This is a list of speakers from the XML Guidebook records. The details and URLs were valid at the time of the event.
Consult to large financial institutions in South Africa providing Business Intelligence and Analysis insight.
Wayne Sheffield, a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server and Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, started working with xBase databases in the late 80’s. With over 25 years in IT, he has worked with SQL Server (since 6.5 in the late 90’s) in various dev/admin roles, with an emphasis in performance tuning. He is the author of several articles at www.sqlservercentral.com, a co-author of “SQL Server T-SQL Recipes”, and enjoys sharing his knowledge by presenting at SQL events worldwide and blogging at http://blog.waynesheffield.com/wayne
David Peter Hansen
David Peter Hansen is a Senior Consultant, Practice Manager at Platon (www.platon.net), a Scandinavian Information Management consultancy. He has worked with databases for 10+ years, and has worked with the Microsoft BI platform since SQL Server 2000. He currently lives in Durban, but works mostly on projects in the financial sector in Europe. He specializes in developer coaching as well as scalable architecture and performance tuning on large scale data warehouses and BI solutions.
A family man, Christian, starcraft addict with some SQL on the side.
Working on SQL for a long time, started on V6.5. I have seen way to many versions of SQL/BI tools for any sane person. ‘There is evil here that does not sleep” and as far as I can will help where I can. As the “about” title says I wear sandals (Afrikaans: Plakkies) do not like shoes to my wifes/boss dismay. I enjoy going off-road with my “toyota” and when I am not “sql”ing I will be constructing something from wood.
Neil Hambly is a SQL Server consultant, founder and consultant at Datamovements, a Gold Microsoft Data Analytics Consulting company.
Neil has 20+ years in a variety of SQL Server roles and is an MCT. He is a regular presenter (200+ events) at user groups, and PASS events, including PASS Summit and SQLSaturday, and many UK events (SQLBits, SQLRelay). Neil is the leader of PASS London (UK), a Professional Development VC, a Melissa Data MVP, and a SQL Cruise Technical Lead, who loves Guinness, whisky, and dancing.
Christina Leo is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft specialising in the Data and AI Platform. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2016, she worked as an independent consultant focusing on T-SQL and BI development, as well as database performance tuning in the finance and investment banking sector. When she isn't sharing her 18 years of technical experience with the data community, you can find her racing around the Solent on a 40' sailboat or often in the Thames on a little Laser.
PASS RM,SQL DBA by heart,UG Arsonist
Gail Shaw is a Database Specialist focusing on database performance tuning and database recovery, with a particular interest in topics such as indexing strategies, execution plans, and writing T-SQL code that performs well and scales gracefully. Gail holds a Microsoft Certified Master certification for SQL Server 2008 and is a Data Platform MVP. She's a frequent poster on the SQLServerCentral forums, a Pluralsight author, writes articles for both SQLServerCentral.com and Simple-Talk.com, and has spoken at SQLSaturdays, SQL Bits and at the PASS Community Summit. Gail has been responsible for extending the lifespan of many an application, by performance-tuning their databases and providing technical guidance on all things SQL Server related.
Mark Stacey founded the Aphelion Software Group, and works tirelessly to cross the business/technical boundaries in Business Intelligence, working in both SharePoint and SQL. He has published two books on BI - Sharepoint 2010 BI and Visual Intelligence and frequently speaks at both SQLSaturday and SharePoint Saturday events. Mark is one of the few Microsoft PDW trainers, and has trained in Africa, India and Europe on the PDW, as well as all over the world on other technologies
I am a Specialist SharePoint Consultant at Mint Management Technologies South Africa, and have been in the industry for about 10 years.
I have been dabbling in the dark and mystical art of SharePoint for many a year and have learnt many tips and tricks, Do#39;s and Do not#39;s!!
I enjoy new tech toys and anything radio controlled especially monster trucks and quad copters.
Michael Johnson is an independent Business intelligence consultant from Johannesburg South Africa
I have over 29 years in the world of RDBMS. I have in-depth knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server and the Azure platform (Data Factories, Logic Apps, Functions,Event Grids...) . I am fiercely passionate about my work.
I am currently developing a new Azure ecosystem for Penguin Random House. This includes moving load processes to Azure Logic Apps and Data Factory pipelines, leveraging Azure Functions, and pushing the new SQL Services to the limit.
I am the creator of the Enhanced Threading Framework (ETF) for SSIS. I presented at PASS 2013 on advanced SSIS techniques: http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2013/Sessions/SessionDetails.aspx?sid=4845
and was awarded '2009 Exceptional DBA of the Year', by RedGate and my peers.