Attunity Webcast on Real Time Optimisation For Microsoft BI

by Allan Mitchell 11 May 2011 19:15
On Wednesday 18th May 1Pm –2PM Eastern Time I am going to be helping Attunity deliver a webcast.  In it I want to highlight some of the challenges we face in getting data around our environments.  I want to highlight the Microsoft products that can help us realise Business Intelligence. It promises to be a good hour.  Hope to see you all there.  Here is the link Attunity Webcast

StreamInsight Precon at SQLBits 8 in Brighton

by Allan Mitchell 23 Jan 2011 21:24
I am giving a full day seminar on StreamInsight at the SQLBits conference in Brighton, UK.  The seminar is happening on 7th April 2011.  Early bird discounts are available so get over to the site and register.  During this day I will be explaining exactly what StreamInsight is and we’ll be looking at how to solve some very interesting business problems with streaming data.  A complete rundown of what it is I will be covering is here.

SSIS Field Notes – SQLBits 7 Presentation

by Darren Green 20 Oct 2010 22:35
Here are the slides from my session SSIS Field Notes presented at SQLBits 7 in York earlier this month - SSIS Field Notes – Darren Green.pptx On a similar theme, the video of my session Design patterns for SSIS Performance from is now available. You heard it here first! I know that this because I’ve only just finished updating the SQLBits site with all the videos from SQLBits 6. Hopefully we’ll get them released quicker for SQLBits 7.

SQL Profiler Through StreamInsight Sample Solution

by Allan Mitchell 23 Aug 2010 23:35
In this postI show how you can use StreamInsight to take events coming from SQL Server Profiler in real-time and do some analytics whilst the data is in flight.  Here is the solution for that post.  The download contains Project that reads events from a previously recorded trace file Project that starts a trace and captures events in real-time from a custom trace definition file (Included) It is a very simple solution and could be extended.  Whilst this example traces against SQL Server it would be trivial to change this so it profiles events in Analysis Services. &#... [More]

Streaming Profiler Data Through StreamInsight

by Allan Mitchell 4 Aug 2010 23:40
Using the Trace Management objects API it is possible to capture the events happening on SQL Server or indeed Analysis Services.  I got to thinking that this would be a good thing to stream out in real time in StreamInsight and do some analysis “In Flight”.  So here is a short video of me doing just that.   Your browser cannot play this video. Learn how to fix this.

Performing a Left Anti Semi Join in StreamInsight

by Allan Mitchell 18 Jul 2010 09:54
Performing a LEFT OUTER JOIN in TSQL is easy.  The same logic in StreamInsight requires a little more work.  In this presentation I show exactly how you can perform a LEFT OUTER JOIN on your event streams. Your browser cannot play this video. Learn how to fix this.

Talking about StreamInsight in a pub in Maidstone, Kent

by Allan Mitchell 1 Jul 2010 23:41
Come join me for what promises to be a good evening.  18.8.2010.  Sign Up

Talking StreamInsight At Usergroup in London

by Allan Mitchell 1 Jul 2010 23:36
Come join us at the UK SQL Server UG on 14.7.2010 in London

Design Patterns for SSIS Performance (Presentation)

by Darren Green 21 Apr 2010 18:53
Here are the slides from my session (Design patterns for SSIS Performance) presented at SQLBits VI in London last Friday. Slides - Design Patterns for SSIS Performance - Darren Green.zip (86KB) It was an interesting session, with some very kind feedback, especially considering I woke up on Friday without a voice. The remnants of a near fatal case of man flu rather than any over indulgence the night before I assure you. With much coughing, I did turn the off the radio mic during the worst, and an interesting vocal range, we got through it and it seemed to be well received. Thanks to ... [More]

User Group Meeting in Dundee (Scotland)

by Allan Mitchell 5 Jan 2010 18:34
Tony Rogerson and myself are going to be in Dundee (we are going back to school) week beginning 18.1.2010.  Whilst there we are going to do a User Group meeting and it would be great to see people there.  More details can be found here - http://sqlserverfaq.com?eid=211

Change Data Capture Webinar

by Allan Mitchell 12 Sep 2009 07:37
I am going to be doing a webinar with our friends at Attunity on Change Data Capture.  Attunity have a good story around this technology and you can use it in your SSIS loads to great effect. Join Attunity and Konesans/SQLIS for a Webinar on 17 September Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/693735512 Want increased efficiency and real-time speed when conducting ETL loads? Need lower implementation costs while minimizing system impact? Learn how change data capture (CDC) technologies can reduce ETL lo... [More]

Swiss SQL Server Saturday, Zurich, September 19th

by Allan Mitchell 21 Aug 2009 13:34
I am going to be speaking at the first ever SQL Server Saturday in Switzerland this autumn.  This event is taking place on Saturday 19th September in Zurich.  If you want to know more about it or are thinking of coming then head over to www.sqlsaturday.ch Charley has lined up a top list of speakers for this event and I know it is going to be a fun day.

Manchester UG Presentation Video

by Allan Mitchell 11 Aug 2009 16:01
In July I was invited to speak at the UK SQL Server UG event in Manchester.  I spoke about Excel being a good data mining client.  I was a little rushed at the end as Chris Testa-ONeill told me I had only 5 minutes to go when I had only been talking for 10 minutes.  Apparently I have a reputation for running over my time allocation.  At the event we also had a product demo from SQL Sentry around their BI monitoring dashboard solution.  This includes SSIS but the main thrust was SSAS Then came Chris with a look at Analysis Services.  If you ... [More]

Donald Farmer comes to SQLBits

by Allan Mitchell 11 Aug 2009 13:36
What do medieval archaeology, fish farming, Southwestern University of Chongqing and Microsoft Business Intelligence have in common? If you know, you should tell Donald Farmer, because he has been deeply involved in all of them at various times. Donald has worked in the Microsoft Business Intelligence team for 8 years covering many subject areas: data integration, information quality, metadata intelligence, master data management, OLAP, predictive analytics and self-service BI. He is a well-known speaker at Microsoft and other industry events, and the author of several books and articles. ... [More]

Integrating Data Mining into your BI Solution (Presentation)

by Allan Mitchell 9 Jun 2009 08:23
I recently gave a live meeting presentation to the UK User Group on Integrating Data Mining into your BI Solution.  In it I talk about and demo ways of using your data mining models inside Integration Services, Analysis Services and Reporting Services.  This is the first in a series of presentations I will be doing for the UG as I try to get the word out that Data Mining can be for the masses. You can download my deck and my line meeting recording from here.

SSIS Tips & Tricks (Presentation)

by Darren Green 21 May 2009 09:01
This has been a rather well used presentation title but it does allow a certain degree of flexibility, and we covered a good range of topics in my session at the UK SQL Server User Group in Cambridge last night. Thanks to all who attended. Here is the rather limited slide deck and the all important demo packages for download as promised. For reference, high level topics covered were BIDS Helper Inserts and Updates Transactions Script Debugging Data Flow Checkpoints I’ll update the post with a link to the Live Meeting recording when I get it. Presentation & Demo ... [More]

July SQL Server UG Event in Manchester

by Allan Mitchell 18 May 2009 16:18
I will be speaking at the SQL Server UK User Group event in Manchester on 16.07.2009.  I am going to be talking about data mining again and how it isn’t all statistics and people with PhDs from Oxford.  Come join me and the excellent Chris Testa-O’Neill.  More details and registration can be found here

UK SQL Server User Group Events (June)

by Allan Mitchell 13 May 2009 07:12
There are two events of note for the SQL Server User Group in June.  The first is a Live Meeting event with myself on 04.06.2009.  I am going to be looking at how to integrate Data Mining into your BI solution.  I will be looking at putting DM into SSIS, SSAS and SSRS.  It will be very demo oriented.  You can register for the event here The second event is an event at Microsoft Reading on 10.06.2009.  The evening will be a BI/Data Mining event.  Chris Webb and myself are organizing it and  we want speakers.  We would love to see new faces up the... [More]

UK SQL Server User Group Event (May)

by Allan Mitchell 13 May 2009 07:02
Our very own Darren Green is speaking at a UK user group event in Cambridge (UK) on 20.05.2009.  He will be speaking on Integration Services.  Peter Blackburn will also be there and what he doesn’t know about SSRS isn’t worth knowing.  It promises to be a good night.  We would love to see as many people there as possible so head over to the UK User Group site and register. Register Here

SSIS Performance Tuning Seminar (1 day)

by Allan Mitchell 18 Feb 2009 12:29
I am going to be delivering a one day tuning seminar for SSIS (SQL Server 2005).  I am doing it in conjunction with the UK User Group.  I will be covering as much as I am able on how to look at your package with performance in mind.  I will show you how to get more from the data flow engine and also how to avoid common performance slow downs.  The location we have chosen is beautiful and it should be really good day. if you are interested then shoot over to here Perf Course