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

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It will go up $200.00 after 09/18/16comes to a close.

If you are interested in presenting on Data Architecture topic, please submit your bio and abstract to


Azure and SQL Server

August 3, 2016 Noon CDT

By Jes Borland


SQL Server in Azure: Essentials for the Database Developer

Your company is storing and using more data every day. And, every day, more of that is being stored using SQL Server and SQL Database in Azure. In this session, I'll help you understand what options are available for SQL in Azure and what you need to know to develop for them. I'll focus on the T-SQL that is (and isn't) supported, query tuning, and indexing. You'll leave this session with the right tools to write effective queries for SQL Server and SQL Database in Azure




Jes Borland is a Senior SQL Engineer at Concurrency and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP. She holds an AAS - Programmer/Analyst degree and has worked with SQL Server as a developer, report writer, DBA, and consultant. She is an active member of PASS, founder of FoxPASS in northeast Wisconsin, and a blogger. Jes frequently presents at user groups, SQLSaturday, and other community events.


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Understanding SQL Server Backup and Restore

Wed, Aug 17, 2016 Noon CDT

By Tim Radney


Understanding SQL Server Backup and Restore Everyone knows that it's critical to have backups but it's amazing how few people make sure those backups can be restored properly! Too many times to count, Tim has been brought in by organizations to help recover failed systems where administrators simply didn’t know how to properly restore SQL Server backups when they have to. In this session, Tim will explain the various types of backups that can be taken and demonstrate how to restore each of them. Apart from covering the common full, differential and log backups, Tim will also cover partial, filegroup, and COPY_ONLY backups, backing up to and restoring from a URL, backup encryption, and how to perform a hack attach for the ultimate tail log restore. There's something here for everyone to learn!

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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


Statement Execution and the Plan Cache

Sept 7, 2106, Noon CST

By Kimberly L. Tripp

Statement Execution and the Plan Cache

Kimberly will discuss the impact on caching / performance of different methods of statement execution. Briefly, she will also compare / contrast this with stored procedures. In the end, you’ll know the best way to request data so that stable requests are cached and unstable requests are not (giving you the most optimal performance).



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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Silent Killers Lurking in Your Schema

October 11th 2016

9 pm CDT (**** UPDATED TIME ****)

By Mickey Stuewe

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John Sterrett

December 7th 2016 CDT Noon

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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§ 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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