Free SQL Server Training – Week May 2010

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"Free Kitten!!! Free Kitten!!!" We all like free stuff.  Especially when we already know it’s something we love.  And if you are reading this blog, you likely love or really like SQL Server.  Or just maybe you are paid to like it.

What ever the reason, the more you know about it the better you will be in applying the features to your business issues.  Which it turn could lead to things like bonuses and a brand new car.

So speaking of free training,  Pragmatic Works, WROX, SQL Server Central, and SQL Server Magazine have gone together to provide a monthly series on SQL Server training.

This month’s topics are:

SQL Server Parallel Data Warehousing (PDW)
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May 18, 2010 11:00 a.m. EDT
Bruce Campbell, Microsoft

SQL 2008 R2 Parallel DW Appliance (PDW) – formerly known as Project Madison, PDW, is Microsoft’s first DW Appliance. PDW utilizes Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) and will scale out SQL Server 2008 R2 DW from 10’s to 100’s of TBs. PDW has standard support for MPP, High Availability, Linear Scalability and a HUB and Spoke DW Architecture.  In this session Bruce Campbell will present the underlying architecture of PDW and how Parallel processing will improve upon your current data warehousing designs.

The role of Solid State Storage (SSS) in Modern Data Warehouses.
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May 20, 2010 11:00 a.m. EDT�
Sumeet Bansal

Solid State Storage (SSS) is making a significant contribution towards modern Database systems.  In this session, Sumeet will talk about the challenges that traditional storage systems pose for Data Warehouses, and how SSS can alleviate them.  He will talk about the impact of an SSS based Data Warehouse for vastly increased performance and energy efficiency.

Creating Dashboards in PerformancePoint 2010.
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May 25, 2010 11:00 a.m. EDT
Mark Stacey

With the release of Sharepoint 2010, Performance Point Services has evolved into a enterprise ready rapid development dashboarding and scorecarding toolkit.

Creating KPIs, scorecards and dashboards has never been easier.

During this training session, Mark will show how to connect to disparate data sources such as Analysis Services cubes, databases, and information stored in Sharepoint lists, and present this data in scorecards and charts.

If this sounds appealing – run out and get registered at the links above.  Also, keep up to speed with upcoming sessions from the webinar page.