Keynotes

Day 1 Keynote

Wednesday, November 1


Rohan Kumar

Rohan Kumar

General Manager Database Systems Engineering, Microsoft

SQL Server 2017 and Azure Data Services – The Ultimate Hybrid Data Platform

Microsoft’s guiding principle has been to build the highest performing, most secure, and consistent data platform for all your applications across on-premises and cloud. By joining us in this journey, you can build upon your investments in SQL Server to expand the scope of your role in your organization, from database systems to advanced analytics and artificial intelligence. 

Join Rohan Kumar, General Manager Database Systems Engineering, and the Database Systems Engineering team as they demonstrate the latest innovations from Microsoft across Data and AI. Come celebrate the launch of SQL Server 2017 on Linux, Windows, and Docker and see the features that will make your day-to-day job easier and more fun. We’ll also show you how you can leverage the latest capabilities in our Azure Data Services that build upon your existing SQL skill set to make your journey to the cloud the easiest of any data provider. See all the latest innovations in performance and security for Operational, Business Intelligence (BI), and Analytics workloads – on-premises and at cloud scale.

Day 2 Keynote

Thursday, November 2


Rimma Nehme

Rimma Nehme

GPM, Azure Cosmos DB, Microsoft

Globally Distributed Databases Made Simple

Public clouds are quickly making massive-scale computing capabilities available to an ever-larger population of developers and data professionals. These computing capabilities are no longer a playground restricted to a small handful of large-scale internet services organizations. In 2014, I gave my first talk at PASS summit on Cloud Databases 101 – a lot has changed since then. Globally distributed databases in the cloud have created a dramatic impact in today’s business landscape. In my talk this year, I will provide a deep dive understanding into Azure Cosmos DB, Microsoft’s globally distributed, multi-model database service that was 7 years in the making. We’ll take an under the covers look at the system and discuss various design trade-offs that had to be made to allow customers to elastically and horizontally scale both throughput and storage globally. We’ll also discuss how the system can provide single digit millisecond latencies with 99.99% high availability. I will also share some of our real-world experiences in operating a globally distributed database service and will touch on how Azure Cosmos DB compares to the competition (including Google Spanner, AWS DynamoDB, Cassandra, MongoDB and others). How Cosmos DB relates and works with other technologies like stream analytics, Azure Machine Learning, predictive analytics will also be covered. You’ll walk away with a simple yet comprehensive understanding of Cosmos DB and an appreciation for the beauty of the system.

Rimma has previously worked at Microsoft Gray Systems Labs and Microsoft Research and holds a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Women in Technology Luncheon

Thursday, November 2


Heather Ritchie

Heather Ritchie

Head of Portfolio Marketing and Communications for Nokia’s Applications and Analytics Business

"He Says. She Says. Bridging communication gaps that prevent great ideas from being heard".

Heather Ritchie has 20 years of experience in communications, helping others prepare keynotes, media interviews and boardroom presentations. She has a passion for learning and a belief that communication skills can and should be developed. For the last 7 years, Heather has led communication and gender-focused communication workshops at multi-billion euro global corporations, universities and trade associations. She is currently writing a book that explores why gender communication gaps exist and what individuals and organizations can do to bridge these gaps, so that the best ideas are heard. She also runs portfolio marketing and communications for Nokia’s software business.

Women in Technology Luncheon is proudly sponsored by:
SentryOne

 

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