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Sunday 1 April 2012

SQLBits X - UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event

SQLBits X,  the official UK SQL Server 2012 Technical Launch Event was held from 29th - 31st March 2012 and took place at the Novotel London West, London.

This was another amazing event with plenty of chance to absorb the vast array of technical offerings from all areas of Database Management, Development and Business Intelligence.  It was a privilege to be a helper at such an event.

The event consisted of the Training Day, Conference Day and Community Day on Saturday. In the evening there was a chance to network with the largest attendance of any SQLBits.

The SQLBits keynotes were delivered by Quentin Clark , the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft SQL Server Database Systems Group and Conor Cunningham, Principal Software Architect at Microsoft. Quentin Clark showcased the vast set of new tools and new features of SQL Server 2012 to help deal with the data explosion and migration to cloud services. Conor Cunningham demonstrated the sheer speed of the new ColumnStore index and its benefits to the Data Warehouse.  A great plus for the conference was the presence of the SQLCAT team and international speakers.

The takeaway from the conference is that there is a change in how and what needs to be managed and where the future lies for database services.   

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