The goal of the DBA Virtual Group is to provide a PASS community for the DBA. It provides a forum for open discussion and education on issues that face SQL Server database administrators.

Big Data 101 for SQL Dummies

Wed, Sep 13 2017 18:00 UTC

Big Data 101 for SQL Dummies

Are you a new kid in the world of Big Data? Let's look at some of the topics of Big Data. We will learn about foundations of big data and social physics, What is the importance of data quality and data privacy. What defines "Big Data"? What are breadcrumbs and how the bad "mice" of the world exploit it against you. We will have a quick look at personal sensors and human behavior This module will explore the various sources of data, how to leverage personal sensors to predict behavior. We will explore the basics of data dynamics and data interrogation, and the importance of interdisciplinary research and testing on yourself, to assist in analyzing a data set. What are the fundamentals and structure of peer networks? We will also talk about HDInsight and take a look at Microsoft's items in play. Time permitting, we will also talk about a couple of real life cases where big data has helped transform people's lives.

Paresh Motiwala

Paresh Motiwala an Azure enthusiast, a DBA Manager (Boston)has led several large SQL implementations, migrations and upgrades. He has managed multi terabyte OLTP databases. He loves learning and talking about Big Data. He has also been a Senior SQL DBA and a Solutions Architect in Fortune 100 companies. He also helps organizing / and speaks at many SQL Saturdays, Azure Bootcamp and User Groups. He is a certified in Big Data Analytics and FinTech(MIT) Project manager, Public Speaker, an avid singer, cook, open networker, and stand-up comedian. He teaches public speaking, debating, interviewing and group discussion skills. He also mentors DBAs in Boston area; and children around the globe via

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Meeting Recordings

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Regular Meeting Schedule

The DBA Virtual Group holds two regular webinars each month. The first one is on the second Wednesday at noon, Mountain time and the second one is on the fourth Wednesday at noon, Eastern time. These 1 - 1¼ hour presentations include slides, demos and a time for questions and answers. The meetings are recorded and archived.


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