Day 1, Wednesday, technically started on Tuesday with a newbies speed networking event in which we had to rotate through a crowd of 10 other people - introducing ourselves and asking questions about our professional lives. This was awkward to begin with but, as the evening wore on, introducing ourselves to strangers became a lot easier and more normal. We then moved on to the Welcome Reception and then a #SQLKaraoke event. Great opportunities to meet new people from different areas of the world and parts of the community.
Wednesday morning proper, began with a keynote from Joseph Sirosh. This keynote from Joseph essentially set the tone and theme for a large part of the conference sessions - Azure, Big Data and the Cortana Intelligence Suite.
The first session I attended was on Design Patterns for Azure SQL Database (for which a separate blog will be forthcoming).
The next session I attended was about incorporating Azure Data Lake Analytics into a BI environment (again, another blog is in the pipeline).
My final session of the day was Going Under the Hood with Azure Data Lake. This was the most insightful session of the day, which has subsequently sparked my brain into Data Lake mode (expect many blogs on this), and went through how Azure Data Lake works as well as how the U-SQL language works and resources are allocated.
Tonight - more networking.
So far, the community has been so welcoming and I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow where I’ll be learning about Big Data solutions and best practices. I’m also looking forward to sharing all my experiences and learning's with my colleagues and wider SQL Community.