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It’s that time of the year when the Microsoft Azure Data engineering team is getting ready to participate at SQL Bits 2020. Excitement for this year’s show is everywhere, as SQL Bits provides us with a unique opportunity to learn, connect, and share with you, our SQL Server community.

SQL Bits is the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in Europe and this year it is returning to London at the massive ExCel exhibition center. We are excited to meet our customers, partners, and community members. With almost 60 breakout sessions, 5 full-day pre-conferences, and a keynote that is packed with great demos and all the new exciting things in Azure data, there is something for everyone.

For those attending this year, we’ve put together a quick guide below on some of the Data and AI sessions you can look forward to. Can’t wait until SQL Bits? Check out the conference sessions to get a taste of all the exciting stuff you don’t want to miss at SQL Bits 2020.

SQL Bits is also running a promotion right now to share their love for data. Save 10 percent on your registration when you use the code: MSDATA10. 

SQL Bits 2020 sessions not to miss

Keynote: Join Gayle Sheppard, CVP, Azure Data for a keynote presentation on the journey of SQL Server from edge to cloud, packed with exciting demos and customer stories.

SQL Server 2019: The modern data platform: Bob Ward has also authored a new book “SQL Server 2019 revealed.”  In this session, he will give you the highlights, including the most exciting new features in SQL Server 2019 like Data virtualization, Big Data Clusters, Accelerated Database recovery, and more.

Sandboxing SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters: Big Data Clusters combine the power of SQL Server, Apache Spark, and HDFS to gain intelligence over all your data. Join James Rowland Jones to learn about the most common use cases for Big Data Clusters.

Modern Database design: Connor Cunningham will talk about improving the performance and scale of the databases in real-world scenarios using technologies including columnstore, in-memory tables, Azure SQL Database Hyperscale, Always On Availability Groups, and readable secondaries.

Azure Data Services on Azure Arc: Come join Vin Yu to learn more about the newly launched hybrid service Azure Arc, which lets your run Azure Data Services anywhere. Vin will be deploying data services in hybrid and multi-cloud environments – including AWS, GCP and on-premises – and he will show you some of the management capabilities of Azure Arc such as elastic scale and automatic patching.

Azure Synapse Analytics:  Ever since the announcement of Azure Synapse Analytics, we have seen tremendous community excitement around this new cloud data warehouse service. Join Michael Rys to learn how Azure Synapse brings together big data and data warehousing through new technology and a unified development experience.

Azure Data Studio features in 20 minutes: If you want a quick refresher on all the cool new features in Azure Data Studio, then don’t miss the session from Vicky Harp, where she will touch on all the features in Azure Data Studio in a fast introduction to what is sure to be one of your favorite new data administration and data development tools.

10 DBA tasks for Azure SQL: If you are a Cloud DBA, or are in the journey of migrating your on-prem databases to cloud, then check out this session from Alain Dormehl and Rie Irish on the 10 most common DBA tasks for Azure SQL and how they differ from on prem DBA tasks.

Azure SQL Hyperscale Deep Dive: Join Alain Dormehl, Davide Mauri, and Denzil Ribeiro to learn how Hyperscale can enable you to innovate with nearly limitless storage in a future-proof, world class, fully managed database.

Microsoft Learn will also be present at SQLBits 2020, showcasing the complete offering of training and certifications available to the Data & AI professionals. Attendees will get the scoop on the newest certifications in Microsoft’s portfolio and will also have the chance to be part of the beta exam experience.

After the roaring success of SQL Bits 2019, we are ready for yet another action packed SQL Bits 2020 In London. We can’t wait to meet you there and celebrate!


This post has been updated on March 12, 2020, to reflect changes in Microsoft’s involvement with SQLBits 2020 which has been postponed to September 29 to October 4.