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DIFINITY CONFERENCE 2017

7 - 9 FEBRUARY, 2017, AUCKLAND

WHAT IS DIFINITY CONFERENCE 2017

Microsoft Data Platform, Business Intelligence, and Analytics Conference

Difinity is the largest Microsoft Data Platform, Business Intelligence, and Analytics Conference in New Zealand. IT Decision Makers, Developers, Analysts, IT Professionals, BI Managers, BI Professionals, Database Administrators, Architects, and Consultants will gather for three consecutive days of learning.

There will be 30+ technical sessions delivered by speakers from all around the world, including Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, Microsoft Certified Masters, and Microsoft Corporate’s product teams. Sessions will be split into tracks for Data Platform, Business Intelligence, and Analytics.

Who's Speaking?

Leila	Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is a Artificial Intelligence Microsoft MVP, PhD, Trainer, and BI consultant. She is world well-known speaker in Machine Learning and Analytics topics, and spoke in world’s best international conferences in Data Platform topics, such as; Microsoft USA Ignite, Microsoft data Insight Summit, Microsoft NZ ignite, SQL PASS Summits, PASS Rally, SQL Nexus, SQL Saturdays and so on. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Data Mining and Analytics. She writes blog posts in RADACAD and also publishes YouTube videos in our channel. She also is an invited lecturer in universities such as University of Auckland, and Unitec, and some other universities. She worked in many industries including banking financial, power and utility, manufacturing, tourism, and so on.

Rob Farley

Rob Farley

Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions. He is an MCM, MVP, MCT, PDW Trainer, and proud Arsenal supporter. He spends a lot of his time either tuning queries or helping people with their BI systems, from small in-house data warehouses to large PDW implementations. His presentation style and his ability to explain complex concepts simply are known throughout the SQL Server community. He blogs at http://sqlblog.com/blogs/rob_farley and at http://sqlperformance.com/author/robfarley , and is on Twitter at @rob_farley.

Matt Masson

Matt Masson

Matt Masson is a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft's Power BI team. He used to be the Program Manager of the SSIS team. He speaks and teaches many SSIS courses around the world. Matt has worked on multiple data integration products, including Azure Data Factory, Power Query, Power BI, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Data Quality Services (DQS), and Master Data Services (MDS). He is currently part of the Microsoft Power BI team working on data movement areas of Power BI. He has authored two books – SSIS Design Patterns (Apress) and SQL Server 2012 Integration Services (MS Press), and is a frequent presenter at Microsoft conferences. You can find his blog at www.mattmasson.com .

Event Schedules

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Master Your Inner Flow and PowerAppsJohn Liu 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:11
2Power BI for DevelopersSergei Gundorov 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:02
3Speeding Up SQL Server QueriesAmit Bansal 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:03
4Practical R for everyoneSteph Locke 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:08
5Master your data for Power BI & ExcelKen Puls 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:04
6Definitive Power BI ArchitectureReza Rad 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:07
7The SQL Server DBA's Guide to Kubernetes, Docker and DevOpsEdwin M Sarmiento 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:01
8AI and Cognitive Services in a DayLeila Etaati 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCordis Hotel Auckland Gallery Room 3
9Move your database to the Cloud: Understand, Design, Migrate, Manage, and Monitor Azure SQL DatabaseRoberto Cavalcanti 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCordis Auckland Hotel Gallery 1
10Demystifying DAXMatt Allington 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCliftons Auckland Room 4:05
11Power BI Administrator in a DayCharles Sterling 09:00 AM - 05:00 PMCordis Auckland Hotel Gallery 2
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Power BI, PowerApps and Sharepoint – A perfect combination for cloud servicesJakub Barzyk 4:00 PM - 5:15 PMGreat Room II
2Azure Machine Learning Studio vs. Power BIYana Berkovich 12:00 PM -1:15 PMGreat Room IV
3Building AI solutions: Real-world examples by FreadomDavid Duan 2:15 PM - 3:30 PMGreat Room II
4SQL Server Memory Internals & TroubleshootingAmit Bansal 4:00 PM - 5:15 PMKrystal I
5How to make everything with Microsoft Flow (Flow Advanced)John Liu 12:00 PM - 1:15PMGreat Room III
6AI in the modern Enterprise using ChatbotsAnupama Natarajan 10:30 AM - 11:45 AMGreat Room IV
7Dealing with Ugly Data in Excel & Power BIKen Puls 4:00 PM - 5:15 PMGreat Room I
8Power BI Dataflows and Incremental Refreshing, what does this mean?Gilbert Quevauvilliers 10.30 AM - 11.45 AMGreat Room II
9Azure Data Studio vs SSMSWarwick Rudd 10:30 AM - 11.45 AMKrystal I
10Successfully Virtualizing and Maintaining SQL Server on Vmware vSphere Victor Isakov 2:15 PM - 3:30 PMKrystal I
11Now you see it, but did you really? Correcting Visual Fallacies…Jonathan Stewart 4:00 PM - 5:15 PMGreat Room III
12Building Data Models with Many to Many Relationships in Power Pivot/Tabular Data ModelsMatt Allington 12:00 PM - 1:15 PMGreat Room I
13Real-World Query Tuning ExamplesAmit Bansal 12:00 PM - 1:15 PMKrystal I
14The Art of Data modelling with Azure Analysis ServicesPhilip Seamark 2:15 PM - 3:30 PMGreat Room III
15Story Telling with Power BI DesktopCharles Sterling 10.30 AM - 11.45 AMGreat Room I
16Power BI Extensibility: Developers GuideSergei Gundorov 2:15 PM - 3:30 PMGreat Room I
17Azure SQL Database - Lessons learned from the trenchesRoberto Cavalcanti 10:30 AM - 11:45 AMGreat Room III
18Designing a Business Wide Analytics Platform Jack Horlock 12:00 PM - 1:15 PMGreat Room II
19Architecture Blueprints for Power BI ImplementationsReza Rad 2:15 PM - 3:30 PMRoom IV
20Power BI and Excel Advanced Data VisualizationVivek Patel 4:00 PM - 5:15 PMGreat Room IV
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Back to the future: Moving on your database from On-premise to Cloud and go back? Roberto Cavalcanti 8:30 AM - 9:45 AMGreat Room I
2Using Microsoft ML Server for Data ScienceSteph Locke 8:30 AM - 9:45 AMGreat Room II
3Introduction to PowerApps with Power BIJohn Liu 8:30 AM - 9:45 AMGreat Room III
4SQL Server on Linux and Containers Changes everything for the better!Hamish Watson 8:30 AM - 9:45 AMGreat Room IV
5Database Internals meets Power BI Patrick Flynn 8:30 AM - 9:45 AMKrystal I
6An All Demo View of new Microsoft's Power PlatformCharles Sterling 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMGreat Room I
7Real time information with Azure and Power BI, Breaking the 3 second barrierDavid Alzamendi 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMGreat Room II
8Data wrangling with Azure DatabricksRegan Murphy 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMGreat Room III
9Deep Dive into SSIS in Azure Data FactorySandy Winarko 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMGreat Room IV
10Automate your Daily Database Checks with PowerShell (Edwin M Sarmiento) Level 200Edwin M Sarmiento 10:00 AM - 11:15 AMKrystal I
11Data Visualization: How to truly tell a great story!Jonathan Stewart 11:45 AM - 1:00 PMGreat Room I
12Operationalizing Power BI for 20 000 usersLuc Labelle 11:45 AM - 1:00 PMGreat Room II
13Power BI backend and DevOpsDavid Lyth 11:45 AM - 1:00 PMGreat Room III
14Intro to AI for BI professionalsAnkit Patira 11:45 AM - 1:00 PMGreat Room IV
15SQL Server 2019 Darmadi Komo 11:45 - 1:00 PMKrystal I
16Wacky DAXPhil Seamark 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMGreat Room I
17Data Privacy, Security, Ethics and Compliance in a data-driven worldMartin Catherall 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMGreat Room II
18Quirky Time Intelligence with DAXOwen Auger 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMGreat Room III
19Power BI HacksRui Romano 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMGreat Room IV
20Fast Lane to Azure SQL DeploymentsManohar Punna 2:00 PM - 3:15 PMKrystal 1
21Power BI Custom Visuals: Getting beyond the boilerplateDaniel Marsh-Patrick 3:45 PM - 5:00 PMGreat Room I
22Power BI Panel DiscussionCharles Sterling , Sergei Gundorov 3:45 PM - 5:00 PMGreat Room II
23ETL Framework - A Generic Wheel Robert Blaas 3:45 PM - 5:00 PMGreat Room III
24Empower your business apps using cognitive servicesIndira Bandari 3:45 PM - 5:00 PMGreat Room IV
25Creating and Managing a Power BI Enterprise Deployment Craig Bryden 3:45 PM - 5:00 PMKrystal I

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Travel Information

Venue

Stamford Plaza Auckland,

22-26 Albert St, Auckland 1010

Transport

Auckland International and Domestic Airport is just 30 minutes drive to the venue. There are a wide range of flights from many major cities in the world to Auckland.

Hotel & Restaurant

Stamford Plaza Auckland is the venue for the conference. More hotels and  accommodation options will be announced soon.

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Opportunities

Learn

Hear best practices and learn about leading edge technologies and new features from our subject matter experts coming from the USA, Europe, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Ask an Expert

There is no place better than Difinity to ask your questions of members of Microsoft Product Groups, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and Microsoft Certified Masters all in one conference.

Socialise

Network with other professionals in your area of expertise in here in New Zealand with our three day event: heaps of networking opportunities.

Explore Event

You choose: attending sessions, connecting with sponsors and exhibitors, socialising and networking with others. Learning and having fun at the same time.

$365/day
Pre-Conference Day
  • Pre-conference workshop day (your choice of workshop)
  • Includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
$365/2 days
2 day Conference Only
  • Full access to 2 day conference: 8-9th of Feb
  • Includes morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea
$310/2 days
Group Discount
  • Register for groups of 3 or more and receive a 15% discount for 2-day conference

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