Southampton Data Platform and Cloud Meeting - 3rd April 2019

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Welcome to Southampton Data Platform and Cloud Group, this event is hosted at the Axis Conference Centre at 2 Venture Road, Southampton Science Park near Chilworth. When entering the Science Park, turn off the A27 onto University 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 :-)


18:15 - Doors Open

18:30 - Introductions

18:45 - Phil Grayson - Standardise, optimise and streamline your SQL Server estate

The Community Edition of Aireforge Studio is a free tool that focuses on making estate management simple. Learn how to compare configurations, users, settings, jobs and more, between 2 or 2000+ instances of SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. Also learn how to quickly document the configuration of your estate and how this process can be used to store point in time snapshots with reports and tests that can be viewed or compared against later. Finally, the talk will cover how these tasks can be automated for alerting and integrated into build or deployment pipelines.

19:45 - Break and Pizza

20:15 - David Morrison and Jake Hedges - SQL Server Tips & Tricks

In this session we'll look at a range of SQL Server tips, tricks and misconceptions. Ranging from TSQL coding, wait stats, query hints and loads in between.

Delivered in a fun and light hearted manner, the emphasis of the session will be learning lots of little take away’s that can be applied to your environments and practices when you get back to work

21:15 - Prize Draw & Close


A massive thanks to our Spectrum IT. 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.


After spending 14 years creating one of the world’s largest central healthcare systems, Phil Grayson (@databoffin) now works as a consultant for xTEN, where his varied but in-depth experience has helped to transform IT systems worldwide. Phil is a proud Friend of Redgate, Chief Ticket Creator at Aireforge, organiser of Data & Gravy, Leeds SQL User Group and a frequent volunteer at SQLBits.

David is a Principal Consultant and Jake is a DBA both from Coeo.