2016 Calendar (PASSMN Meetings)

  • PASSMN Meeting: Azure SQL Data Warehouse Overview (Jason Strate)

    4:00-4:10 Kickoff

    Abstract: Microsoft recently announced the SQL Data Warehouse Platform as a Service (PaaS) feature for Microsoft Azure. This platform provides an on-demand Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) platform for build data warehouses that can handle from 10s of TBs of data up to PBs. This session will provide an overview of SQL Data Warehouse with a discussion on the value that Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) brings to your data warehouse and why the cloud may be the best platform for your solution. In this session, we'll also dig into the capabilities of SQL Data Warehouse and compare those to other offerings.

    • Scale from terabytes to petabytes
    • Save on costs through on-demand scale
    • Take advantage of architecture designed for scalable performance
    • Gain a cloud integrated data warehouse solution

    About Jason: Jason Strate is a data platform architect and administrator. He has been working with Microsoft SQL Server for more fifteen years. His experiences include designing and implementing transactional and data warehousing solutions on Microsoft Data Platform technologies, including SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse. A recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Data Platform (formerly SQL Server) since 2009, he also has achieved the Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server certification.

    5:25-5:35 Closing
  • PASSMN Meeting: A Bigger Boat: Data Visualization Lessons From the Movie Theater (Mark Vaillancourt)

    4:00-4:10 Kickoff

    Abstract: When Chief Brody first sees the shark in Jaws, he carefully backs away from the stern of the Orca and quietly, but certainly, tells Quint, "You're gonna need a bigger boat." That one line, combined with a terrific delivery by Roy Sheider, packs a great deal of contextual information into six words.

    Making efficient use of space to convey meaning is a vital part of good Data Visualization.

    In this session, we will discuss the fundamentals of human visual perception, including the important distinction between Pre-Attentive and Attentive Processing. We will use examples from feature films like Jaws, Alien, and Sneakers to show important aspects of visual analysis around Color, Form, Position, and Motion. We will then put these concepts into practice via demos in Excel and Power BI. By the end of this session, you will have a solid understanding of the importance of data visualization and how to use it to enable better decisions.

    About Mark: Mark Vaillancourt is a SQL Server MVP and a Business Intelligence Consultant for Tail Wind Technologies, a Microsoft partner based in Minnetonka, MN. He has been working with SQL Server since 2007 and holds the MCITP – Business Intelligence Developer 2008 certification. With a background in Theater and Improvised Comedy, Mark makes sure that his presentations are both informative and fun.

    5:25-5:35 Closing

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