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Adam Rich | Beazley

I'm an actuary living and working in Connecticut, USA. I work for a company called Beazley, which is headquartered in London. I started programming computers when I was six years old and my grandfather put in front of a BASIC window and a users manual. I've been programming in R for 7 or so years. I've taught courses in R for the Casualty Actuarial Society and internally at Beazley. I have one package on CRAN and it has exactly one function, fancycut. I love to hack and I love to talk about hacking.

SQL Server 2016 with R!

Microsoft recently acquired Revolution Analytics and is making R an integral part of their application suite with the introduction of SQL Server 2016 in-database R Services. This is an exciting development for the thousands of us who work with Microsoft products everyday. Many other database engines have provided support for calling other languages for several years, but this is a first for Microsoft.

In this talk I will walk you through how SQL Server 2016 with R works. We will go over some very important concepts like session and memory management, input and output conventions, and some best practices and patterns. I will also walk through a real, yet simple, example of how to actually use this new technology using real data and real R code (not just something run against the iris data set). This will give attendees a view into how a development workflow with this new technology might take shape.

This session will not require any knowledge of SQL Server specifically and definitely not of SQL Server 2016 with R. I want you to be able to leave this session with new skills that you can use right away. Or, at least some inspiration of how might be able to leverage this new technology.

I am in no way affiliated with Microsoft but I do like using SQL Server. Don't judge me.