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Upcoming Presentation and Blog Events

I mentioned in the last article that I am taking a temporary break from the T-SQL Basics Series of articles. I’ll return to it in a few weeks, but in the meantime I’ve been working other stuff for your amusement.

Next week Wednesday, I’ll be presenting at the Fort Worth SQL Server User Group. Come see me present:

Zombie Database Survival Guide: Implementing PowerPivot with Zombie Databases

Do you have a Zombie Database? Does your database suffer from roaming hordes of problems like the lack of primary and foreign keys, poor normalization, in place updates and deletes, and an insatiable drive to eat your braaaaaaaaaaaaaains (CPU cycles).

Fear not fellow survivor, for I’ll show you how to control the zombie apocalypse and prepare your data for use with PowerPivot, a free add on for Excel 2010. I’ll show you how to use PowerPivot to slice and dice your data and keep your users safe from the zombie databases which threaten their very way of life.

A great time will be had by all.

SQL University

My good friend Jorge Segarra (Blog/Twitter) aka SQLChicken has asked me to become a professor at SQL University. Next week I’ll present a series of articles on Dimensional Modeling Fundamentals.

Tune in and you learn the following:

  • Why your database sucks, and what you can do about it.
  • The reasons you actually have to listen to business folks.
  • What’s with all the dimensional modeling techno-babble? What does it really mean?
  • How to break a Data Warehouse project into digestible chunks so you don’t get overwhelmed from the start.
  • What you really need to know about Dimension and Fact Tables.

There will be chills, thrills, and most likely spills; charts, pretty pictures, dancing girls…. Well, maybe not dancing girls, but I’ll share my views on Dimensional Modeling.

So, attend my presentation in Forth Worth if you can, and tune in next week to see if I can’t get myself disbarred from SQL University.

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