SQLSaturday Madison – April 7-8

The first event I ever spoke at was SQLSaturday in Madison, Wisconsin, back in 2012. I was petrified – would anyone want to hear someone talk about normalization? Especially when that someone was pretty much unknown outside of his city? Long story short, yes, they did. I didn’t have a large crowd, but it was a very welcoming crowd, and the event was fantastic. It was a great way to start my speaking career.

Fast forward five years. SQLSaturday Madison is one of the best-run events in the Midwest and always attracts a sizable crowd and top-tier speakers. It’s still one of my favorite events to attend each year. This year, I’m privileged to not only be speaking at the conference. I was also selected to give a pre-conference session the day before the conference!

On Friday, April 7, I’ll be teaching a full-day class about SQL Server security. This is a strategic class: the goal is to show you what you need to think about, not only in how to approach security within the database, but also what you need to look for across your organization to make sure that the paths to approach your database – such as the applications and the network – are also secure. At the end of the day, attendees will have enough information that they can make informed choices about what needs to be implemented in their environment and create a plan to get it done.

On Saturday, April 8, I will present my session on extending applications using Service Broker. A lot of people have used Service Broker to create a simple messaging infrastructure on a single server, but it can do so much more than that. Service Broker is designed for reliable, secure communications between instances of SQL Server, and it can even be extended to allow interactions with other services. It’s an incredibly powerful feature that can solve some significant problems.

If you’re in the upper Midwest, register for SQLSaturday Madison on their event website. The pre-conference session is just $125 – not a lot for a full day of training. The Saturday conference is free to attend, and just a few dollars for lunch. I hope to see you there!


Ed Leighton-Dick helps small and midsize businesses solve their most challenging database performance, resiliency, and data security issues at Kingfisher Data, the consulting firm he founded in 2014. He has taught thousands of people at over 200 events, including the world's largest Microsoft data platform conferences, and he has been a leader in the Microsoft data community since 2008. Microsoft has recognized Ed seven times as a Data Platform MVP for his expertise and service to the data community.