SQLRelay 2017 - Bristol

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The Bristol Hotel

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SQL Relay is returning for its 8th year, and is heading your way in October 2017!

SQL Relay will be in Bristol on Friday 13th October, featuring top quality Microsoft Data Platform content from Microsoft, and nationally and internationally renowned speakers.

We will have four tracks; three primary tracks providing in depth tips and tricks for your SQL Server and Azure environment, there is also a morning and afternoon in-depth workshop, spaces are limited on these so make sure you register your place below.

With over 1000 registrations on the last Relay, reserve your place quickly

Agenda: The provisional agenda is shown at the bottom of this page, please note that this is still subject to change.

The day will comprise of a series of 55 minute technical presentations, at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You can switch tracks at will throughout the day, to select the sessions that are most relevant to you.

The workshop track is pre-book only, and will take the whole morning or afternoon.

Parking: The venue is in the centre of Bristol, so offers plenty of NCP car parks, including one actually on Prince Street next to the hotel. Bristol also has very good rail connections with the venue only a 10-15 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads station.

Address: The Bristol Hotel, Princes Street, Bristol, BS1 4QF

Registration: Places are on a first come first served basis. On the day, doors will be open from 8:30am with sessions starting at 9.

Competitions: We will provide you with a ticket that also contains competition entry vouchers, which you can put in sponsors' bowls during the day to win some great prizes! Please make sure you cut these out prior to getting to the venue or there will be a big queue for the scissors!

Food: We'll be providing a light lunch, plus tea & coffee at a couple of breaks. We will be catering for vegetarian food, according to your food preferences during registration.

Dress Code: Casual

First Time at These Events? Everyone has a 'first event', including the speakers and organisers of this event. We're lucky to be a part of the UK SQL Server community, one of the most friendly and welcoming tech communities out there. Whether you're in a group or on your own, you'll be made to feel welcome and will learn lots about new and existing technology, as well as a chance to meet your peers and SQL heroes. And if you have any queries, please get in touch here and we'll help you out.

Are all the events the same? No, but there is a consistent theme. A number of speakers will present at multiple events, but the sessions and content will change throughout the tour according to speaker availability and the technical content required at each venue.

Can I register for multiple events? Absolutely, yes. With multiple tracks of content you can't see every session on a single day, so why not join us at multiple venues to make sure you get a full dose of SQL Server awesomeness.

Visas: We welcome all attendees, international and local. However we are unable to provide or support visas for foreign attendees.

Other Questions? Contact us at and we'll get back to you as soon as we can

Other Events:

Morning Workshop - A workshop (TBC) - by Pyramid


Agenda: The following is the provisional agenda, please note that this is still subject to change.

8:30 Doors Open

9:00 - 9:30 Keynote

9:35 - 10:30 Session 1

  1. In-database Predictive Analytics with SQL Server 2017 - Sacha Tomey
  2. Continuous Delivery on the Azure Data Platform - Gavin Campbell
  3. Experts should work with facts, not guestimations - how you learn to love large scale SQL Server consolidation projects** - Jani Savolainen
  4. Workshop: Pyramid Analytics

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 11:40 Session 2

  1. DevOps 101 for the IT Pro - Alex Yates & Rob Sewell
  2. Build your first bot - no code required! - Steph Locke
  3. Modern Data Warehousing - A template for Lambda BI in Azure - Terry McCann & Simon Whiteley
  4. Workshop: Continued...

11:45 - 12:40 Session 3

  1. Dynamic Data Masking & Row Level Security in Azure SQL Database - John Martin
  2. Database in the Cloud for Early Adopters - Tobiasz Koprowski
  3. An Introduction to Machine Learning - Alex Whittles
  4. Workshop: Continued...

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch

13:40 - 14:35 Session 4

  1. TBC
  2. Azure Data Lake - The Services. The SQL. The Sharp. - Paul Andrew
  3. Microsoft**
  4. Workshop: Everyone needs a little science in their data by Microsoft

14:40 - 15:35 Session 5

  1. An Introduction to SQL Server & Containers - Andrew Pruski
  2. Investigate TempDB like Sherlock Holmes - Richard Douglas
  3. Introduction to Azure Key Vault - Caroline Eveleigh
  4. Workshop: Continued...

15:35 - 15:50 Break

15:50 - 16:45 Session 6

  1. Enterprise Power BI - Bent Nissen Pedersen
  2. Real-Time Analytics: OLAP & OLTP in the mix! - Stijn Wynants
  3. PowerBI your way to understand your SQL Server Estate - Neil Hambly
  4. Workshop: Continued...

16:45 - 17:00 Prizes

* Subject to change ** Sponsor session

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