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[PRECON] Introduction to R

Target Audience: Folks looking to get started with using R Abstract: This hands-on day is designed to get people up to speed with some of the fundamentals of R. You’ll learn the basics of data manipulation & visualisation, working with databases, and writing reusable code. R objects R coding – traditional and pipelines Table wrangling…
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Build your first bot – no code required!

Target Audience: Folks interested in getting hands-on in the emerging business trend of bots Abstract: Learn how to build a bot that will answer questions asked by users. Learn how to customise it and embed it on your website. Learn how to do all of this without having to write a single line of code.…
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Monitoring Linux Performance for the SQL Server Admin

Target Audience: Windows SQL Administrators looking to learn performance monitoring techniques for Linux systems. Abstract: So you’re a SQL Server administrator and you just installed SQL Server on Linux. It’s a whole new world. Don’t fear, it’s just an operating system. It has all the same components Windows has and in this session we’ll show…
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Open Source PowerShell Core on Linux and Mac

Target Audience: Systems administrators that manage multi-platform systems, Linux, Windows and Mac Abstract: PowerShell is now available on Linux and Mac, and you want to use it to manage your multi-platform data center. In this session, we will introduce Open Source version, PowerShell Core and learn why this is a big deal. Then we’ll get…
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Power BI Internals: Deep Dive

Target Audience: People who want to know how Power BI really works. Abstract: One of the really frustrating things about Power BI marketing is that it’s all sizzle and no steak. We see over and over again all these pretty graphs, but rarely a discussion about what goes on underneath the hood. The fact that…
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Azure SQL Database – Managing your database on the cloud

Target Audience: DBAs, sysadmins, developers, managers Abstract: In this session we will discuss the best practices for managing a database environment created in Azure, what are the available monitoring tools to start a troubleshooting process and how to find and resolve potential performance problems. Why I Want to Present This Session: I’m a MVP (Data…
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Power BI Newbie Hour: Panel Q/A

Target Audience: Anyone with questions about the Power BI ecosystem, especially newbies. Abstract: I help run the Pittsburgh Power BI user group, and every month there are tons of questions, often very basic. Many people don’t know what Power BI is, what it’s used for, or how it compares to SSRS and other tools. This…
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Is the cloud cost effective?

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Target Audience: Seniors, architects, and managers looking to make a strategic assessment about moving to the cloud Abstract: Yes, the cloud is cool. Yes, it can be easy. But… will it save or even make the company money? That is the all important question! Learning to build a financial business case for a technology decision…
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From 0 to 1bn transactions a month on a shoestring budget

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Target Audience: People looking for real-world implementations of scalable data solutions in the cloud Abstract: Follow along with my six-month solo journey going from no infrastructure to an Azure distributed data platform that could process more than a billion transactions a month on less than £500 p/m. You won’t just see the super duper end…
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