Practically Normal: An Introduction to Normalization

Normalizing a database – splitting apart tables into simpler, more focused tables – can yield concrete benefits, including manageability, scalability, and space savings. The concept is a central tenet of a relational database system such as SQL Server, yet far too many database professionals are unfamiliar with it. This session will present a practical primer on normalization: what it is, why it’s beneficial, how to do it, and when not to do it.


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.

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