure that it’s not last time. If You are a little bit, more or less, familiar to SQL Server… If You are newbie or freak or nerd… Just save the date on every of bi-yearly editions and go!

I expect to go for every next editions till they will happen. Hope to be full session speaker next time – even my English is not excellent. But I’m still working on it. Hope to be invited for SQLbits Helpers Team again. Hope to find enough time to meet all of You, my SQL Family Members.

So, see You in 2012…