SQLBits 7

I’m back from my first SQLbits held in York last week and it was a great experience, something I will be urging all computer professionals who interact with SQL Server to attend in future.

Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the full day deep-dives on the Thursday, but I paid to attend on the Friday and thanks to the great sponsors the Saturday was free.  SQLBits seemed very well organised and talking to attendees who had been before the standard was as good as ever.  The catering during the event was great with plenty available and nice touches like a free shuttle bus daily from the train station.

The event was about community learning and it delivered.  Two days of great sessions from the most senior and experienced SQL professionals, I was lucky enough to hear sessions from Brad McGehee, Brent Ozar, Thomas Kejser and Buck Woody.

I know there are other excellent speakers, some of the niche areas of SQL had outstanding speakers but I think the reason I personally like conferences so much is that these heavy weight speakers, people who write books on SQL and blog extensively on the subject, are available to chat and offer help and advice on helping you become a better SQL professional.

Coming from a programming background Brad McGehee session on SQL Server health checks was a good insight into how much work it takes to get your SQL Servers inline.  I was also impressed with the extensibility of SQL Server, particularly SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) in Sascha Lorenz session on .Net developers and the BI stack.

Finally it was great to see so many great vendors and sponsors there, Microsoft and Redgate I knew but discovered new ones, Quest software did a great lunch session and Fusion-IO gave away some killer PCI-E SSD cards.  I was lucky enough to pick up a cool (or hot) SQL Server 2008 R2 mug.

SQL Server 2008 R2 mug

Overall SQLBits rocked, great speakers, excellent location, friendly attendees and loads of prizes.  I can’t wait till the next one.

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4 Responses to SQLBits 7

  1. So come on then Niall, what did you learn?.

    BTW whats going to happen to your other mug (portal)?

  2. Niall says:

    There was loads to learn, a full health check routine for SQL servers, SAN and virtualization for SQL Servers, Business continuity planning, development of business rules in SSIS with .Net, how to manage databases over 1,000GB in size, automating SQL Server management with Powershell and understanding SQL injection attacks.

    That wasn’t all, there were 4x as many sessions as all those to choose from, a really great conference.
    I think I’ll alternate mugs now I’ve got a collection going :)

  3. Next time your down you’ll have to tell me more about it.

  4. Niall says:

    I’m in this afternoon, meetings. I’ll bring you some of the other swag I secured.

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