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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Event

PASS and Microsoft Partner to Bring R2 Training to SQL Server Community

A New Era of Data Management and Business Intelligence

SQL Server 2008 R2 (formerly codenamed SQL Server "Kilimanjaro") was announced at TechEd 2009. Microsoft will kick off its launch tour for SQL Server 2008 R2 with this level 200, full-day launch event seminar at PASS European Conference. Donald Farmer, one of the best-known thinkers in the SQL Server Business Intelligence team, will introduce Microsoft's new Business Intelligence platform. Steffen Krause, Microsoft SQL Server Evangelist, will present further changes within SQL Server 2008 R2 in the areas of scalability and IT/developer efficiency.

SQL Server 2008 R2 delivers several breakthrough capabilities that will enable your organization to scale database operations with confidence, improve IT and developer efficiency, and enable highly scalable and well managed Business Intelligence on a self-service basis for your users. Microsoft has built a broad, integrated, easy-to-use, and rich platform for delivering BI which has been updated with the best of data integration and transformation, warehousing, and multidimensional analysis. 

This full day event will run on April 21, from 09:00 to 17:30, at the Swisshotel in Neusss, Germany in conjunction with the PASS European Conference. Review the day's detailed agenda.

Make sure you join us for even more R2 technical content at the PASS European Conference with our special R2 Fast Track program content.

Register now for the R2 Launch and PASS European Conference 2010


Detailed Launch Event Schedule

9:00 – 10:30 
Keynote: SQL Server 2008 R2 and the Evolution of Business Intelligence
(Donald Farmer, 90 min) 

This session will introduce new features of with SQL Server 2008 R2, the new editions and the overall picture of Business Intelligence that the Microsoft BI Platform relates to. Microsoft is introducing radical new technologies this year that will change the landscape of Business Intelligence (BI). But to really understand how important these changes are, and how they will impact your business, we need to look at the history of business intelligence and analytics. There are many familiar problems from the past that teach us much about our present challenges and give us guidance on how to approach the future with a new set BI technologies. We'll take past examples of analyses, compare them with modern tools and look at how we solve these problems in a new, much more powerful way.
Break (30 min)  
11:00 – 11:45 
Server 2008 R2 Business Intelligence Customer Reference
(Customer and Partner, 45 min)
Lunch Break (60 min)  
12:45 – 14:15 
Making Decisions – How Knowledge Workers Transform their Role with Business Intelligence
(Donald Farmer, 90 min) 

In this session we will look at the role of the Knowledge Worker in the departments. Of course, we will explore the Microsoft tools that these Knowledge Workers use. However, we will particularly look at the different kinds of business decisions that Knowledge Workers make – decisions about tactics and strategy, personal decisions about their own work, and very influential “explorations” to discover new directions. We will describe how they, especially those using Microsoft tools, are taking control of their data in new ways, and helping to create new and dynamic ways of working. We will look to the exciting future of Knowledge Work, with new developments from Microsoft and partners.

This session will concentrate on how Office System 2010, in particular SharePoint 2010 and its PerformancePoint Services enable anyone to create and use BI in an organization. We will also introduce the very new Microsoft PowerPivot stressing how existing Excel skills enable self-service analysis by intermediate and more advanced users.  
Break (30 min)  
14:45 – 16:15 
Supporting Decisions – How IT Pros Transform the Game with Business Intelligence
(Donald Farmer, 90 min) 

Who are the forgotten heroes of Business Intelligence? The IT Professionals who manage the infrastructure that manages, secures and provisions high quality data 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In this session, we review the work of the IT Professional, especially on the Microsoft platform. We will see how IT Professionals can not only be passively involved in BI, but how they can lead the way in their businesses: by introducing BI and delivering an information-rich infrastructure that can change your enterprise’s production, sales and marketing strategies.

This session aims to take a look at BI capabilities of the SQL Server 2008 R2. We will introduce Master Data Management and new approaches to massive Data Warehousing. We will look at the way in which SQL Server functions as part of the overall BI Platform.  
16:15 – 17:30 
Further Changes with SQL Server 2008 R2
(Steffen Krause, 75 min) 

While Business Intelligence is the biggest area of new features in SQL Server 2008 R2, there are many important improvements outside of the BI area. Especially if you have to manage many SQL Servers, the new multi-server management abilities enable you to manage and monitor servers at scale. Data tier applications lower the barrier between development and production. Unicode compression shrinks databases with global character sets. StreamInsight enables processing of huge amounts of events in less than a second.  

Get-together (drinks and snacks)


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