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Data Saturday - Johannesburg

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15 May 2021



Data Saturday Johannesburg is a virtual online training event for professionals who use the Microsoft data platform.

Community speakers will offer sessions about the cloud, analytics, database administration, business intelligence, AI and more.

This year we are targeting junior and less experienced community members, therefore we will be looking for introductory and fundamentals talks. 

Due to the COVID pandemic, this event will be held online.

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Call for Speakers
CfS opens at 12:00 AM

10 Apr 2021

CfS closes at 11:59 PM

25 Apr 2021

This event is in South Africa Standard Time (UTC+02:00) timezone.
Closing time in your timezone is .

We will be trying something different with this event, unlike the traditional SQL Saturday format we will be a single-track event with sessions being 25 minutes.

All talks need to be at a 100-200 level and aimed at users with little to no experience working with data.

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Thimantha Vidanagamage
  • Power BI: Building Your First Semantic Model
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  • Power BI: Utilizing Large Scale Semantic Models in Service
  • Azure Data Factory: No-code Data Preparation in a Modern Data Warehouse
  • Azure Analysis Services: Shifting to an Effective Semantic Model
Torsten Strauß
  • Table variable deferred compilation in Microsoft SQL Server
  • Detect Plan Regression with Query Store
  • Automatic Query Tuning in Microsoft SQL Server - Plan Correction
Hasham Niaz
  • Power BI for Sales Managers
  • Power BI for Business Users
  • Power BI - 5 Tips & Tricks
Taiob Ali
  • What the heck is a checkpoint, and why should I care?
  • The magnificent seven - Intelligent Query Processing in SQL Server
  • New features in Management Studio — Performance Troubleshooting made easier!
  • Azure SQL Database-Business Continuity During Disaster
  • Azure SQL Database - Where is my SQL Agent?
James McGillivray
  • The Fundamentals of DAX Contexts
Klaus Aschenbrenner
  • Running SQL Server on Linux
  • Joins in SQL Server - as easy as ABC!?
  • Headache guaranteed: Deadlocking in SQL Server!
  • Docker for the SQL Server Developer
Marco Obinu
  • A gentle introduction to Azure Arc
  • Pros and cons of the different high-availability solutions for an Azure SQL VM system
  • Planning a SQL Server migration to Azure without breaking the bank!
  • Choosing the right size and disk configuration for an Azure SQL VM
Andy Levy
  • The Social Network in SQL Server
Javier Villegas
  • SQL Server 2019 New features
  • Performance Features in SQL Server and Azure SQL
  • Introduction to Azure SQL
Randolph West
  • Back to the future with Temporal Tables
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Gonzalo Bissio
  • Azure SQL DB managed instance... A different SQL Server?
  • Azure Sql DB Managed instance, a different sql server?
John Miner
  • Basic Database Design
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  • Full Text Indexing Basics
  • Transitioning your T-SQL skills to Spark SQL
  • Don't Lose Your Integrity
  • Effective Data Warehouse Storage Patterns
  • Audit and Prevent unwanted SQL Server Tables changes
  • Power BI Desktop Designer
Björn Peters
  • How to get the best out of your SQL Server on Azure
  • Introduction into Azure Arc Data Services
Deepthi Goguri
  • Fundamentals of Tempdb
  • Introduction to Query Store
  • Fundamentals of Indexes in SQL Server
  • Fundamentals of Statistics in SQL Server
  • Basic Life Cycle of a Query in SQL Server
Riccardo Zamana
  • Azure Iot Edge - a walkthrough to EDGE data services
  • A Brief Introduction to Situated Intelligence: The new era of multimodal integrative-AI systems
  • Azure cache - a brief introduction to multi model databases
  • ADX Azure Data Explorer - A brief introduction to the Telemetry Engineer world
  • Time series Analytics - a deep dive into ADX Azure Data Explorer
Edward Pollack
  • Decoding Query Execution Plans
  • Database Design Fundamentals
  • Improve Query Performance by Writing Better T-SQL!
  • Parameter Sniffing: Everything You Have Been Told is Wrong!
  • Creating and Using Calendar Tables
  • Predict Application Problems with Database Metrics
Mihail Mateev
  • Empower Your business with Power Automate’s Desktop RPA Solutions
  • Introduction to Azure Digital Ywins
  • Power BI Embedded Gen 2 in a Nutshell
  • Dealing with CosmosDB
  • Creating Custom BI Solutions with Power BI Embedded
  • Power BI Embedded Gen 2 Unleashed
Markus Ehrenmüller-Jensen
  • My Favorite Pie (Chart): Simple Rules for Clear Visualizations
  • A Game of Hierarchies: Introduction to Graph Processing with SQL Server 2019
  • Model Your Data Like a Star in Power BI
  • Self-Service AI with Power BI
  • Introduction to Numeric Calculations in DAX
  • From SQL to R – Leverage Your T-SQL Knowledge to Learn R
  • Do You Speak English? Localized Reports with Power BI
  • A Game of Hierarchies: Advanced Graph Algorithms in T-SQL
Pedro Reis
  • Introduction to DAX
  • Getting Started with Power BI
  • From Power BI to Excel - The best of two worlds
  • "DAX" The way to do it... Again!
  • "DAX" the way to do it
Michael Johnson
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Thomas Hütter
  • An R primer for SQL folks
  • A refresher on geospatial data in SQL Server
Dèjì Akọ́mọláfẹ́
  • On-Premises or Hybrid Cloud? Questions That Matter When Virtualizing SQL Server on VMware vSphere
Gogula Aryalingam
  • The Need for and Execution of Power BI Dataflows
  • Putting up a BI Architecture with Discipline and Flexibility using Power BI
  • Data Modeling in Power BI: Why it's important and How to do it
Rob Richardson
  • Your Technology Your Way: Full-stack Web and Service with .NET and Node
  • Kubernetes Test Drive
  • Planning for the varied levels of once-data-processing with Kafka
Nikola Ilic
  • It's just a SQL - Crash course on Synapse Serverless for T-SQL ninjas!
  • Power BI & Synapse - The Art of (im)possible!
  • Unpack VertiPaq - Understanding "Brain & Muscles" behind Power BI
  • High 5 - Simple tricks that will make you a Power BI hero!
Brandon Leach
  • SQL Server Configuration And Deployment With Powershell DSC
  • A DBA's Guide to the Proper Handling of Corruption
Frank Geisler
  • Living on the Edge: SQL Server Edge
  • Introduction to SQL Server on Docker
  • Code Your Report Environment
  • Automating Power BI with PowerShell
Shane Welgama
  • Lock Picking your SQL Server
  • The reason why DBAs just can't get OVER Window Functions
Kevin Feasel
  • The Curated Data Platform
  • Getting Started with Apache Spark
  • Does This Look Weird? An Introduction to Anomaly Detection
Alpa Buddhabhatti
  • The Science Behind A Recommend Machine learning system - Using Azure ML
Kevin Chant, Sander Stad
  • GitHub DevOps Duet - Johannesburg edition
  • Azure DevOps duet - Johannesburg edition
Thomas Martens
  • Power BI Adoption - Make Power BI the go-to analytical tool
  • Power BI - The Admin Portal
  • DAX - Fundamental Musings
  • Data culture, data-enabled, data governance, data catalog, Power BI - how does this all relate
Magnus Ahlkvist
  • Statistics, an unreliable friend
  • RBAR Bad. Sets good.
  • My romantic relation with Powershell generally and DBATools especially
  • Eight hours of work in 20 minutes.
Sebastiano Galazzo
  • Creating a photorealistic talking avatar using generative adversarial networks
Yitzhak David
  • T-SQL Window Functions in SQL Server 2019
  • SQL Server 2019 on containers and Kubernetes(k8s) from zero to an hero !
  • Analytics in Power BI with R and Python with SQL Server 2019 ML Service & Polybase : From zero to an
  • Data virtualization with SQL Server 2019 PolyBase and integration with Power BI .
  • Query Store for SQL Server 2019 from zero to an hero & lessons learned from the fields
  • Data virtualization with SQL Server 2019 PolyBase and integration with Power BI
  • Analytics in Power BI with R and Python with SQL Server 2019 ML Service & Polybase
Uwe Ricken
  • User Definied Functions – From SQL 2000 – SQL 2019
  • Simplify data management with partitioning
  • Introduction to partitioning
  • Database Scoped Configuration - Server Settings
Armando Lacerda
  • Azure Synapse Analytics - When a table is not just a table
  • Azure SQL DB Hyperscale, the game has changed.
Jose Manuel Jurado Diaz, Roberto Cavalcanti
  • Azure SQL Database - Lessons learned from the trenches
Jose Manuel Jurado Diaz
  • How to get the most from Azure SQL Database
Tracy Boggiano
  • SQL Server Configuration with dbatools and dbachecks
  • Mental Health and Wellness in IT: Safeguarding our most precious resource
Ahmad Osama
  • Azure SQL Database Administration for the on-prem DBA
  • Azure Networking for SQL Server DBAs
Wolfgang Strasser
  • Continuous Integration for the BI Developer
  • Connect your data artifacts with Azure Synapse Analytics
  • PowerPlatform Dataflows –PowerQuery (and more) in the Cloud
Carlos Lopez
  • Using WSL2 for SQL Server in Containers as development platform
Eldert Grootenboer
  • Implementing an Event Sourcing strategy using Azure Event Hubs
  • Empower your Azure IaC with Bicep!
  • A Guide Through The Azure Messaging Services
Erik Monchen
  • Introduction to Deployment of ADF in an Azure DevOps CI/CD environment
  • Use ADF dynamically to orchestrate your data load
  • Lightning-fast processing in a relational SQL Server environment
Dennes Torres
  • Optimizing Model and Dashboards using DAX Studio
  • Data Lake House in the Cloud: The Azure Solutions
  • Advanced ETL with Power Query
  • Going to Azure SQL: Admin differences no one told you before
  • Cloud Security: Secure Access from your Applications to Azure SQL
Gethyn Ellis
  • Driven by the 9s - I need a highly available Microsoft Data Platform – what features should I use?
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  • Top 5 Skills a DBA will need in 2021
Tomaž Kaštrun
  • Automate your social life with Azure
  • Applied data analytics with Azure Databricks
Luis Beltran
  • Using your database for Machine Learning with ML.NET
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Will Velida
  • Azure Cosmos DB: Lessons learnt from the frontline
Jean-Pierre Voogt
  • Working with data in Python for the Aspiring Data Scientists
  • Data Migration to Azure SQL DB using Polybase