Jimmy May (@aspiringgeek) is a Microsoft Certified Master, Solutions Architect at the Data Propulsion Lab (DPL) of SanDisk, & formerly a member of the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQL CAT) where he managed the Customer Lab which hosts the biggest, fastest, & most interesting SQL Server apps from all over the world. His last day job was Senior Database Architect for one of the world’s largest SQL Server high-throughput OLTP DBs. He was a founder & on the executive committees of both the Indiana Windows User Group (www.iwug.net) & Indianapolis Professional Association for SQL Server (www.indypass.org).  He is a Microsoft Certified Master, is a recipient of the MS IT Gold Star award, & has been selected for the Microsoft Oracle Center of Excellence. Contact him at jimmymay@microsoft.com. Visit his SQL Server performance & personal productivity blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/jimmymay. Jimmy tweets at www.twitter.com/aspiringgeek.


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