Featured Speakers

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

Matt Allington is a career data professional that has spent more than 30 years leveraging data to drive success. In 2014 Matt left the corporate world to start his own company (Excelerator BI) and now works full time to help others to use Microsoft BI products (Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, Power Query for Excel). Matt is Microsoft MVP based in Sydney Australia, however has a global reach through his blog at http://xbi.com.au/blog

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling is Senior Program Manager in Power BI Team based in Redmond. He came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

Ken Puls, FCPA, FCMA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author and trainer with over 20 years of business and financial modelling experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them. Ken has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories. He is also one of about 4% of CPAs to be recognized as a Fellow of his accounting body. Learn more about Ken at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kenpuls.

Sergei Gundorov

Sergei Gundorov

The presenter, Sergei Gundorov, currently works as a Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft. He has Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Sergei published numerous articles over the course of the last 26 years through multiple channels on various subjects that range from accounting and economics to in depth technical articles on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Sergei’s most recent contribution was to the Security Whitepaper for Power BI published in May of 2017. He presented his most valuable technological advancements to worldwide developer audiences at TechEd, TechReady, and Office/SharePoint Developer conferences. He participated and contributed to numerous webcasts that focused on various technologies that he is considered to be an expert on. He is an inventor and filed several patent applications. Sergei runs popular technical “XLGeek’s Space” blog where his work is praised very highly by the readers and his apps users.

Pre-Conference Speakers

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti is an Azure Database Senior Support Escalation Engineer with Microsoft CSS, working as a Technical Advisor for the Azure Database Global Technical Support team. He is a database specialist with over 20 years of experience. Roberto is passionate about SQL Server customer support, focusing on helping Microsoft improve its database products, and customers to make the most of their Azure Database implementations. He has been supporting Azure SQL Database since its inception, when it was still called SQL Azure. Roberto has written many articles about Azure SQL Database for MSDN/TechNet, SQL Magazine, and has been a speaker for Microsoft in internal and external events such as TechReady, Microsoft Insights/TechEd, SQL Saturday. He has delivered SQL trainings to many Microsoft SQL professionals in multiple countries in the Americas, and in Europe. Roberto is based at the Microsoft Support Center in Las Colinas, Texas, USA.

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Microsoft Certified Master from Ottawa, Canada specializing in high availability, disaster recovery and system infrastructures running on the Microsoft server technology stack. He is very passionate about technology but has interests in music, professional and organizational development, leadership and management matters when not working with databases. He lives up to his primary mission statement – “To help people and organizations grow and develop their full potential.

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

Matt Allington is a career data professional that has spent more than 30 years leveraging data to drive success. In 2014 Matt left the corporate world to start his own company (Excelerator BI) and now works full time to help others to use Microsoft BI products (Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, Power Query for Excel). Matt is Microsoft MVP based in Sydney Australia, however has a global reach through his blog at http://xbi.com.au/blog

John Liu

John Liu

John is a Senior Consultant based in Sydney. He specializes and blogs ( johnliu.net ) frequently on client-side scripting, custom development, workflows and Forms. Originally from a technical background in .NET, he is fluent with both creating custom software from scratch as well as extending out of box capabilities. John is a frequent speaker at Office 365 Conference, O365 Saturday around Australia, and helps to organize the Sydney SharePoint User Group (e.g. consuming all the pizza). John is a dual MVP in both Office Apps and Services (SharePoint) as well as Business Applications (Flow).

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling is Senior Program Manager in Power BI Team based in Redmond. He came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

Ken Puls, FCPA, FCMA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author and trainer with over 20 years of business and financial modelling experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them. Ken has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories. He is also one of about 4% of CPAs to be recognized as a Fellow of his accounting body. Learn more about Ken at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kenpuls.

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight Summit, and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star; http://radacad.com/online-book-power-bi-from-rookie-to-rockstar

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft Business Intelligence and Power BI Use group (meetup) in Auckland with more than 1200 members. Leila is also the co-organizer of three main conferences in Auckland: SQL Saturday Auckland (2015 till now), Difinity (2017 till now) and Global AI Bootcamp 2-18. She is a Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker. Leila is a well-known International Speakers to many conferences such as Microsoft ignite, SQL pass, Data Platform Summit, SQL Saturday, Power BI world Tour and so forth in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has over ten years’ experience working with databases and software systems. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big-sized companies. She also AI and Data Platform Microsoft MVP. Leila is an active Technical Microsoft AI blogger for RADACAD.

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

Steph is the founder of a consultancy in the UK. Her talks, blog posts, conferences, and business all have one thing in common they help people get started with data science. Steph holds the Microsoft MVP award for her community contributions. In her spare time, Steph plays board games with her husband and takes copious pictures of her doggos.

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

Amit R S Bansal is a SQL Server Specialist at SQLMaestros (brand of eDominer Systems). He leads the SQL and BI practice with a much focused team providing consulting, training and content development services to more than 160+ SQL customers globally. He frequently speaks at international conferences including MS Ignite, SQLBits, SSGAS/DPS, PASS Summit & SQL Saturday events. Amit is also honored with Microsoft Regional Director status, MVP award and Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server credential. Amit has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and has been part of countless mission critical SQL deployments. Performance Tuning in SQL Server is his core area of expertise. To learn more about Amit, visit http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/

Microsoft Speakers

Regan Murphy

Regan Murphy

Regan is part of the worldwide Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft, but based in Auckland, New Zealand. The CSE team has a focus across all development areas, with Regan specialising in Data Platform, including Azure Databricks, and Container technologies. Like the rest of the team Regan loves technology, gadgets, and the promise of new things to come - including #mixedreality and #artificialintelligence. Regan likes beer, craft beer. He also enjoys wine. To offset the beer and wine, he runs. Running is also a nice way to sight-see when travelling.

Darmadi Komo

Darmadi Komo

Darmadi Komo has been with Microsoft for over 18 years with extensive career in marketing, consulting, technical pre-sales, and technical partner readiness that spans both US subsidiary, Redmond headquarters, and Asia Pacific regions. Currently, Darmadi is leading Data and AI marketing in APAC and based in Singapore.

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti is an Azure Database Senior Support Escalation Engineer with Microsoft CSS, working as a Technical Advisor for the Azure Database Global Technical Support team. He is a database specialist with over 20 years of experience. Roberto is passionate about SQL Server customer support, focusing on helping Microsoft improve its database products, and customers to make the most of their Azure Database implementations. He has been supporting Azure SQL Database since its inception, when it was still called SQL Azure. Roberto has written many articles about Azure SQL Database for MSDN/TechNet, SQL Magazine, and has been a speaker for Microsoft in internal and external events such as TechReady, Microsoft Insights/TechEd, SQL Saturday. He has delivered SQL trainings to many Microsoft SQL professionals in multiple countries in the Americas, and in Europe. Roberto is based at the Microsoft Support Center in Las Colinas, Texas, USA.

Sandy Winarko

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).

David Lyth

David Lyth

"David is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) working for Microsoft NZ. He runs workshops covering SQL Server performance tuning and optimisation, high availability configurations, maintenance and management, and Powershell. He also works onsite with customers to analyse and improve the health of their SQL environments, and provide advice on consolidation and modernisation. As well as SQL Server, David supports APS (parallel data warehouse) appliances. Prior to joining Microsoft, David worked for an outsourcing company, supporting large SQL Server installations for a variety of NZ customers. "

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling is Senior Program Manager in Power BI Team based in Redmond. He came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Sergei Gundorov

Sergei Gundorov

The presenter, Sergei Gundorov, currently works as a Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft. He has Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Sergei published numerous articles over the course of the last 26 years through multiple channels on various subjects that range from accounting and economics to in depth technical articles on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Sergei’s most recent contribution was to the Security Whitepaper for Power BI published in May of 2017. He presented his most valuable technological advancements to worldwide developer audiences at TechEd, TechReady, and Office/SharePoint Developer conferences. He participated and contributed to numerous webcasts that focused on various technologies that he is considered to be an expert on. He is an inventor and filed several patent applications. Sergei runs popular technical “XLGeek’s Space” blog where his work is praised very highly by the readers and his apps users.

Microsoft Regional Director (RD) Speakers

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight Summit, and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star; http://radacad.com/online-book-power-bi-from-rookie-to-rockstar

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

Amit R S Bansal is a SQL Server Specialist at SQLMaestros (brand of eDominer Systems). He leads the SQL and BI practice with a much focused team providing consulting, training and content development services to more than 160+ SQL customers globally. He frequently speaks at international conferences including MS Ignite, SQLBits, SSGAS/DPS, PASS Summit & SQL Saturday events. Amit is also honored with Microsoft Regional Director status, MVP award and Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server credential. Amit has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and has been part of countless mission critical SQL deployments. Performance Tuning in SQL Server is his core area of expertise. To learn more about Amit, visit http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Speakers

Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel is a Microsoft MVP (Data Platform), Founder at Insight2Actions Inc. User group Community leader-Toronto Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft flow, Microsoft Power BI user group board of advisors, 2017 and 2018 Power BI world Tour-organizing committee and 17 years of business Intelligence experience working on Microsoft Data platform projects. Currently, he is focused on designing process automation solution utilizing the latest offerings from the Microsoft business intelligence platform. He holds a degree in Chemical engineering degree. He has successfully completed many small to large scale BI projects using latest tools from Microsoft business intelligence platform and related technologies, such as Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, Azure, Excel, SAP HANA. He has Implemented Power BI/PowerApps enterprise wide, developing applications and business intelligence solutions tailored to unique and complex business challenges. He is passionate about saving businesses time and resources by doing things right the first time and getting rid of bottlenecks. He is capable of handling end to end engagements through different phases as pre-sales, solution design, planning development activities, customer expectations with technology solutions, Proof of concepts, submitting proposals, project planning, leading team to develop & deliver solution on time with zero defects. Being a trusted advisor, he advises each of his customer to follow the recommended and best practices in technology and business domain solutions. As a Founder at Insight2Actions Inc he frequently provides consulting/training to BI professional and organizations and help business deliver end to end digital transformation projects with team of highly skilled BI professional. He is a regular speaker at conferences and user group events. His mission is to spread the word and share his knowledge about Power BI.

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

Martin has over 15 years of experience working with data- driven applications built on SQL Server and Microsoft Data Platform technology. He has substantial experience as a developer, database administrator and consultant. Martin spent 10 years working on data-driven solutions for Statistics New Zealand where he spent a large amount of time contributing to the New Zealand Census. Martin founded the Christchurch SQL Server User Group and ran several SQL Saturday’s in that city before relocating to Melbourne in early 2016. He currently volunteers as a Regional Mentor for PASS and maintains strong involvement in the Australian and New Zealand Data Platform communities. His current interests are around data migrations, privacy, security, compliance, data ethics and how DevOps can help solve some of these challenges.

Rui Romano

Rui Romano

Rui Romano lives in Portugal and he leads the Business Intelligence team at DevScope. He has been Developing & Architecting software solutions since 2003 always focused in the Business Intelligence area.

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Microsoft MVP - Power BI Consultant using Microsoft Power BI to provide solutions for business challenges by sitting with the users within the business to build Power BI models which enable the business to gain insights. My goal is for the business to see their data on their terms by delivering Microsoft Power BI Solutions in weeks or less, thereby enabling them to move forward to leverage their data. I have assisted with the implementation and completion of Power BI which includes Power BI Desktop development, assistance with Power BI Gateway, Power BI Service, Power BI Internal Training, Power BI Best Practice & Power BI User Group sessions. Power BI training provided to Businesses based on their requirements. Participate and present at the Brisbane Power BI User Group Leader, SQL Saturday Presenter, Brisbane Power BI User Group, Power BI Community and publish blog posts to the Power BI Community Blogs. Past working experience in Business Intelligence (BI), working on large, complex end to end BI solutions for customers.

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

Matt Allington is a career data professional that has spent more than 30 years leveraging data to drive success. In 2014 Matt left the corporate world to start his own company (Excelerator BI) and now works full time to help others to use Microsoft BI products (Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, Power Query for Excel). Matt is Microsoft MVP based in Sydney Australia, however has a global reach through his blog at http://xbi.com.au/blog

John Liu

John Liu

John is a Senior Consultant based in Sydney. He specializes and blogs ( johnliu.net ) frequently on client-side scripting, custom development, workflows and Forms. Originally from a technical background in .NET, he is fluent with both creating custom software from scratch as well as extending out of box capabilities. John is a frequent speaker at Office 365 Conference, O365 Saturday around Australia, and helps to organize the Sydney SharePoint User Group (e.g. consuming all the pizza). John is a dual MVP in both Office Apps and Services (SharePoint) as well as Business Applications (Flow).

Yana	Berkovich

Yana Berkovich

Yana is a Data Platform Microsoft MVP, MBA, Engineer, Product Management, O365 and BI consultant Based in Vancouver Canada. She is a speaker in PowerBI, Business Analysis, O365 and Power Platform topics. Yana spoke in international conferences in Data Platform topics, such as: Microsoft Business Applications Summit Seattle (Featured session), SQL Saturdays (Boston, Vancouver BC, Redmond, Calgary), O365 Saturdays (Redmond, Vancouver) and many local user group sessions in Seattle and Vancouver areas, including leading the local O365 user group. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Business Analysis Product and Process Management using Microsoft tools, and recent data visualizations, integration, and data warehouse developer. She writes blog posts in http://www.yanaberkovich.com/Blog. She worked in many industries including banking financial, Insurance, power and utility, Oil and Gas, Military & Government.

Luc Labelle

Luc Labelle

Luc has been working in IT for the past 18 years. With over a decade of experience as a consultant, he's been involved in countless SharePoint, Office 365 and more recently Power BI projects. The context of intervention he has worked in has allowed him to recognize how to avoid pitfalls when it comes down to deploying new business applications from both business and technical perspectives. Passionate about IT, he founded his own consulting firm in 2014, Kabesa. Luc is deeply involved in Montreal community and participates as often as possible in the various events, both as organizer and as a speaker. Business Applications MVP, he runs the Montreal Business Applications User Group and has delivered countless of sessions in Canada, the United States and Europe, always presenting on cutting edge Microsoft technology.

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

"Manohar Punna is a Microsoft Data Platform Consultant and a Data Platform MVP. In his day to day job he works on building database and BI systems, automation, building monitoring systems, helping customers to make value from their data & explore and learn. By passion Manohar is a blogger, speaker and Vice President of DataPlatformGeeks. He is a community enthusiast and believes strongly in the concept of giving back to the community. Manohar is a speaker at various Data Platform events from SQL Server Day, various user groups, SQLSaturdays, SQLBits, MS Ignite, SSGAS & DPS. His One DMV a Day series is the longest one day series on any topic related to SQL Server available so far."

Craig Bryden

Craig Bryden

Craig has been working in Business Intelligence since the late 90’s and has gained experience in almost all industries. Craig is a current Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has previously been seconded by Microsoft to assist in creating certification tests for the Microsoft Business Intelligence tools, and is a regular speaker at BI related user groups and conferences. Craig is the organiser for the QLD Power BI user group. Craig is the Chief Data Strategist at BiTQ (www.bitq.com.au) where he and his team help customers to transform business data into intelligent data.

Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

"I am a Software Professional with 15+ years' experience in designing and developing Web, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Mobile solutions. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and passionate in sharing knowledge. I love solving complex business problems for my clients with innovative solutions using Microsoft Technologies and use that experience in my trainings. I do speak at Conferences, User Group sessions and run training sessions on variety of Design and Delivery related topics. I currently organise the SQLSaturday in Wellington and meetups at the Wellington Data Management and Analytics meetup. "

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

"Hamish is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database & application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to end users is his career passion. Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS Chapter Leader, International speaker and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university."

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd is a Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Master Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5, he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specialises in designing and implementing HA & DR Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups & SQL Saturday events, Ignite in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

Ken Puls, FCPA, FCMA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author and trainer with over 20 years of business and financial modelling experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them. Ken has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories. He is also one of about 4% of CPAs to be recognized as a Fellow of his accounting body. Learn more about Ken at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kenpuls.

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight Summit, and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star; http://radacad.com/online-book-power-bi-from-rookie-to-rockstar

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft Business Intelligence and Power BI Use group (meetup) in Auckland with more than 1200 members. Leila is also the co-organizer of three main conferences in Auckland: SQL Saturday Auckland (2015 till now), Difinity (2017 till now) and Global AI Bootcamp 2-18. She is a Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker. Leila is a well-known International Speakers to many conferences such as Microsoft ignite, SQL pass, Data Platform Summit, SQL Saturday, Power BI world Tour and so forth in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has over ten years’ experience working with databases and software systems. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big-sized companies. She also AI and Data Platform Microsoft MVP. Leila is an active Technical Microsoft AI blogger for RADACAD.

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

Steph is the founder of a consultancy in the UK. Her talks, blog posts, conferences, and business all have one thing in common they help people get started with data science. Steph holds the Microsoft MVP award for her community contributions. In her spare time, Steph plays board games with her husband and takes copious pictures of her doggos.

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

Amit R S Bansal is a SQL Server Specialist at SQLMaestros (brand of eDominer Systems). He leads the SQL and BI practice with a much focused team providing consulting, training and content development services to more than 160+ SQL customers globally. He frequently speaks at international conferences including MS Ignite, SQLBits, SSGAS/DPS, PASS Summit & SQL Saturday events. Amit is also honored with Microsoft Regional Director status, MVP award and Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server credential. Amit has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and has been part of countless mission critical SQL deployments. Performance Tuning in SQL Server is his core area of expertise. To learn more about Amit, visit http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/

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Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) Speakers

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCSM, MCT, MVP) is a Database Architect and trainer who provides consulting and training services to various organizations in the public, private, and NGO sectors globally. He regularly speaks at international conferences such as Microsoft TechEd/Ignite, PASS Summit, IT/Dev Connections and SQL Saturdays. Victor has written a number of books on SQL Server and worked with Microsoft to develop the SQL Server exams and certification. In 2017 he authored Exam Ref 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure (1st Edition). He is one of only three non-Microsoft Microsoft Certified Architects in the world.

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Microsoft Certified Master from Ottawa, Canada specializing in high availability, disaster recovery and system infrastructures running on the Microsoft server technology stack. He is very passionate about technology but has interests in music, professional and organizational development, leadership and management matters when not working with databases. He lives up to his primary mission statement – “To help people and organizations grow and develop their full potential.

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn is a full time Production DBA and has worked with Microsoft Database and Development products since 1994. He specializes in providing Automation, Monitoring, Performance Tuning, High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for Enterprise environments. He has particular interests in Database Internals and Corruption Recovery Techniques as well as applying Powershell and PowerBI to assist in DBA tasks. He is a regular Presenter at SQLSaturday events in Australia, NZ and South-East Asia

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd is a Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Master Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5, he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specialises in designing and implementing HA & DR Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups & SQL Saturday events, Ignite in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

Amit R S Bansal is a SQL Server Specialist at SQLMaestros (brand of eDominer Systems). He leads the SQL and BI practice with a much focused team providing consulting, training and content development services to more than 160+ SQL customers globally. He frequently speaks at international conferences including MS Ignite, SQLBits, SSGAS/DPS, PASS Summit & SQL Saturday events. Amit is also honored with Microsoft Regional Director status, MVP award and Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server credential. Amit has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and has been part of countless mission critical SQL deployments. Performance Tuning in SQL Server is his core area of expertise. To learn more about Amit, visit http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/

All Speakers

Robert Blaas

Robert Blaas

"I have over 20 years of experience in the architecture, design and delivery of Business Intelligence solutions with a focus on the data structures required to effectively deliver business information. Over this time I have consulted with large multi nationals, local government and private companies in New Zealand and overseas. I have designed and developed enterprise data warehouses and large corporate data stores ensuring high quality data and information to business users. I enjoy working with people across a business to understand their requirements and translates these into sound technical structures. Having worked within multi-cultural environments, I am able to easily facilitate, mentor and coach business teams in meeting their information requirements"

Jack Horlock

Jack Horlock

Jack Horlock is an independent consultant based in the rural north of New Zealand. Now into his fifth decade of witnessing changes in technology he has had a varied career including the development and design of business and information systems and the management of customers, suppliers, products and businesses. An advocate of Microsoft technology since getting involved with SQL Server in 1997 (SQL 6.5) Jack has a history of building custom information solutions that deliver the hard results required but also help the client develop their own business maturity. Jack is an expert technical scuba diver and now spends his time above water funding his underwater activities by helping businesses achieve their ambitions through the exploitation of their data.

Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel

Vivek Patel is a Microsoft MVP (Data Platform), Founder at Insight2Actions Inc. User group Community leader-Toronto Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft flow, Microsoft Power BI user group board of advisors, 2017 and 2018 Power BI world Tour-organizing committee and 17 years of business Intelligence experience working on Microsoft Data platform projects. Currently, he is focused on designing process automation solution utilizing the latest offerings from the Microsoft business intelligence platform. He holds a degree in Chemical engineering degree. He has successfully completed many small to large scale BI projects using latest tools from Microsoft business intelligence platform and related technologies, such as Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, Azure, Excel, SAP HANA. He has Implemented Power BI/PowerApps enterprise wide, developing applications and business intelligence solutions tailored to unique and complex business challenges. He is passionate about saving businesses time and resources by doing things right the first time and getting rid of bottlenecks. He is capable of handling end to end engagements through different phases as pre-sales, solution design, planning development activities, customer expectations with technology solutions, Proof of concepts, submitting proposals, project planning, leading team to develop & deliver solution on time with zero defects. Being a trusted advisor, he advises each of his customer to follow the recommended and best practices in technology and business domain solutions. As a Founder at Insight2Actions Inc he frequently provides consulting/training to BI professional and organizations and help business deliver end to end digital transformation projects with team of highly skilled BI professional. He is a regular speaker at conferences and user group events. His mission is to spread the word and share his knowledge about Power BI.

Owen Auger

Owen Auger

Owen Auger specialises in data modelling and visualization with Power BI, as well as financial modelling. He is currently a Data Analytics Manager at Fonterra in Auckland, and has previously worked in Corporate Finance at Contact Energy. He was a finalist at the 2014 Financial Modelling World Championships in New York City. He has a particular interest in using Power BI and related tools to improve efficiency of reporting and analysis among finance business users. Owen is a CFA Charterholder and has a Master of Operations Research.

Martin Catherall

Martin Catherall

Martin has over 15 years of experience working with data- driven applications built on SQL Server and Microsoft Data Platform technology. He has substantial experience as a developer, database administrator and consultant. Martin spent 10 years working on data-driven solutions for Statistics New Zealand where he spent a large amount of time contributing to the New Zealand Census. Martin founded the Christchurch SQL Server User Group and ran several SQL Saturday’s in that city before relocating to Melbourne in early 2016. He currently volunteers as a Regional Mentor for PASS and maintains strong involvement in the Australian and New Zealand Data Platform communities. His current interests are around data migrations, privacy, security, compliance, data ethics and how DevOps can help solve some of these challenges.

Regan Murphy

Regan Murphy

Regan is part of the worldwide Commercial Software Engineering (CSE) team at Microsoft, but based in Auckland, New Zealand. The CSE team has a focus across all development areas, with Regan specialising in Data Platform, including Azure Databricks, and Container technologies. Like the rest of the team Regan loves technology, gadgets, and the promise of new things to come - including #mixedreality and #artificialintelligence. Regan likes beer, craft beer. He also enjoys wine. To offset the beer and wine, he runs. Running is also a nice way to sight-see when travelling.

Darmadi Komo

Darmadi Komo

Darmadi Komo has been with Microsoft for over 18 years with extensive career in marketing, consulting, technical pre-sales, and technical partner readiness that spans both US subsidiary, Redmond headquarters, and Asia Pacific regions. Currently, Darmadi is leading Data and AI marketing in APAC and based in Singapore.

Rui Romano

Rui Romano

Rui Romano lives in Portugal and he leads the Business Intelligence team at DevScope. He has been Developing & Architecting software solutions since 2003 always focused in the Business Intelligence area.

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov

Victor Isakov (MCA, MCM, MCSM, MCT, MVP) is a Database Architect and trainer who provides consulting and training services to various organizations in the public, private, and NGO sectors globally. He regularly speaks at international conferences such as Microsoft TechEd/Ignite, PASS Summit, IT/Dev Connections and SQL Saturdays. Victor has written a number of books on SQL Server and worked with Microsoft to develop the SQL Server exams and certification. In 2017 he authored Exam Ref 70-764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure (1st Edition). He is one of only three non-Microsoft Microsoft Certified Architects in the world.

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

Daniel Marsh-Patrick

I've spent 16 years in full-stack development, QA and process engineering. Got bitten by the BI bug around 10 years ago. Doubled-down immediately upon getting introduced to what would eventually become Power BI. I've recently released the Small Multiples Line Chart custom visual to the Power BI marketplace.

Phil Seamark

Phil Seamark

Phil is a Senior Program Manager in Power BI CAT team. He is an experienced database and business intelligence (BI) professional with a deep knowledge of the Microsoft B.I. stack along with extensive knowledge of data warehouse (DW) methodologies and enterprise data modelling. He has 25+ years experience in this field and an active member of Power BI community Phil is passionate about all Microsoft BI technologies including Power BI. He is an active member, and always in the top list of authors in Power BI community. If you have a question, you might find Phil answering you there.

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti

Roberto Cavalcanti is an Azure Database Senior Support Escalation Engineer with Microsoft CSS, working as a Technical Advisor for the Azure Database Global Technical Support team. He is a database specialist with over 20 years of experience. Roberto is passionate about SQL Server customer support, focusing on helping Microsoft improve its database products, and customers to make the most of their Azure Database implementations. He has been supporting Azure SQL Database since its inception, when it was still called SQL Azure. Roberto has written many articles about Azure SQL Database for MSDN/TechNet, SQL Magazine, and has been a speaker for Microsoft in internal and external events such as TechReady, Microsoft Insights/TechEd, SQL Saturday. He has delivered SQL trainings to many Microsoft SQL professionals in multiple countries in the Americas, and in Europe. Roberto is based at the Microsoft Support Center in Las Colinas, Texas, USA.

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento

Edwin M Sarmiento is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and Microsoft Certified Master from Ottawa, Canada specializing in high availability, disaster recovery and system infrastructures running on the Microsoft server technology stack. He is very passionate about technology but has interests in music, professional and organizational development, leadership and management matters when not working with databases. He lives up to his primary mission statement – “To help people and organizations grow and develop their full potential.

Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart is a Business Intelligence Consultant specializing in data visualization, data warehousing and data management technologies. An advocate for educating others, he is a public speaker, teacher and blogger, continually teaching people about the Microsoft BI Stack. Since 2000, he has been working in the database field with industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, financial, insurance and federal, state and local governments. Jonathan is very active in the community. He has presented on SQL Server, SSIS, Reporting Services, Power BI and business intelligence at numerous SQL Saturday events, local user groups and conferences throughout the United States and around the world. He participates in webcasts, podcasts and online presentation events. He is also an active board member for his local Columbus, Ohio PASS chapter. Jonathan maintains a blog at https://sqllocks.net/. He is a frequent speaker at local, national and international events and is a board member of the Columbus SQL Server User Group. In his free time, Jonathan works with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning commission to help improve central Ohio and enhance the quality of life of its residents.

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn is a full time Production DBA and has worked with Microsoft Database and Development products since 1994. He specializes in providing Automation, Monitoring, Performance Tuning, High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions for Enterprise environments. He has particular interests in Database Internals and Corruption Recovery Techniques as well as applying Powershell and PowerBI to assist in DBA tasks. He is a regular Presenter at SQLSaturday events in Australia, NZ and South-East Asia

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Microsoft MVP - Power BI Consultant using Microsoft Power BI to provide solutions for business challenges by sitting with the users within the business to build Power BI models which enable the business to gain insights. My goal is for the business to see their data on their terms by delivering Microsoft Power BI Solutions in weeks or less, thereby enabling them to move forward to leverage their data. I have assisted with the implementation and completion of Power BI which includes Power BI Desktop development, assistance with Power BI Gateway, Power BI Service, Power BI Internal Training, Power BI Best Practice & Power BI User Group sessions. Power BI training provided to Businesses based on their requirements. Participate and present at the Brisbane Power BI User Group Leader, SQL Saturday Presenter, Brisbane Power BI User Group, Power BI Community and publish blog posts to the Power BI Community Blogs. Past working experience in Business Intelligence (BI), working on large, complex end to end BI solutions for customers.

Matt Allington

Matt Allington

Matt Allington is a career data professional that has spent more than 30 years leveraging data to drive success. In 2014 Matt left the corporate world to start his own company (Excelerator BI) and now works full time to help others to use Microsoft BI products (Power BI, Power Pivot for Excel, Power Query for Excel). Matt is Microsoft MVP based in Sydney Australia, however has a global reach through his blog at http://xbi.com.au/blog

John Liu

John Liu

John is a Senior Consultant based in Sydney. He specializes and blogs ( johnliu.net ) frequently on client-side scripting, custom development, workflows and Forms. Originally from a technical background in .NET, he is fluent with both creating custom software from scratch as well as extending out of box capabilities. John is a frequent speaker at Office 365 Conference, O365 Saturday around Australia, and helps to organize the Sydney SharePoint User Group (e.g. consuming all the pizza). John is a dual MVP in both Office Apps and Services (SharePoint) as well as Business Applications (Flow).

Indira Bandari

Indira Bandari

Business Intelligence Consultant with over 15 years experience in designing and developing datawarehouses and analytical solutions. Has a Masters degree in Statistics and is passionate in learning data science. I am a co-organiser of the NZ Business Intelligence User Group. Speaker at a few User Groups and SQL Saturday sessions. Volunteering and sharing my knowledge is my passion. In my pass time I teach game development for primary school kids. Recently I have started teaching about databases and Power BI to 10 -15 year old kids.

Ankit Patira

Ankit Patira

Ankit currently works as a Architect for Insight Enterprises in Melbourne. He is regular speaker at various Microsoft BI events and conferences. His primary area of focus is Cloud, BI, AI, Data and Analytics.

Yana	Berkovich

Yana Berkovich

Yana is a Data Platform Microsoft MVP, MBA, Engineer, Product Management, O365 and BI consultant Based in Vancouver Canada. She is a speaker in PowerBI, Business Analysis, O365 and Power Platform topics. Yana spoke in international conferences in Data Platform topics, such as: Microsoft Business Applications Summit Seattle (Featured session), SQL Saturdays (Boston, Vancouver BC, Redmond, Calgary), O365 Saturdays (Redmond, Vancouver) and many local user group sessions in Seattle and Vancouver areas, including leading the local O365 user group. She has more than 10 years’ experience in Business Analysis Product and Process Management using Microsoft tools, and recent data visualizations, integration, and data warehouse developer. She writes blog posts in http://www.yanaberkovich.com/Blog. She worked in many industries including banking financial, Insurance, power and utility, Oil and Gas, Military & Government.

Luc Labelle

Luc Labelle

Luc has been working in IT for the past 18 years. With over a decade of experience as a consultant, he's been involved in countless SharePoint, Office 365 and more recently Power BI projects. The context of intervention he has worked in has allowed him to recognize how to avoid pitfalls when it comes down to deploying new business applications from both business and technical perspectives. Passionate about IT, he founded his own consulting firm in 2014, Kabesa. Luc is deeply involved in Montreal community and participates as often as possible in the various events, both as organizer and as a speaker. Business Applications MVP, he runs the Montreal Business Applications User Group and has delivered countless of sessions in Canada, the United States and Europe, always presenting on cutting edge Microsoft technology.

David Duan

David Duan

Dr David Duan is Principal Data Scientist at Fraedom, a global SaaS company that specialises in Expense Management and Advanced Payment Technology. He heads up the Data Science team in Fraedom and looks after Data Science strategies, innovation and initiatives. David focuses on building Data Science products to improve customer experience, and creating Data-Driven culture in Fraedom. David holds a PhD from The University of Auckland in Applied Mathematics.

David Alzamendi

David Alzamendi

Delivering Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Solutions with On-Premises and Cloud technologies since 2011, David Alzamendi is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and event speaker who solves problems with best practice procedures and the latest technology. David is passionate about the positive impact data can have on our lives, businesses, economy and the environment. He prides himself on using his creativity and optimism to solve what others thought impossible.

Jakub Barzyk

Jakub Barzyk

Jakub Barzyk is a Senior Consultant at Webstep, Norwegian provider of high-end IT system development, data warehouse and business intelligence solutions. He has moved to the Vikings land to accomplish his Master’s degree studies and explore breathtaking Norway’s fjords rated as the most impressive landscapes on the planet. He specializes in Microsoft Business Application Platform technologies including Power BI, PowerApps, Flow and Azure Cloud. Today Jakub’s main focus is on translating business requirements into top-of-the-range engineering solutions. Jakub is also a member and speaker of Power BI, PowerApps and Flow User Group Norway sessions.

Manohar Punna

Manohar Punna

"Manohar Punna is a Microsoft Data Platform Consultant and a Data Platform MVP. In his day to day job he works on building database and BI systems, automation, building monitoring systems, helping customers to make value from their data & explore and learn. By passion Manohar is a blogger, speaker and Vice President of DataPlatformGeeks. He is a community enthusiast and believes strongly in the concept of giving back to the community. Manohar is a speaker at various Data Platform events from SQL Server Day, various user groups, SQLSaturdays, SQLBits, MS Ignite, SSGAS & DPS. His One DMV a Day series is the longest one day series on any topic related to SQL Server available so far."

Craig Bryden

Craig Bryden

Craig has been working in Business Intelligence since the late 90’s and has gained experience in almost all industries. Craig is a current Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has previously been seconded by Microsoft to assist in creating certification tests for the Microsoft Business Intelligence tools, and is a regular speaker at BI related user groups and conferences. Craig is the organiser for the QLD Power BI user group. Craig is the Chief Data Strategist at BiTQ (www.bitq.com.au) where he and his team help customers to transform business data into intelligent data.

Sandy Winarko

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).

David Lyth

David Lyth

"David is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) working for Microsoft NZ. He runs workshops covering SQL Server performance tuning and optimisation, high availability configurations, maintenance and management, and Powershell. He also works onsite with customers to analyse and improve the health of their SQL environments, and provide advice on consolidation and modernisation. As well as SQL Server, David supports APS (parallel data warehouse) appliances. Prior to joining Microsoft, David worked for an outsourcing company, supporting large SQL Server installations for a variety of NZ customers. "

Anupama Natarajan

Anupama Natarajan

"I am a Software Professional with 15+ years' experience in designing and developing Web, Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Mobile solutions. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and passionate in sharing knowledge. I love solving complex business problems for my clients with innovative solutions using Microsoft Technologies and use that experience in my trainings. I do speak at Conferences, User Group sessions and run training sessions on variety of Design and Delivery related topics. I currently organise the SQLSaturday in Wellington and meetups at the Wellington Data Management and Analytics meetup. "

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

"Hamish is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database & application deployment using DevOps methodologies. He has 19 years IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies. He has been managing SQL Server since SQL Server 2000 and pragmatic approaches to delivering business value to end users is his career passion. Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS Chapter Leader, International speaker and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university."

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd

Warwick Rudd is a Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008, Founder and Principal Consultant at SQL Master Consulting. With over 15 years of experience beginning with the release of SQL Server 6.5, he has worked in both Australia and England from small start-ups to Multi-National Corporations. Warwick predominantly specialises in designing and implementing HA & DR Solutions. He is a frequent speaker at local SQL Server User Groups & SQL Saturday events, Ignite in Australia and New Zealand. When not playing with the SQL stack, Warwick likes to get away to the cold and spend time snowboarding.

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling

Charles Sterling is Senior Program Manager in Power BI Team based in Redmond. He came to Microsoft from being a marine biologist working for United States National Marine Fisheries doing marine mammal research on the Bering Sea. He started out at Microsoft supporting Excel and moved through a couple of support teams to being an escalation engineer for Microsoft SQL Server. Taking his love for customers (and diving), Chuck moved to Australia as a product manager and developer evangelist for the .NET Framework. In 2008 he moved back to Redmond as the Visual Studio community program manager and just recently moved to the Power BI team to continue his community passion and looking after the Power BI influencers and MVPs.

Ken Puls

Ken Puls

Ken Puls, FCPA, FCMA, is a Chartered Professional Accountant, blogger, author and trainer with over 20 years of business and financial modelling experience. His passion lies in exploring tools to turn data into information, and teaching others how to benefit from them. Ken has held the Microsoft MVP distinction since 2006 in both the Excel and Data Platform categories. He is also one of about 4% of CPAs to be recognized as a Fellow of his accounting body. Learn more about Ken at https://ca.linkedin.com/in/kenpuls.

Reza Rad

Reza Rad

Reza Rad is author, speaker, trainer and consultant. He is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, Microsoft Data Insight Summit, and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft SQL Server MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star; http://radacad.com/online-book-power-bi-from-rookie-to-rockstar

Leila Etaati

Leila Etaati

Leila is the First Microsoft AI MVP in New Zealand and Australia. She has a PhD in Information System from the University Of Auckland. She is the Co-director and data scientist in RADACAD Company with more than 100 clients in around the world. She is the co-organizer of Microsoft Business Intelligence and Power BI Use group (meetup) in Auckland with more than 1200 members. Leila is also the co-organizer of three main conferences in Auckland: SQL Saturday Auckland (2015 till now), Difinity (2017 till now) and Global AI Bootcamp 2-18. She is a Data Scientist, BI Consultant, Trainer and Speaker. Leila is a well-known International Speakers to many conferences such as Microsoft ignite, SQL pass, Data Platform Summit, SQL Saturday, Power BI world Tour and so forth in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. She has over ten years’ experience working with databases and software systems. She was involved in many large-scale projects for big-sized companies. She also AI and Data Platform Microsoft MVP. Leila is an active Technical Microsoft AI blogger for RADACAD.

Steph Locke

Steph Locke

Steph is the founder of a consultancy in the UK. Her talks, blog posts, conferences, and business all have one thing in common they help people get started with data science. Steph holds the Microsoft MVP award for her community contributions. In her spare time, Steph plays board games with her husband and takes copious pictures of her doggos.

Amit Bansal

Amit Bansal

Amit R S Bansal is a SQL Server Specialist at SQLMaestros (brand of eDominer Systems). He leads the SQL and BI practice with a much focused team providing consulting, training and content development services to more than 160+ SQL customers globally. He frequently speaks at international conferences including MS Ignite, SQLBits, SSGAS/DPS, PASS Summit & SQL Saturday events. Amit is also honored with Microsoft Regional Director status, MVP award and Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server credential. Amit has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and has been part of countless mission critical SQL deployments. Performance Tuning in SQL Server is his core area of expertise. To learn more about Amit, visit http://sqlmaestros.com/amit-bansal/

Sergei Gundorov

Sergei Gundorov

The presenter, Sergei Gundorov, currently works as a Program Manager on the Power BI team at Microsoft. He has Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Sergei published numerous articles over the course of the last 26 years through multiple channels on various subjects that range from accounting and economics to in depth technical articles on MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network). Sergei’s most recent contribution was to the Security Whitepaper for Power BI published in May of 2017. He presented his most valuable technological advancements to worldwide developer audiences at TechEd, TechReady, and Office/SharePoint Developer conferences. He participated and contributed to numerous webcasts that focused on various technologies that he is considered to be an expert on. He is an inventor and filed several patent applications. Sergei runs popular technical “XLGeek’s Space” blog where his work is praised very highly by the readers and his apps users.