SQL Saturday # 347 – Washington, D.C. – Coming Soon!







This is the second SQL Saturday that I have the honor to have been selected as a presenter. I know it is an honor, because not all sessions submitted are selected.  At some point, I expect that I will not always be selected to present.  This is the nature of such events, everyone can’t be selected to present or speak.  However, I view this as an opportunity to continue working on and better developing my presentation and technical skills.  This keeps me grounded and humble to continue the pursuit of becoming the best I can.

At SQL Saturday #347, I am looking forward to the opportunity to be both a presenter and an attendee.  There are many quality presenters that I am interested in attending their sessions to grow as a SQL Server professional.  I anticipate like previous SQL Saturday events I have attended,  there will be many great and knowledgeable people I will have the opportunity to meet.  It is no small feat to organize and provide an event such as this.  Therefore, I particularly want to thank all of the volunteers responsible for publicizing and organizing the event.  These will be the first people I will want to meet and thank for their tireless efforts.

SSAS Design and Performance Best Practices

This is a topic that is a continual series on my blog. As some people may not have the opportunity to attend the presentation, it is essentially a journey through a compilation of best practices in relation to scalable SQL Server Analysis Services cube design. From dimension design to SSAS engine internals we will explore SSAS multidimensional design patterns that will take you through steps to assist in getting SSAS cubes better optimized to better match the needs of your organization. My hope is that you are able to experience and have the following takeaways:

  • best practice design patterns
  • high level understanding of the SSAS internal engine and what role it plays
  • tuning techniques that provide performance gains
  • emphasis on the importance of solid multidimensional database design

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a Training on the T’s Session with Pragmatic Works (an awesome place to work!).  You can find a link to this webinar on the Past Events page.

Journey to Washington, D.C.

This will be the first time I will have a chance to visit our nation’s capital.  I am hoping that I have a few minutes to see some of the historic sites in the area.  I am also hopeful that there will be less drama at Phoenix Sky Harbor this time around.  If you haven’t read the post to understand what I am referring to…read SQL Saturday #331 – Denver – What a Great Event post under The Journey to Denver paragraph.  It is a true story.

SQL Community

I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know new people in the SQL Community.  I would encourage you if you haven’t had the opportunity to attend SQL Saturday event to do so when one is within reasonable driving distance, a short train or bus ride, or quick flight.  It will give you many reasons to want to attend future events and invite all of your SQL friends.


Alan Faulkner

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