SQLintersection Fall 2018 (no clash with PASS this year!)

As we head towards our 12th SQLintersection in December, I’m excited to say that it’s once again our most diverse, complete, and information-packed show yet!

For the first time in 4 years we have a new hotel contract that doesn’t have our show landing on the same week as the PASS Summit, so now you don’t have an excuse for not trying out our show!

One of the pieces of feedback we hear over and over is that attendees love SQLintersection because it’s a smaller, laid-back show, where you get to actually spend time talking with the presenters 1-1. I have to say that’s one of the reasons why we love the show so much; *we* get to spend time talking to attendees, rather than being mobbed by hundreds of people after a session ends. And we only pick presenters who we know personally, and who we know to be humble, approachable, and eager to help someone out.

We have 2 pre-con days at the show and with our post-con day, there are 9 full-day workshops from which to choose. We have 40 technology-focused (NOT marketing) sessions from which to choose, plus two SQL Server keynotes, multiple industry-wide keynotes by Microsoft executives, and the ever-lively closing Q&A that we record as a RunAs Radio podcast (you can listen to the recording from our Spring 2018 show here.)

You’ll learn proven problem-solving techniques and technologies you can implement immediately. Our focus is around performance monitoring, troubleshooting, designing for scale and performance, cloud, as well as new features in SQL Server 2014, 2016, and 2017. It’s time to determine your 2008 / 2008 R2 migration strategy – should you upgrade to 2016/2017 directly? Should you move to Azure? This is the place to figure that out!

If you’re interested in how we got here – check out some of Kimberly’s past posts:

  1. SQLintersection: a new year, a new conference
  2. SQLintersection’s Fall Conference – It’s all about ROI!
  3. Fall SQLintersection is coming up soon and we can’t wait!
  4. SQLintersection Conference and SQLafterDark Evening Event – what a fantastic week in Vegas

And Kimberly recorded a Microsoft Channel 9 video where she discusses the 2017 Spring show – see here.


With minimal to no marketing filler, we’ve largely kept our conference focus on ROI and technical content (performance / troubleshooting / tales-from-the-trenches with best practices on how to fix them ) but we’ve also added even more social events so that you really get time to intersect with the conference attendees and speakers. The addition of the SQL-specific, pub-quiz-style evening event SQLafterDark was wildly popular from our past shows and that’s returning for Fall!


SQLintersection: Great Speakers!

Once again, I think a great show starts with great speakers and current / useful content. All of these speakers are industry-experts that have worked in data / SQL for years (some can even boast decades) but all are still focused on consulting and working in the trenches. And, they’re good presenters! Not only will you hear useful content but you’ll do so in a way that’s digestible and applicable. Every speaker is either an MCM (Master), a past/present SQL Server MVP, or a past/present Microsoft employee (or a combination of all three!) But, regardless of their official credentials – ALL are focused on providing the most ROI that’s possible in their session(s) and/or their workshops, and ALL have spoken for SQLintersection multiple times.

Check out this phenomenal list of speakers:

  • Aaron Bertrand – MVP, SentryOne
  • Ben Miller, MCM, MVP, past Microsoft, Consultant
  • Bob Ward, SQL Server team at Microsoft
  • Brent Ozar, MCM, past-MVP, Consultant
  • David Pless – MCM, Microsoft
  • Erin Stellato, MVP, SQLskills
  • Gareth Swanepoel, Microsoft
  • Jes Borland, past-MVP, Microsoft
  • Joe Sack, MCM, past-MVP, Microsoft
  • Jonathan Kehayias, MVP, MCM, MCM Instructor, SQLskills
  • Kevin Farlee, Microsoft
  • Kevin Kline, MVP, SentryOne
  • Kimberly L. Tripp – MCM Instructor, MVP, past SQL Server team at Microsoft, SQLskills
  • Paul S. Randal – MCM Instructor, MVP, past SQL Server team at Microsoft, SQLskills
  • Pedro Lopes, MCM, SQL Server team at Microsoft
  • Stacia Varga, MVP, Consultant
  • Tim Chapman – MCM, Microsoft
  • Tim Radney – MVP, SQLskills

You can read everyone’s full bio on our speaker page here.

SQLintersection: When is it all happening?

The conference officially runs from Tuesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 6 with pre-conference and post-conference workshops that extend the show over a total of up to 6 full days. For the full conference, you’ll want to be there from Sunday, December 2 through Friday, December 7.

  • Sunday, December 2 – pre-con day. There are three workshops running:
    • Due Data Diligence: Developing a Strategy for BI, Analytics, and Beyond with Stacia Varga
    • Developer’s Guide to SQL Server Performance with Brent Ozar
    • Leveling up with PowerShell for the DBA with Ben Miller
  • Monday, December 3 – pre-con day. There are three workshops running:
    • Modernize Your Applications with Azure SQL Managed Instance with Tim Radney and David Pless
    • Performance Troubleshooting using Waits and Latches with Paul S. Randal
    • High Performance, Scalable, Asynchronous Processing Using Service Broker with Jonathan Kehayias
  • Tuesday, December 4 through Thursday, December 6 is the main conference. Conference sessions will run all day in multiple tracks:
    • Check out our sessions online here
    • Be sure to check out our cross-conference events and sessions
    • Get your pop-culture trivia and techie-SQL-trivia hat on and join us for SQLafterDark on Tuesday evening, December 4
  • Friday, December 7 is our final day with three post-conference workshops running:
    • Troubleshoot Like a Microsoft Engineer with Tim Chapman
    • SQL Server Reporting Services and Power BI – Reporting Solutions with David Pless
    • Using Query Store to Easily Troubleshoot and Stabilize Your Workload with Erin Stellato

SQLintersection: Why is it for you?

If you want practical information delivered by speakers that not-only know the technologies but are competent and consistently highly-rated presenters – this is the show for you. You will understand the RIGHT features to troubleshoot and solve your performance and availability problems now!

Check us out: www.SQLintersection.com.

We hope to see you there!

PS – Use the discount code ‘SQLskills’ when you register and receive $50 off registration!

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