Catch Up: SQLBits Azure Jumpstart for Data Professionals

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By Chris Testa-O'Neill on behalf of SQLBits

This year’s SQLBits - Europe’s largest Microsoft Data Platform conference - is the UK official launch event for SQL Server 2016.

On May 4th- 7th, the Liverpool Exhibition Centre will see members of the Microsoft SQL Server and Azure product group join over 1,600 fellow data professionals in 4 days of immersive content. The presentations will include the new features in the upcoming release of SQL Server 2016 and Azure. There will also be sessions on the optimisation, configuration and best practise sessions of previous releases of the technology. So if you are still using SQL Server 2008 R2, there will still be sessions that are still relevant to you back at work.

Jumpstart videos

In this article, I was asked to provide a list of videos that can help you to jumpstart your knowledge on the Azure features:

Azure Fundamentals for SQL Server Professionals
Bob Duffy introduces Microsoft Azure to Data Professionals in this one-hour session

Top 5 SQL Server Hybrid features
Microsoft’s Scott Klein takes you through the Azure features that on premise SQL Servers can take advantage of.

Azure for the DBA
Microsoft talks through the opportunities that are available with Microsoft Azure for Database Administrators.

HDInsight and Machine Learning Capabilities
Scott Klein provides an introduction to the analytical capabilities of Big Data and Machine based learning.

Developing for PowerBI
The Power BI Preview service offers developers a rich API service for anyone to interact with Power BI programmatically and create applications for Power BI. Microsoft’s Kasper de Jonge explores.

It's not too late to register

We hope to see you in Liverpool in May for the SQL Server 2016 Launch event. You can register here and receive a further 5% discount if you use the code SQL-3E0842 at checkout.


Chris-Testa-ONeillBy Chris Testa-O’Neill, Data Platform MVP and founder & Principal Consultant at Claribi. Chris is a regular speaker on the international SQL Server conference circuit, and an organiser of SQLBits and SQLRelay. He has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for the past 16 years, having both authored and delivered Microsoft official courses.

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