John (@SQLDiplomat)John is a Product Manager for SentryOne, responsible for the SQL Sentry and core monitoring solutions. Working to understand what Data Professionals need and looking to deliver these capabilities effectively and efficiently.

Prior to joining SentryOne, John worked as a Premier Field Engineer for Microsoft based in the UK, working with a wide array of customers in many different industries that make use of SQL Server and the Microsoft Azure platform. Having worked with SQL Server for the last decade, John has gained a level of experience as a DBA, Developer and in the Business Intelligence sphere and has a broad understanding of how you can use, and misuse, SQL Server.


SQL Server normally relies on concurrency models in order to maintain the Isolation in ACID. As systems scale, this method can go from being a benefit to a hindrance, limiting the concurrency for our applications and hurting performance.
The range of options for storing data in Microsoft Azure keeps growing, the most notable recent addition is the Managed Instance. But what is it, and why is it there? Join John as he walks through what they are and how you might start using them.
GDPR is coming, no matter where you are if you are handling data on European data subjects. Laying a solid foundation of data security practices is vital to avoid the potential fines and damage to reputation that being non-compliant can bring.