SQL Server 2012 #SpecialOpsTour – Jacksonville Blog Series

Today, Microsoft’s #SpecialOpsTour rolled in to Jacksonville. Just in case you are not familiar with the event, allow me to explain. The #SpecialOpsTour is a traveling seminar that goes over the new features of SQL Server 2012. This blog series will cover the subjects covered during the event. I thought this would be a great thing to do for those who won’t be able to attend one of the twelve stops on the tour. I personally know how it feels to be “out of the loop” because of geographic challenges, so I will do all that I can to bring this and other events to others that are unable to attend. That’s what the #SQLFamily is about, right? Paying it forward.

This series of blog posts that I will publish over the next few weeks will cover the sessions that are offered at the event. As I am able I will throw in my own visions of these features that were discussed, any experience I have had with them, and some pointers on using them that I have come across while writing the articles.

So here’s the schedule of sessions/articles. These titles and descriptions of sessions are coming right off the agenda page on the Special Ops Tour site.:

SQL Server 2012 – The New World of Data 

  • SQL Server 2012 as the Mission Critical, cloud-enabled Data Platform, ready for the world of BigData. Learn about SQL Server 2012, as the Mission Critical, cloud-enabled Data Platform, ready for the world of BigData. We’ll introduce SQL Server 2012 key pillars: Mission Critical Evidence, Breakthrough Insights and Cloud on Your Terms. You will learn how SQL will enable mission critical confidence at a low TCO, and be introduced to the Fast Time to Solution scenarios with SQL Server Appliances, Developer Tools and blazing fast performance.

Introduction to SQL Server 2012 AlwaysON – Availability Groups

  • In this session, you’ll learn how to configure and implement SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability groups. We’ll explore the architecture, concepts, and steps for configuring High Availability in SQL Server 2012.

Self-Service BI using PowerPivot and PowerView

  • Discover the new capabilities of PowerPivot and Power View in SQL Server 2012, allowing people from all levels of the organization to unlock new insights with pervasive data discovery across structured, unstructured and cloud data resources, backed by self-service managed B.I. We’ll dive deep into the technical underpinnings and integration with SharePoint and Excel for rapid data exploration and visualization.

Understanding Microsoft Training & Certifications for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • Are you interested in becoming certified in SQL Server? Do you already hold a SQL certification and wonder about getting certified in the new program? In this session, Pete Harris will provide an overview of the certifications and training offered by Microsoft for SQL Server 2012. We’ll discuss the value of being certified, and then discuss the different certifications, upgrade paths and the related training options offered by Microsoft Learning.

There’s a lot of information to cover, and I can’t wait to share with those who aren’t as fortunate to have an opportunity to go.

See you next week.