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SIBIC User Group and Networking Event - 2 April 2014

Topic: SQL Server 2012 – The Real World: Tricks and Traps. 

The New Year is underway, days, weeks and months are flying by at high speed and the South Island BI Cluster is preparing for the next event in April 2014!

We ended last year on a high note with Myles Matheson from Microsoft revealing the upcoming trends of Microsoft BI and touching on some of the new features of self-service BI and in-memory analytics tools like PowerBI, PowerView and PowerPivot. A powerful session indeed, and the feedback forms indicated even more interest in SQL Server 2012.

Most of us are still using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and looking at upgrading to SQL Server 2012 in the near future, so in light of new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 we’ve tailored the next SIBIC event around one of the most significant new features of SQL Server 2012.

Enter “xVelocity - Tricks & Traps” by Simon Peck on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

Simon recently moved back to the greener pastures of New Zealand after 15 years in the UK where he worked at leading IT consultancies on a vast array of projects. Over the past two years he was the lead BI Architect of 6 Microsoft SQL Server 2012 BI projects and he’s used xVelocity in a number of these projects. Simon completed his MCSE SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence certification with Microsoft in December 2013. He has extensive knowledge about the BI capabilities of SQL Server 2012 to say the least!

xVelocity is the in-memory analytics engine used in SQL Server 2012 self-service BI tools like PowerPivot and the new analysis services Tabular modelling constructs. This engine is partly responsible for the incredible performance enhancements we’ve seen going from SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2012 and onward. The engine employs techniques such as columnar storage, state-of-the-art compression, in-memory caching and highly parallel data scanning and aggregation algorithms.

The session will include some hands on demos as well as discussion on how the xVelocity engine can help kick start your next BI project.

Who is this event aimed at?  BI Architects, Business Analysis, Cube Developers, BI Managers, and General BI Enthusiasts should all find it useful.


Event details:

Topic:  SQL Server 2012 – The Real World: Tricks and Traps

Date: 2 April 2014 at 14:30 – 17:00

Venue: http://atriuminthepark.co.nz

Event Registration: http://guestlistapp.com/events/234372



14:30 – 14:45: Registration and Welcome

14:45 – 16:00: SQL Server 2012 – The Real World: Tricks and Traps, demos, real life examples and stories – Simon Peck

16:00 – 16:15: Q&A

16:15: Networking and drinks

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