Groupby October 9 and 10

Meet your GroupBy speakers!

This year, we’re doubling the amount of GroupBy conference sessions by offering two streams of content! See the full speaker/session information for each stream below.


Alexander Arvidsson (@arcticdba) – Boring Is Stable, Stable Is Good.  SQL Server Best Practices In PracticeSee details

Rich Benner (@RichBennerSQL) – Adventure – performance editionSee details

Alex Yates (@_AlexYates_) – Solving the dev database problem with GitHub, Docker and PsDatabaseCloneSee details

Emanuele Meazzo (@i619619) – How to use PowerBI as a free monitoring tool (5 free reports for SQL Server)Session details

Magnus Ahlkvist (@Transmokopter) – Eight hours of work in 20 minutes, partitioning rocksSession details

North America

Aaron Nelson (@SQLvariant) – Azure Data Studio ❤ SQL People – Session details

William Assaf (@william_a_dba) – SQL Admin Best Practices with DMVsSession details

Bob Pusateri (@SQLBob) – Locks, Blocks, and Snapshots: Maximizing Database ConcurrencySession details

Collin Lysford (@CollinLysford) – Demystifying Dynamic SQLSession details

Erik Darling (@erikdarlingdata) – The SQL Server Performance Tasting MenuSession details

Mohammad Darab (@mwdarab) – Big Data Clusters for the Absolute Beginner – Session details

European sessions will kick off on October 9th at 9:00am UTC, and North American sessions will begin on October 10th at 10:00am PDT. Each session will be approximately 45-60 minutes in length and will commence at the top of every hour. There will be a total of five sessions for each stream of content.

By registering for a GroupBy account, you’re already set to receive your session invites via email, and you can expect to receive these shortly. If you want to invite a friend to attend GroupBy conference session, send them to our registration portal here.

We can’t wait to see you all at GroupBy conference!

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Groupby October 9 and 10

Voting is Open!

This year, GroupBy online conference will have two full days of content, with European sessions taking place on October 9th and North American sessions on October 10th.

See more details on the sessions in the running for the October online conference here.

Voting has closed! Stay tuned for our session lineup announcement.

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Session Submission Period Extended

The session submission period has been extended until September 6th! This extra week will give you even more time to submit your session for the upcoming GroupBy conference on October 9-10. Our updated timeline is as follows:

Extended Session Submission Period:
Starts August 30th → ends September 6th

Comment Constructive Feedback on Submitted Sessions:
Starts September 6th → ends September 12th

Vote for your Favorite Sessions:
Starts September 13th → ends September 27th

Win or lose, we’ll notify you of your speaking status once voting ends.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Submit your session today!

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Groupby October 9 and 10

GroupBy Session Submissions Close Soon!

It’s time to complete your session submission

Session submissions close on Friday, August 30th. Did you submit your session yet?

Review our Speaker FAQ to make sure your session is in tip-top shape for the conference.

Don’t forget, for this year’s online GroupBy conference, there’s two full days of learning that your presentation could be featured in:

  • European sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 9th
  • North American sessions will be held on Thursday, October 10th

It’s that easy! Click here to submit your presentation.

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Groupby October 9 and 10

Announcing the next GroupBy Conference! Submit now!

Speakers, start your submission!

The Next GroupBy is October 9th and 10th . Yes, that’s right, two full days in October. We’re accommodating both North American and European times zones over two days of virtual conference learning. Submissions are now open through Friday, August 30th.

  • European sessions will be held on Wednesday, October 9th
  • North American sessions will be held on Thursday, October 10th
    Submissions are open today!

Click here to submit a presentation.

What is GroupBy?

  • GroupBy is a free, community-driven online conference, and anyone can submit a session abstract!
    Those abstracts are then voted on, and the top-voted sessions are presented at a full-day webinar conference.
  • The sessions are moderated by members of the SQL Server community, in order to help presenters out and to allow viewers to ask questions via Twitter or Slack.
  • All of the sessions are recorded, transcribed and published so you can re-watch them on video or listen to them as podcasts later on.
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GroupBy is looking for a Podcast Sponsor!

As you may have heard, GroupBy is now run by a small group of SQL Family volunteers – Aaron Nelson, Daniel Hutmacher and Blythe Morrow. We’re having a pretty great time making this event happen and carrying the torch from Brent who started the event back in 2015.

There are really two pieces to the event – the first is the live virtual conference. It runs for 9 hours, has 8 sessions and attendees can come in and out as their session preferences dictates. It’s free-flowing and we like the unstructured framework. That won’t change this April.

The other part of the event is more involved. Brent is a speaker through-and-through, and when he built GroupBy he understood what speakers were looking for when they gave their time and knowledge to delivering great content for free. We give the 9-hour recording to a professional production company. They clean up the audio, cut the one recording into 8 session chunks, and then professionally transcribe the session. We post that session transcription and the recording on the GroupBy podcast, on our YouTube channel and on our blog. Everything is backlinked to the speaker, so we share in the SEO goodness.

As a result of this work, we’ve had a huge amount of organic success. The number don’t lie here:

  • Our podcasts have been downloaded 86,246 times on iOS and Android. 1300 on Spotify
  • People visit 25,000 times a month – most of that is through organic traffic to our blog
  • We have 2639 monthly YouTube subscribers
  • Attendee numbers range from 180-350 on the day of the conference

This is all amazing news for GroupBy, however, developing all of this professionally produced content is expensive. A human transcribes each recording and edits it for readability, and another human being puts everything in the right sequence to promote a session each week. We make sure every speaker has his/her spotlight on our channels.

So we’d like to open a sponsorship opportunity for an amount of $4000.00 – to cover the costs of this event.

You’ll work with the GroupBy marketing team to create a short, 15 second commercial that will either run at the beginning of the session or in the middle, at a natural break for the listener. We’ll repeat this on our blog and on Youtube – both in the transcription (for SEO and backlinking to your website) and in the recording. We’ll also mention you on our website and shower much praise in our social channels.

You can email for more information about reach and ROI.

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You Voted! Here’s the GroupBy April Lineup.

The votes are in! All speakers are confirmed and the schedule for the next GroupBy is below. We had one speaker unable to present, so Blythe snuck in with her professional development session. It was a great round of speakers and voting. Thank you to all who submitted!

*All times are Eastern (EDT)

Registration is free, and it’s open now. See you on April 11th!

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Vote Now to Pick the April 11 #GroupBy Conference Lineup

At GroupBy, your votes pick the conference lineup. Anybody can submit an abstract on any topic, and then the choice is yours.

The next conference is April 11, and the sessions are in!

Here are the sessions in the running for the April online conference. Tell us what you want to see by voting now – voting closes March 15th!

Which 5 sessions do you want to see in April?

  • PowerShell for the SQL DBA - by Ben Miller (11%, 237 Votes)
  • SQL Server Memory Internals & Troubleshooting - by Amit Bansal (8%, 173 Votes)
  • SQL Server Developer Tricks - by Amit Bansal (7%, 155 Votes)
  • Automate the Pain Away with SQL Server 2019 - by John Sterret (5%, 115 Votes)
  • Creating a SQL Server Test Lab On Your Workstation - by David Fowler (5%, 113 Votes)
  • Would you run production SQL Server on Docker? - by James Anderson (5%, 102 Votes)
  • Is the cloud cost effective? - by Steph Locke (4%, 89 Votes)
  • The extraordinary power of Python support in SQL Server - by Maria Zakourdaev (4%, 86 Votes)
  • Linux OS Fundamentals for the SQL Admin - by Anthony Nocentino (4%, 85 Votes)
  • We need DataOps – NOW - by Steph Locke (3%, 76 Votes)
  • Inside Kubernetes - An Architectural Deep Dive - by Anthony Nocentino (3%, 73 Votes)
  • Think Like A Certification Exam - by William Assaf (3%, 72 Votes)
  • How to write a kick a** anything - by Blythe Morrow (3%, 72 Votes)
  • Getting Started with Azure Data Factory - by Andy Leonard (3%, 66 Votes)
  • Getting Data Into Power BI - by Matt LeBlanc (3%, 62 Votes)
  • Why Power BI isn’t for You: Pitfalls and Limitations - by Eugene Meidinger (3%, 61 Votes)
  • The Evolution of SQL Server – Azure SQL Managed Instances - by Javier Villegas (3%, 56 Votes)
  • Power BI Internals: Deep Dive - by Eugene Meidinger (3%, 56 Votes)
  • Build your first bot – no code required! - by Steph Locke (2%, 52 Votes)
  • Marketing for SQL Consultants and Business Owners - by Blythe Morrow (2%, 49 Votes)
  • SQL Server and R for real-time predictions - by Steph Locke (2%, 45 Votes)
  • R for reporting - by Steph Locke (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Preparing your business for data science - by Steph Locke (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Just Enough Database Theory for Power BI - by Eugene Meidinger (2%, 44 Votes)
  • Power BI Newbie Hour: Panel Q/A - by Eugene Meidinger (2%, 43 Votes)
  • Polybase In Action - by Kevin Feasel (2%, 36 Votes)
  • An (Advanced) Introduction to DAX - by Eugene Meidinger (2%, 35 Votes)
  • Scrape Reddit for Testing Data using SQL Server & Python - by Rich Benner (1%, 32 Votes)
  • Solving Power BI pain points with R - by Steph Locke (1%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 484

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Speakers, start your submission! We’re happy to announce the next GroupBy will be on April 11th, 2019 and submissions are open today!

How GroupBy works

GroupBy is a free, community-driven online conference, and anyone can submit a session abstract! Those abstracts are then voted on, and the top-voted sessions are presented at a full-day webinar conference. The sessions are moderated by members of the SQL Server community, in order to help presenters out and to allow viewers to ask questions via Twitter or Slack. All of the sessions are recorded, transcribed and published so you can re-watch them on video or listen to them as podcasts later on.

Click here to submit a presentation.

The full timeline is below:

  • February 14th, 2019 speaker submissions open
  • February 28th, 2019 submissions close and voting begins!
  • March 15th, 2019 Voting closes
  • April 11th, 2019 GroupBy Conference begins at 8am EST

Submitted a presentation before?

You can keep your previous submission live for the community to vote on. It’s been a while, so we suggest you take a look at it and validate the content you want to present.

To review or edit your submission, you can sign onto the WordPress website. To remove your session from consideration this round, use the link to get to your session submission and change the Category to “Archived Abstracts”.

Important: If you haven’t opted-in, we’ll archive your session for you. We sent all previous presenters an email regarding marketing opt-in. If you didn’t received this email please contact us at

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GroupBy is Alive! Introducing the new GroupBy Organizing Committee

GroupBy has been in a bit of a transition over the last few months. In this blog post Brent Ozar outlined that the future of GroupBy was up in the air, so a few #SQLFamily volunteers opted to keep this going. It’s a great, free resource for community members to increase their skills and perfect their speaking chops. It’s free, and it’s amazing.

We’re happy to announce that GroupBy will remain a free, volunteer-run event, staffed with SQL Community volunteers.

Meet your new GroupBy organization committee:

Aaron NelsonLinkedin | Twitter | SQLVariant Blog
Aaron is a senior data architect with over 15 years of experience in Business Intelligence, database development, and performance tuning. He is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional, Microsoft MVP, and PASS volunteer. He speaks at PASS, local SQL user groups in Atlanta, and leads the PowerShell Virtual Chapter. He figured he didn’t have enough to do with all that, so he’s come to help grow speaker talent at GroupBy

Blythe Morrow LinkedIn | Twitter | Paper Sword
Blythe is a Data Platform Marketing specialist with over 10 years of experience in SQL Server. She owns Paper Sword B2B, a marketing agency that helps data companies tell their story and generate leads. She worked for PASS as the Community Manager years ago, and she just can’t let go of her #SQLFamily. She’s handling the marketing. She’s writing this right now. Hi.

Daniel Hutmacher LinkedIn | Twitter | Structured Concepts AB
Daniel is the GroupBy European connection. Based out of Stockholm Sweden, he runs Structured Concepts with 15 years of SQL Server, DW and ETL experience. He’s a SQL Server blogger, community speaker, SQL Saturday organizer and a Board member of the Swedish SQL Server User Group. Daniel wants to increase the European community involvement of GroupBy and is excited to help keep training globally accessible and free.

We’re working hard to get our feet underneath GroupBy and will have an announcement later this week with the date for the next event and when voting will open for the event. We want to thank Brent so much for giving this event back to the community. We’re going to work hard to do right by it.

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