Favorite SQL Server 2016 Features

Welcome back to the SQL Trail! Have you ever wanted to stick a bunch of SQL Server professionals in a room and hear their honest take on things? I found myself in Columbus Ohio at the SQLSaturday and I wanted to do a ‘live’ podcast and this episode is the result.  I chat with a panel of SQL Server professionals including Jonathan Stewart, Kevin Feasel, Mike Fal, and Microsoft employee Scott Klein. The panel members chat about their favorite Microsoft features. We also discuss the “Microsoft paradigm shift” and how the hybrid model is likely to stick around for a long time.

Listen to Learn

  • Direct seating, availability groups, and Windows Server 2016
  • Why SSRS Mobile is a must-have for any company with C-level executives
  • The benefits of mobile SSRS reports for database and network administrators
  • The paradigm shift that’s spreading across all Microsoft products
  • PowerShell changes coming in SQL Server 2016
  • The problem with the “cloud first” model and why hybrid is the future
  • The power of Query Store

Our Guests

Mike Fal

Mike Fal is a SQL Server Consultant with Upsearch. He’s a frequent PASS speaker on PowerShell topics. Follow him on Twitter @Mike_Fal or on his blog

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL (https://curatedsql.com) and the author of PolyBase Revealed (forthcoming). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather’s nice enough.

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Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan is a SQL Server professional of 18 years. His experience ranges from BI architecture, data modeling, data warehousing, database architecture, database administration and strategic IT planning for Fortune 100 companies. He sees data in everything and is constantly looking for ways to organize, read and analyze whatever data set he can get his hands on. He is passionate about data and making sense of it. He is passionate about using data to effect positive change in his local community of Columbus, Ohio. When not doing data things, you can find him mentoring youth in his community.

Scott Klein

Scot Klein is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft and former Microsoft MVP. Follow him on Twitter @SQLScott.

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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