Who’s behind SQL Bits


Simon Sabin

Simon has worked with data for all his career enabling companies to make the most of the data they have .

He works with companies to help them

1. Understand and define a cloud data platform strategy.

2. Optimise their data platform, including performance, scalability, security and certification

3. Improve their data development practices including implementation of agile methodologies and continuous integration.

Education of teams is at the heart of everything Simon does.

The passion for education led Simon to found SQLBits, the largest SQL conference in Europe. He is also a SQL Microsoft Certified Master and has been Microsoft MVP since 2005

You can follow him @simon_sabin or read his blog http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/simons

http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/simons http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/simons/privaterss.aspx

Allan Mitchell

elastIO focusses on search and data integration. Text data is increasing at an incredible rate.  Being able to derive meaning and intelligence from free text is hard but necessary if businesses are to get any ROI from things such as weblogs.  Search can offer your users a much better experience over your websites enabling them to find the things they need quicker. We have extensive experience in elasticSearch, SolR and Azure Search. Data will always need to flow from one place to another.  This could be the overnight batch job which takes data from an OLTP system and puts it into a Data Warehouse having first done some cleansing and conforming or it could be the sensors on your machinery in the warehouse which are constantly emitting data and you need to reason over those events and perhaps take action. We are experts in SSIS, Azure Streaming Analytics, Storm, Azure Machine Learning and Azure Data Factory   

James Rowland-Jones

James Rowland-Jones is a Principal Consultant for The Big Bang Data Company. His focus and passion is to architect and deliver highly scalable analytical platforms that are creative, simple, and elegant in their design. James specializes in big data warehouse solutions that leverage both SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse and Hadoop ecosystems. James is a keen advocate for the SQL Server community; both internationally and in the UK. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for PASS and sits on the organising committee for SQLBits - Europe's largest event for the Microsoft Data Platform. James has been awarded Microsoft’s MVP accreditation since 2008 for his services to the community.


You can find James on twitter @jrowlandjones or www.linkedin.com

Darren Green

Darren is an independent consultant specialising in data solutions with SQL Server. Having been working with SQL Server from 6.5 onwards he has extensive experience in many aspects of SQL Server, but now focuses on solving problems with SQL Server and SSIS.
http://www.konesans.com http://www.sqlis.com/sqlis/syndication.axd?author=Darren%20Green

Chris Testa-O'Neill

Chris Testa-O'Neill is the founder and Principal Consultant at Claribi. An experienced professional with over 14 years’ experience of architecting, designing and implementing Microsoft SQL Server data and business intelligence projects at an enterprise scale. He has significant experience of leading and mentoring both business and technical project stakeholders in maximising investment in SQL Server and more recently in Azure solutions.

A regular and respected speaker on the international SQL Server conference circuit, and an organiser of national SQL Server conferences and events, Chris has been recognised as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) by Microsoft. and has been a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) for the last 14 years having both authored and delivered Microsoft Official Courses.


Annette Allen

I have been a SQL Developer for 10 years.  Starting work with a London City based Law firm in 2000, then moving to Cornwall and working for Local Authority in a part Developer part Managerial role.  Since Jan 2011 I moved back to a SQL Developer role.  When not working with SQL I assist my husband, Jonathan, with the running of SQLSouthWest, the Cornwall/Devon SQL User Group based in Exeter and ride horses,train other riders/horses and am also a British Showjumping qualified Course Builder.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan has been working with SQL Server since 1999. He enjoys performance tuning, development and using SQL Server to provide appropriate business solutions. He is the founder and leader of the PASS SQLSouthWest user group (http://www.sqlsouthwest.co.uk) and enjoys blogging about it all for Simple Talk.
http://www.sqlsouthwest.co.uk http://www.simple-talk.com/community/blogs/jonathanallen/