EVENT SUMMARY

 A combination of SQL Server, IBM, Azure, RDS, AI, Security, Admin/Architecture, and so much more, the SSWUG.org Fall Virtual Conference is a must-see event for any database professional in 2017. 


With speakers from all over the world with backgrounds in various technologies, our selection of session are vetted carefully for originality and relevance to bring the highest quality event possible to you, our audience. 


ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

To keep on top of the changes in technology and the industry, attending classes, conferences, and webcasts has become a necessity. SSWUG.org puts together two conferences a year to help you get all that information in one place - allowing you to stay sharp and still have time to do your work. (Thanks, boss!)

SSWUG.org is hosting their Fall Virtual Conference on October 24th and 25th, 2017. We know that you have a busy schedule - which is why we would never require you to fly across the country to attend the event of the season! Because of this, this event will take place entirely online, for you to enjoy from your office, home, or anywhere that has an internet connection. 

Also - because we want this event to be available to all, we've made it free! If your job requires continued education or you like to stay sharp, this is the event for you. 

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Content and schedule are subject to change without notice.

SESSIONS

All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

10/24/2017 9:00 AM
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10:00 AM


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Room 1

Industry Trends, and a Security Discussion with a Leading Expert

Stephen  Wynkoop
Duncan McAlynn
Stephen will be presenting on overall industry trends with data and databases, and will be having a discussion with Duncan McAlyn (@infosecwar) regarding the larger security picture and things to think about, and take action on, going forward.

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10/24/2017 10:00 AM
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11:15 AM


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Room 1

Chatbots Design Patterns

Vikram  Sharma
Chatbots are looked upon as the next big thing. Industry experts have forecasted the chatbots to take over from apps as the new niche skill. Given the never before emphasis on artificial intelligence and self-learning programs is aiding to this ascent of chatbots. The design and production of interactive chatbots presents new possibilities, enabling the development and creation of new niche markets and areas that can be made so much better through chatbots. We will go over what is chatbot and the building blocks of a chatbot. We will also cover the common patterns of a chatbot design so you can figure out if a chatbot is for you and if yes, which one is the best fit. We will briefly touch upon the best practices to implement your chatbot idea.


10/24/2017 10:00 AM
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11:00 AM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Powershell

Ben  Miller
 

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10/24/2017 11:00 AM
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12:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Building a Home Grown Auditing Infrastructure for SQL Server

K. Brian  Kelley
Not everyone has the budget for 3rd party tools to provide audit / security information on their SQL Server environment. If you are in this situation, what do you need to build? What information should you be capturing in order to know what's going on for each of your SQL Servers? How do you gather that information and store it? How do you report on it? In this presentation we'll answer each of those questions, presenting options you can build yourself. We'll look for the most efficient solutions because if you don't have budget, you likely don't have allocated time except for what you can carve out amidst your other responsibilities. Knowledge of T-SQL and Powershell is expected.

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10/24/2017 11:15 AM
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12:30 PM


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Room 1

Social Media Mining and Sentiment Analysis

Vikram  Sharma
Humans are social animals, a lot of decisions in our lives are taken based on what other people prefer or choose. A very important part / way to acquire knowledge is to keep opinions of similar and like-minded people handy. In some cases the reverse is also true. With the growing availability and popularity of information-rich sources on the social media, new opportunities have presented themselves that one can employ to quickly test the waters, predict and correct the strategy to suit the current sentiment. Opinion mining and sentiment analysis, which deals with the computational treatment of opinion, sentiment, and subjectivity in text, has come up in leaps and bounds and is widely used across industries to make decisions and audit the current strategy. We will go over the basics of social media mining and the different methods to perform sentiment and opinion mining and how-to draw meaningful insights from this mining. I will take an example and demonstrate the concept using python and twitter feed. We will also touch upon popular applications of this concept and the impact it made.


10/24/2017 12:00 PM
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1:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: How I Use PowerBI as a DBA

Tjay  Belt
Microsoft’s PowerBI is the new hotness. In this session you will get your hands dirty and dive into PowerBI and create an actual report, with actual data. You will get to learn from examples from what a DBA has done to implement PowerBI in his shop and make his data accessible.
As a DBA, we often need to collect and display data in a friendly and interactive fashion. We will play with some PowerShell to collect data from several systems, store this data in an Azure DB in the Cloud, then point PowerBI at this data to display and interact with said data. You will learn a little about PowerShell, Azure SQL DB, PowerBI, and how to make these work for you.
You will be given permissions to an Azure DB, and get connected to this source. You will also need to have PowerBI desktop downloaded and installed. We will be using this to create the report during the session. So please come prepared to interact with the internet, with a cloud based database you will be provided, and PowerBI Desktop.


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10/24/2017 12:30 PM
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1:30 PM


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Room 1

THE LEADERSHIP ORBITâ„¢: Attracting the Right Followers

Laura  Rose

Many people have passion; many people have goals; but the leaders of this generation need more. 

 

They need to have a vision, mission, a strategy or plan of action, execution and the desire for continuous improvement of the plan and execution.T

 

This presentation introduces the idea of using the Law of Attraction and The Leadership OrbitTM  to attract the right followers

This presentation will answer the following:

 

What differentiates leaders?
What is The Leadership OrbitTM?
How can The Leadership OrbitTM be used to achieve your goals?


10/24/2017 1:00 PM
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2:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Advanced TSQL Querying

Mitchell  Pearson
Do you know the basics of T-SQL and want to take your skills to the next level? If so this fast paced, demo-packed session is for you! In this session you will learn how to use advanced T-SQL concepts to quickly solve some of the common business problems. In this session Mitchell reviews CTEs, Window Functions, and more!

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10/24/2017 1:30 PM
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2:30 PM


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Room 1

Remote Diagnosis & AI in Healthcare

Saumya  Sanjeev
This session covers the need and relevance of Remote Diagnosis & AI in Healthcare. It discusses case studies currently underway as well as a brief outline on the approach.


10/24/2017 2:00 PM
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3:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Everything you wanted to know about Stored Procedures

Jeffrey  Garbus
Everything you wanted to know about Stored Procedures but were afraid to ask. 

This session talks about stored procedure creation management, performance, and transaction management. We also review and make formal recommendations on optimal coding techniques and mechanisms for managing return values.


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10/24/2017 2:30 PM
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3:30 PM


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Room 1

Query Store and Query Optimization on SQL Server 2017

Dean  Savovic
In this session, I will talk about advantages of Query Store, features, configuration and query optimization using Query Store on SQL Server 2017. Session will also cover how one can monitor query performance, how Query Store gathers data and which are the best practices for using Query Store. During the session there will be various demos.


10/24/2017 3:00 PM
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4:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Introduction to the SQL Server Query Store

Brandon  Preece
Don't you wish there was a recording of everything running on your SQL Server instance tracking performance data? Well in SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called the Query Store. This session will go over how the query store works, how you configure it for your workloads and how to use the information to track performance data. When you leave this session, you will know how to get started using the Query Store.


10/24/2017 3:30 PM
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4:30 PM


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Room 1

SQL Server Containers and Clones

Paul  Stanton
“Containers and Clones for SQL Server Development and Test”

Microsoft is emphasizing the use of containers for development and test on SQL Server 2017, and new solutions from Red Gate and Windocks add support for containers and SQL Server database database cloning, for the full range of the SQL Server family.

We’ll explore use of Docker based tooling for delivery of container environments, and their pros and cons. We’ll also look at SQL Server cloning, and how clones enable Dev and Test teams to work on large database environments for containers as well as existing SQL Server instances.


10/24/2017 4:00 PM
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5:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: SQL Server 2016 Security: Why to Upgrade

Tommy  Mullaney
 

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10/25/2017 9:00 AM
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10:00 AM


Track:
Room 2

BEST OF: All about Joins

Jeffrey  Garbus
A natural follow-up to the index selection sessions, this talks about index selection for join performance, identifying join types, looking at optimizer decision making for inner, outer, and self-joins. There is also a section on a self-join cookbook for those who aren’t comfortable writing them.

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10/25/2017 10:00 AM
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11:00 AM


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Room 1

Security "Best" Practices That Aren't

K. Brian  Kelley
You want to secure SQL Server. As with every established technology, you find a lot of security “best practices” to implement. The number of different recommendations can be overwhelming. Some even contradict others. If you’re familiar with auditors and meeting compliance requirements, you are probably thinking that some of these best practices contribute nothing to security. We just do them to check a box. So what are those “best” practices for SQL Server security that really aren’t? In this session we’ll look at some of the recommendations that are out there and why they aren’t effective controls.


10/25/2017 10:00 AM
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11:00 AM


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Room 2

BEST OF: How to be a Great DBA

Jeffrey  Garbus
This presentation, for beginner to intermediate DBAs, those interested in becoming a DBA, or anybody who wonders what their DBAs do (or should be doing), discusses both technical and personal aspects of being an integral part of the IT team.


10/25/2017 11:00 AM
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12:00 PM


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Room 1

Automating SQL Server Installation and Configuration

K. Brian  Kelley
In the current fast paced environment that is information technology, we want to build fast and we want to build consistently. When it comes to SQL Server, that means automation. We want to automate the whole build process, from the server deployment to the after installation scripts. In this session we’ll look at what you can automate, how to do it, and how to include some options for customization using a template-based approach. We’ll also look at how to set specific configuration and attempt to maintain them beyond installation.


10/25/2017 11:00 AM
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12:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Indexing for performance

Jeffrey  Garbus
This session for beginners or experts discusses index structures and how the server uses them to optimize queries. With this knowledge, you can tune queries BETTER than the Tuning Adviser.

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10/25/2017 12:00 PM
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1:00 PM


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Room 1

Introducing Microservices - CANCELLED

Joydip  Kanjilal
Microservices is an architectural approach for building flexible, extensible, independently deployable services with each of these services running and communicating using lightweight communication mechanisms.

This presentation helps the reader to learn what Microservices are, provides a high level architectural overview of Microservices, and discusses the benefits, drawbacks and challenges of Microservices. Lastly, it illustrates how one can build Microservices using .NET Core.


10/25/2017 12:00 PM
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1:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: SQL Server 2016 SP1 Changes the Game: Things You Can Do Now That Were Enterprise-Only Before

Charlie  Arehart
As some may know, the recent release of SQL Server 2016 SP1 included a major change that enables nearly all features to work in all editions. In other words, there used to be features that were Enterprise-only (or Trial or Dev), such that folks on editions below that (Standard, Web, Express, and Express LocalDB) could NOT use, at all. Or you may try things in Trial/Dev only to find they didn't work in production if using one of those other editions, or Azure SQL DB. Now you can use many features previously limited to Enterprise-only. This opens doors to capabilities which will be very helpful, even amazing, to many.

And this is not just about features that are new in SQL Server 2016 but also some features from previous editions which are also now available in editions other than Enterprise (of course, you need to be using SQL Server 2016 SP1 to get the benefit of being able to use such features on an edition below Enterprise).

In this talk, veteran server troubleshooter Charlie Arehart will outline, discuss, and in some cases demonstrate the features that are now available. He’ll also indicated the specific editions where they are, as well as why they are so important, and he’ll conclude with some related changes of interest, all of which can be considered before leveraging or planning for this important change of functionality.


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10/25/2017 1:00 PM
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2:00 PM


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Room 1

New features in .NET Core 2

Joydip  Kanjilal
NET Core is a light-weight, extensible, cross-platform, and open source managed software framework from Microsoft. The software giant has recently released .NET 2. This session discusses what .NET Core is all about, differences between .NET Framework and .NET Core, why .NET Core useful, where it is applicable and the new features and benefits in .NET Core 2. Lastly, it presents a discussion on how we can get started working with .NET Core 2 in Visual Studio 2017.


10/25/2017 1:00 PM
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2:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: The Data Warehouse of the Future

Stan  Geiger
So you think you have the ultimate Data Warehouse...well think again. The landscape or should I say the data lake is changing constantly. We are getting data from all over the place. How do we make it available and relevant for the consumers of a data warehouse. Is Kimbell obsolete now, what about unstructured data, how about the gazillioin rows of click data, etc. So the data and BI architects are all on suicide watch. Well its not really that bad. Microsoft has woken up and seen all that is going and has brought functionality to SQL Server to solve some of these issues. This presentation provides an overview of technologies such as Polybase, Temoporal Tables, Columnstore Index, In memory tables, JSON support, etc. that can be utilized to build the data warehouse of the future.

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10/25/2017 2:00 PM
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3:15 PM


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Room 1

New features in Entity Framework Core 2

Joydip  Kanjilal
Entity Framework Core is a lightweight, extensible, and cross-platform version of Entity Framework - Microsoft's flagship ORM. This session presents an introduction to the core concepts in Entity Framework Core followed by a discussion on the new features and enhancements in Entity Framework Core 2 with code examples and demo to illustrate the concepts covered.


10/25/2017 2:00 PM
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3:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: End-to-End Troubleshooting Checklist

Kevin  Kline
Learning how to detect, diagnose and resolve performance problems in SQL Server is tough.  Often, years are spent learning how to use the tools and techniques that help you detect when a problem is occurring, diagnose the root-cause of the problem, and then resolve the problem. 
 
In this session, attendees will see demonstrations of the tools and techniques which make difficult troubleshooting scenarios much faster and easier, including:
 
•           XEvents, Profiler/Traces, and PerfMon
•           Using Dynamic Management Views (DMVs)
•           Advanced Diagnostics Using Wait Stats
•           Reading SQL Server execution plan
 
Every DBA needs to know how to keep their SQL Server in tip-top condition, and you’ll need skills the covered in this session to do it.


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10/25/2017 3:00 PM
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4:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: What’s New for In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2016

Jos  de Bruijn
SQL Server 2016 greatly improves the performance and ease of use for In-Memory OLTP. In this session we give a recap of the In-Memory OLTP feature, discussing scenarios as well as expected performance improvements. We then go over the enhancements in performance, programmability, as well as manageability, that went into SQL Server 2016 as well as Azure SQL Database.

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10/25/2017 3:15 PM
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4:15 PM


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Room 1

Adopting an Enterprise Data Security Approach to Safeguarding Data Assets

Scott  Simmons
In a review of recent data breaches - it is clear that traditional mechanisms for data protection are simply inadequate. The emergence of the cloud, micro-services, social media has necessitated a re-evaluation of how to safeguard data assets especially PII (Personally Identifiable Information), PHI (Protected Health Information), and PCI (Payment Card Information). Regulatory statutes are additionally influencing these requirements including GDPR, HIPAA, and Privacy Shield. This presentation will review the current challenges and the requirements arising from these new trends providing an action plan for an enterprise data security approach based on Data-Centric Audit and Protection (DCAP) solutions.


10/25/2017 4:00 PM
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5:00 PM


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Room 2

BEST OF: Enterprise Data Lakes: Design Patterns and Anti-Patterns

Vikram  Sharma
Every data centric organization wants to setup their own Enterprise data lake for their needs. The motivation may vary from democratization of data to transparent and centralized access control to just staying up to speed with the buzz. With the recent data explosion, organizations are generating massive amount of data in a variety of forms and velocity. Consequently, the need to maintain a centralized single source of truth that can be utilized to suit multiple needs is greater than ever. However, this is not a one size fits all situation. The needs are different so are the mechanisms and the type of data. We will explore the underlying concepts of an enterprise data lake, common patterns of usage and how to identify what works and what does not for the current need. We will also touch upon the building blocks of data lakes and a comparison and contrast of the available technologies.

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Charlie Arehart

A veteran server troubleshooter who's worked in enterprise IT for more than three decades, Charlie Arehart (@carehart) is a longtime community contributor who as an independent consultant provides short-term, remote, on-demand troubleshooting/tuning assistance for organizations of all sizes and experience levels (carehart.org/consulting).

Tjay Belt

Tjay Belt is an outdoorsman who enjoys riding dirtbikes, waterskiing/boating, playing racquetball and spending time with his family. When he can't be out playing, Tjay loves to tinker with databases. Tjay has been an IT professional for over a decade. Currently serving as a Senior Database Engineer with Cybersource in the Infrastructure Engineering group, TJay has progressed through several roles in his database career including developer, data guy, database developer, database analystand DBA. Prior to Cybersource, he worked at several software companies, working at internal customer sites in the United States and abroad. He has always gravitated to the database side of each job and excelled. TJay studied Computer Science at Brigham Young University and is a member and active volunteer of PASS.

Jos de Bruijn

Jos de Bruijn is a Senior Program Manager in the SQL Server Database Systems team. He works on the Hekaton project, which brings the In-Memory OLTP database technology to SQL Server. His main focus is on query processing, programmability, and transaction semantics for memory optimized tables and natively compiled stored procedures. In a previous life, he obtained a Ph.D. in knowledge representation and semantic web technology, and worked in academia for several years as an assistant professor.

Jeffrey Garbus

Jeff Garbus has over twenty years of expertise in architecture, tuning and administration of Microsoft SQL Server databases at hundreds of client sites. He has authored 17 books, developed advanced training workshops, and has published dozens of articles on the subject. Mr. Garbus is the CEO of Soaring Eagle Consulting, an organization that specializes in assisting businesses maximize database performance. His latest book Microsoft Transact-SQL, The Definitive Guide, is available now, use the Coupon Code “GARBUS” when ordering for a 35% discount.

Stan Geiger

Stan has over 25 years experience with databases. He has been in various roles such as BI Architect, Data Architect and developer. He has designed and built large scale data warehouse and multidimensional cube installations in various industries such as finance, healthcare, energy, and DOD. Currently Product Manager for the Business Intelligence products at IDERA.

Joydip Kanjilal

Joydip Kanjilal has won the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in ASP.NET six times in a row from the year 2007 to 2012. He is a speaker and author of several books and articles. He has more than 15 years in .NET and its related technologies, with more than 14 years in Microsoft .NET and its related technologies. Joydip is currently working as a Principal Software Engineer at DELL International Services at Hyderabad. He has been selected as an MSDN Featured Developer of the Fortnight (MSDN) a number of times and has also been a Community Credit Winner at www.community-credit.com several times. He has authored the following books:
 
Entity Framework Tutorial (Second Edition) by Packt Publishing
ASP.NET Web API: Build RESTful Web Applications and Services on the .NET Framework by Packt Publishing
Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 Six-in-One by Wrox Publishers
ASP.NET 4.0 Programming by Mc-Graw Hill Publishing
Entity Framework Tutorial by Packt Publishing
Pro Sync Framework by APRESS
Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET Ajax in 24 Hours by Sams Publishing
ASP.NET Data Presentation Controls Essentials by Packt Publishing
 
He has also reviewed more than 10 books and authored more than 350 articles for some of the most reputable sites, such as www.msdn.microsoft.comwww.code-magazine.comwww.asptoday.comwww.devx.comwww.ddj.comwww.aspalliance.comwww.aspnetpro.comwww.sql-server-performance.comwww.sswug.org, and so on.
 
He has years of experience in designing and architecting solutions for various domains. His technical strengths include C, C++, VC++, Java, C#, Microsoft .NET, AJAX, WCF, JQuery, ASP.NET Web API, REST, SOA, Design Patterns, SQL Server, Operating Systems, and Computer Architecture. Joydip has been exploring Cloud technolgies, IoT and Machine learning these days.
 
He can be contacted at:
 
 

K. Brian Kelley

Brian Kelley is an author, columnist, and Microsoft SQL Server MVP (since 2009) focusing primarily on SQL Server security. He is a contributing author for How to Cheat at Securing SQL Server 2005 (Syngress), Professional SQL Server 2008 Administration (Wrox), and Introduction to SQL Server (Texas Publishing). Brian currently serves as a database administrator/ architect for AgFirst Farm Credit Bank where he can concentrate on his passion: SQL Server. He previously was the systems and security architect for AgFirst where he worked on Active Directory, Windows security, VMWare, and Citrix.

Kevin Kline

Kevin Kline is a renowned database expert and software industry veteran. A long-time Microsoft SQL Server MVP and noted leader in the IT industry, Kevin is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a top-rated speaker at industry trade shows worldwide. He tweets at #kekline and blogs at http://KevinEKline.com.

Ben Miller

Ben has been a member of the SQL Server Community for over 14 years now. He is currently a Director of Database Admin at MaritzCX in Lehi Utah. He is a SQL Server MVP and has spent time in the field using SQL Server since 1997. He has worked at various companies throughout the US as well as at Microsoft for 7 years. He is passionate about SQL Server and automation and integration. Ben is also a SQL Server MCM (Microsoft Certified Master). He can be found on the internet as DBAduck (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Blog).

Tommy Mullaney

Tommy is a Program Manager at Microsoft, working on security features for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database.

Mitchell Pearson

Mitchell Pearson is a Business Intelligence Consultant and the Training Content manager for Pragmatic Works. Mitchell has experience developing enterprise level BI Solutions using the full suite of products offered by Microsoft (SSRS, SSIS, SSAS, & Power BI). Mitchell is very active in the community presenting at SQL Saturday events, PASS virtual chapters and giving free webinars for Pragmatic Works. Mitchell can also be found blogging at mitchellpearson.com.

Brandon Preece

Brandon Preece started from the early days of SQL Server. His first migration was from SQL Server 6.5 to SQL Server 7.0. Since that day, he has loved being a Database Administrator working with every major version since then. He now manages the best SQL Server Team you will ever find (maybe he is a little biased). He love teaching technology and helping others find the best way to use this incredible tool that we all love called SQL Server. I work with SQL Server during the day and have been for many years. I enjoy teaching and making a difference. In my free time, I like action sports. I enjoy snowboarding and Mountain Biking. I started doing triathlons in 2015 and am liking the challenge.

Laura Rose

Laura Lee Rose has been in the software and testing industry for over 20 years. She’s worked with such companies as IBM, Ericsson, Staples, Fidelity Investments and Sogeti in various client advocacy and project management roles. The techniques she used in her business coaching and client advocacy work saved these companies both time and money, which resulted in on-time, quality product delivery with higher client satisfaction.

Even though Laura excelled in the corporate environment, she felt a calling toward something more.  Laura now uses her time management, work life balance and personal development skills as a life coach and Corporate Exit Strategist.  Laura Lee Rose helps people blend their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative transition strategies to help her clients realize what really matters to them. Combining inspired action with practical, tangible techniques easily lead you toward more autonomy, freedom and balance. 
 
If you are ready for your next chapter, learn more about Laura and her products at www.LauraLeeRose.com

Saumya Sanjeev

A technology enthusiast who loves solving complex business problems with tech-enabled solutions with an aim to positively impact over a billion lives through new age thinking and strategy models.

A senior leader in the business and technology industry known for strategy and execution resulting in improved productivity, speed of delivery & customer satisfaction.

Passionate about improving healthcare globally and encouraging ‘Women in STEM’. Trained and enjoy classical music, theatre and music.

Dean Savovic

Experienced project manager, software architect and developer. System designer, database specialist, experience with managing, optimizing and developing Microsoft SQL Server (certified MCDBA). Experienced lecturer, held numerous MOC seminars (certified MCT). Certified project manager (Project Management Professional (PMP)) using project management methodologies in practice.

Specialties: Software architecture and analysis. Project management implementation and consulting. Server and database performance tuning and optimization

Vikram Sharma

A Technical Project Manager with more than 15 years of engineering experience designing and delivering highly-available, multi-tenant web, XML/SOAP/REST endpoints and services, and rich client applications, using JDBC/ORM or XML to interface to backing data stores. Experienced with assessing, monitoring and optimizing performance of applications interfacing and aggregating large data stores. Certified Scrum Master and Safe 4 agilist , responsible for delivering big data programs across verticals of the financial domain. Experienced in making use of cutting edge technologies through industry best practices and design patterns to define solutions mapping business needs to technical capabilities.

Scott Simmons

As a Solution Architect at Protegrity, Scott focuses on technical sales support to Protegrity's prospects/customers from a technical and business perspective. Additionally, Scott provides implementation support for Protegrity prospects/customers. The engagement process with clients focuses on requirements gathering, environment scoping and providing in-depth Protegrity product expertise,

In his previous role as Director Solution Architecture for Vantiq, Scott worked with global clients on designing next generation applications and assisting in the strategy of the company. Scott also was the Global Solution Architect for ForgeRock focusing on Identity and Access Management.

Previously, Scott spent 14 years with IBM in roles including Master Cloud Advisor and Lead Banking Architect. Prior to these roles, Scott was Lead Banking Solutions Architect for IBM's WW Banking Center of Excellence. Scott was the Principal Architect for IBM's SOA team as lead/mentor for over 100 IBM SOA Architects.

Scott also co-authored development of the WebSphere/SOA Reference Architecture and the Integration Architecture Workshop methodology.

Paul Stanton

I'm a proven leader in Global Cloud Product Management, Business Development and Alliances, with a passion for results. I'm skilled in solution selling to C-level executives, and working in cross functional teams. I love to communicate, operate with high personal standards, and have well development interpersonal and technical skills.

I've led technical and business strategies for the largest (Microsoft) and for Docker focused startups, with innovations in SQL Server cloning, SQL Server containers, and cross platform Docker support. I am driven to achieve, lead through creativity and action, and to see the team win. I do Sales Management, Marketing, SaaS, Cloud, Managed Services, Strategic Partnerships, and Alliances.

Stephen Wynkoop

Stephen Wynkoop is the founder and editor for SSWUG.ORG – the SQL Server Worldwide User’s Group where he writes a daily column and maintains the site overall. SSWUG features a weekly video program about the database and IT world, webcasts, articles, quarterly online virtual community events and vConferences several times a year. Stephen is a Microsoft SQL Server MVP and the author of more than 10 books, translated into at least 7 languages. Stephen has been working with SQL Server since the very first version, with a prior experience in database platforms that included dBase and Btrieve.

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