Randolph West, a Canadian of no known fixed address, is a SQL Server consultant and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. His specialties include performance tuning, and disaster recovery best practices. He blogs at bornsql.ca/blog. Randolph is not to be trusted around chocolate–you have been warned.
Randolph will probably be the only one at the conference with his own IMDB page.
Migrating to the Cloud
James Phillips of Microsoft said “the move to the cloud is inevitable”. Our email is most likely there along with other applications we use like social media and third party products. In this session we will discuss the basics of the cloud and some of the considerations for cloud migration. We will review some of the Microsoft offerings in the cloud and steps you will need to take to help ensure a successful migration.
What I will leave with: A understanding of the different cloud offerings and a readiness checklist.
Data Visualization: How to tell a great story!
We have more information available to us today than ever before. So much so that we run the risk of not being able to accurately represent our data to those who need to interpret it. We must be able to tell concise stories. There’s a lot more to creating that story than just getting the correct information. This session focuses not just the do’s and don’ts, but the whys to great reporting.
What I will leave with: A framework to help report be more useful to my organization.
Jonathan Stewart is a Business Intelligence Consultant specializing in data visualization, data warehousing and data management technologies. An advocate for educating others, Jonathan is a public speaker, teacher and blogger, continually teaching people about the Microsoft BI Stack. Since 2000, Jonathan has been working in the database field with industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, financial, insurance and federal, state and local governments.
Jonathan maintains a blog at https://sqllocks.net/. He is a frequent speaker at local, national and international events and is a board member of the Columbus SQL Server User Group. In his free time, Jonathan works with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning commission to help improve central Ohio and enhance the quality of life of its residents.
Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (curatedsql.com) and a contributing author to Tribal SQL (www.tribalsql.com). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather’s nice enough.
The Low Down on Big Data
It can seem like the relational database will soon make way to their new Big Data overlords. This sessions gives an overview of the big data technologies, but we also want to touch on how technologies like poly-base can help tie those systems together. Part of this discussion should also include the ‘why’ for helping you know when you should consider each of the discussed technologies.