Speakers

Speakers who have submitted a session for SQLBits 2017.

Aaron Bertrand

SentryOne
Aaron (@AaronBertrand) is a Product Evangelist at SentryOne with industry experience dating back to Classic ASP and SQL Server 6.5. [more - bio & sessions]

Alberto Ferrari

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/alberto_ferrari/default.aspx rss feed
SQLBI
Alberto Ferrari is a Business Intelligence consultant. Alberto helped several software houses to build complex BI solutions, from the OLTP to the final OLAP cubes, providing planning hints all over the development lifecycle. He is a book author also, having worked on "Exper Cube Development with Microsoft SQL Server 2008" with Marco Russo and Chris Webb and Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning with Marco Russo. [more - bio & sessions]

Alex Yates

http://www.dlmconsultants.com rss feed
DLM Consultants
Alex has been helping data folk to apply DevOps principles to database dev and deployment since 2010. He founded DLM Consultants in 2016. A keen community member, he helps organise the London CD meetup and SQL Relay. He blogs at workingwithdevs.com. [more - bio & sessions]

Allan Hirt

http://www.sqlha.com rss feed
SQLHA
Clustering MVP Allan Hirt is a consultant, published author, speaker, and trainer who has used SQL Server since 1992. Allan travels all over the world to work with and train clients. He is completing his latest book "Mission Critical SQL Server". [more - bio & sessions]

Allen White

https://blogs.sentryone.com/author/AllenWhite/
SentryOne
Allen is the Business Development Manager for SentryOne. and has been awarded Microsoft’s MVP Award for the last ten years. He's the PASS Director of Partnerships and has been using SQL Server since 1992. [more - bio & sessions]

Amit Bansal

SQLMaestros
Amit R S Bansal (MCM, MVP), is Principal Consultant at SQLMaestros. Working with SQL since 1999, he leads a focused team of SQL practitioners. He has delivered more than 500 workshops and worked on countless SQL projects for 200+ customers globally. [more - bio & sessions]

Andre Kamman

http://andrekamman.com rss feed
CloudDBA
André is a Data Platform MVP. He has done a lot of DBA work on 1000’s of servers where he discovered his love for Powershell, architecting SQL Server solutions, building and tuning ETL processes (with BIML), and even implementing PDW. [more - bio & sessions]

André Melancia

http://Andy.PT
Independent Developer/DBA/Consultant/Trainer
Independent Developer/DBA/Consultant. Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) focusing on SQL Server, Azure & IoT. 17+ years' fun developing information & multimedia systems, DBA, project & IT management. Go to Andy.PT and you'll know the same as the NSA… [more - bio & sessions]

Andrew J. Kelly

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/andrew_kelly/default.aspx
SolidQ
Andrew J. Kelly is a Mentor with SolidQ and a Data Platform MVP with over 20 years’ experience with relational databases and application development specializing in Performance, Scalability and Maintainability of large scale SQL Servers. [more - bio & sessions]

Andrew Pruski

https://dbafromthecold.wordpress.com/
Ding
SQL Server DBA from Wales currently working in Ireland [more - bio & sessions]

Andy Cross

http://www.elastacloud.com
Elastacloud Ltd
Azure MVP and Microsoft Regional Director. Big compute, Big data and small electronics. [more - bio & sessions]

Andy Yun

https://sqlbek.wordpress.com rss feed
Leveraging almost 15 years of SQL Server experience, Andy Yun strives to make SQL Server run leaner and meaner. He speaks regularly at Usergroups, SQL Saturdays, and PASS Summit, in addition to running a Chicago Usergroup and SQL Saturday Chicago. [more - bio & sessions]

Ásgeir Gunnarsson

Össur
I ama Business Intelligence Architect with Össur in Iceland working with Business Intelligence solutions using the whole of the MS BI stack. I have been working in BI since 2007 both as a consultant and internal employee. [more - bio & sessions]

Bianca Furtuna

Microsoft
Bianca Furtuna is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft UK Ltd, currently focusing on data science and the Azure Data Platform. [more - bio & sessions]

Bob Ward

http://aka.ms/bobsql
Microsoft
Bob Ward is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Data Group (Tiger Team) which owns the development and servicing for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 23 years supporting and speaking on every version of SQL Server shipped [more - bio & sessions]

Chris Adkin

http://www.exadat.co.uk
Pure Storage Ltd
Chris has been using SQL Server for over fifteen years, his main area of expertise is pushing the database engine to its limits and making it scale. Currently Chris works at Pure Storage as the EMEA SQL Server solutions architect. [more - bio & sessions]

Chris Webb

http://blog.crossjoin.co.uk rss feed
Crossjoin Consulting
Chris Webb is an independent consultant specialising in Analysis Services, MDX, Power BI, Power Pivot and Power Query. He has written several books and blogs at http://blog.crossjoin.co.uk [more - bio & sessions]

Conor Cunningham

http://blogs.msdn.com/conor_cunningham_msft/default.aspx
Microsoft
Conor Cunningham is a Principal Software Architect at Microsoft on the SQL Server Query Processor Team.  He's worked on database technologies for Microsoft for over 10 years and is holds numerous patents related to Query Optimization and Query Processing.  Conor is the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on query optimization techniques.  Recently, he authored a chapter for the book "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Internals" on how the Query Optimizer works.  He publishes a blog called "Conor vs. SQL" (http://blogs.msdn.com/conor_cunningham_msft/default.aspx)  where he answers questions about databases. [more - bio & sessions]

David Morrison

http://tsqlninja.wordpress.com
Dave Morrison is BI consultant for Itelligence. Having worked in the IT industry for around 14 years his main area of expertise is SQL Server, namely TSQL, query optimisation, indexing, performance tuning and internals etc. [more - bio & sessions]

Denny Cherry

http://www.dcac.co rss feed
mrdenny.com
Denny Cherry is an owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting with over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. [more - bio & sessions]

Denzil Ribeiro

Microsoft
Denzil Ribeiro is a Principal Program Manager in the SQLCAT (Customer Advisory team). He is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) and has 15+ years of experience working with large SQL Server implementations. [more - bio & sessions]

Dimitri Furman

http://www.microsoft.com
Microsoft
Senior Program Manager on Azure CAT team [more - bio & sessions]

Dr. Subramani Paramasivam

http://www.dageop.com
DAGEOP LTD
Dr.SubraMANI Paramasivam is an MVP, MCT and Principal Solutions Architect at DAGEOP UK. He is also a regular speaker in PASS Summit, SQL Saturdays, SQLServerGeeks Summit, SQLBITS, MCT Summits, INSIDESQL UK, Data Awareness Programmes, Data Day Events. [more - bio & sessions]

Emanuele Zanchettin

https://www.ugiss.org/author/emanuele/
thinkIT SAS
Emanuele Zanchettin, began his career with DB2 in 1998, after a few years he worked with Access and Oracle. Since 2007 he has also launched into the SQLServer world 2K, 2005, 2008* and 201* and more importantly, since 2011, into Azure SQL Database [more - bio & sessions]

Gabi Münster

oh22data AG
Gabi Münster is a BI consultant at oh22data AG since 2010. With SQL Server experience since version 2000 her main topics are SSAS, SSRS and MDS. She is a PASS regional chapter lead and speaker on national and international events. [more - bio & sessions]

Gail Shaw

http://sqlinthewild.co.za rss feed
Entelect
Gail is a database specialist from Johannesburg, South Africa, working for Entelect Software. She is a frequent poster at SQLServerCentral and writes for both SQLServerCentral and SimpleTalk [more - bio & sessions]

Gary Crawford

XLCubed Ltd
Gary is COO at XLCubed. Much of his time is spent liaising with customers and our partner network on their needs within BI, their usage of the XLCubed suite, and ensuring that future development plans incorporate their feedback. [more - bio & sessions]

Gianluca Sartori

http://spaghettidba.com rss feed
sqlconsulting.it
Gianluca Sartori is a SQL Server MVP, independent consultant and performance tuning specialist. He has been working with SQL Server since 1999. He is currently working as lead DBA at a famous Formula 1 team. [more - bio & sessions]

Ginger Grant

http://www.desertislesql.com
Pragmatic Works
Ginger Grant started working in business intelligence for a number of industries including transportation, insurance, and healthcare. Looking for answers in data led to advanced analytics and data science, where she currently creates systems to provi [more - bio & sessions]

Grant Fritchey

http://scarydba.com rss feed
Redgate Software
Grant Fritchey, SQL Server MVP, works for Redgate Software as Product Evangelist. He is the author of the books SQL Server Execution Plans (Simple-Talk) and SQL Server Query Performance Tuning (Apress). [more - bio & sessions]

Hugo Kornelis

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/hugo_kornelis/default.aspx
perFact B.V.
Hugo Kornelis is a SQL Server MVP, and a freelance database consultant and trainer. In his spare time he writies, tech edits, records courses, and visits conferences - as long as SQL Server is involved, he is interested! [more - bio & sessions]

Ian Macdonald

http://www.pyramidanalytics.com/ rss feed
Pyramid Analytics
With extensive experience of the international software market, Ian’s primarily focused on DB, dev and query tools, data mining, BI apps & IT infrastructure mgmnt. solutions, product strategy, marketing and selling to Fortune 2000 companies. [more - bio & sessions]

Jen Stirrup

http://www.jenstirrup.com
Jen Stirrup, recently named as one of the top 9 female Business Intelligence experts globally, is a well-known Business Intelligence & Data Visualization expert, MVP, PASS Director, author, data strategist, & worldwide technical community leader. [more - bio & sessions]

Joey D'Antoni

http://joeydantoni.com rss feed
Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting
Joey D'Antoni is a principal consultant for Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting. I have over 15 years of experience working with data platforms, and have spoken at such events as Tech Ed, IOUG and the PASS Summit. [more - bio & sessions]

John Q. Martin

https://blogs.sentryone.com/author/JohnMartin/
SentryOne
John is a Product Manager for SentryOne, responsible for the SQL Sentry and Plan Explorer solutions. Additionally, John has a wealth of experience with SQL Server having worked as a PFE for Microsoft, as well as a DBA & Developer. [more - bio & sessions]

Kalen Delaney

http://www.SQLServerInternals.com rss feed
SQLearning
Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 29 years, providing advanced SQL Server training to clients around the world. She has been a SQL Server MVP since 1993. Find out more about her training and writing at www.SQLServerInternals.com [more - bio & sessions]

Karen Lopez

http://www.datamodel.com rss feed
InfoAdvisors
Karen Lopez is a Sr. Project Manager and Architect at InfoAdvisors and Microsoft MVP, specializing in the practical application of data management principles. [more - bio & sessions]

Kasper de Jonge

Microsoft
Kasper de Jonge is a Senior Program Manager on the BI team at Microsoft. [more - bio & sessions]

Kevin Kline

http://KevinEKline.com rss feed
SentryOne
Kevin Kline, a longtime Microsoft SQL Server MVP, is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of SQL in a Nutshell. He tweets at @kekline and blogs at http://KevinEKline.com. [more - bio & sessions]

Khalid Salama

Hitachi Consulting
Khalid Salama is a seasoned data scientist & engineering professional at Hitachi Consulting UK, whose main focus is to help businesses solving their problems via technology. He has been delivering data & analytics solutions for more 10 years. [more - bio & sessions]

Kun Cheng

Microsoft
Kun is currently a Program Manager of Microsoft based in Redmond, WA working in SQLCAT (Customer Advisory Team). He has more than 15 years of experience as a developer and architect helping large SQL Server and Azure SQL DB design and implementations [more - bio & sessions]

Laura Da Silva

www.elastacloud.com
Elastacloud
Laura da Silva is the Lead Data Scientist at Elastacloud. She has had a distinguished academic career with a degree in Maths and a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Almeria specialising in Numerical Computing. [more - bio & sessions]

Martin Wild

Dell Software
Martin Wild is a systems consultant at Quest. Based at the European headquarters in the U.K., Martin is responsible for supporting the UK and EMEA sales team for the Toad portfolio, Performance Monitoring and Replication solutions. [more - bio & sessions]

Mehmet Bakkaloglu

Hitachi Consulting
Mehmet is a Manager in the Business Insights & Analytics practice at Hitachi Consulting. He works with clients around the UK on Microsoft Azure and on-premise solutions. His sector experience includes Water, Healthcare, Retail and Transport. [more - bio & sessions]

Melissa Coates

http://www.sqlchick.com/ rss feed
SentryOne
Melissa Coates is an Analytics Architect with SentryOne. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, she specializes in delivering Analytics, Data Warehousing, and Business Intelligence solutions using on-premises, cloud, and hybrid technologies. [more - bio & sessions]

Mihaela Blendea

http://www.microsoft.com
Microsoft
Mihaela is a Senior Program Manager in SQL Server Team focusing on enabling HADR scenarios for SQL Server vNext, both on Linux and Windows. She previously was part of Azure SQL Database and worked on geo replication and high availability space [more - bio & sessions]

Mike Boswell

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ukdataplatform/
Microsoft Ltd
Mike works for Microsoft as a Data Platform Solution Architect. He likes to get involved in SQL Saturdays and the larger Data Platform conferences within Europe. You will also often see him talking at Microsoft events and how data is changing. [more - bio & sessions]

Niko Neugebauer

http://www.nikoport.com rss feed
OH22
Niko Neugebauer is a Consultant for OH22. A SQL Server MVP with over 15 years experience in IT field, he is very passionate about SQL Server and Community. Niko enjoys writing and speaking about Columnstore and already did over 90 blogposts. [more - bio & sessions]

Ola Hallengren

http://ola.hallengren.com
Saxo Bank
Ola Hallengren is a DBA and database developer living in Sweden. Currently he's a Senior DBA for an investment bank. Ola is the author of the popular maintenance solution at http://ola.hallengren.com and a Microsoft MVP. [more - bio & sessions]

Paul Andrew

http://www.purplefrogsystems.com/paul
Purple Frog Systems
10+ years’ experience working with the complete on premises SQL Server stack. Now a specialist in real-time data streaming with the internet of things (IoT), Azure Data Lake Analytics and Data Factory orchestration for big data platforms. [more - bio & sessions]

Prathy Kamasani

http://prathy.com/
Infinity Data Analytics
Prathy Kamasani is a Microsoft Valuable Proffesional working as an independent MSBI contractor based in London.She specialises in MSBI and self-service BI. [more - bio & sessions]

Richard Douglas

http://SQL.RichardDouglas.co.uk
SentryOne
Richard Douglas is a Solutions Engineer for SentryOne where he specialises in providing Microsoft Data Platform monitoring solutions and system health checks to organisations across the globe. [more - bio & sessions]

Richard Macaskill

Redgate
Richard is a Product Manager at Redgate, having previously spent almost 20 years in IT management, database administration and development for Insurance and Financial Services firms in London, back-filling other roles along the way. [more - bio & sessions]

Ross Wendon

PrecisionPoint
Having previously held a number of analyst and application specialist roles, Ross now leads PrecisionPoint’s Professional Services division, focused on PM & delivery, customisation for bespoke customer BI solutions & strategic account management. [more - bio & sessions]

Sacha Tomey

http://blogs.adatis.co.uk/sacha%20tomey rss feed
Adatis
Sacha Tomey is Technical Director and co-founder of Adatis. He has an extensive background in technology, data in particular having delivered strategic enterprise solutions into a variety of industries across a broad selection of organisations. [more - bio & sessions]

Sander van der Hoeff

http://www.du-sabot.nl
du Sabot
Since 2000 Sander is specialized in SQLServer business intelligence and data warehousing. As an independent professional Sander combines deep technical knowledge with the capability to explain difficult BI- and DWH-concepts to non-technical people. [more - bio & sessions]

Sanjay Mishra

Microsoft
Sanjay Mishra leads the SQLCAT team (part of broader AzureCAT team in the Cloud and Enterprise organization) - an elite group of architects who work with customers to help build the most complex, large-scale, mission-critical projects. [more - bio & sessions]

Simon Whiteley

http://blogs.adatis.co.uk/blogs/simonwhiteley/default.aspx
Adatis Consulting
Principal BI Consultant with Adatis. Simon has been building traditional warehouses with the Microsoft BI Stack for a decade, but has now turned his head to the clouds, advocating new methods of building insight by leveraging technology [more - bio & sessions]

Stacia Varga

http://blog.datainspirations.com rss feed
Data Inspirations
Stacia Varga has over 25 years of experience with improving business practices through technology and has been providing consulting and education services for Microsoft data platform technologies since 2000. [more - bio & sessions]

Stephan Stoltze

http://stoltzeit.dk/nyheder-blog/
Stoltze IT
Stephan has more than 15 years experience with MSBI and works as a Principal Consultant at Stoltze IT. He is the founder and coordinator of the Danish Microsoft BI Community and has been a speaker at various events like SQLBits and SQL PASS Summit. [more - bio & sessions]

Stephanie Locke

http://itsalocke.com rss feed
CensorNet
Steph Locke is a Lead Data Scientist at CensorNet and does a lot of cool stuff, from building snazzy Azure 6NF data warehouses to developing R web services. On top of the cool day job, she organises user groups & SQL Relay, speaks at ev [more - bio & sessions]

Steve Jones

http://www.sqlservercentral.com rss feed
SQLServerCentral
Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral and has been working with SQL Server since 1991 in a variety of large and small companies. [more - bio & sessions]

Sunil Agarwal

http://www.microsoft.com
Microsoft
Sunil Agarwal is a Principal Program Manager in SQL Server Storage Engine Group for the last 12 years. [more - bio & sessions]

Thomas LaRock

http://thomaslarock.com rss feed
SolarWinds
Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft MVP, a VMware vExpert. He has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator. [more - bio & sessions]

Travis Wright

http://www.microsoft.com
Microsoft
Travis is a Principal Program Manager in the Microsoft Data Group engineering team currently working primarily on bringing SQL Server to Linux. [more - bio & sessions]

Ust Oldfield

http://blogs.adatis.co.uk/ust%20oldfield/
Adatis
Ust is a keen diver of data lakes; an architect of data; governor of information; and explorer of new technology and practices [more - bio & sessions]

Uwe Ricken

http://www.sqlmaster.de
db Berater GmbH
Uwe Ricken is working with SQL Server since 1998 and has earned the Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008 and the MVP award in 2013. [more - bio & sessions]

William Durkin

http://cloud-dba.eu
CloudDBA
William Durkin is a Data Platform Architect with CloudDBA, originally from Leeds but now in Germany. He has worked with SQL Server for over a decade as a DBA and Dev and now supports multinationals with their SQL Server installations. [more - bio & sessions]

Wolfgang Strasser

http://workingondata.wordpress.com rss feed
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Wolfgang Strasser is a Senior BusinessIntelligence and Database Architect in Austria. His database heart beats for data integration, database design and ETL techniques. In 2015, Wolfgang was awarded with the Microsoft Data Platform MVP Award. [more - bio & sessions]