This is not the big announcement that I've promised about 24 Hours of PASS (which starts in five weeks from now!) – that's coming later this week (and for those of you who haven't picked up on it – 24HOP is the portfolio I've been given since becoming an elected director of PASS).
The announcement that is coming later in the week will contain the full schedule (which is being finalised as we speak), and will also include another piece of news that I'm very excited to be able to announce. (Although by now I'm curious about whether this will end up being an anti-climax for those of you expecting me to announce that we're going to be broadcasting from the moon or something)
But in keeping with this month's T-SQL Tuesday (which feels like one of the only things that gets me taking time out to write – hard to think that it's two years since I hosted), I thought I'd mention what's happening on the Big Data side with 24 Hours of PASS.
If you haven't been paying attention, Big Data is the Big Topic du jour. Microsoft is running with the Apache Hadoop platform – which is hugely significant when you consider the power of open source here. I'm not going to suggest that you're missing out if you're not already jumping in with both feet – but I think this area is set to grow significantly.
Anyway – I'm going to leak the details for two of the 24 Hours of PASS sessions. You'll be able to register for these in a few days' time.
At 02:00 – 03:00 GMT (what is this in your time zone?), we have:
Denny Lee: Tier-1 BI in the Age of Bees and Elephants
In this age of Big Data, data volumes become exceedingly larger while the technical problems and business scenarios become more complex. This session dives provides concrete examples of how these can be solved. Highlighted will be the use of Big Data technologies including Hadoop (elephants) and Hive (bees) with Analysis Services. Customer examples including Klout and Yahoo! (with their 24TB cube) will highlight both the complexities and solutions to these problems.
And at 15:00 – 16:00 GMT (what is this in your time zone?), we have:
Cindy Gross: Fitting Microsoft Hadoop into your Enterprise BI Strategy
What is this Big Data thing and why should you care? Learn about Microsoft's Hadoop connectors, our Hive add-in for Excel, what Pig and Hive are, and more. Big Data is an exciting foray into the world of data previously too big to load and query in an affordable manner. With the new Big Data tools you can expand your BI reach be the hero who helps your company make better business decisions.
Both these sessions are going to be great. If you've heard either Denny or Cindy present before, you know that they're both technically excellent and fantastic presenters too. What's more, with these sessions being roughly 12 hours apart, hopefully you can get to at least one, no matter where in the world you are. (In fact, Denny's session is in the timeslot that the Adelaide SQL Server User Group uses – so we'll be showing this on the big screen at our regular event).