Bob Ward

Bob Ward is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Azure Data team, which owns the development for Microsoft SQL Edge to Cloud. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 30 years on every version of SQL Server shipped from OS/2 1.1 to SQL Server 2022 including Azure SQL. Bob is a well-known speaker on SQL Server and Azure SQL, often presenting talks on new releases, internals, and specialized topics at events such as SQLBits, Microsoft Build, Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, DevIntersection, and VS Live. You can also learn Azure SQL from him on the popular series https://aka.ms/azuresql4beginners. You can follow him at @bobwardms or linkedin.com/in/bobwardms. Bob is the author of the books Pro SQL Server on Linux, SQL Server 2019 Revealed, Azure SQL Revealed and SQL Server 2022 Revealed available from Apress Media.

Bob Ward's Training Days

The SQL Server 2019 WorkshopSQLBits 2020

Spend a day with the Microsoft engineering team learning all aspects of SQL Server 2019 using a hands-on, interactive approach.

The Azure SQL WorkshopSQLBits 2020

Translate your existing SQL Server expertise to Azure SQL including Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL managed instance. Learn how to configure, monitor, and troubleshoot the meat and potatoes of SQL Server in Azure.

Modernize your database with SQL Server 2019SQLBits 2019

SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are quickly approaching end-of-support. If you are looking to modernize your existing database workloads running on SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2, then attend this session to learn about how SQL Server 2019 can help you

A Day Inside SQL ServerSQLBits 2015

If you want to know the internals of SQL Server then this is the session for you. Prepare to have your brain melt in this deep session from the man who knows.

A Day Inside SQL ServerSQLBits 2015

If you want to know the internals of SQL Server then this is the session for you. Prepare to have your brain melt in this deep session from the man who knows.

A Day Inside SQL ServerSQLBits 2015

If you want to know the internals of SQL Server then this is the session for you. Prepare to have your brain melt in this deep session from the man who knows.

A Day Inside SQL ServerSQLBits 2015

If you want to know the internals of SQL Server then this is the session for you. Prepare to have your brain melt in this deep session from the man who knows.

A Day Inside SQL ServerSQLBits 2015

If you want to know the internals of SQL Server then this is the session for you. Prepare to have your brain melt in this deep session from the man who knows.

A Day Inside SQL ServerSQLBits 2015

If you want to know the internals of SQL Server then this is the session for you. Prepare to have your brain melt in this deep session from the man who knows.

Customer Stories From The Front LineSQLBits 2013

Our Microsoft Support team deals with a lot of different types of customer issues, and we want to share some of the stories from these. Join this full-day pre-con to learn from some of the top customer issues and trends Microsoft Support has faced.

Bob Ward's Sessions

SQLBits 2024 Opening KeynoteSQLBits 2024

The Opening Keynote

What You Should Know About Always On Availability GroupsSQLBits 2024

In this session, you will learn topics that are important for making your experience successful including architecture, licensing, monitoring, troubleshooting, cluster types, failover, contained, cloud, best practices, and more. We will bust some myths during this session and do some fun debugging of the internals of AGs.

Welcome to the world of SQL CopilotsSQLBits 2024

Microsoft is building a new experience of an AI companions called Copilot that are transforming how people work, write code, and solve problems faster. In this session come learn the latest innovations in SQL Copilot technology including GitHub Copilots for developing code and assisting with the T-SQL language. In addition you will get the latest look at Copilot technology to assist you in using and managing SQL in Azure. We will have plenty of demos in this session so come in and get ready to learn the new world of AI companions with SQL.

Come see your SQL Perfmon in the cloudSQLBits 2024

Come learn the latest innovations for monitoring technologies for SQL Server and Azure SQL

The Microsoft Data Leadership PanelSQLBits 2024

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SQL Server and Windows Server Better together on AzureSQLBits 2024

Join us to learn how you can reap more technical and business benefits by running Windows Server and SQL Server on Azure. In this session you will get a first look at Windows Server vNext and innovative technologies for SQL Server including new monitoring and AI experiences.

Meet the PG: SQL LeadershipSQLBits 2024

Come meet the leadership team for all things SQL Server & Azure SQL. Introduce yourself and ask questions - including Asad Khan, Sanjay Mishra, Muazma Zahid, Ajay Jagannathan, Joe Sack, Tejas Shah, Dhananjay Mahajan, Buck Woody, and more.

Inside SQL Server 2019SQLBits 2019

Come learn all the new capabilities of SQL Server 2019 directly from the Microsoft engineering team. This session will provide the strategy behind SQL Server 2019 as well as a deep dive into all the new features and how they can help you modernize your data estate with SQL Server.

Inside SQL Server ContainersSQLBits 2019

Containers are the new virtual machines. They present a new way to deploy, manage, and run SQL Server never possible before. This session will present an internal view of how Docker containers work, how SQL Server runs in them, and how they work in environments such as Kubernetes

Inside SQL Server 2019 PolybaseSQLBits 2019

SQL Server 2019 expands on the Polybase feature from SQL Server 2019 by providing a robust data virtualization solution to reduce the need for ETL and data movement. Come learn how new data connectors work with sources like Oracle, MongoDB, CosmosDB, Terradata, and HDFS.

Experience SQL Server on Linux and ContainersSQLBits 2018

SQL Server 2017 is all about choice. Choice for developers to run on Windows, Linux, or Containers. In this session we will show you the experience of running SQL Server on Linux and Containers including a behind the scenes of how we built it.

Experience SQL Server 2017: The Modern Database PlatformSQLBits 2018

Looking to upgrade your SQL Server? This session will discuss all the new features and capabilities of SQL Server 2017 including SQL Server on Linux, Docker Containers, Graph Database, Python, Adaptive Query Processing, Automatic Tuning, and HADR.

Adaptive query processing in SQL databasesSQLBits 2018

Come learn about the new adaptive query processor in SQL Server 2017 and Azure SQL Database. We will discuss how this feature works, how it can benefit your application and queries, and the future of intelligent query processing.

SQL Server 2016 It Just Runs FasterSQLBits 2017

Come take a deep dive and behind the scenes look at why SQL Server 2016 "Just Runs Faster" with little or no application changes.

Keep Your Environment Always On with SQL Server 2016SQLBits 2017

The Microsoft Tiger team will showcase the environments that help you keep your environment Always On

Deploying SQL Server with Microsoft Azure Virtual MachineSQLBits 2015

Many customers are looking toward Cloud technologies to reduce operational and capital expenditures. A popular choices today for SQL Server customers is to deploy in the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine environment. Come to this session and learn how

Windows Azure SQL Database TroubleshootingSQLBits 2013

While knowledge of SQL Server troubleshooting still applies to the Windows Azure SQL Database service, there are new and different features, methods, and tools that are unique to cloud database computing. Come learn about these new techniques.