Break Through Your Data Performance Barriers
Optimizing SQL Server, SSAS, and Your Virtual Environment


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Join Microsoft's Bob Ward and SentryOne
on Thursday, June 14, 2018
9AM - 12PM 

Hackberry Creek Country Club | 1901 West Royal Lane, Irving, TX 75063

FREE event
Breakfast available at 8:30AM
Free parking available at venue

Are performance problems throttling your database─and your company's mission-critical objectives? Join Microsoft's Bob Ward and SentryOne data experts for this half-day session that will help you break through your Microsoft data platform barriers, whether the problems persist in your SQL Server, Analysis Services (SSAS), Azure SQL DB, Azure SQL DW, or your VMware or Microsoft virtual environment. 

Who Should Attend:

  • DBAs, data managers
  • BI architects and administrators
  • IT managers responsible for data platforms and the virtual environment
  • CTOs/CIOs
What You'll Learn:
  • How to quickly uncover the root cause of your SQL Server and Azure SQL DB performance problems
  • How to boost performance of SSAS—Multidimensional or Tabular
  • How to discover performance problems lurking in your virtualized environment



SESSION I: Experience SQL Server 2017: The Fast and the Furious

Is your database slowing down your business? Are you using Linux as a platform but can’t find the right database that meets your performance needs without busting your budget? Built on the industry recognized “it just runs faster” SQL Server 2016 engine, SQL Server 2017 provides new capabilities for performance, value, and choice. In this session, we show you features and a “behind the scenes look” at what powers SQL Server 2017 for Linux and Windows. And if you are a database expert and want to tune the SQL Server engine to its maximum turbocharged capacity, we show you the tools, diagnostics, and techniques that make SQL Server 2017 the ultimate database platform choice to run your applications at a fast and furious speed.


Bob Ward

Bob Ward
Microsoft Principal Architect
Bob (@bobwardmsis a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Data Services Group which owns the development and servicing for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 25 years supporting and speaking on every version of SQL Server shipped from OS/2 1.1 to SQL Server 2017. He has worked in customer support as a principal escalation engineer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) interacting with some of the largest SQL Server deployments in the world. Bob is a well-known speaker on SQL Server often presenting talks on new releases, performance, and internals events such as SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQLIntersection, and Microsoft Ignite. Check out his blog.

SESSION II: Getting to the Root of Your SQL Server Performance Problems

In this session, we'll take a tour of the most common performance bottlenecks in SQL Server, and show you some tools for quickly uncovering the source of the problems, setting proactive alerts so you can avert problems before they happen, and optimizing your queries for breakthrough performance.


Devon Leann Ramirez

Devon Leann Ramirez
Solutions Engineer
Devon is a SQL Developer and PASS community volunteer with 7 years of SQL Server experience. She graduated with a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Texas at Austin and has since worked on business intelligence projects, data governance, and data quality initiatives in the insurance sector. In her free time, she loves karaoke, bravo TV, and staring at puppies on Instagram.

SESSION III: Boosting Performance of SSAS

Troubleshooting performance problems with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) can be a frustrating exercise. In this session, our SSAS experts will offer time-saving tips for tracking trace events and troubleshooting SSAS bottlenecks for both MDX and Tabular modes. We’ll also show you some handy tools for uncovering SSAS performance problems.


John Sirmon

John Sirmon
Senior Product Manager
John is a Senior Product Manager at SentryOne responsible for product initiatives related to Advanced Analytics, Big Data, and Business Intelligence, both on-premises and in-cloud. Previously he spent his last 8 years at Microsoft on the SQLCAT and AzureCAT teams. He has worked for Microsoft since March 2001 and has developed a broad range of expertise from OSS Development to Big Data and Analytics Architecture in the cloud. John is an accomplished presenter and has presented topics ranging from Pivotal Cloud Foundry in Azure to Analysis Services at SQL Server PASS Summits, Microsoft TechReady and many other global conferences. He is one of the authors of Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services with MDX and the technical editor for Professional Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint. John holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a minor in MIS from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina.