Conferences in the second half of 2015: From Asia to America to Europe

I’m sitting in the plane from San Francisco, where the Oracle Java One conference is taking place this week, to Seattle, where I will be participating in the PASS Summit and seeing and hearing the latest on SQL Server 2016.

Prior to this peak of conferences which I will be attending for the 7th consecutive year I also visited a couple of other conferences as a speaker in this half year alone.

Unfortunately, I am only now finding a moment to report on where I have been and where I will be during the course of these 6 months.


In August, I attended conferences in Asia for the first time: first, the SQL Saturday Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and then in India.

In Malaysia, acting in my capacity as the only German, if not European, I had the honor of giving 2 presentations:

  1. In-Memory OLTP Vol1 – XTP Fundamentals & Future Development
  2. “SQL Attack…ed” – SQL Server under attack via SQL Injection

One and a half weeks later, I was in India, at the SQL Server Geeks Summit in Bangalore – the first ever to take place in India.

A fantastic event. This was largely due to the positive attitude of the many volunteer helpers on site. From what I heard they got up every day at 5 am or earlier in order to arrive on time to prepare everything, not minding the hours-long journey from the outskirts of the mega-city to the conference center – which was relatively conveniently located for the speakers and with respect to the Indian traffic.

Here, too, I gave 2 presentations:

  • Tracing With Extended Events – Top Features
  • SQL Server Under Attack via SQL Injection

In my opinion, the SQL Server Geeks Summit was one of the best SQL Server conferences world-wide right from the start. I would consider it among the top 5. – And I have already presented at least once at almost all major SQL Server conferences in Europe and in the US.

Back in Germany, I went on to speak at 3 User Group Meetings of PASS Germany in September: at the Regional Chapter Meetings Ruhrgebiet in Essen, Rheinland in Cologne und Rhein/Main in Bad Homburg. There, I gave my new presentation on “A journey into SQL Server Storage (from memory to disc).”

Besides that, on 13 October, I was a guest speaker at the SQLDays conference in Erdingen where I presented the SQL Server 2016, and this probably for the first time in public in Germany. Also, I presented the In-Memory OLTP Engine with its forthcoming new features:

  • SQL Server 2016: Performance, Skalierbarkeit und Sicherheit – Neues und Verbesserungen // Performance, Scalability and Security – Innovations and Improvements
  • SQL Server 2014-2016: In-Memory OLTP & Operational Analytics

Now, after stops in New York and San Francisco, I am on my way to Seattle to give my 6th presentation at the largest SQL Server conference in the world, the PASS Summit. It will be a short teaser from my Extended Events presentations:

After the PASS Summit, I will proceed to the MVP Summit, exclusively held for MVPs. There at the latest I will take the opportunity to directly connect with a few product teams and exchange knowledge and ideas. – Above all, with the security team, because SQL Server 2016 will see a couple of major innovations in this area indeed. And I will present these innovations at the PASS Camp in December.

The second hot topic is the upgrading of the In-Memory Engine which I have introduced from the outset at various conferences – at a time when the hurdles were still quite big. I can already tell you this much: This will change with SQL Server 2016 for sure!

Once I’m back in Germany, I will be at the Microsoft Technical Summit in Darmstadt from 17-18 November where I will have the privilege of introducing SQL Server 2016. Just like in the previous years, this is a great honor for me.

This my year of international conferences will finish with the PASS Camp mentioned above (1-3 December).

I would be happy to personally welcome some of my readers on one of these occasions. One does not necessarily need to cross oceans for this. 🙂

Finally, a current note:

From 23-27 November, one of my popular SQL Server Master-Classes takes place in Düsseldorf: the MC1: Workshop SQL Server 2014 for Administrators. In fact, it sold out within 4 weeks. However, thanks to a room change, I can reserve a spot for the first person who indicates the following code at registration: MC1BlogSpecial. Note that I can only guarantee the participation for the first to apply this code when registering. In addition to this, the code also qualifies for a 15% discount on the seminar fee.

Hint: Members of PASS Germany and clients of Sarpedon Quality Lab will obtain special discount codes. If unsure, please contact me directly.


Here are a couple of visual impressions from the above-mentioned conferences from all over the world:

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