The PASS Data Architecture Virtual Chapter focuses on data architecture concerns as they impact users, developers and DBAs on the Microsoft SQL Server platform.
Meeting Detail

Thu, Feb 28 2013 12:00 (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Neil Hambly on Think you have the right Data-Type?

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This month Confio DBA Neil Hambly presents Think you have the right Data-Type? He will talk about selecting the right Data-Type (DT) for data is key to efficient data storage, retrieval and processing, with over 30 different DT to choose from this isn’t as straight forward as you might think. Join us Feb 28th 2013 at noon central for a talk about data type design and decisions.

Think you have the right Data-Type?

Selecting the right Data-Type (DT) for data is key to efficient data storage, retrieval and processing, with over 30 different DT to choose from this isn’t as straight forward as you might think, have your also considered the usage pattern of the data in addition to its storage requirements This session explores the various data-types now available, we look at conversion’s between different DT’s as well as index sizes & effectiveness, compression and other factors can that influence these decisions, we finish off by discussing different approaches on ‘migrating’ a DT to a different DT, throughout the session we consider any performance considerations, such as when implicit conversions occur and more

Neil Hambly is the SQL Server Evangelist & lead consultant @ Northdoor PLC (MSFT Data Platform Gold partner), previous roles @ ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASOS, BBC, Confio Software with 15+ years in SQL Server roles Presented 100+ events, including 40 PASS Summit/24HOP/Rally/SQL Saturday, 15 European events (10 countries), 50 + UK (SQLBits, SQLRelay) Leader of PASS London (UK) & Professional Development VC, Melissa Data MVP (2015), SQL Cruise Technical Lead Likes Guinness, Loves Whisky, Dancing



John Sterrett

December 13th 2016 1 PM CDT

Table Partitioning: Secret Weapon for Big Data Problems

Is big data starting to slow you down? Data growth putting your maintenance tasks in danger of not meeting your SLAs? Wish you could archive old data with minimal impact to your tables during the archive process or that you could eliminate most of the data in your tables when you query them? If so, it’s time you consider implementing table partitioning to help with general performance and reduce your window for completing maintenance tasks.

Come learn how table partitioning works and when it should be implemented. You’ll see how to initially configure partition functions and partition schemes to have a rock-solid partitioned table. And you’ll learn how to implement an automated sliding window to maintain your partitioned tables and ensure optimal performance.

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Bryan Cafferky

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About Bryan Cafferky...


Bryan is a 2016 MVP award winner and author of Pro PowerShell for Database Developers by Apress. He is an independent Business Intelligence/Data Science consultant with decades of experience in information technology focused on the Microsoft stack. Bryan has spoken on a number of subjects at various PASS chapters, Code Camps, and SQL Saturdays. He has worked in banking, insurance, Internet/Ecommerce, utilities, and health care. Bryan holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems from Bryant University and a Masters in Business Administration from Bentley University.

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Why Physical Database Design Matters

Feb 9, 2107, 1 PM CDT

By Kimberly L. Tripp



Kimberly’s an author, consultant, and top-rated speaker having spoken at PASS, TechEd, SQLintersection, and numerous other events around the world; she’s also been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP for over 10 years. She has over 25 years of experience designing and tuning SQL Server solutions with a focus on optimizing procedural code, indexing strategies, statistics, and partitioning. When she's not tuning SQL servers, she's diving and photographing all sorts of underwater critters such as frogfish with her husband, Paul S. Randal.



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SQL Server MVP since 2002

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How to Get Started Tuning SQL Server Performance


Tuesday , March 14, 2016 1 PM CDT


By Tim Radney


Figuring out how to get started tuning SQL Server performance can feel overwhelming at first. Where do you start? What should you look at? In this session you'll learn a systematic approach to tuning SQL Server. First we'll cover common instance level settings that can have a significant impact on SQL Server performance. Then we'll cover how to collect I/O metrics and pinpoint databases that have the highest latencies plus how to collect and understand wait statistics. Finally, we'll cover how to find high-cost queries and discuss the importance of having a good baseline to measure all these things against. If you've been struggling to put together a performance-tuning process, this session is for you!

Tim Radney

Principal Consultant


Tim is a Data Platform MVP. He has presented at PASS, SQLintersection, SQL Saturdays, user groups and numerous webinars. In addition Tim runs the Columbus GA SQL Users Group, is a PASS Regional Mentor and was named a PASS Outstanding Volunteer in 2012. He’s married with three children and has a passion for electronics. He also farms chickens (for eggs), dwarf Nigerian goats, and tilapias in his spare time.


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MVPsince 2014


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Data Architecture Virtual Chapter

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Data Architecture underpins just about everything we do in IT. Without a clear understanding of how data is structured, there is no reliable way to derive meaning from it. Data Architecture drives the design and governance of data systems, and thus should be of interest to any data professional. Data Architecture provides the blue-prints that we all share, whether we be DBAs, data integration developers, database developers, data warehousing professionals, data presentation developers or client-side application developers persisting data for later retrieval.

The PASS Data Architecture Virtual Chapter will focus on data architecture concerns as they impact users, developers and DBAs on the Microsoft SQL Server platform. We want to make data architecture accessible to all data practitioners, and drive the point home that Data Architecture is a set of practices and a body of knowledge that overlaps almost all database professionals to some degree.

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