Niels is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and works as Software Architect at Derivco in Durban South Africa. He develops software as well as "dreaming" up new and innovative ways to use existing and new technologies. 

Before joining Derivco, Niels worked as researcher/instructor at Developmentor, where he was responsible for the database curriculum. 

Niels has been working with SQL Server since SQL Server 4.2, and co-authored the first SQL Server 2005 book for developers: "A First Look at SQL 2005 for Developers".  

He is a sought after presenter at technology conferences and has presented at, amongst others: Tech-ED, SQL PASS, DevWeek, SQL Bits, SQL Saturday, etc.
Niels Berglund has submitted 5 sessions for SQLBits 2020, although the agenda hasn't been chosen yet. See all submitted sessions.

Pending Sessions

In this session we look at SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster. We look at the various components: Kubernetes, Spark, HDFS, PolyBase, etc., and what you can do with them.
In this session we look at the SQL Server Extensibility Framework, and we see how we can call out to external languages, such as R, Python and Java, from inside SQL Server.
In this talk we look at how we can stream data from SQL Server to the de facto standard for streaming: Apache Kafka.
In this demo filled session we look at how Azure Databricks and Delta Lake together with Machine Learning can help you calculate Customer Lifetime Value.
In this session we look at building data pipelines with Azure Delta Lake in order to enrich and structure data suitable for machine learning / analytics.