• Ken Muse - Cosmos DB for SQL Server Developers

    Online event

    This month Ken Muse (https://twitter.com/atlantabass) will talk about how to go from a SQL developer to a Cosmos DB developer.

    You’re a SQL Developer. It has a SQL API. Sounds like the perfect match … or is it? A globally available, low-latency, multi-model database offers a unique set of new features for creating flexible, scalable solutions.

    In this session, you’ll learn how to transition your SQL skills to Cosmos DB. You'll learn the basics of Cosmos DB and how it compares to SQL Server. You'll also gain an understanding of the partitioning system and the consistency models and learn how to apply your skills in this new environment.

  • BHM winter.bash 2021

    Online event

    Join us to /> the year with a fun evening of virtual drinks, games, and highlights for the year to come. Last year's event was a huge success, and we've seen even more growth in Birmingham's tech community. We look forward to bringing everyone together!

    This virtual event will include a holiday themed escape room, tech trivia, various other shenanigans, and lots of prizes! Plus, you'll get to hear about all the great tech groups you can get involved with in Birmingham. Come play, laugh, and celebrate the holiday season with fellow tech enthusiasts!

    Register here - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birmingham-winterbash-2021-tickets-219342508347

  • Deepthi Goguri - Query Store for Performance

    Online event

    Session Details -
    Are you facing performance issues due to the parameter sensitive queries? Are many plans being generated for your queries and you cannot control choosing the plan best for your query?
    Come learn in this session how we can capture the different plans generated for those queries and decide which plan you can force for better performance using the Query Store feature. Query Store feature introduced in SQL Server 2016 and has advanced its features introducing Wait stats per Query plan and Automatic Plan correction feature in SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL database which will force the plans and resolve the issues automatically for you. Sound’s amazing, right?

    Join Deepthi to know all about the Query Store feature and its advancements in detail so you can implement them to take advantage of this Awesome feature!

    Speaker Details -
    Deepthi is a SQL Server Database Administrator with several years of experience in Administering SQL Servers. She is a Microsoft certified trainer and Microsoft certified professional with an Associate and Expert level Certification on Data Management and Analytics. Deepthi blogs for DBANuggets.com. Deepthi is an Co-Organizer for Microsoft Data and AI South Florida user group and Data Platform Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Group. She is a Volunteer for Data platform Women in Technology user group. She is a Friend of Redgate. Along with this, Deepthi loves arts and crafts. You can contact her on Twitter @dbanuggets.

  • Greg Moore - System Databases

    Online event

    Session Details:
    Everyone knows there are four System databases and may even know a bit about them, but how many know there’s actually a 5th system database? How many know why the Model database exists and how to leverage its power?
    This will delve into the system databases, explain how in many cases it’s “tables all the way down” and give some good advice on setting up your Tempdb and customizing the Model database for your needs.

    Speaker Details:
    Greg Moore is a graduate of RPI. There, he majored in CompSci, but probably spent as much time hiking, canoeing, caving and rock-climbing as he did studying. He started working with SQL Server 4.21a in 1995 and has survived numerous upgrades. He's been a Director and later VP of IT at several startups including PowerOne Media, TownNews and Traffiq and now consults. These days, when he's not busy with playing with SQL Server or spending time with his family, he can often be found underground caving or teaching cave rescue with the NCRC. While his focus is on the operations side of DBA, his interests include DR, performance and general IT problem solving. He is the author of: IT Disaster Response: Lessons Learned in the Field.

  • Deepthi Goguri - Performance Tune your Queries with Query Store

    Online event

    Session Details -
    Are you facing performance issues due to the parameter sensitive queries? Are many plans being generated for your queries and you cannot control choosing the plan best for your query?
    Come learn in this session how we can capture the different plans generated for those queries and decide which plan you can force for better performance using the Query Store feature. Query Store feature introduced in SQL Server 2016 and has advanced its features introducing Wait stats per Query plan and Automatic Plan correction feature in SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL database which will force the plans and resolve the issues automatically for you. Sound’s amazing, right?

    Join Deepthi to know all about the Query Store feature and its advancements in detail so you can implement them to take advantage of this Awesome feature!

    Speaker Details -
    Deepthi is a SQL Server Database Administrator with several years of experience in Administering SQL Servers. She is a Microsoft certified trainer and Microsoft certified professional with an Associate and Expert level Certification on Data Management and Analytics. Deepthi blogs for DBANuggets.com. Deepthi is an Co-Organizer for Microsoft Data and AI South Florida user group and Data Platform Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Virtual Group. She is a Volunteer for Data platform Women in Technology user group. She is a Friend of Redgate. Along with this, Deepthi loves arts and crafts. You can contact her on Twitter @dbanuggets.

  • Birmingham Dev BBQ 2021

    ITAC Solutions

    Join us for our 5th Annual Birmingham Dev Meetup BBQ on Thursday, July 29th hosted and sponsored by the amazing ITAC Solutions!

    Attendance is capped at 150 this year so that we can celebrate safely. We ask that you be vaccinated to attend; otherwise, please where a mask.

    Doors open at 4:30 PM, but come on by whenever you can. We'll introduce the tech groups and sponsors and draw for the raffle around 6:30 PM. We can't wait!

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-4th-annual-development-bbq-tickets-160057627673?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

    We know you won’t want to miss out on great BBQ, beer, raffles, prizes and the opportunity to connect with other developers in a relaxed, come-as-you-are scene. This is a fantastic chance to get to know folks from many of the other area meetups including BASE, Steel City SQL, Agile Birmingham, Women Who Code, AWS, .NET user-group and more!

    Thanks to our SteelCity SQL UserGroup Sponsor for July 2021 -
    Redgate

    You can learn more about Redgate products here -
    https://www.red-gate.com/products/

  • Josephine Bush - How to Audit SQL Server for Free

    Online event

    Session Details:
    Are you tired of not knowing who's changing what on your SQL Servers? Maybe your company can’t afford to buy third-party auditing tools, but there's no need to buy expensive auditing tools if you can't afford them or don't want to use them. You can know about everything changing on your SQL Servers without having to pay for a tool. By auditing with the built-in features of SQL Server Audit, you can report on usage to auditors, change user permissions or passwords without breaking functionality, and/or understand your workload to migrate parts or all of your database to the cloud or other database technologies. This session will help you understand how to use SQL Server Audit. You will also learn how to compile the results in a central location for easy reporting and learn how to email audit findings with a SQL Agent job.

    Speaker Details:
    Josephine Bush has over 10 years of experience as a Database Administrator. Her experience is extensive and broad-based, including in financial, business, and energy data systems using SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, and PostgreSQL. She is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Management and Analytics. She holds a BS in Information Technology, an MBA in IT Management, and an MS in Data Analytics. She is the author of Learn SQL Database Programming published by Packt in May 2020. She blogs on sqlkitty.com and you can reach her on Twitter @hellosqlkitty.

    Thanks to our SteelCity SQL UserGroup Sponsor for July 2021 -
    Redgate

    You can learn more about Redgate products here -
    https://www.red-gate.com/products/

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  • Leslie Andrews - Azure Data Factory for Beginners: Let’s Make Some Data

    Session Details:
    Does Azure Data Factory really make data? Of course not, but what it does is allow you to make your data better, stronger, faster without costing $6million. In this presentation you will learn the basics of Azure Data Factory, what it DOES do, the sections of the “factory”, and how to build a basic factory output. You will learn the basic skills of a Data Factory “machinist” and how to rebuild your data.

    Speaker Details:
    Leslie Andrews is a Lead Data Architect with 3 Cloud Solutions (formerly Pragmatic Works Consulting), an Azure Certified Data Engineer, and was a[masked] Idera ACE. She obtained her BBA with an MIS concentration from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico and worked in the public sector for 15 years developing applications, databases, and ETL processes. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, climbing, kettlebells, and reading epic fantasy; she is active in the SQL community, and on the Governing Board of a Charter School.

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  • Mala Mahadevan - Database Documentation, why and how

    Online event

    Session Details --

    Until the paperwork is done - Database Documentation, why and how.
    Description
    Many of us are familiar with the line 'no job is complete until the paperwork is done'. Documentation, even if it is not on 'paper'
    is the least liked task with software development. Database documentation is poorly understood and rarely prioritized. In this presentation, we will go through -
    Why documentation is important
    What is database documentation - Data dictionary, ER diagrams, Database scripts
    How to derive business value from documentation
    What are tools available for documentation
    Using Extended Properties to get a simple documentation process started.

    Speaker Details

    Passionate about community,loves to learn,enjoys dad jokes
    Mala Mahadevan is a senior database professional with over 20 years of experience working with data, primarily in SQL Server and related technologies. She has been volunteering with SQL Server community for the past 15 years and is also a recipient of the PASSion award for being an outstanding volunteer. She is a featured blogger on sqlservercentral.com and also blogs frequently at curiousaboutdata.com. She is active on twitter as @sqlmal.

  • Birmingham Developers winter.bash 2020

    Online event

    Details
    Join us this year with a fun evening of virtual drinks, games, prizes and highlights for the year to come. 2020 kicks off an annual tradition of bringing together communities to share in our enthusiasm for technology and all things Birmingham.

    This virtual event will include a holiday-themed escape room, tech trivia, an ugly sweater contest, and lots of prizes, punctuated by presentations from our town’s thriving Meetup groups. Also, bring your worst tech puns to help us name the 2021 event.

    And for some extra holiday cheer...
    Thanks to our generous sponsor, Trend Micro, we have 65 tickets that include $15 to use at Hop City Birmingham November 30-December 10! Just be sure to select this option when you RSVP. Be sure to register by Monday, Nov 30 to qualify for this limited offer.

    Be sure to RSVP at the EventBrite site to qualify for the free beer!
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birmingham-winterbash-2020-tickets-127479313057