Rie Merritt has been working with SQL Server since 1999, when she started as a data analyst for a non-profit. She's worked in many industries over the years including pharmaceutical, e-commerce, legal, financial, education and both federal & state government. Most recently, she was director of database management, Integrated Payments for WorldPay, Inc. She is currently Senior Program Manager with Microsoft Azure Data, serving as the MVP PG lead and as liaison between the product group and the data community. She is based out of Redmond, but works remotely from her home near Atlanta. Over the years, Rie has done extensive work with the SQL Community. She was an MVP in the Data Platform for three years, speaking frequently at conferences across the US and moderating webinars, WIT panels and career panels. She has also served co-leader of the PASS Women in Technology Virtual Group and Executive Director of SQL Saturday Atlanta. Most recently, Rie helps run the Atlanta Azure Data User Group heading up Microsoft’s efforts for the Azure Data Community.

Sessions

Learn how to build the best hybrid data strategy with Azure Stack and Azure Arc.
Join our panel as we discuss what it's like to be a woman in tech, what worked for us, and how building a strong network is one key to achieving your goals.
Come to a meet & greet with other women data professionals and expand your network. Connect with women with similar interests and improve your entire Bits experience for the rest of the week and years to come!
Come to a meet & greet with other diverse data professionals and expand your network. Connect with others with similar interests and improve your entire Bits experience for the rest of the week and years to come!
Do you have any questions about the Microsoft MVP program? What about Microsoft’s efforts and commitment to the Data Community? Come to the Community Zone and ask!
Come and the meet the group that are advising Microsoft on how to help the community. Bring them your ideas on what you think the community needs.
Meet the PG: Managed Instance with Dani Ljepava and Niko Neugebauer
Join the group who have been working on trying to make SQLBits more inclusive. Ask us what you would like to see us do differently and how we can improve your experience at the event.