April 2014

Featured Presentation

Ten Query Tuning Techniques Every SQL Programmer Should Know

Speaker: Kevin Kline

Summary: SELECT statements have a reputation for being very easy to write, but hard to write very well. This session will take you through ten of the most problematic patterns and anti-patterns when writing queries and how to deal with them all. Loaded with live demonstrations and useful techniques, this session will teach you how to take your SQL Server queries mundane to masterful.

  • Implement a reusable Transact-SQL test harness for reliable query results
  • Learn ten patterns that kill the performance of SELECT statements and how to avert them
  • Discover the high-impact metadata that shows how a SELECT statement behaves...or misbehaves


About Kevin: Kevin Kline, a longtime Microsoft SQL Server MVP, is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of "SQL in a Nutshell". Kevin is the director of engineering services at SQL Sentry. He tweets at @kekline and blogs at

Pre-Meeting Presentation

Convince Me – Persuasion Techniques That Get Things Done

Speaker: Kevin Kline

Summary: Ever wanted to convince the boss try something new, but didn't know where to start? Ever tried lead your peers only to fail to achieve your goals? This session teaches you the eight techniques of influencing IT professionals, so that you can innovate and achieve change in your organization.

  • Learn about the fundamental difference between influence and authority and how you can achieve a high degree of influence without explicit authority
  • Learn the eight techniques of influencing IT professionals, when to apply them, and how to best use them
  • Discover the communication and procedural techniques that ensure your ideas get a hearing by bosses and peers, and how to best win support for them


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