Presenting at SQL Saturday Exeter 2015 (YAY!)


This year I have 3 new year’s resolutions.

  1. Start a blog – Done! You’re reading it 😛
  2. Gain the MCSE in both BI and the data platform – Working on it.
  3. Start presenting at user groups and conferences – Read on

I have been attending conferences for about the last 3 years. SQL Saturday Exeter in 2013 was the first database conference I attended. I had no idea what to expect, I remember thinking that everyone there would be a database guru and I would be so out of my depth. However this was not the case. SQL Saturday Exeter is run by the SQL South West UG, which at the time I had only been attending for about 4 months. The event was a great success! I learnt tonnes  and it sparked an interest that just keeps getting bigger – Presenting. To date, I have delivered lightning talks at SSW but nothing longer than 15 minutes. Since then I have attended about 10 conferences and always learn loads!

Now in its third year SQL Saturday Exeter is running again on the 24th and 25th of April. There is a paid for training day on the Friday and a free day on the Saturday (Click here to see the brilliant selection of sessions).  I am somewhat bias when it comes to SQL Saturday Exeter as I am co-organising the event, this meant I was unsure if I would have enough time to deliver a session. However I bit the bullet and submitted 3 sessions (on PowerPivot, TSQL and the last was on reporting on SQL Server Reporting Services). The last one was selected ! YAY!

So on the 24th of April at 15:00, in Exeter, you can come and see me present for the first time at a conference on “SSRS inception: Reporting on Reporting services” – Abstract below.

Still using Reporting Services? Yeah me too! Does this scenario sound familiar? You already have a large SSRS environment but the users still want more reports. You create a new, all singing, all dancing dashboard that removes the need for a bunch of reports, awesome. You launch it and explain to the business  that you are deprecating the old reports. “WAIT! We still need that for Jill in HR to do her end-of-month”, or “We might still need that” – these types of comments are what leads to having a load of reports that are not being used.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see who is viewing a report, in what format and how often, all inside your current SSRS environment? With this data wouldn’t it then be even better if we could automate a process to email the owner of that report to say “HA! I told you no one looked at this report!”. In this session we will look at how we can do all of this and more by mining the SSRS DB.

This session came about from when I started working in my current role. I joined a company with a lot of SSRS reports (>150 – A mixture of dashboards and operational reporting). I was sure that there was no possible way that all these reports could be actually being used. So I set about making something that would prove me right. This has now been in production for about 5 months.

  • So what will you learn from this session?
  • You will learn about the SSRS DB and what it holds.
  • How to mine the SSRS DB for gold.
  • How to do this in a way that does not upset Microsoft.
  • A little bit about data warehousing
  • And a little bit of SSIS.

As there is a lot that has gone in to this project and I want it to be easy to use and understand I will write a blog in the next few weeks, that goes in to how each part is created before the session. All scripts, SSIS packages and the slides will be available to download before the session.

I am really looking forward to delivering my first conference session. I hope you like it and I look forward to seeing you in April.

If you cannot make it in April, I was also be presenting this session at SQL South West UG on the 16th of February, and at the Cardiff UG on the 31st of March.

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