Michael Blaha is a consultant and trainer who specializes in conceiving, architecting, modeling, designing and tuning databases. He has worked with dozens of organizations around the world. Blaha has authored seven U.S. patents, seven books, many articles, and two video courses. His most recent publication is the Agile Data Warehouse Design video course from O’Reilly. He received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis, and is an alumnus of GE Global Research in Schenectady, New York. You can find more information with his LinkedIn profile or at superdataguy.com.
Mindy Curnutt is a SQL Server MVP and has been actively involved in the SQL Server Community since 2000. She has presented at her local North Texas SQL Server User Group (2002, 2003, 2015), SQLPASS Summits (2005, 2006, 2012, 2013), and numerous SQLSaturday events (2013-2015). She was a SME for both the SQL 2012 and 2014 Certification Exams and is an MSPress Books co-author. Mindy works for Trimble Navigation/TMW Systems as a distinguished engineer and the director of database architecture.
Joseph D'Antoni is a consultant at Denny Cherry and Associates Consulting, and is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and is well versed in SQL Server performance tuning and database infrastructure design. He has over a decade of experience working in both Fortune 500 and smaller firms, and is a frequent speaker at major tech events, and an active blogger about all topics technology. He believes that no single platform is the answer to all technology problems. His knowledge of IT systems includes Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, VMware, Hyper-V, EMC, NetApp, Dell Compellent, Dell Equalogic, 3Par, and Pure Storage to name just a few. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Louisiana Tech and an MBA from North Carolina State University.
Pinal Dave is a technology enthusiast and independent consultant with over thirteen years of experience in the information technology sector. He has successfully authored 11 SQL Server database books, 18 Pluralsight courses and written over 3200 articles on database technology via his blog http://blog.sqlauthority.com. Rounding out his professional career, Pinal has held key positions as Sr. Consultant for SolidQ and as a Technology Evangelist for Pluralist and Microsoft. Pinal holds a Master of Science from the University of Southern California, and numerous professional certifications, including MCTS, MCDBA and MCAD (.NET).
Microsoft MVP - Aaron is a senior SQL Server architect with over 10 years experience in architecture, business intelligence, development, and performance tuning of SQL Server. His SQL Server community activity includes running the APPDev virtual chapter of PASS, volunteering for the AtlantaMDF PASS chapter and helping organize the Atlanta SQLSaturday and the PowerShell user group.
Bert Scalzo is an Oracle® ACE, author, speaker, consultant, and a Senior Product Manager for database tools at Idera. Bert also spent 15 years architecting DBA features for the popular Toad product line. He has three decades of Oracle® database experience and previously worked for both Oracle Education and Oracle Consulting. Bert holds several Oracle Masters certifications and his academic credentials include a BS, MS and Ph.D. in computer science, as well as an MBA. He has presented at numerous Oracle conferences and user groups, including OOW, ODTUG, IOUG, OAUG, RMOUG and many others. Bert’s areas of interest include data modeling, database benchmarking, database tuning and optimization, "star schema" data warehouses, Linux® and VMware®. He has written numerous papers and blogs for such well-respected publications as the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), Oracle Magazine, Oracle Informant, PC Week (eWeek), Dell Power Solutions Magazine, The LINUX Journal, LINUX.com, Oracle FAQ and Toad World.