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Data Professionals using the Microsoft Data Platform
Code of Conduct
Our purpose is to provide a forum for the SQL users of Atlanta to network, communicate and educate one another.

Our user group is open to both technical and business-minded professionals.
Monthly meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month.

Place: Microsoft Offices

8000 Avalon Boulevard

Suite 900 \


Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

We are database experts who passionately share our knowledge with the community. However, it’s not enough to be an outstanding technologist, we also want to represent our values and display community spirit in a positive way by conducting ourselves with respect and restraint whenever we engage with others within and outside the community. Simply put, an individual’s character and leadership truly matter.

Minimum Code of Conduct
1.  No disrespectful behavior.  This includes threats, harassment, stalking, abuse, slurs, profanity, personal attacks, sexual remarks or innuendos, physical violence, public speculation about others, and any other behavior that you would not tolerate others display towards you.
2.  Respect the presenter and other attendees 
·  Refrain from carrying on conversations during the presentation.  If conversation is necessary, please leave the presentation room
·  Ask questions but respect the presenter’s wishes regarding when to ask questions (some like questions during the presentation, others have specific Q&A time slots).  Also, give others a chance to ask questions.  If you have more than one question, give others a chance to pose theirs before you ask your next question.
·  Don’t challenge the presenter on a point during the presentation.  If you feel that the presenter’s information is completely incorrect or off base, signal one of the user group leaders, leave the room to present your information, and allow the user group leader to deal with it.  Asking a question that might lead to clarification is one thing, directly disagreeing with the presenter leads to embarrassment of the presenter and confusion for other attendees.
·  Avoid asking questions or making statements that will side-track the presentation.  However it’s intended, it may be seen as hijacking the presentation.
3.  No impersonations of a Microsoft or user group employee, agent, manager, host, or another user.
4.  No illegal or offensive activities.  Members will not publish, post, distribute, or disseminate defamatory, infringing, obscene, or other unlawful material or discussion in any group forum or post. This includes, but is not limited to, child pornography, bestiality, incest, illegal drugs, software piracy, discriminatory/racist statements or images and harassment.
5.  Accountability.  Members are fully responsible and liable for anything they say (whether orally or in writing) or do. This includes any actions taken based on advice or information received in presentations, online forums or elsewhere.  Remember, always test what you plan to do, regardless of the source of the information.
6.  No libel or slander against the user group, Microsoft or other persons or entities.  Libel includes false statements made in written form, such as statements posted to forums or other publicly accessible websites, electronic mail, or any other printed form.
7.  No confidentiality violations.  Members may inadvertently gain access to certain non-public information during their participation in the group and are expected to honor the confidentiality of the information.
8.  No plagiarism.  Members may post their own original work or work that they have written permission to post. If a member cites another author’s work, please provide any necessary attribution according to the requirements associated with the original author’s work. Learn more about copyright at: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/Copyr...
9.  No discrimination or harassment.  This user group is committed to providing a harassment-free experience to members regardless of age, ancestry, color, gender identity or expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical size, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or technology choices. Harassment is unwelcome verbal, physical or virtual behavior based on the characteristics identified above.
10.  No sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, physical or virtual behavior based on sex and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same or different gender. Examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
·  Unwelcome sexual advances
·  Sexual comments or inappropriate gender-based jokes
·  Excessive, unwelcome romantic attention
·  Offering or conditioning an employment benefit or preferential treatment, like a promotion or job assignment, in exchange for sexual favors
·  Unwelcome physical contact
·  Sharing or displaying sexually explicit content
·  Using sexually degrading words

We reserve the right to take action equal and commensurate with the violation. This includes ejecting any participants who violate our Code of Conduct from the event and prohibiting attendance at all future user group associated events.

Reporting Conduct Violations
If you become aware of a conduct violation on or offline, you are encouraged to report it to a user group leader.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a user group leader or member of the event staff immediately.

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Effective Data Warehouse Storage Patterns with John Miner

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Effective Data Warehouse Storage Patterns


Many companies start off with a simple data mart for reporting. As the company grows, users become dependent on the data mart for monitoring and making decisions on Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

Unexpected information growth in your data mart may lead to a performance impacted reporting system. In short, your users will be lining up at your cube for their daily reports.

How do you reduce the size of your data mart and speed up data retrieval?

This presentation will review the following techniques to fix your woes.

· What is horizontal partitioning?
· Why use database sharding?
· How to work with files and file groups.
· Implement partitioned views for agility.
· Use table and index partitions for performance.
· Reduce space with row and page data compression.
· Programming a sliding window for retention policies.
· What is different in Azure?

At the end of this talk, you will be able to reduce the size and increase the speed of your current data mart.

John Miner is a Senior Data Architect at Insight Digital Innovation helping corporations solve their business needs with various data platform solutions.

He has over thirty years of data processing experience, and his architecture expertise encompasses all phases of the software project life cycle, including design, development, implementation, and maintenance of systems.

John has been recognized with the Microsoft MVP award seven times for his outstanding contributions to the Data Platform community.

When he is not busy talking to local user groups or writing blog entries on new technology, he spends time with his wife and daughter enjoying outdoor activities. Some of John’s hobbies include wood working projects, crafting a good beer, and playing a game of chess.

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