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Malta Microsoft Data Platform User Group #2 February 2017

  • In-Person @ The Strand, Sliema Creek 116 Gzira, Gzira, Malta (map)
  • 18:00 - 20:30 (UTC+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb
  • Language: English

Meeting agenda
18.00 - 19.00 Session 1 - "APPLY Yourself" by Kevin Feasel
19.00 - 19.15 Networking
19.15 - 20.15 Session 2 - "SSRS 2016 - why you should love SSRS again?" by Slawomir Drzymala

Session description
Session 1 - "APPLY Yourself"
Microsoft introduced the APPLY operator in SQL Server 2005. This under-used, non-standard operator can help us solve a number of common (and not-so-common) problems with elegant code which performs well. We will look several problem spaces in which the APPLY operator shines, such as joining to table-valued functions, getting the top N child records for each parent record, string splitting, and word matching. With the use of these examples, we will gain a deeper understanding of when to use the APPLY operator. This will be an online session.

Session 2 - "SSRS 2016 - why you should love SSRS again?"
SQL Server Reporting Services is well known and widely used for years. Nowadays, it seems it was a bit overlooked in last editions of SQL Server. Finally this has changed and in SQL Server 2016 a revolution has come for the SSRS. For SSRS lovers I’m going to show another reason to be satisfied, and for skeptics that the revolution really came and we have the reason to love Reporting Services again.

Speakers bio
Kevin Feasel

Kevin Feasel is a Data Platform MVP and Engineering Manager of the Predictive Analytics team at ChannelAdvisor, where he specializes in T-SQL and R development, fighting with Kafka, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL ( and a contributing author to Tribal SQL ( A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

Slawomir Drzymala
Data Warehouse Developer and a big enthusiast of the Microsoft technologies, which is still playing with data, the .NET technologies and Microsoft's data products. Big fan of the data mining/data science, but also of the self-service BI. Speaker at many different events including the biggest Microsoft SQL Server conference in Poland. Organizer of the meetings, conferences and hackathon dedicated to the Microsoft Data Platform.

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