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    Monday, September 29, 2008

    Belgian SQL Server Day - Call for speakers

    On Thursday, the 4th of December 2008 SQLUG.BE (The Belgian SQL Server User Group) and Microsoft are teaming up to organize the first Belgian SQL Server Day. Focus of the day is off course SQL Server 2008.

    The event will be the biggest community driven SQL Server event in Belgium with an estimate of 200+ attendees eager to learn, get answers to their questions and also important socialize.

    For this event we are still look for speakers. We are looking for sessions that cover new features and improvements in SQL Server 2008 (Database Administration, Development, Business Intelligence, ...). Sessions are 60 minutes.

    If you are interested in speaking on the event, please send an e-mail to with a session title and abstract.

    The website will be launched in the coming days.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Next SQLUG.BE session on SSIS

    We announced our next SQLUG.BE event on Integration Services. We will have 2 sessions by 2 top speakers. Looking forward to see you there.

    Session 1: what's new in SSIS 2008 by Nico Verheire

    A word about our speaker:
    Nico Verheire is a Business Intelligence Consultant for RealDolmen. For the last 4 years, he has been working almost exclusively on SQL Server (7, 2000, 2005), with a strong focus on SSIS, SSAS and SSRS. Nico currently holds an MCTS certification for SQL Server 2005 BI.


  • Integrating data with ADO.NET
  • Scripting with VSTA
  • Introducing the new lookup transformation (including caching)
  • Managing change in a data warehouse: how to use Change Data Capture (CDC) and use of the MERGE statement
  • Dealing with data quality: the Data Profiling Task
  • Level: 200

    Session 2: Deep-dive session about improving SSIS performance given by Geert Vanhove

    A word about our speaker:
    Geert Vanhove started his career in IT in 1991 as COBOL programmer on a mainframe system. In 1994 he chose to focus on databases, first on Sybase, later (1998) -almost- fulltime on Microsoft SQL Server. In 2005 he started his own company - DCOD - mainly focussing on performance tuning of SQL Server OLTP and BI platforms. He was closely involved with some of the most important SQL Server realizations in Belgium - as well in a development as in an operational context.

    This session will address some problems that might occur when a SSIS solution needs to scale because DB and data volumes to load are getting larger. This session is not only a statement of how you can improve your SSIS performance; the impact of each optimization step is shown in action throughout the demo package that will be the red wire of this presentation...

    Level: 300

    Date: Thu September 25, 2008

    18:00 - 18:30 Welcome with a drink & sandwich
    18:30 - 20:00 Part 1
    20:00 - 20:30 Pause
    20:30 - 22:00 Part 2
    22:00 - ... networking

    The event-sponsor is Kohera in Kontich:
    Veldkant 33a
    2550 Kontich

    A route description can be downloaded here.

    Registration is needed and is open.

    Registration will be closed on September 23