Past Meetup

SQL Soton UG Meeting - October 4th, 2017

This Meetup is past

15 people went


Welcome to Southampton SQL Server User Group, this event is hosted at 2 Venture Road, Southampton Science Park near Chilworth. When entering the Science Park, turn off the A27 onto Univeristy Parkway. Not Manor Road.

Please be aware that in order to attend we need you to register in advance as there is limited space and we need to know how many people to order pizza for, thanks :-)

We have a couple of great speakers covering different SQL Server based topics along with a number of prizes to give away and free pizza during the break.


18:15 - Doors Open

18:30 - Introductions

18:45 - 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

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.

19:45 - Break

20:15- Alex Yates - DevOps 101 for data professionals – how your jobs will change

In 2009 John Allspaw and Paul Hammond delivered the session “10 deploys per day – Dev & ops cooperation at Flickr.” In forty six minutes they changed the way millions of people would think about the software delivery process for years to come. It didn’t have a name yet, but DevOps was born. DevOps folk preached about the cloud, automation, rapid delivery and any database technology that wasn’t relational…

In 2013 Kenny Gorman declared “The DBA is Dead”.

For the record, I don’t believe that, but a lot of people do. What is certain is that the world of IT is changing, and the traditional DBA role, and most other data roles, are changing with it.

I’m going to explain what DevOps is, where it came from, and its implications for SQL Server. We’ll cover the human and technical basics of database DevOps – and I’m going to discuss some changes that data folk need to make.

21:15 - Prize Draw & Close


A massive thanks to our sponsors, without them we would not be able to host this event for free.

SpectrumIT kindly provide funding for the room pizza and a £20 Amazon Voucher.

Pluralsight kindly provide two one month free passess to their Excellent training content.

Redgate kindly provide swag, licenses and help source speakers.