This is a list of speakers from the XML Guidebook records. The details and URLs were valid at the time of the event.
Mark is a Principal Program Manager on the SQLCAT (SQL Server Customer Advisory Team), working on large-scale cloud applications. Usually found nerding out on challenging customer problems, he is currently focused on telemetry driven applications and guidance to navigation the distributed system landscape.
Robert is a SQL Server Certified Master, MVP, and has spent 17+ years honing his skills in security, performance tuning, SQL development, high availability, and disaster recovery. He served as PM for the SQL Server Certified Master Program at Microsoft Learning, and in various roles at Microsoft specializing in SQL Server administration, development, and architecture. He currently works as a Database Engineer at BlueMountain Capital Management where he spends a vast majority of his time tuning massively parallel queries. Robert feeds his passion for security by acting as co-leader of the PASS Security Virtual Chapter.
Kevin Kline is the Director of Engineering Services at SQL Sentry. A Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Kevin is a founding board member of PASS, editor-in-chief of SQLServerPedia.com and the author of popular IT books like “SQL in a Nutshell” (O’Reilly Associates). His twitter handle is @kekline and he blogs at http://KevinEKline.com. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at industry trade shows and has been active in the IT industry for over 20 years.
I am a SQL Server Developer/Architect and involuntary DBA at Microsoft and have worked with SQL Server for 7+ years. I specialize in performance tuning, agile development, VLDBs, and relational data warehousing. I blog at www.devnambi.com and on Twitter at @devnambi .
Aaron Nelson is an author, public speaker, blogger, and leader in the community. He has over 15 years of experience in architecture, Business Intelligence, development, and performance tuning of SQL Server. Aaron has received many certifications and is a six time winner of the Microsoft MVP Award.
Aaron leads the PowerShell Virtual Group of PASS (SQLPS.io), is a board member of PowerShell.org, and is a volunteer at his PASS Local Group, AtlantaMDF.
Mark Tabladillo (MVP, SAS Expert) has been an information technology professional since 1998, and has a primary career consulting with companies across the United States and around the world. Mark's business mission is to empower and inspire executives, architects and developers with insights from data mining, predictive analytics and business intelligence to make actionable decisions. Mark shares his thoughts on his professional blog at http://marktab.net
Piotr Palka has been working with high volume data processing systems since 1999. Piotr implemented and maintained multiple systems for telecommunication companies, including call records processing, billing and customer relationship management and operation support systems. Now he is lead data warehouse developer for Washington State Department of Corrections. He regularly delivers technical presentations at Olympia, WA, PASS chapter.
Wesley Brown is a former SQL Server MVP and PASS Chapter Leader who loves to teach others about SQL Server.He maintains his technical blog at http://www.sqlserverio.com. Wes specializes in high availability, disaster recovery, and large-scale database performance tuning.
Wil Sisney is a senior database administrator for a large health insurance company, managing business-critical databases. Wil is a Microsoft Certified Professional, holding MCITP certifications in Administration and Development in SQL Server 2008. When Wil isn't speaking about SQL Server, he's saving the world from zombies with his website www.zombieprep.net. Find Wil online at: http://www.wilsisney.com
Steve Stedman is the Leader of a PASS Local Group in Bellingham WA USA. Steve runs his own SQL consulting firm Stedman Solutions, LLC. He has 29 years of programming and SQL experience. He has written the book on SQL Common Table Expressions. He teaches, speaks at conferences, writes, and has taught SQL server classes at Western Washington University. Steve has previously spoken at PASS Summit, TechEd, DevTeach Vancouver, many SQLSaturdays, and more.
Donabel Santos (MCITP, MCT) is a SQL Server MVP and is the senior SQL Server Consultant/Trainer at QueryWorks Solutions in Vancouver, BC. She has worked with SQL Server since version 2000 in numerous development, tuning, reporting, and integration projects with ERPs, CRMs, SharePoint, and other custom applications. She is the author of SQL Server 2012 with PowerShell V3 Cookbook from Packt Publishing.
John Huang, SQL MCM and MVP, has been working with SQL Server since 1994. He is an independent SQL Server consultant in Vancouver specialized in complex data processing, data warehouse, and performance tuning.
Douglas has worked in the field of Business Intelligence for 20 years - concentrating primarily on data. Data Warehouse design, data processing, tuning, data quality - leading projects for Banks, Airlines, Retailers, Brewers (dim_beer anyone?), Universities etc. When not building data warehouses Douglas loves hiking in the Northwest.
It becomes abundantly clear after project 1 that agility - prototyping, iterations and collaboration with SMEs / BAs is the only way to de-risk a data project. Douglas works for WhereScape - a software company that builds agile tools for developing / managing data warehouses / vaults / hubs. The design will change - when it meets the data, when it meets the users - it is expected, lets make it easier.
Argenis is a Principal Architect at Pure Storage. He works with customers around the world to make sure they don’t have to worry much about their infrastructure for Data.
He is a former Data Platform MVP, former VMware vExpert, Microsoft Certified Master, and more recently worked in the Microsoft Azure Data/SQL Server engineering team as a Principal PM in the Tiger team.
Hugo is co-founder and RD lead of perFact BV, a Dutch company that improves analysis methods and develops computer-aided tools to generate completely functional applications from the analysis deliverable. The platform for this development is SQL Server. In his spare time, Hugo likes to share and enhance his knowledge of SQL Server by frequenting newsgroups and forums, reading and writing books and blogs, and attending and speaking at conferences.
Hugo is also a SQL Server MVP since 2006.
Diane Robey is a Database Administrator for Economic Research Institute in Redmond, WA and has been in IT since 1984. She became familiar with the SQL language using Informix, and then Oracle as a Certified Oracle DBA. Diane has developed data models and databases for several web sites and now specializes in SQL Server, primarily as a DBA.
As Vice President of the Pacific Northwest SQL Server User Group (PNWSQL), Diane enthusiastically promotes SQL Server and encourages DBAs and developers to embrace SQL Server. She has presented at PNWSQL and SQLSaturday #68 in Olympia, Washington.
Paul is a Principal Consultant for Pragmatic Works, a Mentor and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He consults, writes, speaks, teaches blogs about business intelligence and reporting solutions. He works with companies around the world to model data, visualize and deliver critical information to make informed business decisions; using the Microsoft data platform and business analytics tools. He is a Director of the Oregon Data Community PASS chapter user group, the author and lead author of Professional SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services and 14 other titles from Wrox Microsoft Press. He holds several certifications including MCSE for the Data Platform and BI.
Merrill is a consultant with the national Digital and Technology Consultancy RBA. In past lives he was a SQL Server DBA for Financial Services and Real Estate Management organizations, a designer of buildings, an expert in three dimensional computer graphics and building information modeling, a speaker, teacher, and visiting lecturer.
David Eichner is a licensed CPA and is also CEO of ICAN Software Corporation, a Microsoft Dynamics amp; Acumatica ERP partner firm that sell and implements ERP and CRM software, develops software solutions and provides technology consulting. He is the host of a radio show called Business In The Cloud that airs weekly on KLAY 1180AM. He is skilled in building integrated cloud app solutions. His career spans more than 20 years in various technical/managerial positions within industries as diverse as military service, engineering/construction, municipal government, consulting and certified public accounting. Additionally, he holds various national certificates in technology (MCDBA, MCSE, CNE, CITP, Dynamics CRM and ERP, Acumatica CRM and ERP)
Rick has worked more than 12 years at Microsoft and has attained over 30 Microsoft technical including certifications in applications, networking, databases and .NET development (MCDBA, MCTS, MCITP, MCAD, MOE, MCSE, MCSE+I). He has also provided training for NW University, Volt Technical Education, The DigiGirlz, and Microsoft. Rick is the Author of the 5 volume SQL Joes 2 Pros book series.