PASS European Conference 2010

With great pleasure I’d like to share with you that my employer has approved my request to attend the SQL PASS European Conference! (Thank you Ordina :-) )

This event will take place at 21-23 April 2010 in Neuss, Germany.

PASS European Conference: April 21 - 23, 2010

I’m really looking forward to this, I’m sure it will be three days with a lot of learning, a lot of networking and a lot of fun!

If you’re going too and you’re from Belgium: have a look at the Belgian SQL Server User Group site for a discount code!

Ow, and post a comment here so that we can have a chat over there!

Sessions I’m Planning To See

(list updated on April 14)

Day One (April 21)

The event hasn’t started yet and I’m already having difficulty in choosing my sessions.  This day is the official start of the SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Tour and there’s a full day of sessions on R2 planned.  But they are level 200, while Adam Saxton is talking about SSRS in a level 500 full-day session (I always thought that the range went from 100 to 400, guess I was wrong.)  So this is my agenda for the first day:

0930 – 1730: (500) Tackling Top Reporting Services Issues by Adam Saxton (Microsoft CSS)

Day Two (April 22)

Again another day with lots of interesting sessions, too many unless I can find a way to split myself up for a while…  Those in bold are the ones I’ll probably be choosing to attend.

0900 – 1030: (Keynote) The Evolution of Business Intelligence by Donald Farmer (Microsoft)

1045 – 1200: (400) Index Age 3—Dawn of the Filtered by Bodo Michael Danitz (

1045 – 1200: (300) Cooking with SSRS: Advanced Report Design Recipes by Paul Turley

1045 – 1200: (300) Implementing Common Business Calculations in DAX by Chris Webb (CrossJoin Consulting)

1300 – 1400: (300) Spatial Data in SQL Server 2008 and SQL 2008 R2: A Real World Application by Javier Loria (Solid Quality Mentors)

1300 – 1400: (???) Taking BI to the next level with in SQL Server 2008 R2 , SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 by Oliver Goletz & Martin Vach (Microsoft Germany)

1415 – 1515: (300) The Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways to Write Poorly Performing MDX Queries by Steve Simon (State Street Corporation)

1415 – 1515: (300) SQL & SSIS 2008 R2 Performance Optimizations by Henk van der Valk (Unisys)

1530 – 1630: (300) SQL Server and SharePoint – Best Practices by Steffen Krause (Microsoft Deutschland GmbH)

1645 – 1800: (400) ETL 3 Ways by Allen Mitchell (Konesans)

1645 – 1800: (500) Kerberos and the BI Stack by Adam Saxton (Microsoft CSS)

1645 – 1800: (300) The Top 10 Developer Mistakes That Won’t Scale by Brent Ozar (Quest)

Day Three (April 23)

0830 – 1000: (???) Real Time Cubes by Thomas Kejser (MS SQL CAT Team)

1015 – 1130: (400) Blazing Fast Queries: When Indexes Are Not Enough by Davide Mauri (Solid Quality Mentors)

1145 – 1245: (400) StreamInsight by Allen Mitchell (Konesans)

1345 – 1445: (400) Cache-warming Strategies for Analysis Services 2008 by Chris Webb (Crossjoin Consulting)

1500 – 1600: (300) Building a Dashboard with PowerPivot, Reporting Services and PerformancePoint using PowerPivot in SharePoint by Kasper de Jonge (ADA ICT)

1500 – 1600: (300) Adaptive BI Best Practices by Davide Mauri (Solid Quality Mentors)

1615 – 1715: (???) Importance of Master Data Management by Markus Thomanek (Microsoft Germany)

Have fun!



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