This write-up of SQL Saturday in Istanbul was provided by Turgay Sahtiyan, a Senior PFE specializing in SQL Server. Along with the team of PFEs presenting, Turgay was an active participant in planning and organizing this event, and is one of its founders.


After SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul event, I would like share an update and the great success the EMEA GBS SQL Engineers achieved.

It’s 3rd time we held SQL Saturday event in Istanbul and the first time we have accepted international speakers and have a PreCon training day with Andreas Wolter, a SQL MCM from Germany.

First of all, I have to say that having international speakers was really great idea according to feedback we received. This was an important milestone for us to pass as the next step to having an even bigger event in Istanbul such as SQLRally, 24 Hours Pass and so on.

22 Speakers (8 International speakers from Germany, Portugal, UK, Austria, Ukraine, Russian, Bulgaria) including 4 MCMs, 8 MVPs and 6 Microsoft Engineers presented 23 sessions on 5 parallel tracks consist of DBA, DEV, BI, SQL Server 2014 and Azure. You can find a portion of speakers below (some of them were absent due to some reasons I don’t know Smile)

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A Portion of the Speakers at SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul

6 EMEA GBS SQL Engineers were appeared as speaker at this event. I would like to thank Belkıs Özhorasan, Sibel Nal, Batuhan Yıldız, Işıl Efe, Kağan Arca and Serdar Altuğ for their commitment to help the Turkey SQL Server community by offering their spare time and valuable insights to support this event. You are great guys!

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EMEA GBS SQL Guys at SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul

More than 160 attendees from almost all over Turkey had a chance to learn key features of SQL Server from most famous presenters. In addition, during the event attendees had a chance to increase their network.

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Keynote : Gokben Utkun – Yiğit Aktan – Turgay Sahtiyan

After keynote, 5 parallel tracks started and most of the time attendees were conflicted about which session they should attend! Smile

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SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul Agenda

I would like to thank one more time to all EMEA GBS SQL Engineers for supporting this event.

It was really awesome!

PS : Some slide decks can be found on SQLSaturday 258, Istanbul event side here

Turgay Sahtiyan

Senior Premier Field Engineer - SQL Server


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