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The Evolution of AI & SQL Server on Docker

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Microsoft Data Platform Group Birmingham - 8th August 2017, 6.15pm

Session 1: Gavin Payne - The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence

Session 2: Elton Stoneman - What Can You Do with SQL Server in the Docker Platform?


6.15pm – 6:30pm Meet & Greet

6:30pm - 7:30pm Gavin Payne - The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence

These days, artificial intelligence is always in the news and on technology roadmaps, yet the idea of it is older than modern computing. So why the increased interest in it? Why has it suddenly become the next big thing and how should we expect it to make decision making easier?

This session:

- starts by looking at the history of modern AI, back to when Alan Turing first dreamed of machines
- considers why new data storage and processor hardware technologies are letting it take off
- suggests how it might shape the future of business analytics and the world we live in

7:30pm - 8:00pm Break & Pizza

8:00pm – 9:00pm Elton Stoneman - What Can You Do with SQL Server in the Docker Platform?

You can run SQL Server in a Docker container on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. But should you? In this session I'll show you the basics of running a new SQL instance in a container, where the data gets stored, and how other containers and hosts can access the database. Then I'll look at options for creating a custom Docker image which packages the database schema, so you can run a container which creates or updates the schema at startup. Lastly I'll look at the broader issues of running SQL in a container and what it means for production deployments.


This session will be held at Aston Manor Academy.


Aston Manor Academy
Phillips Street
B6 4PZ

Parking on site is available through the main gates but is limited. There is also on street parking available opposite.

We will be hiring the main hall ( which located through the entrance doors and to the left.

Other Details

We'll be putting on food for the event, so please do register so we know numbers. If you then can't make it we'd really appreciate it if you'd unregister and/or let us know.

Dress code: relaxed

Event Organiser Contact Details

If you need any further details or have any requests for this or future Data Platform Group events, please contact get in touch.

Paul Andrew
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Alex Whittles
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Microsoft Data Platform Group - Birmingham
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Speaker Profiles

Gavin Payne is the head of digital transformation for Coeo, an analytics and data platform consultancy, where he focusses on innovation and providing thought leadership.

Elton Stoneman is a Microsoft Azure MVP, Developer Advocate at Docker Inc and author for Pluralsight Author.