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SQLRelay 2017 - Leeds


Wednesday, 11 October 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

SQLRelay 2017 - Leeds

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SQLRelay Leeds - Wed 11 October 2017 18 Registrations Ended Free  

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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 Leeds on Wednesday 11th 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 planned 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: A variety of street parking and secure parking options are available nearby, with the nearest facilities including:

Woodhouse Lane Carpark (long stay)
St John's Shopping Centre (long stay)
The Light (Long stay)

Address: The Carriageworks Theatre, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

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 - SQL Server for the Aspiring DBA - by SentryOne

Setting up SQL Server can be easy. It’s as simple as hitting “Next” a few times, but it is critical to understand the important elements where the default options are not the right ones.

In this session we will walk through the important configuration and maintenance tasks, along with lots of tips and tricks on indexing and query tuning. All of which will help you make the most of your SQL Servers. This will give you back time to do your day job, safe in the knowledge that you have a solid Data Platform on which your business can thrive.


Afternoon Workshop - Everyone needs a little science in their data - by Microsoft

At SQL Relay there are great sessions and the Adatis workshop on analytics – but how does that fit in with the data you have and the problems you want to solve?
That is a question that we hope to be able to answer in our data science clinic.  We’ll ask you to bring sample data and questions and we'll work the problem together. Of course you need to be happy to share that data so nothing should be personally identifiable or confidential, but even if you show us schemas and logs we can do useful work. If that's not you then you might want to drop in and listen or even offer advice, as we are all experts :)

Andrew Fryer is in Commercial Software Engineering a new division of Microsoft designed to code with entrepreneurial organisations who want to do de-risk the adoption of new Microsoft technologies like data science, bots & blockchain.  We do this to feed back to product groups and to show by example that these innovative areas have real value and are enterprise ready.

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. Database delivery with SSDT, VSTS, and git - Gavin Campbell
  2. Real-Time Reporting through the Medium of Dance - Simon Whiteley
  3. Why is my Power BI reporting slow? - Bent Nissen Pedersen
  4. Workshop: SQL Server for the Aspiring DBA by SentryOne

10:30 - 10:45   Break

10:45 - 11:40   Session 2

  1. PowerBI your way to understand your SQL Server Estate - Neil Hambly
  2. Padawan Hour - SQL Server For Absolute Beginners - Andre Melancia
  3. Real-Time Analytics: OLAP & OLTP in the mix! - Stijn Wynants
  4. Workshop: Continued...

11:45 - 12:40   Session 3

  1. Introduction to Azure Key Vault - Caroline Eveleigh
  2. Green is good, Red is bad - Turning your Checklists into Pester Tests - Rob Sewell
  3. To SQL or not to SQL, that is the question! - Andrew Fryer
  4. Workshop: Continued...

12:40 - 13:40  Lunch

13:40 - 14:35   Session 4

  1. Dynamic Data Masking & Row Level Security in Azure SQL Database - John Martin
  2. Delivering Deep Analytics and Advanced Visualisations on SQL Server without building In Memory models - Ian MacDonald
  3. Working with Azure Data Factory & Creating Custom Activities - Paul Andrew
  4. Workshop: Everyone needs a little science in their data by Microsoft

14:40 - 15:35   Session 5

  1. An Introduction to Machine Learning - Alex Whittles
  2. The Big Backup Theory - Richard Douglas
  3. How to screw up your ability to deliver database updates in 16 simple steps - Alex Yates
  4. Workshop: Continued...

15:35 - 15:50   Break

15:50 - 16:45   Session 6

  1. Database in the Cloud for Early Adopters - Tobiasz Koprowski
  2. Tips and techniques for successful requirement gathering and modelling for data warehouses - Terry McCann
  3. 2,4,8 & 16 - Upgrade your journey with SQL Server - Satya Jayanty
  4. Workshop: Continued...

16:45 - 17:00   Prizes

 * Subject to change


Do you have questions about SQLRelay 2017 - Leeds? Contact DataRelay

When & Where

The Carriageworks Theatre
3 Millennium Square
LS2 3AD Leeds
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 from 09:00 to 17:00 (BST)

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SQL Relay is now Data Relay

The name has changed but we will still be organising 5 events covering the country. We changed the name to reflect the fact that we cover much more that just SQL Server now.

We bring a full conference to multiple locations around the country, all in the same week and all focused on helping ensure you get the most value out of your SQL Server and Azure data platform.

With sessions covering the SQL Server engine, Analytics, BI and Azure, we're helping you ensure maximum stability, availability and potential for your data.

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