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January 2016 WISSUG meeting

  • In-Person & Online @ 833 E Michigan St Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States (map)
  • 16:30 - 18:30 (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Language: English

WISSUG Feb 2015 Meeting Announcement

January 2016 WISSUG Meeting


Date: 12 January 2016

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Microsoft Office in Waukesha   (N19W24133 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI  53188)


Driving directions: Take I-94 to County J/Waukesha (Exit 294). Take County J north for  about 1/4 mile. Go past the stone entrance to Riverwood office park (on your left), and proceed to the next entrance, which is Riverwood Drive, marked by a street sign.  Go to the building designated Riverwood 2, which will be on your left.


We need presenters.  Really.  Check out Kendra Little’s post on Speaking.

Bonus: here’s a video of Kendra with her Top 5 Tips For Your First Presentation video.


Newsworthy items:

PASS Virtual Chapters: Over two dozen virtual chapters, each focusing on a different area of SQL Server.  Go to http://www.sqlpass.org/ and click on the Join a Virtual Chapter button to view the list and just click to the chapters that interest you.

Have you checked out Microsoft Virtual Academy?  There’s a ton of free training just waiting for you.

January 2016 WISSUG meeting

PolyBase is part of the Analytical Platform System and is available in SQL Server 2016. It is optimized for data warehousing and can leverage T-SQL to access data stored in Hadoop or Azure Blob Storage.

Attend the January meeting and you'll will enjoy Mike Shelton's presentation and demos of the query functionality and configuring of PolyBase.

Presentation Preview

Introducing Polybase in SQL Server 2016 Presented by Mike Shelton.         

PolyBase was introduced in the Analytical Platform System and is available in SQL Server 2016. PolyBase allows you to use T-SQL statements to access data stored in Hadoop or Azure Blob Storage and query it in an adhoc fashion. It also lets you query semi-structured data and join the results with relational data sets stored in SQL Server. PolyBase is optimized for data warehousing workloads and intended for analytical query scenarios.

In this session we will start by describing the scenarios and use cases for PolyBase. Then we will spend the remaining time on demonstration of the configuration and query techniques.


Mike Shelton is a Microsoft Data Platform Technical Specialist.        

As Data Platform Technical Specialist at Microsoft Corporation, Mike works with customers to understand business and technical requirements to map Microsoft solutions and technologies to address these requirements. The solution areas Mike works with include data warehouse, reporting, dashboard deliver, multi-dimension data analysis, predictive analytics and Hadoop.  Mike has been with Microsoft for the past 12 years working with data management and business intelligence technologies. Prior to joining Microsoft Mike worked as a database administrator.

WISSUG Chapter – Stay Informed

If you would like to continue to receive information about upcoming meetings and events for both WISSUG & PASS, please make sure you get registered with an account on SQLPASS.  All communications about WISSUG will be sent via a mailing list to users registered as WISSUG members with sqlpass.org.


Here's how to make sure you can stay "in the know".


1. Go to www.sqlpass.org

2. If you've never registered with this site before, use the Register link in the upper right-hand corner to create your account.

3. If you already receive messages from PASS, login with your account information.

4. Once you're logged in, go to MyChapters and make sure to join WISSUG as a Local Chapter.

5. Make sure the Subscribe to Email Newsletter checkbox is checked.


WISSUG Meeting Agenda

* Networking with your peers: Got a problem? Got an answer?  Share it!

* WISSUG Business: Don’t just sit there – participate!  Volunteer, present a topic, share your expertise (or your painful learning experience) with chapter members, suggest a topic for a presentation.  The more people participate, the better the group becomes.

* Presentation by Mike Shelton


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Upcoming WISSUG Meetings

09 Feb 2016 – Brent Ozar "What Queries are killing my server?"

08 Mar 2016 – Jonathon Kehayias (SQL Skills) – "Deadlocking for Mere Mortals"

12 Apr 2016 – TBD

Special Offer from Apress:

One of our sponsors, Apress, is running a special promotion from 27-30 November – all eBooks are $10 each.  Details here: http://www.apress.com 


We are pleased to welcome Manning Press as a WISSUG sponsor.

Manning has generously offered all WISSUG members a 36% discount on all their titles.

Simply enter UG367 in the Promotional Code box when checking out.


Special thanks to our sponsors:

WiSSUG sponsors are the best - Please support our sponsors with your patronage.







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