[EN] SQL Relay Autumn Tour – Day Five

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 This week our driver James has been replaced by Steve Powell (from Manchester area).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

DBA Track
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

BI Track
"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.

[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!