This is a list of speakers from the XML Guidebook records. The details and URLs were valid at the time of the event.
Asanka is an experienced data engineer who is currently performing the role of Business Intelligence Consultant in Qrious. He has worked close to 10 years in BI and data analytics field and has implemented BI solutions for different industries. As a technology enthusiastic, he enjoys conducting technical presentations both locally and internationally. He is a MCSE in Data Management and Analytics as well as a Microsoft certified Azure Data Engineer. He is passionate about Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and AI related technologies.
Dinesh is an experienced professional and database enthusiast with skills in database management systems and business intelligence. Possessing over 18 years of experience on data related technologies, he does training, consulting, and is a top contributor to the local SQL Server community. In recognition of his contributions and expertise he has demonstrated, he was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for SQL Server for 13 consecutive years since 2006.
He is a Subject Matter Expert on SQL Server exams and has contributed for SQL Server 2012, 2016, 2017 and Azure Data Engineering exam development and Job Task Analysis (JTA).
Dinesh is the Founder/Principal Architect of dinesQL (Pvt) Ltd (http://dinesql.com). In his
Patrick Flynn is a Senior Database Administrator with 10 years experience in large 24 x 7 enterprise environments. He is a certified master for SQL Server and a regular attendee of the PASS Summit.
Has presented at SQLSaturday events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, Edmonton and Calgary, Oslo and Cambridge
Nisal Mihiranga is a Data enthusiastic and a BI Professional who has more than 7 years of exposure on Microsoft Business Intelligence stack and other data-driven technologies. He is very passionate about technologies like Microsoft SQL Server, SSIS, SSAS, Power BI and some other areas like advanced Analytics, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning etc. In his professional life he is working as a Tech Lead - Business Intelligence at Ayra Analytics where he mainly focuses on Australian based K-12 education and providing Business Intelligence solutions to make it more effective and efficient using advanced analytics. He shares his knowledge with the community by writing technical articles, blog posts and frequently speaking at SL Data Community(S
Monica Rathbun lives in Virginia, is a Microsoft MVP for Data Platform and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. She has nearly two decades of experience working with a wide variety of database platforms with a focus on SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform. She is a frequent speaker at IT industry conferences on topics including performance tuning and configuration management. She is the Leader of the Hampton Roads SQL Server User Group and a Mid‐Atlantic PASS Regional Mentor. She is passionate about SQL Server and the SQL Server community, doing anything she can to give back. Monica can always be found on Twitter (@sqlespresso) handing out helpful tips. You can find Monica blogging at sqlespresso.com
Shailendra Kumar (ITILV3F, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, MCITP, MCTS) is an azure Certified Solutions Architect.He works with Path Infotech pte ltd. He is having rich experience in microsoft Data Bi platform. Rich DBA experience of almost all SQL Server versions from MSSQL 2000 to MSSQL 2017 MSSQL on linux and database migration/upgrade CIS implementation.
Manohar Punna is an Data Platform Geek and Vice President of DataPlatformGeeks by passion and a Data Platform Consultant by profession. He is a speaker at various conferences like PASS Summit, SQLBits, DPS. He has authored over 150 blogs and has written a One DMV a Day series which is a longest one day series on any topic on SQL Server till date.
Manohar is a product of this community and strongly believes in giving back to the community. So, ask him anything you would like to know and he is happy to learn it with you.
Eng Soon is a Microsoft MVP and certified Professional with more than 5 years of working experience ranging from Microsoft Azure,Xamarin,and Web. As a developer, besides the development task, he also involved in Application Security ,Cloud Security and DevSecOps.
Microsoft Data Platform Expert and certified Azure Solutions Architect with over 12 years’ experience working in the City of London in the Financial Services Industry (retail and investment banking, multi-asset class trading systems). He has passion for secure, high-performance, maintainable data-driven applications that can be deployed with confidence on-premises and in-cloud. With educational background in intelligent sensor networks and machine learning he is always in search of automation and optimisation opportunities.
Has presented at SqlBits, PASS Summit, SqlDay and multiple Sql Saturday events (Tel-Aviv, Kiev, Paris, Tallinn, Bonn, Bratislava, Goteborg, Kharkiv, Bucharest, Sofia, Ljubljana) and user groups.
Joseph D'Antoni is a Senior Consultant and Microsoft Data Platform MVP with over 20 years of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms. He is a Principal Consultant for Denny Cherry Associates and lives in Malvern, PA. He is a frequent speaker at major tech events like Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, and Enterprise Data World. He blogs about all topics technology at joeydantoni.com. He believes that no single platform is the answer to all technology problems. Joseph holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from North Carolina State University, and is the co-author of the Microsoft book "Introducing SQL Server 2016”.
Anu Natarajan is a Data and AI Consultant with 15+ years of experience working in design and development of Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, AI enabled applications, and SaaS integrated solutions. Anu is a Microsoft MVP Data Platform, Microsoft Certified Trainer and passionate in sharing knowledge. She loves solving complex business problems with innovative solutions using technologies.
Anu also speaks at conferences including PASS Summit, SQL Saturdays, Data Platform Summit, Difinity, and she organizes local user group meetups.
Mohammad Asif Waquar
Asif specializes in Microsoft development, Blockchain, Mobile App and Cloud technologies. He works as Solution Architect at ABN AMRO Bank .He is certified in Corda and Hyperledger Development Framework for block chain. He has successfully implemented solutions for Trade finance on Quorum Block chain.
Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere, and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication, and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server 2000 through 2019, including being a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft MVP and VMware vExpert Award.
Contact: https://lazysqlwriter.wordpress.com/; https://blog.pythian.com/author/balistoy/
Pio Balistoy is a Microsoft MVP Certified Trainer for Data Platform. A SQL Server professional with more than 17 years of experience with SQL Server operations, architecture and administration. He brings his passion for SQL Server as the community leader for Singapore SQL PASS and Philippine SQL Server User Group. He is currently one of the Lead Microsoft Data Platform Consultant for The Pythian Services - a global IT product and services company with headquarters in Ottawa, New York, Sydney, UK and India. He also co-founded Excent One Inc, a technology solutions company based in the Philippines and Singapore that helps SMEs integrate and develop Microsoft based business Applications.
Karen Lopez is a Sr. Project Manager and Architect for InfoAdvisors. A frequent speaker at conferences and local user groups, she has 20+ years of experience in project and data management on large, multi-project programs. Karen is a chronic volunteer, a Data Platform MVP, and an active advocate for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and data quality.
Karen’s presentations are known for their lively and interactive approach to learning. Her motto: “Love Your Data!”
Trilingual Principal Consultant amp; Team Tech lead at a global Tech Consulting Mohamed had worked with large SQL server environments such as financials and gov of hundreds of SQL server instances and enormous amounts of data. His favorite subjects are Cloud Analytics, performance tuning, High Availability, especially Replication and Disaster recovery. Certified Google Cloud and Azure Data Engineer.
When not working, Mohamed carries his cameras and takes a trip somewhere.
Gogula is a data analytics professional from Sri Lanka, with 14+ years on the Microsoft data platform. He has worked with many aspects of data analytics and BI solutions from architecting, designing, developing and consulting across various industries and verticals. He is Regional Mentor for PASS South Asia, Data Platform MVP, MCSE, former MCT, and MSc in IT. Gogula's passion revolves data analytics and BI; hence enjoys writing, teaching and speaking about the things he works with. He was also involved as an SME for Microsoft certification development. He currently juggles his full time job as Lead Architect while speaking at local and foreign events, along with regular stints at the Sri Lankan Data Community which he co-founded.
Naginder Singh Virdi
Naginder is currently working as Technical Architect. With years of proven IT enterprise architecture experience, Naginder has successfully led many innovative projects and technology initiatives which have resulted in efficient ecosystems.
Naginder specializes in providing data driven solutions with Advanced Analytics, HA/DR solutions, performance optimization, consolidations. Has hands on experience in AI/BI, Azure Data Services. Past experience involves Database Administration and management, RD, Release cycles across multiple sectors like financial services and IT services.
Naginder’s acknowledged hands on experience in the IT industry has seen him speak at international conferences and level 400 trainings for microsoft clients
Sandy is a seasoned Product Manager with extensive experience in the US, Europe, and Asia, combining commercial/technical responsibilities in principal/senior roles at various TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecommunications) companies, such as Microsoft/Skype/Nokia, BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting), and CW (Cable Wireless). At Microsoft, he is currently driving the efforts to modernize SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) on premises and in the cloud as part of ADF (Azure Data Factory).
Aroh works as a Microsoft partner. He is primarily focusing on SharePoint Online and Power BI. He helps the customers with their digital transformation journey through cutting edge Microsoft solutions.
A passionate IT leader with over 20 years of experience in in technology, infrastructure, cloud environments particularly with high availability and disaster recovery solutions for different architectures including SQL database applications.
Shehab El-Najjar was the ONLY Microsoft SQL Server MVP in Gulf for the past 6 years and the 2nd one all over the Middle East , he is the founder of SQL Gulf events series (SQL Gulf #1 , #2 and #3 ) where he spent so much time and efforts to broadcast Microsoft SQL Server technologies all over the Gulf such as KSA and Emirates and other Gulf cities ahead ..)
He is now Professional Services Manager at Saudi Emircom
He was previously COO and business leader in KSA market through his startup WAJA IT for 3 years
He is an influencing Database community leader all over the region
A senior Database Consultant (SQL Server MVP for 6 years in row) -The 2nd MVP awardee SQL Server all over Middle East and Arabic region
Microsoft MVP on Windows Development. SharePoint is my profession and Windows Dev is my Passion
Background in financial planning and analysis, sales analytics, program management and engineering. Over 20 years of experience in IT Cloud Services/Software, IT Professional Services and Automotive Electronics Hardware. Worked across North America (17 years) and now APAC (3.5 years).
MBA from the University of Michigan (2003) and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island (1997). Hold 7 published US patents.
Ben Weissman has been working with SQL Server since SQL Server 6.5, mainly in the BI/Datawarehousing field. He is a Data Platform MVP, MCSE Data Management and Analytics, and a Certified Data Vault Data Modeler. He is also the first BimlHero Certified Expert in Germany and a co-author of 'SQL Server Big Data Clusters' and 'The Biml Book'.
Ben has been involved in more than 150 BI Projects and is always looking for ways to become more productive and make SQL Server even more fun!
Together with his team at Solisyon, Ben provides training, implementation and consultancy for SQL/BI developers and data analysts in upper-mid-market companies around the globe.
Joanna Wolthuis is an independent contractor specialising in T-SQL database development and reporting using SSRS and Excel based solutions for the last 8 years. She is passionate about data and learning everything about anything.
Aside from SQL Joanna enjoys traveling, nice food and attempting to be an acrobat (not at the same time!).