Denver SQL Server User Group – April 18, 2019

April 18, 2019
5:30 – 8:30


Microsoft Office
7595 Technology Way Suite 400 
Denver, CO 80237


Meeting Agenda
5:30 – 6:00 Food / Socializing
6:00 – 6:15 User Group Business
6:15 – 6:30 Open panel/Questions & Answers
6:30 – 7:30 First presentation
7:30 – 8:30 Second presentation


First Presentation:

Building the Foundation with Azure Databricks

Azure Databricks is a managed Azure service that allows you to easily perform data computations in a cluster. Databricks has multiple use cases including ETL and data science. This presentation will give beginners all of the information necessary to get started in Databricks and will include a demo that implements a fuzzy matching algorithm across a cluster using Python.


By Kara Annanie & Stian Ulriksen

Kara has over 8 years of experience in leading and supporting private and public sector data science engagements, serving as the main-point-of-contact and main data scientist on engagements with clients including Otter Box, Pipeline Equity, CoBank, the Department of Agriculture, the Treasury Department, and the Department of Energy. Kara is highly skilled in developing data science models and algorithms that have a positive return-on-investment for the organization. She also specializes in the ability to communicate complex technical terminology in a manner that is understandable to clients with varying technical backgrounds.

Stian Ulriksen has half a decade of experience working in data science and data engineering across a variety of fields both professionally and academically. Stian has demonstrated advanced skills in developing and deploying data science models and algorithms to help organizations understand their data. Stian also specializes in developing intuitive visualizations and reports to communicate data and technical terminology in an easy to understand manner for clients.


Second Presentation:
Containers, Kubernetes, and SQL Server

Containers and Kubernetes have become buzzwords in the application development world, but how do these technologies fit with SQL Server? This session will discuss the basics of containers and Kubernetes and explain how we can use containers with databases in SQL Server. We will also briefly look at the future of SQL Server with Kubernetes support.


By Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and has been working with SQL Server since version 4.2 on OS/2. After working as a DBA and developer for a variety of companies, Steve co-founded the community website in 2001.


Since 2004, Steve has been the full-time editor of the site, ensuring it continues to be a great resource for SQL Server professionals. Over the last decade, Steve has written hundreds of articles about SQL Server for, SQL Server Standard magazine, SQL Server Magazine, and Database Journal.


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Apr 18 2019


5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Microsoft Denver HQ
7595 Technology Way Suite 400 Denver, CO 80237
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