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Get to know SQL Server 2016 / Business Intelligence / Azure

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Azure Cloud User Group:

BI User Group:


• 8:00am to 8:45am - Registration/Networking

• 8:45am to 10:15am - Sessions 1:

• Azure 101

• SQL Server 2016 BI: Real-time Operational Analytics, SSRS, Power BI and Beyond.

• New T-SQL capabilities in SQL Server 2016 & Azure

• 10:30am to 12:00pm - Sessions 2:

• Azure SQL Database – not just a cloud version of SQL Server

• Introduction to Azure Stream Analytics

• The Query Store and Query Tuning in SQL Server 2016

• 12:00 pm - Final words and giveaways


• Bill Wilder is a cloud computing veteran, with deep expertise in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Since 2014, Bill has been CTO at Finomial, an early stage SaaS company serving the global hedge fund industry from the cloud. Prior to that, he consulted as a hands-on architect to giant corporations (including Microsoft), mid-sized companies, and startups, helping them execute on the cloud by providing architecture guidance, Azure training, and custom development. Bill began working with the Azure cloud platform the day it was unveiled at the Microsoft PDC in 2008 and subsequently founded, in October 2009, Boston Azure, the first Azure-focused community user group in the world. Bill is the author of the book Cloud Architecture Patterns (O’Reilly Media, 2012) which explains patterns and concepts core to understanding how to most effectively use public cloud platforms such as those from Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Azure MVP, a reflection of his Azure cloud expertise and willingness to share it.

• Jason Haley is an Independent Consultant who lives on the North Shore of Boston. His main focus is on delivering business solutions using Microsoft technologies. He has been using Microsoft technologies (mostly web) since 1998. For the past four years, he has been focusing on Single Page Applications hosted in Microsoft Azure.

BI Track:

• Slava Kokaev Solution Architect at Slalom, Mentor, Speaker and Boston Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group Leader specializing in Business Intelligence Big Data Analytics solutions.

• Varsham Papikian is a Principal Database Architect and DBA at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services. He has been working with SQL Server and related technologies for over 18 years. His expertise involves both OLTP and OLAP systems, as well as database design, administration, development, automation, performance tuning and troubleshooting. He also develops Business Intelligence solutions. Varsham is a frequent speaker at various events like SQLSaturday, Code Camps and SQL Server user group meetings. Previously Varsham was involved in running 'NE SQL Server User Group'. Also he participated in creating 'Boston Business Intelligence User Group' and currently he helps to run it.

Speakers for SQL Server:

• Grant Fritchey works for Red Gate Software as a Product Evangelist. Grant has 20 years’ experience in the industry as a DBA and developer. Grant volunteers for the Professional Association of SQL Server Users (PASS) currently serving on the Board of Directors as the Executive Vice President. Grant is an active participant in the SQL Server Central discussion forums. He writes articles for SQL Server Central and Simple-Talk. He blogs regularly at Grant is the author of the books "SQL Server Query Performance Tuning" and "SQL Server Execution Plans." He is co-author on the books "SQL Server MVP Deep Dives 2," "Beginning SQL Server 2012 Administration," "Pro SQL Server 2012 Practices," and "Expert Performance Indexing in SQL Server." Grant's nickname is "The Scary DBA."

• Aaron Bertrand is a product evangelist for SQL Sentry, makers of performance monitoring and event management software for SQL Server everywhere. He blogs at and, has been a Microsoft MVP since 1997, and speaks frequently at conferences, user group meetings and SQL Saturday events.