Bob Ward is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Azure Data team, which owns the development for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 29+ 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, Azure Data Conference, Microsoft Build, Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, and many different events. You can also learn Azure SQL from him on the popular series You can follow him at @bobwardms or 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.


Previous Sessions

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.
Memory is one of the most confusing and least understood topics for SQL Server. In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate tools and techniques for memory related problems that can occur with the SQL Server Database Engine.
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
Come take a deep dive and behind the scenes look at why SQL Server 2016 "Just Runs Faster" with little or no application changes.
It just works – performance and scale in SQL Server 2016 database engine and what is being added to in-market versions.
The Microsoft Tiger team will showcase the environments that help you keep your environment Always On
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
SQL Server 2019 represents the next evolution of the leading database platform in the industry. In this session, we will cover the complete set of features and capabilities in SQL Server 2019.
In this session, we will dive deep into the Kubernetes platform and how SQL Server containers can be deployed, managed, and configured. This session assumes a fundamental knowledge of both SQL Server and containers.
SQL Server 2022 is here! In this session, I’ll go over all the new capabilities in SQL Server 2022 including how to connect with Azure for disaster recovery, near real-time analytics, and security. I will show you innovations in the database engine for security, performance, and availability including SQL Server Ledger and Intelligent Query Processing.
This session will show you how to develop your code with .Net and C# using the latest Microsoft tools to launch quickly in the cloud while ensuring you meet the requirements of security, performance, and availability of your application. You will learn how to ensure your application is optimized with Azure SQL Database including Serverless and Hyperscale tiers, Azure Active Directory, retry and error handling, connection abstraction, automated indexing, and Intelligent Query Processing.
SQL Server has included capabilities to connect to the cloud for years. SQL Server 2022 moves hybrid to the next level with features to connect you to Azure for disaster recovery, near real-time analytics, and security. Come take a deep dive in this session for all the existing and new hybrid capabilities of SQL Server. See how to easily setup a managed disaster recovery site in the cloud with Azure SQL Managed Instance.
Come get your questions answered live on stage by members of the Microsoft engineering team. This will be a fun and interactive session hosted by Bob Ward. We will take questions live from the audience plus those who are connected virtually.
One of the best ways to learn is through visualizations. In this session I'll teach you how to learn various aspects of SQL, ground to cloud, through architectures. We will cover scenarios including HADR, security, and scale using architecture design patterns across SQL Server, Azure SQL, and Azure Arc including new ways to attach SQL Server 2022 to Azure.
The SQLBits event theme this year is Video Games – and in the “Level Up With Azure Data” keynote, you'll see the latest and greatest in SQL Server 2022 and Azure Data, and there will be some surprise guests - always a fun time at the SQL Bits keynote!
Come by and meet the people who build the products you use every day. With Bob Ward, Buck Woody, Anna Hoffman, Pedro Lopes
Translate your existing SQL Server performance and availability skills and apply them to Azure SQL.