Big Data & Data Warehousing in Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in SQL Server 2012 | 1 comment

In his SQLSaturday Silicon Valley 2012 keynote, Ross Mistry highlights new performance-enhancing features in SQL Server 2012. In this video, Ross discusses the new ColumnStore Indexes, FileStream, AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and other new and improved features.

There are some great stats in this video, citing the tremendous data warehouse query performance gains that can be achieved using ColumnStore Indexes (up to 100X), available directly within the database engine.

If you haven’t had a chance to review the SQL Server 2012 feature set, this video will give you an idea of enhancements you should be digging into.

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Karla Landrum Enlivens The PASS Chapter Network

Posted on May 23, 2011 in SQLSaturday | 1 comment

Starting in July, the Professional Association for SQL Server is bringing Karla Landrum on board full-time.  She’ll be involved with Chapters, Regional Mentors, and SQL Saturdays. Since Chapters and RM’s are part of my portfolio as PASS Director of Global Chapters, I couldn’t be more pleased.  Karla brings passion, the ability to motivate the PASS community, and a whole lot of direct experience.

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Karla Landrum

Karla has been a PASS Chapter Leader in Pensacola, Florida, and VP of Community Outreach for OPASS in Orlando.   She’s been an incredibly busy, enthusiastic, and effective PASS Regional Mentor.

To mention a few things, Karla helped recruit other RM’s, organized sponsorship from various publishers, and helped new Chapter Leaders get their new Chapters off the ground.  She’s organized multiple SQL Saturdays , including SQL Saturday #72 in Honolulu, and the one coming up on June 4th in Pensacola.  Karla has also inspired others to get their SQL Saturdays on the schedule, including the one on September 17th in my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Here in San Francisco, I’ve also been inspired by Karla.  I’m happy to report that SQL Saturday Silicon Valley is scheduled for March 3, 2012.  I’ll be organizing that event, along with a team of committed volunteers, and Karla, of course.

If you want to keep up to date on PASS Chapter happenings, just follow Karla on Twitter.  Welcome @KarlaKay22!

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