SQL Server Konferenz 2020. March 3 - 5, 2020 in Darmstadt
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SQL SERVER KONFERENZ 2020
FROM 3 TO 5 MARCH 2020
KONGRESSCENTER
DARMSTADT, GERMANY

PROUD TO PRESENT OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

Argenis Fernandez

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 Azure Data/SQL Server engineering team as a Principal PM in the Tiger team.

Pedro Lopes

Pedro Lopes is a Principal Program Manager in the Microsoft Azure SQL Server team, based in Redmond, WA, USA.
He is currently responsible for Program Management of database engine features for SQL Server and Azure SQL, with special focus on the Relational Engine (Query Processor, Programmability, Performance). He is a regular speaker at conferences and user groups events (such as TechReady, Ignite, Build, PASS Summit, SQLIntersection, SQLBits, 24H of PASS), blogs about all things SQL at http://aka.ms/sqlserverteam, authored the book “Learn T-SQL Querying” (https://aka.ms/LearnTSQLQuerying), and several tools in the TigerToolbox on GitHub: AdaptiveIndexDefrag (http://aka.ms/AID), the BPCheck script for SQL Best Practices and Performance checks (http://aka.ms/BPCheck), or usp_WhatsUp to get an instant view of performance affecting issues in your workload (https://aka.ms/uspwhatsup).

Sandy Winarko

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 C&W (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).

OUR SPEAKERS

We are so proud to present the first speakers, who will contribute to the SQL Server Konferenz 2020.
Many thanks in advance for your high level presentations.

Paul Andrew

Paul is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP with 10+ years’ experience working with the complete on premises SQL Server stack in a variety of roles and industries. Now as Data Analytics Consultant has turned his keyboard to big data solutions in the Microsoft cloud. Specialising in Azure Data Lake Analytics, Azure Data Factory, Azure Stream Analytics, Event Hubs and IoT. Paul is also a STEM Ambassador for the networking education in schools’ programme, PASS chapter leader for the Microsoft Data Platform Group – Birmingham, a member of the SQL Relay committee, SQL Bits, SQL Saturday, PASS Summit speaker and helper. Currently the Stack Overflow top user for Azure Data Factory. As well as very active member of the technical community.

Glenn Berry

Glenn works as a Principal Consultant in Elizabeth, CO. He was a Data Platform MVP from 2007-2017. He is also an Adjunct Faculty member at University College - University of Denver, where has been teaching since 2000. He has completed the Master Teacher Program at Denver University - University College. He is the author of the book SQL Server Hardware. Glenn blogs regularly at glennsqlperformance.com. He is active on Twitter as @GlennAlanBerry.

Mark Broadbent

Mark Broadbent is a Data Platform MVP and SQL Server MCM with more than 20 years of experience working with SQL Server and principal of SQLCloud, a consultancy specialising in concurrency control and highly available solutions. He is the founder of the UK's SQLSaturday Cambridge (its first and largest), SharePoint Saturday Cambridge, the Hybrid Virtual Chapter and the East Anglia SQL User Group.

Gerhard Brueckl

Gerhard has been implementing traditional BI and data warehouse solutions based on the Microsoft Data Platform for over 10 years and has been sharing his knowledge with the community ever since. With the rise of "Big Data" over the last years he also shifted his interests towards new technologies, mainly related to the Hadoop eco system to fight the masses of data he frequently encounters at his customers. Having this strong background with the Microsoft Data Platform, he always tries to combine this "old" and the "new" world which still have a lot of things in common!

Cédric Charlier

Cédric is a talented architect active in the domain of Business Intelligence and Data warehousing. He has more than 15 years of successful experience with SQL Server in large European industrial groups and Services companies. Driven by quality and reliability, he is the main developer and evangelist of an open-source solution for testing database and BI solutions (cubes, etl, reports ...) named NBi (www.nbi.io) and contributing to other open-source solutions. Since a few years, he has been moving out of his comfort zone playing with NoSQL databases. Cédric also advocates for the introduction and application of agile practices in BI's world.

Bodo Danitz

Bodo Danitz – einer der 18 Gründungsmitglieder der PASS Deutschland e.V. - beschäftigt sich seit mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten freiberuflich als Berater und zertifizierter Trainer mit Datenbanksystemen. Im SQL Server-Bereich ist er seit 1995 unterwegs. Seitdem kümmert er sich um alle administrativen Themen rund um Microsoft SQL Server. Zu seinen Spezialgebieten gehören Hochverfügbarkeit, Troubleshooting und Performance Optimierung großer SQL Server Datenbanksysteme - u.a. auch im Microsoft Dynamics NAV, AX und CRM Bereich - sowie Virtualisierung, Migration und Konsolidierung.

Erwin de Kreuk

Erwin de Kreuk is a passionate Data Platform / Sql Server enthusiast. Working as a Lead Data and AI for InSpark, #1 Microsoft Partner of the Year 2019 in the Netherlands. Speaking on different National and International Events.
He is eager in helping out customers in getting the most added value out of their Analytics Environment with a strong focus on solutions in the Azure Cloud(PAAS).
Next to that, he is also a Technology leader for Microsoft. Always investigating the latest (vs newest) possibilities/opportunities and sharing his enthusiasm among his colleagues, the community and customers.

Ralf Dietrich

Ralf Dietrich beschäftigt sich seit über 20 Jahren mit dem SQL Server. Seine Schwerpunkte liegen Bereich Architekturen und Design für hochverfügbare und hochsichere Umgebungen. Durch seine langjährigen Erfahrungen in den Branchen Logistik, Handel, Industrie und Finanzen kennt er auch die Tücken von IT-Prozessen und unterstützt gerne in zielorientierten Umgebungen. Seinen Fokus legt er auf praktikable und wirtschaftliche Lösungen, wobei er dort von seinen Tätigkeiten als Geschäftsführer profitiert. Prototyping, Code-Reviews und forensische Analysen runden seine Kenntnisse ab. Inzwischen führt er die Firma Sarpedon Quality Lab von Andreas Wolter weiter und betreut mit seinem Team anspruchsvolle Kunden in Deutschland und Europa.

Sascha Dittmann

Sascha Dittmann ist Cloud Solution Architect bei der Microsoft Deutschland GmbH und unterstützt hierbei Kunden beim Im­plement­ierungs­prozess erfolg­reicher Cloud-Lösungen. Seine Schwerpunkte liegen in der Software­entwicklung für die Microsoft Azure Plattform, sowie im SQL Server Business Intelligence und Big Data Bereich.
Bevor er Ende 2015 zu Microsoft kam, war er viele Jahre bei der heutigen Ernst & Young GmbH tätig; Davon 13 Jahre als Software­entwickler und 3 Jahre als Cloud Solution Architect. Während dieser Zeit gründete er auch die Community-Webseiten cloudbloggers.de und war Mitbegründer des .NET Stammtischs Rheinhessen und der Xamarin User Group Frankfurt. Zwischen 2012 und 2015 wurde er 4-mal von Microsoft mit dem "Microsoft Most Valuable Professional"-Award für seine Arbeit im Microsoft-Azure-Umfeld ausgezeichnet.

William Durkin

William Durkin is a DBA, Data Platform MVP, published Technical Author, International Speaker and Data Platform Architect at Data Masterminds (https://datamasterminds.io). He uses his 15 years of experience with SQL Server to help multinational corporations achieve their data management goals. Born in the UK and now based in Germany, William has worked as a Database Developer and DBA on projects ranging from single server installations, up to environments spanning 5 continents, using a range of high availability solutions.

Lord Richard Douglas

Lord Richard Douglas is a Principal Solutions Engineer at SentryOne, where he specialises in the SQL Server product range. He has worked with SQL Server since version 7.0 in various developer and DBA roles and holds a number of Microsoft certifications. Richard is a keen member of the SQL Server community, having run a PASS Chapter in the UK and having served on the organizing committee for SQLRelay. Richard is on Twitter as @SQLRich.

Markus Ehrenmüller-Jensen

Markus Ehrenmüller-Jensen works as a project leader, trainer & consultant for data warehousing, ETL, and business intelligence since 1994. He is an educated software-engineer, graduated business educator and professor for databases and project engineering at HTL Leonding (technical college) and certified as MCSE Data Platform and MCSE Business Intelligence. Markus speaks regularly on international conferences (eg. SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits London, BASTA Germany, SQL Saturdays, SQL Days Germany, SQL PASS Austria, ...) and writes articles for well-known journals. Since 2014 he is responsible for runtastic’s data warehouse to drive forward data-driven decisions for employees and customers. In 2013 he co-founded SQL PASS Austria and organizes SQL Saturdays in Vienna since 2014. For his technical leadership in the community he was awarded as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP in 2017.

Jan "Janek" Fellien

My path to profession began more than 25 years ago. But even before that I was involved in IT and software development. After an infinite number of co-developed data-driven applications, I discovered the world of Domain Driven Design and CQRS in 2010. Since then, I've been in love with it, just like the Azure Cloud. I am co-organizer of the first German Domain Driven Design Conference KanDDDinsky and since 2017 official Microsoft Azure MVP.

Marcel Franke

Marcel ist Specialist Data & AI bei Microsoft in Deutschland und berät Kunden im Bereich Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning und den zugrunde liegenden Datenplattformen rund um SQL Server, Azure, Big Data und Spark. Seit fast 15 Jahren beschäftigt sich Marcel mit dem SQL Server und der Microsoft Data Platform im Bereich Data Analytics, Big Data und Data Warehouse und unterstützt die größten Data Analytics Projekte im deutschsprachigen Raum. Zuvor leitete Marcel ein Data Science Startup mit Schwerpunkt Customer Analytics und Machine Analytics und durfte mit großartigen Kunden wie Runtastic, TUI, Eurowings, ThyssenKrupp, Allianz und vielen weiteren Kunden spannende Projekte umsetzen. Weiterhin engagiert sich Marcel bei der SQL PASS Community, hält Vorträge auf Konferenzen, schreibt Artikel und teilt seine Erfahrungen regelmäßig auf seinem Blog http://nexxtjump.com.

Imke Feldmann

Imke Feldmann ist seit 5 Jahren als Business Intelligence Consultant aktiv. Zuvor hat sie 15 Jahre Jahre lang in verschiedenen Postitionen im Finanzbereich gearbeitet. Als Microsoft MVP mit einer Leidenschaft für Power Query und M ist sie sehr aktiv in der Power BI-community: Foren, Speaker und Leitung der Berliner Power BI User Group. Auf ihrem Blog thebiccountant.com teilt sie Tipps und Tricks rund um das Power BI-Universum.

Grant Fritchey

Grant Fritchey is a Data Platform MVP with over 20 years' experience in IT, including time spent in support and development. He has worked with SQL Server since 6.0 back in 1995. He has also developed in VB, VB.NET, C#, and Java. Grant has written books for Apress and Simple-Talk. Grant presents at conferences and user groups, large and small, all over the world. He joined Redgate Software as a product evangelist in January 2011.

Sia Ghassemi

dev-security, we need more and easier dev-security!
Sia Ghassemi is not just a passionate software architect and Microsoft MVP for the category Azure, he is also the founder of sia-consulting limited, a company specialized in GDPR, dev-security and cloud-security. He is a frequent speaker and workshop-lead at different conferences throughout germany and canada.

Frank Geisler

Frank Geisler is owner and CEO of GDS Business Intelligence GmbH. He is SQL Server MVP, MCT, MCSE – Business Intelligence, MCSE – Data Plattform and MCSE - Azure Solutions Architect. In his Job he is building Business Intelligence Systems based on Microsoft Technology, mainly on SQL Server and SharePoint.

Sandra Geisler

Sandra Geisler is a postdoctoral researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT in Sankt Augustin. She is working in the High Content Analysis and Information Intensive Instruments group of the Life Science Informatics department. Her work focuses on the design and implementation of information systems, especially of big data solutions, in the area of life science and health care. She is particularly interested in data stream management and data quality management. She is also involved in courses and lectures offered by the institute. She received her PhD in computer science from the RWTH Aachen University in 2016.

Patrick Heyde

Patrick Heyde ist Azure Spezialist für Microsoft und hat eine lange Azure, SharePoint und SQL Vergangenheit. Seit 2007 arbeitet er bei Microsoft und war mehrfach Sprecher auf Konferenzen als Azure Evangelist, Azure Business Lead für Azure Partner Solutions und als Cloud Solution Architect. In Kunden­projekten findet man ihn immer wieder in den Themen­bereichen Azure, SharePoint und SQL Server wieder. Sein Spezial­gebiet ist die Migration, Archi­tektur­beratung und Auto­matisierung sowie die Themen Aufbau von Business-Modellen und deren Transformation und natürlich sein liebstes Thema: Neue verrückte Szenarien entwickeln, die einfach funktio­nieren, die sich keiner vorstellen kann, natürlich auf und mit Microsoft Azure.

Guido Jacobs

Guido Jacobs beschäftigt sich seit über 19 Jahre mit den Themen Big Data, SQL Server, Virtualisierung und Security. Die letzten Jahre hat Guido die Microsoft Großkunden im Bereich Microsoft Data Plattform beraten. In seiner jetzigen Rolle hilft er den Microsoft Großkunden bei der Etablierung von Big Data Plattformen in Kombination zu bestehenden Data Plattformen. Sein Schwerpunkt liegt in der Realisierung von hybriden Big Data/ Data Plattformen in Kombination mit der Microsoft Cloud Plattform Azure.

José Manuel Jurado Diaz

José Manuel Jurado currently works as SQL Support Escalation Engineer and Subject Master Expert in Azure SQL Database at Microsoft Spain. With over 15+ years of experience in SQL Server environments (administration and database development), he is a speaker for internal events at Microsoft and for public events as SQL Saturday, SQL Nexus, TechReady, DotNetConference and Azure BootCamp. In the past, he worked as Project Manager for large Global Retail Company for more than 10 years developing projects using different Microsoft Technologies.

André Kamman

André is a DBA and SQL Server Solutions architecht for Data Masterminds. He has done a lot of DBA work on 1000’s of servers where he discovered his love for Powershell, architecting SQL Server solutions, building and tuning ETL processes (with BIML), and even implementing PDW. Having to wrangle a lot of data he's using Python and SparkSQL in Azure Databricks as well these days. André is a Data Platform MPV, Dutch PASS Chapter, Leader organiser of SQL Saturday Holland and Data & BI track volunteer for Techorama Holland.

Thorsten Kansy

Thorsten Kansy, living near Frankfurt in the heart of Germany, is with heart and soul and for what feels like an eternity (aka nearly 30 years) developer, software architect, and mentor. Full stack developer meets Microsoft SQL Server and Azure.

Ralph Kemperdick

Ralph Kemperdick arbeitet seit vielen Jahren bei Microsoft Deutschland im SQL Server Umfeld und hat aktuell die Position eines Digital Business Architect inne.
In seinem Linked In Profil beschreibt er sich wie folgt:
Improving the way of doing business by leveraging insight into all data, also called digital transformation, is the key competence I bring to the table for my customers and partners. Helping to decide which business processes is most applicable to which technology, and advisory beyond a political debate leading to new horizons. Putting an architecture to work that delivers on the business requirements, is really the strength I can deliver on, due to deep and many years of experience in this domain.
Having deep insight into different and emerging technologies like, Blockchain, Databricks, Azure SQL DB and Azure SQL DW, SQL Server, CosmosDB, Oracle, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Cloudera & Hortonworks, as well as Programing models, Enterprise Connectivity, Linux, Database migrations, ETL tools like Integration Services, Analytic applications like Analysis Services and programming Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, R Services, Reporting, POWER BI, Massive Parallel Computing with Relational Database systems, PDW, Hadoop, Hive, Pig, Spark, Analytical Platform System (APS), NoSQL, as well as social intelligence.

Benjamin Kettner

Dr. Benjamin Kettner ist Mitgründer und CTO der ML!PA Consulting GmbH. Er promovierte im Jahr 2012 an der Freien Universität Berlin in angewandter Mathematik. Zur Zeit seiner Promotion war er Mitglied des DFG Forschungszentrums Matheon – Mathematik für Schlüsseltechnologien und Mitglied der Arbeitsgruppe Computational Nano Optics am Zuse Institut Berlin.
Während der Promotion und des Studiums beschäftigte er sich mit Software-Entwicklung und Programmierung sowie Datenbanken und Datenmodellen. Nach der Promotion arbeitete er als Berater bei einem Microsoft BI Partner, wo er technischer Projektleiter war und außerdem den Bereich Forschung und Entwicklung leitete und als Software-Architekt tätig war. Im Jahr 2015 gründete er die ML!PA Consulting GmbH, einen Microsoft-Partner mit Schwerpunkten im Bereich Advanced Analytics, Internet der Dinge und Cloud-Lösungen. Dort ist er als CTO und Software-Architekt tätig und konzipiert, entwickelt und gestaltet Kundenlösungen. Die ML!PA Consulting GmbH wurde im Jahr 2017 als einer von nur vier Partner des Jahres Finalisten der Firma Microsoft im Beriech Internet der Dinge ausgezeichnet. Dr. Benjamin Kettner ist in der Microsoft Data Plattform Community aktiv, leitet dort die Regionalgruppe Berlin des PASS Deutschland e.V. und tritt häufig als Autor von Blogbeiträgen und wissenschaftlichen Artikel und Sprecher auf technischen Veranstaltungen auf.

Stefan Kirner

Stefan Kirner ist Teamleiter BI Solutions bei der inovex GmbH in Karlsruhe und beschäftigt sich seit dem SQL Server 2000 mit dem Microsoft BI Stack. In diversen spannenden Business Intellligence Projekten in unterschiedlichsten Branchen hat er als Entwickler, Architekt und Projektleiter die Entwicklung der Microsoft BI & Analytics Komponenten von kargen DTS Zeiten an bis heute verfolgt. Inzwischen hat sich der Horizont der Data Management Lösungen natürlich auch auf viele Dienste in der Cloud erweitert. Stefan ist Microsoft Certified Systems Expert (MCSE). Seit 2006 leitet er die SQL PASS Regionalgruppe Karlsruhe und er unterstützt Microsoft Deutschland als Partner-Technical Solution Professional im Presales Bereich.

Alexander Klein

Alexander Klein is a senior Business Intelligence consultant with more than 15 years of experience. He focuses on Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse projects with Microsoft technologies like SQL Server, Power BI, Azure ML or Cortana Intelligence. Since 2008, he has been a self-employed consultant in large and medium-sized projects in all sectors across Europe. He has been visiting SQL Saturdays all over Europe since 2013.Since 2017 Alexander speaks at national and international conferences / user groups about Data Warehouse, BI, Azure and AI.

Constantin "Kostja" Klein

Constantin Klein arbeitet bei der Freudenberg IT GmbH & Co. KG. Dort beschäftigt er sich mit der Entwicklung von Lösungen auf Basis der Microsoft Produkte und Technologie Plattformen. Sein besonderes Interesse gilt dabei der Gewinnung, Verarbeitung und Nutzung von Daten und Informationen. Er ist MCSD, MCITP Database Developer und MCPD Web + Enterprise Application Developer. Seit 2010 wurde er jährlich von Microsoft zum Most Valuable Professional (MVP) für die Microsoft Data Platform ernannt. Er engagiert sich zusätzlich im Vorstand des Just Community e.V. (www.justcommunity.de) und des PASS Deutschland e.V. (www.sqlpass.de). Er leitet die .NET User Group Frankfurt (dnug-frankfurt.de) und sein Blog finden Sie unter kostjaklein.wordpress.com

Hugo Kornelis

I make SQL Server fast (.com)
Hugo Kornelis is an established SQL Server communiity expert who spends a lot of time at various conferences. He is also a blogger, technical editor of a variety of books, and Pluralsight author. He was awarded SQL Server MVP and Data Platform MVP 11 times (2006 - 2016).
When not working for the community, he is busy at his day job: freelance database developer/consultant.
Hugo has over 20 years of SQL Server experience in various roles. He has a strong database design background, but also loves to write and tune complex queries.

Artus Krohn-Grimberghe

Dr. Artus Krohn-Grimberghe has spent the past 6 years immersed in advanced data mining topics. He currently works as assistant professor for Analytic Information Systems and Business Intelligence in Germany. His research focuses on data mining algorithms for e-commerce and mobile business. When he isn�t researching new algorithms or teaching, he is consulting for predictive analytics clients.

Jens Kroehnert

Dipl.-Ing. Jens Kroehnert verfügt über mehr als 20 Jahre Erfahrung in der Planung und Umsetzung großer Business-Intelligence- und Big-Data-Projekte. Als Big Data & IoT Evangelist der ORAYLIS GmbH verantwortet er die Bereiche "Innovation & neue Technologien" und "Technische Presales". Dabei ist er als P-TSP direkt in den Presales-Prozess von Microsoft eingebunden. Sein Fokus liegt auf Themen wie Microsoft BI, Hadoop, IoT und Azure.

Matija Lah

Matija Lah has more than fifteen years of experience working with Microsoft SQL Server, mostly from architecting data-centric solutions in the legal domain. His contributions to the SQL Server community have led to the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award between 2007 and 2017/2018 (Data Platform). He spends most of his time on projects involving advanced information management, and natural language processing, but often finds time to speak at events related to Microsoft SQL Server where he loves to share his experience with the SQL Server platform.

Thomas LaRock

Thomas LaRock is a Head Geek at SolarWinds and a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, VMware vExpert, and former Microsoft Certified Trainer. He has over 20 years' experience in the IT industry in roles including programmer, developer, analyst, and database administrator.
LaRock has spent much of his career focused on data and database administration, which led to his being chosen as a Technical Evangelist for Confio Software in 2010. While at Confio, his research and experience helped to create the initial versions of the software now known as SolarWinds Database Performance Analyzer.
LaRock is also the Immediate Past President of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) and is an avid blogger, author, and technical reviewer for numerous books about SQL Server management. He now focuses his time working with customers to help resolve problems and answer questions regarding database performance tuning and virtualization for SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, SAP, and DB2, making it his mission to give IT and data professionals longer weekends.

Philipp Lenz

Philipp works as a Business Intelligence Senior Consultant at adesso AG in Cologne, Germany. With the advent of Power Pivot for Excel and SQL Server Reporting Services, he has discovered his passion for Microsoft Business Intelligence technologies over 12 years.
Since mid-2016 he has been a founding member of the Power BI Usergroup in Cologne and is Chapter Leader of SQL PASS Mittelrhein, Germany.

Karen Lopez

Karen is a senior project manager with an extensive background in development processes and information management. She specializes in taking practical approaches to systems development. She has 20+ years of public speaking (keynotes, speeches, and demonstrations). She wants attendees to have fun, gain insights and take away inspiration for working with new technologies and methods.
She's known for her slightly irreverent and practical approach to IT training and speaking. She wants you to be part of #TEAMDATA.

Sascha Lorenz

Sascha beschäftigt sich nun schon seit mehreren Jahrzehnten mit dem Microsoft SQL Server und der effizienten Automatisierung von Aufgabenstellungen rund um Datenbanken. Neben der Automatisierung von DWH/BI Lösungen und Prozessen in der Qualitätssteuerung von Entwicklerteams, hat er sich die letzten Jahre intensiver mit Machine Learning auseinandergesetzt und die Einsatzmöglichkeiten für seine Kunden evaluiert. Seit 2005 gehört Sascha zu den Organisatoren der Hamburger PASS Gruppe.

Tom Martens

Thomas "Tom" Martens has been awarded as a MSFT Data Platform MVP and works as Lead Expert at b.telligent (www.btelligent.com). For 20+ years Tom delivers Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Analytics solutions. Tom helps organizations to become data driven by implementing self service Business Intelligence tools at enterprise scale. His current interest is about the visualization of data and applying analytical methods to small and large amounts of data. Tom is a regular speaker at the User Groups, SQL Saturdays, the SQL Server Konferenz and PASS Summit.

John Martin

John (@SQLDiplomat) is the Product Manager at SentryOne, looking after SQL Sentry and the core monitoring suite. John is also a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, with over a decade of experience with SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform.
Having worked with SQL Server for the last decade, John has gained a level of experience as a DBA, Developer, and former Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Gaining a broad understanding of how it is possible to use, and misuse, SQL Server and the Microsoft Data Platform.

Marcus Möhle

Seit mehr als 14 Jahren ist Marcus Möhle als Architekt und Entwickler im Bereich Data Warehouse / Business Intelligence tätig. Er verfügt sowohl über umfangreiche Kenntnisse mit der Microsoft Data Plattform (SQL Server, SSAS, SSRS, SSIS und Power BI) als auch mit Oracle DB und Informatica PowerCenter. Mehr als 13 Jahre war er in einem großen DWH im Gesundheitswesen tätig und ist jetzt als Architekt und Entwickler für Microsoft BI bei Emerson tätig. Außerdem ist er PASS RGV in Hannover.

Piero Morano

Piero Morano
As a Senior Program manager in the Cloud and AI organization, I help customers creating platforms for digital transformation leveraging Azure Cloud eco-system. Since the inception of Azure Synapse Analytics, the limitless analytics service that brings together enterprise data warehousing and Big Data analytics, I have been focusing on building the unified experience to ingest, prepare, manage, and serve data for immediate BI and machine learning needs. More specifically I have been driving the SQL Analytics user experience of Synapse Analytics and the developer tools.

Gabi Münster

Gabi Münster
Gabi Münster started working with SQL Server technologies in 2005. Since 2010 she works as a BI Consultant for oh22data AG. Her core topics are SSAS, SSRS and MDS. She speaks at regional chapter meetings, national and international conferences. Since 2016 she also supports a regional chapter as co-lead. Apart from BI topics she also supports WIT events. In October 2017 she received a Data Platform MVP award for the first time.

Jan Mulkens

Jan Mulkens
Jan Mulkens is a Microsoft MVP in AI, the Competence Lead for Microsoft Advanced Analytics at Ordina Belgium and a Microsoft BI Consultant . In his spare time, he is a speaker at conferences and user groups in europe and he organizes 2 user groups and a conference in Belgium. Power BI Days conference (www.powerbidays.com), Belgium Microsoft Advanced Analytics User Group (bit.ly/msaaug), Flemish Power BI User Group (bit.ly/FlemishPowerBI).

Robert Panther

Robert Panther beschäftigt sich mittlerweile seit über 20 Jahren intensiv mit dem Microsoft SQL Server. Bereits seine Diplomarbeit hatte die Optimierung von Datenbankanwendungen zum Thema. Als Executive Consultant für CGI in Deutschland hat er als Entwickler, Administrator und Datenbank-Architekt zahlreiche Projekte erfolgreich mitgestaltet. Seine Themenschwerpunkte sind insbesondere Performance Tuning, die SQL Server Integration Services sowie SQL Server Express.
Daneben schreibt er Fachartikel und Bücher rund um sein Spezialgebiet und betreibt auch einen eigenen SQL Server Blog (http://pantheronsql.wordpress.com). Bei Microsoft Press bzw. später O'Reilly erschienen diverse Bücher zum Einstieg in die Datenbankentwicklung mit SQL Server. Bei entwickler.press erschien Anfang 2010 sein SQL Server Performance-Ratgeber, 2014 kam ein kompaktes Buch zur SQL-Abfrageoptimierung dazu, dem 2016 ein Buch zur Performance-Analyse folgte.
Dazu ist Robert Panther regelmäßig als Speaker bei diversen IT-Konferenzen (u.A. Deutsche SQL Konferenz, BASTA!, SQLCON, Frankfurter Datenbanktage/IT-Tage) zu sehen und auch in der Microsoft Data Platform Community (PASS) aktiv.

Björn Peters

I've started with SQL Server 6.5 but only as a sys-admin and not as DBA. Later I'd worked as a full DBA with SQL Server 2000 and my love to SQL Server started. In 2015 I'd got more interested in SQL PASS and tried to speak for the first time... the main part of my job is to work as DB-Admin and solution architect but I'm trying to widen my horizons. In 2016 I've visited and volunteered at the German SQL Saturdays und SQLGrillen and since October 2016 I'm the organizer of Azure Meetup Hamburg.

Lars Platzdasch

Lars Platzdasch (LinkedIN / Xing) ist Gesellschafter von zwei Firmen im Bereich Wissens- und Informations-Management, SharePoint (3P), SQL BI, SQL Server und der Individual Softwareentwicklung (platzdasch netConsult GmbH & Co KG) und besch�ftigt sich seit mehr als 20 Jahren mit dem SQL Server. Als SQL MCT, MCSE SQL 2016, SharePoint 2016/2013/2010 Admin und Developer ist er als Trainer und Berater f�r seine Kunden da. Er hat seine Leidenschaft die SQL Performance Optimierung auch mit seinem zweit liebsten IT Thema SharePoint verbunden. Im Laufe der Jahre sind so auch hunderte Individual L�sungen auf beiden Technologien entstanden.

Vitor Pombeiro

Azure SQL DB Support Engineer at Microsoft. Working with SQL Server since version 7.0 and before that with SQL Anywhere. Working in the clouds with SQL Server and Azure SQL DB, DW, MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Jovan Popovic

Jovan Popovic is Program Manager working in Microsoft Development Center Serbia on SQL Server/Azure SQL Database. Currently working on Azure SQL Database Managed Instance service. Jovan was Program manager on several SQL Server 2016/2017 features such as T-SQL language enhancements, JSON support, columnstore technology, temporal tables, in-memory OLTP, and automatic plan regression correction. Jovan is presenter on many Microsoft events such PASS summit, SQL Saturday, SQL Konferenz, etc.

Mladen Prajdic

Mladen Prajdić is a Data Platform MVP from Slovenia. He's been programming for 20 years, developing different types of applications in .Net (C#) and SQL Server, ranging from standard line-of-business, image-processing applications to high performace and IoT applications. He's a regular speaker at various conferences and usergroup meetings, really likes to optimize slow SQL statements, analyze performance, and find unconventional solutions to difficult SQL Server problems. In his free time, he also develops a very popular add-in for SSMS, called the SSMS Tools Pack (www.ssmstoolspack.com).

Andrew Pruski

Andrew Pruski is SQL Server DBA originally from Wales but now exploring Ireland. He is Microsoft Data Platform MVP and you can find him on twitter @dbafromthecold and blogging at dbafromthecold.com.

Markus Raatz

Markus Raatz spricht regelmäßig auf deutschen und internationalen Konferenzen zu Business Intelligence-Themen und ist zusammen mit Ruprecht Dröge (†) und Jörg Knuth Autor der Bücher zum SQL Server bei Microsoft Press seit der Version 2005. Er hat bei video2brain, jetzt LinkedIn Learning verschiedene Trainingsvideos zum SQL Server veröffentlicht und leitet die Regionalgruppe Berlin der SQLPASS. Er ist Vorstandsvorsitzender der Ceteris AG, die sich auf Datenverarbeitung mit Microsoft-Tools spezialisiert hat, und zurzeit halten ihn hauptsächlich tabellarische Modelle mit den Analysis Services des SQL Server 2017 in Atem.

Milos Radivojevic

Milos Radivojevicis a database consultant located in Vienna, Austria. He is Data Platform MVP and specializes in SQL Server for application developers and performance and query tuning.
Currently he works as principal database consultant in bwin GVC (the largest regulated online gaming company in the world). He is co-founder of the SQL Pass Austria and speaks regularly at local and international database conferences.
He is also co-author of the books SQL Server 2016 Developer's Guide and SQL Server 2017 Developer's Guide.

Uwe Ricken

Uwe Ricken ist seit 1992 im IT-Umfeld tätig. Den Weg zum Microsoft SQL Server hat er im Jahre 1999 gefunden, als sein Unternehmen den Auftrag für die Erstellung einer Mitgliederverwaltung für die Amerikanische Handelskammer in Deutschland erhielt. Dieses Mitgliedersystem wurde in fünf weiteren europäischen Ländern implementiert. Die ursprüngliche Leidenschaft für die Entwicklung von Datenbankmodellen mit Microsoft SQL Server wurde dann ab dem Jahre 2007 zusätzlich um die Funktionen und Aufgaben als DBA bei der Deutschen Bank AG in Frankfurt am Main erweitert. Fast 10 Jahre Praxiserfahrung als DBA und mehr als 15 Jahre Erfahrung als Entwickler von Datenbankmodellen wurden im Mai 2013 mit der Zertifizierung zum 7. deutschen „Microsoft Certified Master – SQL Server 2008“ gekrönt. Um das Jahr 2013 erfolgreich abzuschließen, wurde im Juli 2013 zum ersten Mal der MVP-Award von Microsoft für seine Unterstützung der Microsoft SQL Server Community verliehen. Damit war Uwe Ricken der erste MCM + MVP in Deutschland. Sein Wissen rund um den Microsoft SQL Server stellt Uwe Ricken für Entwickler und DBA’s in regelmäßigen Blogartikeln auf http://www.sqlmaster.de zur Verfügung. Sein Blog wird in deutscher Sprache betrieben. Uwe Ricken ist als Sprecher zu den Themen „Database Engine Internals“, „Query Optimizing“ und „Entwicklung“ auf vielen Konferenzen in ganz Europa anzutreffen.

Markus Schröder

Principal Systems Consultant, Quest Software GmbH
Markus Schröder works as a principal systems consultant at Quest Software in Cologne in the information management business unit. He works since 1994 with relational databases and focused since 2001 on performance and availability management.
Before he joined Quest in 2001 he worked as a consulltant at Oracle, Sysbae and BMC Software.

Christoph Seck

Christoph works as a BI Architect for KI Performance. With SQL Server and its BI Stack he is dealing for more than 15 years. He is cofounder and chapter leader of the German PASS chapter of Hannover, Microsoft P-TSP, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hildesheim and regular speaker at conferences and PASS events on DWH topics, agile project management and Blockchain.

Rob Sewell

Rob is a SQL Server DBA with a passion for Powershell, Azure, Automation, and SQL (PaaS geddit?). He is a Cloud and Data Center MVP, an officer for the PASS DevOps Virtual Chapter, co-leader of Data South West. He is a member of the committee that organises Data in Devon, PSDay.UK and also European PowerShell Conference and has spoken at and volunteered at many SQL and PowerShell events all over the world. He is a proud supporter of the SQL and Powershell communities.
He relishes sharing and learning and can be found doing both via Twitter and his blog. He spends most of his time looking at a screen and loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, you can find him on the cricket field in the summer and flying a drone in the winter.

Wolfgang Strasser

Wolfgang Strasser creates solutions based on the Microsoft Data Platform tools in his day-to-day job as Business Intelligence consultant. Either using SQL Server Database Engine, SSIS, reporting with SSAS and SSRS, implementing Power BI solutions or cloud tools for data analysis - the data-tools-landscape is broadening every day! Based on his professional career as a software developer he likes to work on structured development processes.
Wolfgang shares his knowledge with the community at many national and international events. For his community work, Wolfgang has been awarded with the Microsoft MVP Award for Data Platform in October 2015.

Torsten Strauss

Torsten Strauß (MCT, MCSE Data Platform, MCSE Data Management and Analytics,) has been working with Microsoft SQL Server since the turn of the millennium.
He currently works as Database Engineer and Microsoft SQL Server Evangelist for BP Europe SE.
Torsten has delivered more than 90 presentations about Microsoft SQL Server at national and international conferences and user groups in recent years and was recognized as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP in July 2018.

Isabelle Van Campenhoudt

Isabelle Van Campenhoudt is a MVP DataPlatform who has been working for more than 20 years in the world of databases; she lives in Belgium and has strong experience in Business Intelligence and Database Administration. Trainer (Microsoft Certified Trainer), speaker and consultant, she uses to collaborate with developers (databases design and performance) and infrastructure team. She was also a teacher for the Bachelor of Computer Science curriculum. In 2014 she co-founded the Global Francophone V-Chapter. Isabelle is a user group board member (GUSS.pro) and takes part in organising events such as SQL Saturday and 24HOP. She started www.shareql.com with another MVP, Serge Luca.

Chris Webb

Chris Webb is an independent consultant and trainer (www.crossjoin.co.uk) specialising in Analysis Services and Power BI. He is the author or co-author of several books including "Power Query for Power BI and Excel", "SQL Server Analysis Services 2012: The BISM Tabular Model", "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services", and "MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase", and also a co-author of the Microsoft white paper "Planning a Power BI enterprise deployment".

Ben Weissman

Ben Weissman arbeitet seit Version 6.5 mit dem SQL Server und ist hauptsächlich im Bereich BI/Datawarehousing aktiv. Er ist MCSE Data Management and Analytics, Certified Data Vault Data Modeler und außerdem der erste BimlHero Certified Expert in Deutschland.
Er hat in den vergangenen Jahren in über 150 BI Projekten mitgewirkt und ist immer auf der Suche nach neuen Möglichkeiten noch mehr Spaß mit dem SQL Server zu haben.
Gemeinsam mit seinem Team von Solisyon bietet er Training, Beratung und Implementierung für weltweite Kunden aus dem gehobenen Mittelstand an.

Veronika Zellner

Architect for Data & AI, Microsoft Deutschland GmbH

Veronika Zellner ist Architektin mit den Schwerpunktthemen Daten und Machine Learning. Sie unterstützt Kunden im Aufbau ihrer Use Cases in der Cloud. Ihr Fokus liegt dabei auf Azure Machine Learning.
Bevor Veronika zu Microsoft kam war sie einige Jahre im Business Intelligence Umfeld bei der Telefonica Deutschland und im Consulting Business.
Ihr Themengebiet liegt seit 10 Jahren im Bereich Daten und wie man diese mit Machine Learning Methoden beschreiben kann.