January 2014

Featured Presentation

Locking, Blocking, Latches, Deadlocks, and Spinlocks

Speaker: Bradley Ball

Summary: A finely tuned professional Athlete can perform at Peak Conditions. To do this they must identify their weaknesses and train to overcome them. We all want our SQL Server's to perform like professional athletes but in order to understand how to make SQL Server perform at the next level we must understand it's strengths and limitations. How Locking and Blocking work and how we can make it work for us. What are Latches, and why are they important? What are Deadlocks and how can I combat them? And what in the name of SQL is a Spinlock? Together we'll discuss them, learn about them, and discover how we can finely tune SQL Server.

About Bradley: Bradley Ball is a SQL MCITP with almost 15 years of IT experience. Bradley spent 8 years working as a Defense contractor for clients such as the U.S. Army and The Executive Office Of the President of the United States. Currently the Data Platform Management Lead with Pragmatic Works and a Microsoft VTSP. He has presented at SQL Saturdays, SQL Server User Groups, SQL Rally, DevConnections, SQL Live 360, and the PASS Summit. Bradley can be found blogging on

Pre-Meeting Presentation

BI Power Hour (Video replay from the 2013 PASS Summit)

Speakers: Matt Masson, Matthew Roche, Riccardo Muti, Patrick LeBlanc, Kasper de Jonge, Adam Wilson

Summary: The legacy continues. The Microsoft Business Intelligence team is excited to once again present the BI Power Hour. In this entertaining session, we'll dazzle you with new demos that expose the lighter side of BI and show off the flexibility and power of the Microsoft BI Platform. If you've never been to a Power Hour session, you've been missing out! We promise you'll walk away impressed.

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