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. Fifth day in Newcastle. The full form – Newcastle upon Tyne. Somewhere up the north of England, just two (or something) hours to Edinbourgh. But this time we will not going to Scottland. My trip tih time started in Leicester, where my fantastic private driver delivered me to the SQL Relay Fun Bus at Leicester Marriot Hotel carpark. This week our driver James has been replaced by Steve Powell (from Manchester area). Also as Alex Yates (from RedGate) promised we had few bottles of Denormalizer Ale. And this time we had anoe of our sponsor with us – even he was very, very silent. Rest of group: Oz Locke and Steff (never, never change for Steph) Locke.
Our bus went somewhere, I went for my hostel, silent cheap and close to venue and next morning I have been on time on right place Strawbery Place. Futbol Stadium as always (‘cos I’m not a fan of futbol)… interesting but nothing special. I occupied one of the table in the DBATrack, soe we had two tracks and one of them was mine. A lot of coffee and cookies and a lot of work again – because when I came to Newcastle i didn’t have any SQL Instance on my machine. So again I spend few hour for installtions. But we had really great agenda here. Two separate keynotes – one for DBATrack by Anthony Saxby and second one for BITrack by Jon Woodward, and next sessions:
Keynote | Microsoft
Sponsor Sessions by Microsoft
Designing, Implementing SQL HADR on VM’s in Azure | Daniel Sol
Building an automated database deployment pipeline | Alex Yates
Uncovering the hidden gems in execution plans | Kevan Riley
Dave’s SQL Fun Time Hour | Dave Morrison
SQL Azure from Plan, to Backup, to Cloud with Cloud Ready Services | Tobiasz Koprowski
"But SSRS Can’t Do That" – How to make it do that! | Oz Locke
A look at 3 Big Data Tools | Allan Mitchell
BigData for SQL DBAs | Alessandro Recino
Testing, testing. Does this BI Solution work? | Steve Powell
Intro to R | Stephanie Locke
Intensive funny day, with a lot of work, talks and really great lunch. This week I had pleasure to give four licenses (one for each city) of one of my favourite ‘Windows Azure Oriented’ product: Azure Management Studio from Cerebrata. No time for anything else – we had chips, apple rings and beer on board, then after pasking off to Leeds.