Speakers

Speakers who have submitted a session for SQLBits XV.

Aaron Bertrand

SQL Sentry, LLC
Aaron (@AaronBertrand) is a Senior Consultant at SQL Sentry with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. He is editor-in-chief of the performance-related blog, SQLPerformance.com, and serves as a moderator for Q & A sites a [more - bio & sessions]

Alberto Ferrari

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/alberto_ferrari/default.aspx rss feed
SQLBI
Alberto Ferrari is a Business Intelligence consultant. Alberto helped several software houses to build complex BI solutions, from the OLTP to the final OLAP cubes, providing planning hints all over the development lifecycle. He is a book author also, having worked on "Exper Cube Development with Microsoft SQL Server 2008" with Marco Russo and Chris Webb and Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning with Marco Russo. [more - bio & sessions]

Alex Whittles

http://www.PurpleFrogSystems.com rss feed
Purple Frog
Alex is a Data Platform MVP and the owner and lead consultant at Purple Frog, a SQL Server Business Intelligence consultancy. He specialises in dimensional data modelling, data warehouse design, ETL systems and OLAP cubes. [more - bio & sessions]

Allan Hirt

http://www.sqlha.com rss feed
SQLHA
Clustering MVP Allan Hirt is a consultant, published author, speaker, and trainer who has used SQL Server since 1992. Allan travels all over the world to work with and train clients. He is completing his latest book "Mission Critical SQL Server". [more - bio & sessions]

Allan Mitchell

elastIO
Allan is the owner of elastIO. We specialise in Search and Data Integration. [more - bio & sessions]

Amit Banerjee

http://www.troubleshootingsql.com
Microsoft
Senior Program Manager working for the SQL Server Product Group at Microsoft. [more - bio & sessions]

Amy Nicholson

http://blogs.technet.com/b/amykatenicho/
Microsoft
Amy is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK having completed a Computer Science degree. She is passionate about Machine Learning, Data Science and IoT. She blogs, presents, and is at in-person at events like the Data Culture series and Devoxx [more - bio & sessions]

Andre Kamman

http://andrekamman.com rss feed
CloudDBA.nl
André is a Data Platform MVP. He has done a lot of DBA work on 1000’s of servers where he discovered his love for Powershell, architecting SQL Server solutions, building and tuning ETL processes (with BIML), and even implementing PDW. [more - bio & sessions]

Andreas Wolter

http://www.insidesql.org/blogs/andreaswolter/ rss feed
Sarpedon Quality Lab
Andreas Wolter, SARPEDON Quality Lab (http://www.SarpedonQualityLab.com) is a Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server (MCM) + MCSM Data Platform as well as MVP for SQL Server, specializing on performance and security topics. [more - bio & sessions]

Andrew Fryer

http://blogs.technet.com/Andrew
Microsoft
I am a technical evangelsit at Microsoft specialising in business intelligecne and data management. I got interested in large databases while at HM Customs in the nineties as part of the move to intelligence led resourcing, but another inititive namely outsourcing meant that my last ten years have been in the private sector working for a number of gold partners, before joining Microsoft last July. I got into SQL Server in v6 and have used this platform almost exclusively since then for a wide variety of clients from tiny breweries to global banks. [more - bio & sessions]

Andrew Liu

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/documentdb/
Microsoft
Andrew Liu is a program manager working on the Azure DocumentDB team. He helps shape and define the vision that is Microsoft’s NoSQL document database service. [more - bio & sessions]

Andy Cross

http://www.elastacloud.com
Elastacloud Ltd
Azure MVP and Microsoft Regional Director. Big compute, Big data and small electronics. [more - bio & sessions]

Annette Allen

University of Exeter
I am a SQL DBA having started using SQL Server 15 years ago on SQL 7, and all versions up to 2014. [more - bio & sessions]

Bianca Furtuna

Microsoft
Bianca Furtuna is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK Ltd, currently focusing on data science and the Azure Data Platform. [more - bio & sessions]

Buck Woody

Microsoft
Buck Woody has been working with Information Technology since 1981. He has worked for the U.S. Air Force, at an IBM reseller as technical support, and for NASA as well as U.S. Space Command as an IT contractor. He has worked in most all IT positions from computer repair technician to system and database administrator, and from network technician to IT Manager and with multiple platforms as a Data Professional. He has been a DBA and Database Developer on Oracle systems running on a VAX to SQL Server and DB2 installations [more - bio & sessions]

Cathrine Wilhelmsen

http://www.cathrinewilhelmsen.net rss feed
Storebrand
Cathrine is data warehouse architect and business intelligence developer specializing in ETL, SSIS, Biml and T-SQL development. Outside of work she's active in the community as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, blogger, volunteer, speaker and organizer. [more - bio & sessions]

Chris Adkin

http://chrisadkin.orgh
Exadat Ltd
Chris is a developer / DBA fifteen years experience of working with high volume OLTP applications from SQL Server 2000 onwards. [more - bio & sessions]

Chris Testa-O'Neill

http://www.claribi.co.uk
Claribi
Chris Testa-O'Neill is Principal Consultant at Claribi. An experienced professional with over 15 years’ experience of architecting, designing & implementing Microsoft SQL Server and Azure data and business intelligence projects at an enterprise scale [more - bio & sessions]

Chris Webb

http://blog.crossjoin.co.uk rss feed
Crossjoin Consulting
Chris Webb is an independent consultant specialising in Analysis Services, MDX, Power BI, Power Pivot and Power Query. He has written several books and blogs at http://blog.crossjoin.co.uk [more - bio & sessions]

Dany Hoter

Microsoft
Dany Hoter is a senior Program Manager in the Excel team. Dany has been involved with Excel and Microsoft BI since 1998. Dany has published a MOOC (Massive open online course) on analyzing and visualizing data in Excel [more - bio & sessions]

Dave Kay

Zurich General Insurance
Dave is a self-confessed SQL geek with almost a decade of experience in ETL, data and analytics. Today he’s a Data Consultant at the Zurich Insurance group, developing and maintaining a number BI/analytical data solutions for a diverse audience. [more - bio & sessions]

Dave Lawrence

http://www.profisee.com
Profisee Software (UK) Ltd
Dave has over 30 years’ experience in providing sales support for data management software vendors, at Profisee he works with customers to build help them unleash the power of Microsoft SQL Master Data Services using Profisee’s Maestro Software. [more - bio & sessions]

David Peter Hansen

http://davidpeterhansen.com/ rss feed
Microsoft
David Peter Hansen is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and works as Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft. He specializes in delivering training as well as scalable architecture and performance tuning large-scale data platform solutions. [more - bio & sessions]

David Postlethwaite

http://www.gethynellis.com/
Liverpool Victoria
David Postlethwaite has been a SQL Server and Oracle DBA for Liverpool Victoria in Bournemouth, England for the last 7 years. He supports both SQL Server and Oracle DBMS, SSIS, SSAS and Reporting Services. [more - bio & sessions]

Dejan Sarka

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/dejan_sarka/default.aspx rss feed
Dejan Sarka s.p.
Dejan Sarka, MCT and SQL Server MVP, is an independent trainer and consultant that focuses on development of database & business intelligence applications, writing books and courses, and speaking at conferences. [more - bio & sessions]

Denny Cherry

http://www.dcac.co rss feed
mrdenny.com
Denny Cherry is an owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting with over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. [more - bio & sessions]

Dr John Tunnicliffe

http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/drjohn/ rss feed
Decision Analytics
John is an independent consultant with extensive experience of implementing Business Intelligence solutions on the Microsoft platform across a range of industries including healthcare, financial and professional services organisations. [more - bio & sessions]

Emma Zambonini

http://www.coeo.com
Coeo
Emma Zambonini is an MCM and Senior Database Administrator at Coeo who also persues an interest in Data Science. [more - bio & sessions]

Enrico van de Laar

http://www.dotnine.nl rss feed
DotNine SQL Server Training
Enrico van de Laar is a Database Specialist with over a decade experience working with SQL Server. He is an active blogger about everything SQL Server related and a MVP for SQL Server. [more - bio & sessions]

Eric Kang

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ssdt/
Microsoft
Eric Kang (@sqldatatools) is a Senior Program Manager of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) team at Microsoft with industry experience of relational database and ERP solutions development. [more - bio & sessions]

Erland Sommarskog

http://www.sommarskog.se
Erland Sommarskog SQL-Konsult AB
Erland Sommarskog is an independent consultant from Stockholm. He has been working with SQL Server since 1991. He was first awarded SQL Server MVP in 2001, and has held the award since. [more - bio & sessions]

Gary Short

http://www.garyshort.org rss feed
Short
Gary Short works for Developer Express as the Technical Evangelist on the frameworks team. He has a deep interest in technical architecture, especially in the areas of technical debt and refactoring. Gary is a C# MVP and gives presentations at events throughout the UK. [more - bio & sessions]

Gavin Payne

Coeo
Gavin Payne is the principal architect for Coeo and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master for SQL Server. He leads organisations through their data platform transformation and modernisation programmes. [more - bio & sessions]

Gianluca Sartori

http://spaghettidba.com rss feed
sqlconsulting.it
Gianluca Sartori is a SQL Server MVP, independent consultant and performance tuning specialist. He has been working with SQL Server since 1999. He is currently working as lead DBA at a famous Formula 1 team. [more - bio & sessions]

Grant Fritchey

http://scarydba.com rss feed
Red Gate Software
Grant Fritchey, SQL Server MVP, works for Red Gate Software as Product Evangelist. He is the author of the books SQL Server Execution Plans (Simple-Talk) and SQL Server Query Performance Tuning (Apress). [more - bio & sessions]

Hugo Kornelis

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/hugo_kornelis/default.aspx
perFact B.V.
Hugo Kornelis is a SQL Server MVP, and a freelance database consultant and trainer. In his spare time he writies, tech edits, records courses, and visits conferences - as long as SQL Server is involved, he is interested! [more - bio & sessions]

Ian Macdonald

http://www.pyramidanalytics.com/ rss feed
Pyramid Analytics
Pyramid Analytics' BI Office delivers a powerful scalable, user-friendly and smart enterprise ready platform that empowers organisations to make better and smarter data-driven decisions. [more - bio & sessions]

Itzik Ben-Gan

http://tsql.solidq.com
SolidQ
Itzik Ben-Gan is a T-SQL trainer at SolidQ. He is a SQL Server MVP, author of many T-SQL books, and a regular speaker at SQL Server related conferences. [more - bio & sessions]

James Rowland-Jones

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/sql-data-warehouse/
Microsoft
James is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft's Data Platform team. He is passionate about delivering highly scalable solutions that are creative, simple and elegant. You can find him on twitter @jrowlandjones. [more - bio & sessions]

Jennifer Stirrup

http://www.jenstirrup.com
Jen Stirrup, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and PASS Director-At-Large, is a well-known Business Intelligence and Data Visualization expert, author, data strategist, and worldwide technical community leader. [more - bio & sessions]

Joey D'Antoni

http://joeydantoni.com rss feed
Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting
Joey D'Antoni is a principal consultant for Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting. I have over 15 years of experience working with data platforms, and have spoken at such events as Tech Ed, IOUG and the PASS Summit. [more - bio & sessions]

John Q Martin

http://blogs.sqlsentry.com/author/JohnMartin/
SQL Sentry LLC
John currently works as a Sales Engineer for SQL Sentry, working with customers to get the most out of their servers. Prior to that John worked as a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft. [more - bio & sessions]

Joseph Sack

Microsoft
Principal Software Architect for Azure CAT [more - bio & sessions]

Joseph Sirosh

Microsoft
Joseph Sirosh is the Corporate Vice President of the Data Group, leading Microsoft’s Database, Big Data and Machine Learning products. [more - bio & sessions]

Justin Langford

http://www.coeo.com/blog/author/justinlangford/
Coeo Ltd
Justin is a Principal Consultant for Coeo, a Microsoft Gold Partner providing SQL Server consulting services and managed support for SQL Server. Justin is an MVP and co-authored Wrox IT Pro SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting. [more - bio & sessions]

Kalen Delaney

http://www.SQLServerInternals.com rss feed
SQLearning
Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 28 years, providing advanced SQL Server training to clients around the world. She has been a SQL Server MVP since 1993. Find out more about her training and writing at www.SQLServerInternals.com [more - bio & sessions]

Karen Lopez

http://blog.infoadvisors.com rss feed
InfoAdvisors
Karen Lopez is a Sr. Project Manager and Architect at InfoAdvisors. Microsoft MVP, specializing in the practical application of data management principles. [more - bio & sessions]

Ken Van Hyning

Microsoft
Principal Engineering Manager for the SQL Client Tools (SSMS, SQL Agent, Profiler, SQLPS). 16+ years at Microsoft and joined SQL Server in 2007. [more - bio & sessions]

Kendra Little

http://www.littlekendra.com rss feed
Kendra Little teaches people to performance tune their SQL Servers and make them highly available. She is a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server, a Microsoft MVP, and one of the few artists in the world to draw both dinosaurs and databases. [more - bio & sessions]

Kevin Cunnane

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ssdt/ rss feed
Microsoft
I'm an engineering manager for the Microsoft SQL Server tools team, focusing on SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) which ships in Visual Studio. [more - bio & sessions]

Kevin Kline

http://KevinEKline.com rss feed
SQL Sentry
Kevin Kline, a longtime Microsoft SQL Server MVP, is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of SQL in a Nutshell. He tweets at @kekline and blogs at http://KevinEKline.com. [more - bio & sessions]

Klaus Aschenbrenner

http://www.sqlpassion.at
SQLpassion
Klaus Aschenbrenner provides SQL Server Consulting services across Europe and the US. He helps people around the world to understand, use, and run SQL Server installations in their environments. In the years 2004 - 2005 Klaus was honored with MVP awards from Microsoft for his tremendous support of the .NET Community. Klaus is also the author of the book Pro SQL Server 2008 Service Broker (ISBN 1590599993) published by Apress in August 2008. [more - bio & sessions]

Kun Cheng

Microsoft
Kun is currently a Program Manager of Microsoft based in Redmond, WA working in SQLCAT (Customer Advisory Team). He has more than 15 years of experience as a developer and architect helping large SQL Server and Azure SQL DB design and implementations [more - bio & sessions]

Lara Rubbelke

Microsoft
Lara Rubbelke brings her passion for architecting, implementing, and improving data solutions to the community as a development engineer for Microsoft. [more - bio & sessions]

Lindsey Allen

Microsoft
Lindsey is Partner Group Program Manager for SQL Server 2016 and SQL Server core engine (SE, RE, EE, In-Memory OLTP and Columnstore) [more - bio & sessions]

Lori Edwards

http://blogs.sqlsentry.com/author/LoriEdwards/
SQL Sentry
Lori Edwards is a Sales Engineer for SQLSentry. Prior to working with SQLSentry, she spent 11 years working as a production DBA. [more - bio & sessions]

Mark Broadbent

http://tenbulls.co.uk rss feed
SQLCloud
Mark Broadbent is a SQL Server MCM and speaker with extensive experience working with numerous HADR & upgrade solutions. In 2011 was awarded Microsoft's Community Contributor award and in 2012 also received the PASS Outstanding Volunteer award. [more - bio & sessions]

Mark Whitehorn

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pg/data-science/
University of Dundee
Mark Whitehorn specialises in Data Science. On the commercial side he works as a consultant, on the academic side he is the professor of analytics at the University of Dundee where he teaches a Masters course in Data Science. [more - bio & sessions]

Marko Hotti

Microsoft Corporation
Marko Hotti is Sr. Technical Product Manager for SQL Server. [more - bio & sessions]

Martin Wild

Dell Software
Martin Wild is a principal systems consultant at Dell Software. He specialises in helping clients with application performance monitoring solutions focusing on SQL Server, Oracle, VMware and HyperV. [more - bio & sessions]

Matt Masson

http://www.mattmasson.com/ rss feed
Microsoft
Matt Masson is a Senior Program Manager on the Power Query team. Matt has worked with multiple products across SQL Server, including SSIS, DQS, MDS, and Power BI. You can find his blog at http://www.mattmasson.com/. [more - bio & sessions]

Michael Rys

Microsoft
Program Manager in the SQL Server Engine Team [more - bio & sessions]

Milos Radivojevic

http://www.bwinparty.com rss feed
bwin.party
Milos Radivojevic is a database developer and consultant, speaker, and trainer located in Vienna, Austria. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP and MCT and specializes in SQL Server for application developers. He is co-leader of the SQL Server PASS Austria [more - bio & sessions]

Murilo Miranda

Pythian
Murilo Miranda is a blogger, speaker and SQL Server MVP from Portugal. Nowadays he's Database Consultant at Pythian, based in Ottawa - Canada. [more - bio & sessions]

Neil Hambly

http://dataidol.com/NeilHambly/
Northdoor PLC
Neil Hambly is the SQL Server Evangelist & lead consultant @ Northdoor PLC (MSFT Data Platform Gold partner), previous roles @ ABN AMRO, Accenture, ASOS, BBC, Confio Software with 15+ years in SQL Server roles Presented 120+ events [more - bio & sessions]

Niko Neugebauer

http://www.nikoport.com rss feed
OH22
Niko Neugebauer is a Consultant for OH22. A SQL Server MVP with over 15 years experience in IT field, he is very passionate about SQL Server and Community. Niko enjoys writing and speaking about Columnstore and already did over 80 blogposts. [more - bio & sessions]

Pedro Lopes

http://aka.ms/sqlserverteam rss feed
Microsoft
Pedro Lopes is a Senior Program Manager in the Data Platform group, focusing on the Relational Engine for all in-market versions of SQL Server. [more - bio & sessions]

Peter O’Connell

Dell Software
Peter O'Connell is a senior product manager responsible for the DELL software database performance management portfolio. His mission is to create tools that liberate users from the daily grind and help them explore emerging platforms and technologies [more - bio & sessions]

Raoul Illyés

http://guide-line.com/blog/blog
guide-line.com
Raoul Illyés is an internationally acclaimed SQL Server expert and has 16 years' experience in the IT industry. Raoul is an internationally recognized lecturer and teacher, known for his passion and dedication to detail.  Many customers have had good reason to value his high energy level and enthusiasm over the years, including Microsoft both locally and abroad. [more - bio & sessions]

Reza Rad

http://www.radacad.com rss feed
RADACAD
Reza Rad is an author of SQL Server BI/DW books, Speaker, Mentor and Trainer. He is BI/DW Architect and Consultant with more than 15 years experience, SQL Server MVP, MCT and MCP. He write technical articles on; http://www.radacad.com. [more - bio & sessions]

Richard Douglas

http://SQL.RichardDouglas.co.uk
SQL Sentry
Richard Douglas is a Sales Engineer for SQL Sentry where he specialises in providing SQL Server solutions and system health checks to organisations across the EMEA region [more - bio & sessions]

Sanjay Mishra

Microsoft
Sanjay Mishra leads the SQLCAT team (part of broader AzureCAT team in the Cloud and Enterprise organization) - an elite group of architects who work with customers to help build the most complex, large-scale, mission-critical projects. [more - bio & sessions]

Sanjay Nagamangalam

Microsoft Corporation
Sanjay is the Principal Group Program Manager of the SQL tools team in the Data Platform Group at Microsoft. Sanjay leads the team that creates market leading SQL developer & manageability tools (SSDT and SSMS) and Azure portal experiences for SQL. [more - bio & sessions]

Sarina Stevens

Microsoft
PowerBI Engineering team [more - bio & sessions]

Scott Klein

http://www.scottlklein.com
Microsoft
Microsoft Senior Technical Evangelist, author, speaker, and seeker of all things extraordinary. Loves the bleeding edge of technology up until the point he has to repave his laptop. Thinks the word phenomenal is super phenomenal. [more - bio & sessions]

Shireesh Thota

Microsoft
Shireesh Thota works on the DocumentDB engineering team at Microsoft. Shireesh joined Microsoft in 2007 and has worked on SQL Server, SQL Azure and Document DB. [more - bio & sessions]

Simon D'Morias

Sabin.io
Simon is a database consultant who specialises in all areas of SQL Server and is a Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server. With over 15 years of experience focusing development practices and continuous delivery of databases. [more - bio & sessions]

Simon Whiteley

http://blogs.adatis.co.uk/blogs/simonwhiteley/default.aspx
Adatis Consulting
Principal BI Consultant with Adatis. Simon has been working with the Microsoft BI Stack for a decade, building traditional warehouses but has now turned his head to the clouds, advocating new methods of getting insight to the right people. [more - bio & sessions]

Stephanie Locke

http://itsalocke.com rss feed
CensorNet
Steph Locke is a Lead Data Scientist at CensorNet and does a lot of cool stuff, from building snazzy Azure 6NF data warehouses to developing R web services. On top of the cool day job, she organises user groups & SQL Relay, speaks at ev [more - bio & sessions]

Steve Jones

http://www.sqlservercentral.com rss feed
SQLServerCentral
Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral and has been working with SQL Server since 1991 in a variety of large and small companies. [more - bio & sessions]

Thomas LaRock

http://thomaslarock.com rss feed
SolarWinds
Thomas LaRock is a Microsoft Certified Master, a SQL Server MVP, a VMWare vExpert, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 15 years experience in the IT industry in various roles such as programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator. [more - bio & sessions]

Tobias Ternstrom

Microsoft
Works in the SQL Server Engine team as a Lead Program Manager [more - bio & sessions]

Various Speakers

Speakers from the conference. [more - bio & sessions]

Vladimir Ivanovic

Microsoft
Vladimir Ivanovic is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s Azure SQL DB engineering team. His current focus is on database performance area and automated database tuning scenarios. [more - bio & sessions]

William Durkin

http://cloud-dba.eu
CloudDBA
William Durkin is a Data Platform Architect with CloudDBA, originally from Leeds but now in Germany. He has worked with SQL Server for over a decade as a DBA and Dev and now supports multinationals with their SQL Server installations. [more - bio & sessions]