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Simon Sabin

Simon runs a Data Consultancy Sabin.io enabling companies to make the most of the data they have.

He has worked with data for all his career and worked with companies across all industry sectors including online retail, insurance, finance, motor sport.

He works with companies to help them

1. Improve their data development practices including implementation of devops, agile methodologies and continuous integration.

2. Understand and define a cloud data platform strategy.

3. Optimise their data platform, including performance, scalability, security and certification

Education of people is at the heart of what Simon and his company sabin.io stand for. it is epitomised by SQLBits, which Simon founded in 2007. Its the largest SQL Server conference outside of Europe and many view as the best in the world, always maintaining a free element and ensuring education for everyone.

He is also a SQL Microsoft Certified Master and has been Microsoft MVP since 2005

You can follow him @simon_sabin or read his blog http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/simons

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Allan Mitchell

Allan is the CIO of Elastabytes, a Microsoft Gold Partner.  Elastabytes' focus is on migrating applications and data from on-premises into Azure.  We also provide a managed service to our customers giving them peace of mind about their cloud investment.
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Darren Green

Darren is an independent consultant specialising in data solutions with SQL Server. Having been working with SQL Server from 6.5 onwards he has extensive experience in many aspects of SQL Server, but now focuses on solving problems with SQL Server and SSIS.
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Chris Testa-O'Neill

Chris Testa-O'Neill works in the Artificial Intelligence team at Microsoft working with the AI technologies including Cognitive Services, Bot Framework and Machine Learning. He works with the engineering team and partners to ensure that AI technologies are utilized efficiently within businesses and that feedback about the products are reported back to the product group. Prior to this, Chris ran his own business performing cloud migrations and analytical projects. He was also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from 2010 – 2016 and spoke at a range of global conferences. He has also been the author of a wide range of Microsoft Official course with Microsoft Learning experience since 2007. His latest work involving a MOOC on Azure SQL Data Warehouse to be released early in 2017.

Annette Allen

I have been working with SQL Server for 15 years formerly as a Developer and now as a DBA.  Starting work with a London City based Law firm in 2000, then moving to Cornwall and working for Local Authority in a part Developer part Managerial role.  Since Jan 2011 I moved back to a SQL Developer role and iin 2015 moved to a DBA role at University of Exeter.  When not working with SQL I assist my husband, Jonathan, with the running of SQLSouthWest, the Cornwall/Devon SQL User Group based in Exeter and I ride my horse in many show jumping competitions.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan has been working with SQL Server since 1999. He enjoys performance tuning, development and using SQL Server to provide appropriate business solutions. He is the founder and leader of the PASS SQLSouthWest user group (http://www.sqlsouthwest.co.uk) and enjoys blogging about it all for Simple Talk.

Alex Whittles

Alex is a Data Platform MVP and is the owner and lead consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy in the UK. He specialises in dimensional data modelling, data warehouse design, ETL systems, OLAP cubes, MDX and DAX using the SQL Server stack. Alex has an MSc in Business Intelligence, runs the Midlands SQL Server User Group and the Birmingham SQL Relay conferences, and is on the SQL Bits committee. As well as speaking at SQLBits, he is also a regular speaker at other events including SQL Saturday, SQL Relay, PASS Summit, 24 HOP and SQL Server user groups around Europe.