Gavin Payne is a specialist at helping businesses of all sizes grow faster by evolving their analytics, data and cloud capabilities. He has a reputation for providing clear guidance that lets them take advantage of new technologies, feel confident about starting new projects and solve existing operational challenges.

Gavin also provides specialist data platform skills to technology service providers and vendors as they help their customers get the most value from their products and services. 

To complement his strong consulting and deep technical skills, he is a Microsoft Certified Architect and a Microsoft Certified Master, has TOGAF enterprise architecture and AWS business certifications, and is currently studying part-time for an MBA.

Gavin has 20 years’ experience of working with Microsoft data platform technologies, with the last ten in consulting roles including being the Head of Digital Transformation and Principal Architect at Coeo, a Microsoft data platform consultancy. 


If you’ve only ever chosen to use Microsoft database products then there’s a chance you might hide a curiosity deep down about the Oracle database platform; or like me a few years ago be told that your next big production system will use it and now’s the time to upskill. This session introduces some key concepts and differences about the Oracle database platform to people like myself who are used to the UI-heavy Windows-based database world and hopefully make you curious enough to want to at least give it a try when you get back home.
Here I share a checklist I created from my experience and theory designed to make sure we’re ready to put our business critical SQL Servers on a virtualised platform and are prepared for the next time we get a database performance issue.
Virtualisation changes the way you need to monitor the performance of a virtualised instance of SQL Server. In this session I will demonstrate a balanced and well-rounded approach to performance monitoring in the virtual world along with best practices to avoid poor virtualised performance.
This session reviews the purpose of NUMA, how it changes the internal behaviours of Windows and SQL Server 2012 and NUMA related performance monitoring.
This session shows how you can use SQL Server 2014’s features to meet your solution’s non-functional requirements and ensure operational success.
This session will compare Microsoft’s options for deploying highly available SQL Server data platforms in mid-2016.
A little bit of knowledge about how SQL Server works can go a long way towards making large data engineering queries run faster.