After several years managing IT development team building in-house sales force automation system, Lindsey Allen joined Microsoft Consulting Services the summer of 1995. Lindsey has been with Microsoft for more than 15 years. Lindsey specializes on system architecture and database design and has worked with many Fortune 500 enterprise customers across various industrial segments. She transitioned to SQL Server Product Unit SQLCAT team in the summer of 2005. Lindsey is currently managing SQLCAT SQL Engine team including customer lab. She gained strong database performance optimization expertises by working with the challenging mission critical customer workloads and enterprise-grade host and storage hardware. Lindsey has a Master of Engineering Science Degree from University of Western Ontario specializing on Finite Element Analysis.
Mark Souza is a Director in the Microsoft SQL Server development organization. He heads up all customer and ISV programs for the Microsoft SQL Server unit. These teams specialize in implementing the most challenging customer database applications worldwide. His experience focuses on the issues related to the distribution, modeling, design, and performance of data with a distributed computing application. Mr. Souza uses this customer experience to drive high quality SQL Server product planning back in Redmond. Mr. Souza's twenty seven years in the Information Technology business has consisted of database administration, end-user tool management, systems engineering database specialist/lead, client/server architect, Microsoft regional data technology specialist and SQL Server development customer advisory team. Mr. Souza has a Masters Degree in MIS from Marist College and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Lisa of 23 years and three beautiful children (Andrew 15, Megan 13 and Jennifer 11). He also enjoys flying airplanes, reading, running, sports and attending broadway shows in his spare time.
Kevin Cox has been specializing in database projects for most of 35+ year career. He started with SQL Server with the first version of Sybase 1.0 in 1987. Kevin has a MBA degree and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. He is a frequent lecturer and author on database oriented topics. Outside of work, Kevin is an avid runner.
Nicholas Dritsas has been working with SQL Server and Business Intelligence for the past 10+ years as part of Microsoft Consulting Services and SQL Server Product Group. In his time at MCS, he acted as a Lead Architect to a number of Fortune 500 SQL Server and BI implementations, including Hilton Hotels, Nestle USA and Walt Disney. Since last year, he joined the SQL Server’s Customer Advisory Team working with the largest and most complex SQL Server and BI projects in Asia. Nicholas has presented numerous times in internal and external events and conferences around BI subjects and best practices.
Mr. Mehra is a Program Manager with Microsoft Corporation in the SQL Server Development Organization. His expertise is in developing architectural solutions, which exploit technologies such as relational database, transaction and message servers, and connectivity products. Prior to joining Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Mehra was an Associate Partner at Andersen Consulting and a Senior Consultant at IBM. He has more than thirty-seven years of experience in the IT industry and has helped in implementing leading edge applications at many of the top Fortune one hundred companies. Mr. Mehra has spoken on several IT topics in seminars and conferences across the world as keynote speaker and as an instructor. He holds Master of Electrical Engineering degree from University of Toronto. He is the co-author of book, "Netcentric Computing", published by Auerbach.
Mike Weiner is a Program Manager working with Microsoft's high-end hardware partners and focusing on the core SQL Server Engine. Mike has worked with SQL Server since SQL Server 6.5 when he was in a support role with Microsoft Customer Support Services (CSS). Before joining the CAT team he spent a number of years as a Dedicated Support Engineer at Microsoft working primarily in the large enterprise space and onsite with many financial services institutions. The focus on many of the projects was around high throughput, low latency transactional systems. VLDB managment and stringent high availability requirements were also critical implementation details within the engagements. All combined he has over 12 years of experience working with enterprise customers on their SQL Server environments, both in troubleshooting and architecting. Finally, he also holds SQL Server certifications as a MCM and MCA. In his free time Mike is an avid sports fan and can usually be found ouside of work on the soccer pitch or watching some type of sports on TV. Connect with me on Twitter @MikeW_SQLCAT
Sanjay Mishra works as Senior Program Manager in the SQLCAT team in the SQL Server product development organization. In this role, he helps customers successfully deploy the most challenging SQL Server database applications, and uses the lessons learned to drive product improvements. He pioneered the SQL Server Best Practices program though which his team imparts deep technical knowledge to the SQL Server community worldwide. The Best Practices program has become a huge success (visit www.sqlcat.com) among the Microsoft field engineers, consultants, MVPs, partners and customers. Sanjay is a huge proponent of a strong and active SQL Server community, and is a frequent speaker in events such as PASS Summit and Tech-Ed.
Michael Thomassy is a Program Manager in the Microsoft SQL Server development organization. Since joining Microsoft in 1995, Michael has been an Architect in Microsoft Consulting Services and Microsoft Technology Centers leading many large scale SQL Server implementations with dozens of Fortune 500 companies. In 2006, Michael joined the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team designing the largest and most complex SQL Server implementations specializing in OLTP and HA. Michael has a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Auburn University.
Stuart Ozer is a Group Program Manager in the SQL Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) -- part of the SQL Server Product Group. Stuart focuses on gathering learnings and best practices from large-scale customer experiences with the newest technologies being introduced by the SQL team. He is also directly involved in the architecture and deployment of several new showcase applications on SQL Server being developed by customers internationally. Over the years, Stuart has specialized in the design and implementation of enterprise scale data warehouse solutions including relational database, ETL and OLAP components. Stuart works closely with the engineering teams that are planning enhanced Data Warehousing capabilities in future versions of the product. Stuart has been at Microsoft for 15 years. He recently returned to the SQL Product Group from a 2-year stint inside of Microsoft Research where he collaborated with biologists in inventing a series of database-centric techniques for use in biological sequence analysis applications. Prior to his work with the SQL product group, he directed the development of the multi-terabyte data warehouse for WebTV / Ultimate TV at Microsoft. In the early 1990s, Stuart co-founded and managed Infodynamics -- a San Francisco Bay Area data warehouse consulting firm focusing on enterprise-scale data integration and decision support solutions. His 25 years of industry experience include earlier product management and field consulting positions at Compaq, IBM and Metaphor. Stuart is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and travels worldwide.
Ewan Fairweather has worked for Microsoft for six years. He currently works as a program manager in the Business Platform Division on the Customer Advisory Team (CAT) working on large scale Integration and OLTP SQL applications. Prior to this, Ewan spent three years working for Microsoft U.K. in the Premier Field Engineering team where he worked with enterprise customers, helping them to maintain and optimize their BizTalk applications. This included working in a dedicated capacity on some of the world's largest BizTalk deployments, predominantly within financial services. Ewan coauthored the successful Professional BizTalk Server 2006 (Wrox, 2007) and has written many white papers for Microsoft including the "Microsoft BizTalk Server Performance Optimization Guide," which is available on the Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) Web site. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ewan worked as a Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI) for a regional training organization, delivering advanced routing and networking courses. Ewan holds a bachelor's degree in Computing with Management from the University of Leeds. Outside of work, Ewan has recently found a fond interest for Jiu Jitsu. Ewan maintains his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/ewanf Located in EMEA, on the UK Campus
Murshed Zaman is a SQL CAT Program Manager working with PDW product unit. Murshed’s overall data warehousing experience spans more than 10 years specializing in telecommunications, retail, web analytics and supply chain management. He has worked with Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) systems for over 4 years. In PDW, his main focus areas are design architecture, Distributed-SQL plans, and failover. Murshed has helped create the early documentation around SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse and has been a technical reviewer of many documents on this site. In his free time Murshed likes to mountain bike, hike and play soccer. Located in Aliso Viejo, CA
John P Hoang is a Program Manager based out of Aliso Viejo, CA on the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team – DW/BI Group. He has over 20 years of experience working in various roles ranging from Developer, Business Analyst, Project Manager implementing software solutions to manufacturing, retail and healthcare. He currently specializes in the SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse. In his free time, John enjoys bike riding, tennis and pay attention to his two kids.
Kun Cheng is currently a Program Manager of Microsoft based in Redmond, WA working in the SQLCAT (Customer Advisory Team) focusing on ISV application performance and scalability. He has more than 10 years of experience as a developer and consultant helping large SQL Server implementations. His industry experience includes telecommunications, IT and financial services. Kun specializes in developing high performing solutions for Enterprise OLTP systems; he also has interest in the areas of search and software supportability.
Ed Katibah is a program manager on the Microsoft SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT). Ed began his professional career over 34 years ago while working as an academic researcher at the University of California, Berkeley on remote sensing issues and early geographic information system concepts. Ed has extensive experience in the spatial industry with jobs ranging from research, software development, consulting, application programming and large scale spatial database production systems. Since 1996, Ed has worked exclusively on spatially-enabled database systems for Informix, IBM and now Microsoft.
Cindy Gross is a member of Microsoft SQLCAT where she works with Microsoft Business Intelligence, Hadoop and Hive to make more data accessible to decision makers to generate more business value. She has extensive data platform experience with roles that span engineering and direct customer engagement, and was honored to earn the title of SQL Server 2008 Microsoft Certified Master. As an active member of the technical community, she regularly speaks at local and national events and contributes to whitepapers, blogs, technical articles and books.
Yorihito Tada has been working with SQL Server and Business Intelligence since SQL Server 7.0 pre-release. He worked in Microsoft Consulting Service and transitioned to SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT). Based in Tokyo, Japan for all Japanese customers and partners.
Chuck Heinzelman is a Senior Program Manager with the SQLCAT team focusing on the ISV market. He holds a BS degree in Management Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater has done MBA studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He has been working with SQL Server since 1998 and has been active in the SQL Server community for over 10 years. He also has experience developing Windows and Web applications using Visual Basic and C#. His primary areas of focus with SQL Server have been multi-server management, high availability, disaster recovery, and OLTP development. When not working he enjoys remodeling old houses and spending time with his family.
Steve Howard is a Senior Program Manager working with the Tier 1 ISV partners. He has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5 and has worked with relational databases since 1988. Steve comes to SQLCAT from the Premier Field Engineering team where he worked for 5 years providing support for critical production databases and ETL processes. Steve was also heavily involved in development of curriculum on performance tuning and optimization of SQL Server, and programming for optimal SQL Server performance. He has also worked developing material on SSIS performance and high availability. In his free time, Steve enjoys running, hiking, biking, or going to ball games with family.
Alexei has been with Microsoft since 10+ years. He has started with SQL Server collecting globalization requirements from European countries during the version SQL Server 2005 development. Since about 2 years a member of European part of the SQL Customer Advisory team. He is focusing on large scale Data Warehouses, has published articles on different database topics. Alexei has graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute
John Sirmon is a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team at Microsoft. He has worked for Microsoft since March 2001 and began working with Microsoft® SQL Server™ over 10 years ago when he began his professional career as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive development experience with Microsoft Visual Studio and all the components of the Microsoft BI Stack. His specialties include Analysis Services performance tuning, Reporting Services, SharePoint integration, troubleshooting Kerberos Authentication and PowerPivot for SharePoint. John has presented topics ranging from Reporting Services SharePoint Integration to Analysis Services at SQL Server PASS Summits and Microsoft TechReady conferences. He was the technical editor for Professional Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint and authored the Microsoft CSS course, SQL Server 2008 R2 PowerPivot for SharePoint. John holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a minor in MIS from the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. In his spare time he is the lead singer/guitarist of a local Rock Band in Charlotte, NC. John lives in Lake Wylie, SC with his wife, two sons and their two Bloodhounds.
Shaun Tinline-Jones is a Snr. Program Manager within the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) focused on Tier 1 ISV. He has being in the Database Consulting industry for ~15 years of which he has spent ~9 years within Microsoft Consulting Services (3yrs in South Africa, 5yrs here in Canada). Shaun has worked across the globe on several world class projects, contributing to the whitepaper “Planning for Consolidation with Microsoft SQL Server 2000” (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc966486.aspx) and article “Green IT in Practice: SQL Server Consolidation in Microsoft IT” in “The Architect Journal – January 2009” (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en- us/library/dd393309.aspx). Shaun primarily concentrates on SQL Server based solutions typically focused on database development, consolidation and upgrades. His most recent projects include leading a 20TB database SQL Server 2008 upgrade for London Drugs in Vancouver (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?casestudyid=4000005066), taking on the co-architect role for MSIT’s initiative to consolidate SQL Server using Hyper-V(http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx? EventID=1032408655&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US) and implementing Filestream for a 30TB database on SQL Server 2008 (http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-SQL-Server/London-Drugs/London-Drugs- boosts-customer-storage-capacity-with-SQL-Server-2008/4000005066) You can find out more about Shaun and what he is currently doing at http://www.linkedin.com/in/shauntj
Past members of the SQLCAT team include: Eric Jacobsen, Tom Davidson, Gert Drapers, Craig Utley, Bren Newman, Prakash Sundaresan, Burzin Patel, Sharon Bjeletich, Richard Tkachuk, Paul Mestemaker, Lubor Kollar, Juergen Thomas, Peter Scharlock, Sunil Agarwal, Jesse Fountain, Howard Yin, Carl Rabeler, Jimmy May, Mike Ruthruff, Thomas Kejser and Denny Lee