William Durkin

Information & Communications Technology

SQL Server Azure

Lingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

William Durkin

Data Masterminds

William Durkin is a Data Architect for Data Masterminds. He uses his 17+ years of experience with SQL Server to help multinational corporations achieve their data management goals. Born in the UK and now based in Germany, William has worked as a Database Developer and DBA on projects ranging from single server installations, up to environments spanning 5 continents using a range of high availability solutions. William is a regular speaker at conferences around the globe and is the organizer of the popular DataGrillen event.

Current sessions

Automation for the DBA: Embrace your inner sloth

DBAs and sysadmins never have time for the fun stuff. We are always restoring a DB for a dev or setting up a new instance for that new BI project. What if I told you that you can make all that time consuming busy-work disappear?

In this session we will learn to embrace the power of automation to allow us to sit back and relax..... or rather focus on the real work of designing better, faster systems instead of fighting for short time slots when we can do actual work.

Along the way we will see that we can benefit from the wide world of automation expertise already available to us and avoid re-inventing the wheel, again!


It's broken, now what?! (Practical problem solving)

We've all experienced weird situations in IT - things break without any real apparent reason. Sometimes, error messages can be helpful, but mostly they are cryptic and lead to no real explanations/solutions.

In this session, I will show a variety of problems that I have run into in the past and explain how I approached them. Sometimes finding simple solutions, but sometimes having to be creative and employ methods that may not be so intuitive.

You will leave the session with a better understanding on how to approach solving any technical issues you experience at work.


What's new and cool for developers since SQL 2012


SQL Server has received a ton of new features since SQL Server 2012, but not everyone has the opportunity to use newer versions of SQL Server. Even if you get to use SQL Server 2019, maybe you are making a jump from SQL 2012 straight to SQL 2019 so you are missing out on all the fantastic new things that appeared between those versions.

In this session we will take a look at some of the wonderful new features made available to developers in SQL 2012 onwards. We'll see what the features are and where they can be used to make your database design / development easier and better.

You'll leave the session with a better overview of what features are available to you.


What's new and cool for DBAs since SQL 2012

SQL Server has received a ton of new features since SQL Server 2012, but not everyone has the opportunity to use newer versions of SQL Server. Even if you get to use SQL Server 2019, maybe you are making a jump from SQL 2012 straight to SQL 2019 so you are missing out on all the fantastic new things that appeared between those versions.

In this session we will take a look at some of the wonderful new features made available to DBAs in SQL 2012 onwards. We'll see what the features are and where they can be used to make your database design / infrastructure architecture easier and better.

You'll leave the session with a better overview of what features are available to you.