Brett Cooper is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft, based in Hampshire. Brett's first tech crush was databases, but now he also enjoys distributed computing with Hadoop and its children.

He was born in South Africa and served as an Engineering Officer in the SA Navy as part of his first career.


Why do you need anything more than SQL Server? We will discuss what factors influence platform choices, such as data and processing scaling and open source tool chains that include Hive and Spark.  This session will include a quick overview of HDInsight and some of the tools that SQL Developers can use to interact with it, as well as some best practices and gotchas. There will be a short demo on some of the tool choices.