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Jamie Thomson

This is the blog of Jamie Thomson, a data mangler in London working for Dunnhumby

Reflections on SQLBits 8

Its the day after SQLBits 8 and after a busy day at home I now have time to sit down with The Masters on in the background (come on Rory) and reflect on the last 2 days. Its been said many times before I am sure but there is no doubt in my mind that this was the best SQLBits conference yet. The superb location coupled with amazing weather for the time of year means that I’ll forever remember SQLBits 8 as “the one where we ate lunch on the beach, bathed in sunshine”. The view from my room was rather nice too Smile

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I presented two sessions; on Friday I showed off some of the forthcoming features from SSIS in SQL Server Denali then on Saturday I repeated my SSIS Dataflow Performance Tuning session from SQLBits 7. The denali session went well I thought and there was some clear excitement about forthcoming features like server based logging and, yes, undo. The Perf Tuning session I wasn’t quite so pleased with particularly partly because one of my demos didn’t go quite to plan but I still received some kind comments afterward so maybe it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought.

If you have been following my tweets over the past few days you may know that I have been shooting lots of informal videos and posting them on YouTube (tagged as SQLVids), here is the full list:


Tweeting has of course been a big part of SQLBits and I have set up an archive of all tweets from SQLBits 8 (using the #SQLBits8 hashtag) at


I want to make mention of the addition of Lightning Talks sessions to the agenda; in these sessions attendees were invited to come up on stage and share a small snippet of SQL Server knowledge. I attended the first such session along with approximately 50 other people which I would count as a resounding success. We had 6 or 7 different presenters and I am looking forward to this becoming a very popular session at future SQLBits conferences.


Lastly I’d like to take this opportunity to offer a massive thank you to Simon Sabin, Christian Bolton, James Rowland-Jones, Martin Bell, Darren Green, Chris Webb, Allan Mitchell, Tim Kent and Chris Testa-O’Neill; collectively better known as the SQLBits organising committee. These guys do make a tremendous time-consuming effort on behalf of SQLBits attendees and I really can’t thank them enough for the work that they put in.


Roll on SQLBits 9!



Some other folks’ thoughts on SQLBits 8:

Published Sunday, April 10, 2011 10:33 PM by jamiet
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Atul Thakor said:

FusionIO put on a hell of an event!

Sticking them videos into PivotViewer would look excellent!

April 10, 2011 10:21 PM

Ashley Burton said:

Nice panorama and thanks for the mention, I'm glad the Lightning Talks went well but unfortunately I missed both sessions - will catch the videos at some point though.  

April 11, 2011 3:12 PM

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