JOIN! is a premium conference for all Microsoft SQL Server specialists, featuring some of the best speakers in the industry.

9-10 May 2016 (conference)
11 May (post-conf)

NIMBUS Conference Center
Al. Jerozolimskie 98, Warsaw (see on the map)

Golden Floor, 15th floor (Millennium Plaza)
Al. Jerozolimskie 123A, Warsaw


Here you can find information about the event.
New premium database conference

Given our vast knowledge and prior experience in organizing “SQLDay” and “DeveloperDays” conferences, including “.NET DeveloperDays”, “Mobile DeveloperDays” as well as “InfrastructureDays”, we have now created a new conference dedicated to SQL Platform.

The SQL Platform conference is specifically designed for:

  • programmers and database administrators
  • software engineers
  • architects and designers of database systems

During the conference there will be one track about database administration and programming (DEV/DBA).

We also invite you to participate in day-long workshops in which you can test your knowledge and skills acquired during the conference (due to the character of the event the number of participants is limited!).

Among the lecturers on the day there will be notable experts in SQL technology and database area.

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Our speakers

One of our greatest strengths is our fantastic speakers from all over the world. The real experts.
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Kalen Delaney

Conference & PostConf Speaker
Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 28 years, and provides advanced SQL Server training to clients around the world. She has been a SQL Server MVP since 1993 and has been writing about SQL Server almost as long. Kalen has spoken at dozens of technical conferences, including every PASS conference in the US and multiple TechEd events in both the US and Europe. Kalen is the author or co-author of many books on SQL Server, the most recent being SQL Server 2014 Internals: In-memory OLTP, from Red Gate. Kalen blogs at
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Allan Hirt

Conference & PostConf Speaker
SQLHA founder, Microsoft MVP, and SQL Server mission critical expert Allan Hirt is a consultant, published author, speaker, and trainer who has been using Microsoft SQL Server in various guises since 1992 since interning at Sybase in college. Based in the Boston, MA area, he travels all over the world to work with and train clients. Allan is currently working on the book Mission Critical SQL Server.
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Chris Adkin

Conference & PostConf Speaker
Chris has been working SQL Server for the best part of 16 years, his interest is in pushing the database engine to its limits. Chris has presented at various events on the Pass SQL Saturday circuit around Europe and at the last three SQL Bits. Plaudits for Chris’s work include the fact that his material on spinlocks is referenced by the SQL Skills training collateral and the fact he has been given all of Thomas Kejser’s training material to present and update whilst Thomas pursues activities outside of the SQL Server community.
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Maciej Pilecki

Conference & PostConf Speaker
Maciej is the only person in Poland with a title of Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server and has been a Most Valuable Professional and Microsoft Certified Trainer in the past. For many years he has been designing, building and operating highly scalable database solutions for his clients worldwide. He is a performance and scalability freak, specializing in SQL Server database engine, including SQLOS, Storage Engine and Query Optimizer. He is the mastermind behind SQLProxy.
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Jennifer McCown

Conference Speaker
Jen McCown is co-owner of MinionWare, LLC; a Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server; and an independent consultant. She is Senior Editor at, where she creates training videos, the DBAs at Midnight webshow, blogs, reviews, and podcasts. Jen is a member, volunteer, and speaker in NTSSUG, PASS, and the PASS Women in Technology virtual chapter.
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Sean McCown

Conference Speaker
Sean McCown is is co-owner of MinionWare, LLC, a Certified Master in SQL Server, and a SQL Server MVP with 20 years of experience in databases. He is also founder and co-owner of the website, where he records free SQL Server training videos and co-hosts the popular web show DBAs@Midnight.
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Uwe Ricken

Conference Speaker
Uwe Ricken is working with IT systems since the 90’s. After 6 years of operational experiences as a DBA and over 14 years as a developer of complex database models he earned in May 2013 the “Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server 2008”. Uwe Ricken was the first MCM + MVP in Germany! He’s blogging since 2010 at about his daily experiences with Microsoft SQL Server. Uwe Ricken is a speaker on many international conferences and events and preferred topics for “Database Internals”, “Indexing” and “Development”.

Post-Conf sessions

Post-Conf will take place after the conference.

Kalen Delaney – SQL Server Query Plans — Reuse or Recompile

What determines when a plan is reused? When is it better to recompile? Reusing an inappropriate plan cause a huge reduction in query response time. On the other hand, recompiling a frequently run query every time it’s executed can also cause big performance problems.

Allan Hirt – The ABCs of SQL Server Availability

Your applications and end users need SQL Server instances and databases that both perform well and are online when they need to be. Additionally, the solution must be manageable and cost-effective. No big deal, right? Wrong.

Chris Adkin – Advanced Techniques For Super Scaling SQL Server

You are a DBA or developer working on applications with mission critical performance requirements so exacting that a level 400~500 understanding of the database engine is required in order to extract every last ounce of performance from the database engine.

Maciej Pilecki – Understanding the Query Optimizer

Did you ever wonder what the heck was the Query Optimizer thinking, coming up with this idiotic execution plan? During this full-day workshop, we are going to dive into the inner workings of the Query Optimizer to uncover some of the logic that drives it, decisions it makes based on the limited information available to it, and answer some of those questions in the process.

Post-conf Agenda (May 11, 2016)

08:00 – 09:00 | Registration
09:00 – 13:00 | Workshop session
13:00 – 13:45 | Lunch
13:45 – 17:00 | Workshop session


List of conference sessions which will take place on 9-10 May 2016.


May 9th 2016



08:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION
09:00 – 10:15 KEYNOTE
Maciej Pilecki
– What’s New in SQL Server 2016 and Why Should You Care? (300)
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break / Breakfast
10:30 – 11:45 Allan Hirt
What’s New for High Availability in SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016
Uwe Ricken
Daily problems with indexing and their possible solutions (300)
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:15 Chris Adkin
Superscaling SQL Server Singleton Inserts (400)
Uwe Ricken
Are Temporal Tables a useful feature? (200)
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 14:55 Sponsor session
14:55 – 15:10 Coffee break
15:10 – 16:25 Sean McCown
Monster Text Manipulation: Regular Expressions for the DBA (300)
Jen McCown
Effortless Backups with Minion Backup (200)
16:25 – 16:40 Coffee break
16:40 – 17:55 Kalen Delaney
What the Hekaton?! (400)
Jen McCown
Designing Stored Procedure Solutions (300)


May 10th 2016



09:00 – 10:15 Kalen Delaney
Locking and Blocking (300)
Uwe Ricken
Demystifying clustered indexes (300)
10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break / Breakfast
10:30 – 11:45 Sean McCown
DIY Performance Reporting (200)
Maciej Pilecki
Reading Execution Plans (and Making Sense of Them!) (300)
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:15 Allan Hirt
Top 10 Clustering Dos and Don’ts
Jen McCown
Unraveling Tangled Code: A Spellbinding Tale of Victory Over Chaos (300)
13:15 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:30 Chris Adkin
Leveraging Memory With The Database Engine (400)
Kalen Delaney
Are You Optimistic About Concurrency? (400)
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 – 17:00 Sean McCown
The Backup Tune-up (300)
Maciej Pilecki
Query to Results – End-to-End Guide to Your Query Lifetime and Performance (300)
17:00 – 17:15 Closing of the conference

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Below you can find the price list (prices depend on the date of registration).

Until 16.03.2016
500 PLN / 125 EUR 600 PLN / 150 EUR
Standard price
17.03.2016 - 15.04.2016
750 PLN / 187,50 EUR 800 PLN / 200 EUR
Last minute
After 16.04.2016
1000 PLN / 250 EUR 1000 PLN / 250 EUR

All prices are subject to 23% VAT (this also applies to foreign attendees).


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