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Davide Mauri

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PASS Summit for SQL Starters

I’ve received a buch of emails from PASS Summit “First Timers” that are also somehow new to SQL Server (for “somehow” I mean people with less than 6 month experience but with some basic knowledge of SQL Server engine) or are catching up from SQL Server 2000. The common question regards the session one should not miss to

  • have a broad view of the entire SQL Server platform
  • have some insight into some specific areas of SQL Server

Given that I’m on (semi-)vacantion and that I have more free time (not true, I have to prepare slides & demos for several conferences, PASS Summit  - Building the Agile Data Warehouse with SQL Server 2012 - and PASS 24H - Agile Data Warehousing with SQL Server 2012 - among them…but let’s pretend it to be true), I’ve decided to make a post to answer to this common questions. Of course this is my personal point of view and given the fact that the number and quality of session that will be delivered at PASS Summit is so high that is very difficoult to make a choice, fell free to jump into the discussion and leave your feedback or – even better – answer with another post. I’m sure it will be very helpful to all the SQL Server beginners out there.

I’ve imposed to myself to choose 6 session at maximum for each Track. Why 6? Because it’s the maximum number of session you can follow in one day, and given that all the session will be on the Summit DVD, they are the answer to the following question: “If I have one day to spend in training, which session I should watch?”.

Of course a Summit is not like a Course so a lot of very basics concept of well-established technologies won’t be found here. Analysis Services, Integration Services, MDX are not part of the Summit this time (at least for the basic part of them).

Enough with that, let’s start with the session list ideal to have a good Overview of all the SQL Server Platform:

for what concern Database Development, I recommend the following sessions

For Business Intelligence Information Delivery

and for Business Intelligence Architecture & Development

Beside the listed sessions, First Timers should also take a look the the page PASS set up for them:

See you at PASS Summit!

Published Friday, August 17, 2012 4:47 PM by Davide Mauri

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Chris Wood said:


I am a Summit vet with this year being my 8th or 9th. I am not new to SQL but I still find it an overwhelming experience especially as they have added half day sessions to add to the regular and spotlight sessions.

I somehow have managed to get to 11 or 12 sessions over the three days most years but unless you know where the room is, how long in may take to get there and how popular the session might be you could easily get to a session too late and not know what to do. The content can be massive and I always get brain overload, especially on day 3 and I don't party much after hours.

For First Timers get to sessions or vendors or SQLCAT rooms to further your knowledge and solve problems. For beginners it could put you off SQL because of the content.

I am glad I started going around 2001 or 2002 as starting now, with all the options avavilable just blow me away.


August 17, 2012 4:17 PM

Dany Morales said:

Hello Davide, what about new managers of an IT DBA departments.  Is there a session showing how to become more lean or agile with their DBAs?  Any groups that might be just for managers to share ideas?  thanks

August 17, 2012 10:32 PM

Davide Mauri said:


you're right, and I'm also glad that I started to learn SQL long ago. Today one of the challenges for people that are willing to enter the SQL world is that there is so much to learn that it's quite hard to decide where to start. Basic courses + conferences like this are vital right now to master SQL well

August 21, 2012 9:46 AM

Davide Mauri said:

@Dany: Agile approaches are not so common in the DBA field and I fear there aren't specific session on this topic....but it's becoming hotter and hotter every year so I think we'll see more on this in the next summit. The only session that explicitly mention Agile approaches regarding the DBA role is the following pre-con workshop:

I'm not sure it's what you're looking for, but you may send an email to the speaker just to check with them.

August 21, 2012 9:56 AM

Denis said:

August 13, 2018 1:37 AM

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About Davide Mauri

Director of Software Development & Cloud Infrastructure @ Sensoria, an innovative smart garments and wearable company. After more than 15 year playing with the Microsoft Data Platform, with a specific focus on High Performance databases, Business Intelligence, Data Science and Data Architectures, he's now applying all his skills to IoT, defining architectures to crunch numbers, create nice user experiences and provide meaningful insights, all leveraging Microsoft Azure cloud. MVP on Data Platform since 2006 he has a very strong background development and love both the ER model and OO principles. He is also a fan of Agile Methodology and Automation, which he tries to apply everywhere he can, to make sure that "people think, machines do".

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