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Meet your PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011 speakers:

Mark Souza

Mark Souza is a General Manager in the Microsoft SQL Server development group. He heads up the Product Group’s Customer Advisory Team. This team specializes 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.
Mark uses this customer experience to drive high-quality SQL Server product planning back in Redmond. His 25+ years in the IT 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.

Thomas Kejser

Thomas has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5 and performance tuned cubes since OLAP Server 7.0. He has worked on some of the largest cubes in the world. Performing fast loading of warehousing and removing every bottleneck are Thomas' specialties. He holds a master's degree in computer science and has 10+ years of experience with developer coaching and scalable architectures on both OLTP and OLAP systems.

Lubor Kollar
Core engine development team

Lubor is a member of SQL Server development group since the 6.5 release in 1996. As a Program Manager, he was responsible for development of the Relational Engine. Among many features he was working on, probably the most significant were the first version of failover clustering, introduction of query parallelism taking advantage of multi-CPU and (later) multi-core machines, outlining needs for Resource Governor a long time before it was developed, and serving as a PM for table and index partitioning in SQL Server 2005, when he briefly took over GPM-ing the whole engine.

After shipping SQL Server 2005, Lubor joined the Customer & Partner Group, composed of several customer and partner-facing teams. Lubor managed the Customer Advisory Team (CAT), designing the largest and most demanding implementations of SQL Server around the world. In 2010, Lubor joined the SQL Azure team, where he built a new team of program managers and developers supporting deployment of selected applications on the Azure platform. Later the same year, he completed the “loop” and rejoined the core engine development team, leading a team of Program Managers responsible for query optimization, query execution, data warehousing, and scale-out.

Before joining Microsoft, Lubor was developing DB2 engines for various OS platforms in IBM laboratories in Toronto and Santa Teresa, including the first version of DB2 on Unix. His last project at IBM was development of IBM's first scale-out DB solution, DB2 Parallel Edition, which shipped in 1995.

Cihan Biyikoglu
SQL Azure team

Cihan Biyikoglu is a Program Manager in the SQL Azure team, covering the programmability surface and the engine components for SQL Azure. These days, Cihan is focusing on SQL Azure, enabling scale-out database solutions through the SQL Azure Federations feature. Before joining the SQL Azure team, Cihan was the program manager for the Microsoft HealthVault platform and SQL Server as part of the SQLCAT team. Earlier, Cihan also worked on database technologies such as Illustra and Informix Dynamic Server at Informix. Cihan Biyikoglu has a master's degree in Database Systems from the University of Westminster in the UK and a Computer Engineering degree from Yildiz Technical University in Turkey.

Jerome Halmans
SQLOS team

Jerome Halmans has been working with Microsoft SQL Server for over 10 years. In that time, he has been an application developer, designing line of business (LOB) applications that use SQL Server; a database administrator (DBA) in the financial sector; and an escalation engineer in SQL Server product support. Most recently, Jerome has been program manager for Microsoft SQL Server Operating System (SQLOS) and Microsoft SQL Server Extended Events and is now a developer on the SQLOS team.

Alexei Khalyako

Alexei has been with Microsoft for more than 10 years. He started working with SQL Server when he was collecting globalization requirements from European countries during SQL Server 2005 development. For about 2 years, he has been a member of the European part of the SQL Customer Advisory Team. He focuses on large-scale data warehouses such as those implemented by well-known European Telecommunication Organizations and on architecture principles that are well reflected in the Fast Track Reference Architecture guide. He has published articles on different database topics and graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.

Mark Mortimore
SQL Server Appliance Engineering - Microsoft

Mark came to Microsoft in 1995 as a Group Program Manager and Architectural Consultant with the SQL/OLE-DB/Data Access team, Visual Studio, Site Server, and BackOffice. Around the turn of the millennium, Mark relocated to Paris and spent 2 years in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, working as a Senior Application Architect with partners and customers in over 25 countries. In late 2001, Mark returned to Redmond to support the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing initiative that ultimately connected with 500,000 developers and IT Professionals around the world.

For almost a decade, Mark has worked as a technology and business development manager working with Microsoft's top partners. Currently, he is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft SQL Server Appliances Engineering, designing, delivering, and working with customers to validate integrated hardware/software solutions.

D. Britton Johnston
Group Manager, SQL Appliance Engineering; Microsoft

The first database appliance Britton built was a test appliance for oil pipelines, nuclear reactors, and paper mills – it collected and stored ultrasonic imaging data.
After 25 years in the database industry which included building major parts of four different commercial database servers, open source databases, replication products, and developer tools, Britton is working to build a database appliance product line for SQL Server.

André Kamman
Rabobank International

I'm a contractor based in the Netherlands. Working with SQL Server since version 6.5 I sometimes think that I have memorized Books Online by now and can do my work on autopilot. But usually even before my first cup of coffee something strange happens and I find myself searching for clues on Google. Besides being a co-founder and currently chairman of the Dutch PASS chapter, I'm also a SQL Server MVP.

Itzik Ben-Gan

Itzik Ben-Gan is a Mentor and Co-Founder of SolidQ. A SQL Server Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 1999, Itzik has delivered numerous training events around the world focused on T-SQL Querying, Query Tuning and Programming. Itzik is the author of several books including Microsoft SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Fundamentals, Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Querying and Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Programming. He has written articles for SQL Server Magazine, SolidQ Journal and MSDN. Itzik's speaking activities include TechEd, DevWeek, SQLPASS, SQL Server Magazine Connections, various user groups around the world, and SolidQ's events to name a few. Itzik is the author of SolidQ's Advanced T-SQL Querying, Programming and Tuning and T-SQL Fundamentals courses along with being a primary resource within the company for their T-SQL related activities.

Tobias Ternström
Core engine development team

Tobias has been an avid customer of SQL Server since the mid-90s starting out with SQL Server 6. He fell in love with the product and grew into a passionate developer, instructor and architect over the next decade or so. A few years back Tobias joined the program management discipline of the SQL Server Engine. He is currently a Lead Program Manager managing a team of program managers who own the engine-side of the SQL Server & Azure development experience. His areas include T-SQL language, type system, libraries as well as the data-tier application model.

Kevin Kline
Quest Software

Kevin Kline is the Technical Strategy Manager for the SQL Server Solutions Group at Quest Software. He is a recognized SQL Server expert and author of "SQL in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition" as well as co-author of "Professional SQL Server 2008 Database Design and Optimization" and "Database Benchmarking".
In the industry since 1986, Kevin has worked on large-scale database projects at Deloitte & Touche, NASA and the US Army.
He is a founding board member of the international SQL Server user's group, PASS, and its immediate past president. In addition to being a Microsoft SQL Server MVP, Kevin is a regular contributor to database technology magazines, magazines, Web sites and discussion forums.

Roman Schindlauer

Roman is a Senior Program Manager in the Microsoft Business Platform Division.
After finishing his PhD in Artificial Intelligence at the Vienna University of Technology, he joined Microsoft Corp. in Redmond in 2007 and is currently a member of the StreamInsight Product Group, developing Microsoft's low-latency event streamprocessing platform. When Roman is not helping customers write their eventprocessing queries in LINQ, planning new product features, giving presentations, or writing blog articles, he is having his head in the clouds and working on StreamInsight in Windows Azure.

Chris Webb
Crossjoin Consulting Limited

Chris is an independent consultant specialising in Analysis Services and MDX, he has been a SQL Server MVP for five years. He is a co-author of two books: "Expert Cube Development with SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services" and "MDX Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services 2005 and Hyperion Essbase".
He blogs regularly about Microsoft BI at http://cwebbbi.wordpress.com

Tim Peterson

Tim Peterson is a mentor, instructor, and author working with SolidQ, a global organization that provides the world's most trusted and reliable data management services, business intelligence, collaboration and advanced technology solutions for Microsoft's cloud and on-premise platforms. He is the author of two books in the field of Microsoft Business Intelligence and has written course material for classes on MDX and Advanced Analysis Services Performance Monitoring and Tuning. He has been selected to serve on the board of SolidQ Sweden.

Jen Stirrup
Copper Blue BI Ltd

Jen Stirrup is a SQL Server MVP, with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and two Masters in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. Jen is part of the leadership team at Copper Blue Consulting, delivering data and Business Intelligence solutions to global clients. Jen is a veteran SQL Server Developer with over 12 years SQL experience in delivering end-to-end Business Intelligence solution. Jen blogs for SQLServerPedia as well as her own blog. She is very active in many SQL Server User Groups in the UK, helping to run the SQLHerts group in England. Jen's focus is on the Microsoft BI stack, with a specific passion for Data Visualisation. Jen is has delivered precons and general sessions as a speaker at SQLBits in Europe, and has presented webcasts for SQLPass previously. Jen has presented for the Performance Virtual Chapter, and presented a Dashboards session at the recent successful 24 hour SQLPass 'Women In Technology' focus. Jen also travels the UK to speak at local User Groups. As an aside, Jen also runs the UK Tableau User Group, and presented at the Tableau European Customer Conference 2011 in Amsterdam.

Peter Myers

Peter Myers has been working with Microsoft database and development products since 1997. Today he specializes in Microsoft Business Intelligence and provides mentoring, technical training and course content authoring for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Office. Specifically, he works with SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Analysis Services (cubes and data mining), SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot and PerformancePoint Services.
He has a broad business background supported by a Bachelor’s degree in applied economics, and he extends this with current MCITP and MCT certifications. He has been an MVP since 2007. Peter is an established presenter and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Microsoft products by presenting in classrooms and at user group meetings, technical events and conferences.

Marco Russo

Marco Russo is a consultant and trainer in Business Intelligence and software development, recently certified as SSAS Maestro. He has particular competence and experience of BI solutions in sectors like financial services (including complex OLAP designs in banking area), manufacturing and commercial distribution.
Marco wrote "The many-to-many revolution" about multidimensional modeling, is one of the authors of the SQLBI Methodology and of the books "Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning", Expert Cube Development with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services" and "Programming Microsoft LINQ in .NET 4". He has been a speaker at previously editions of SQLBits, PASS Summit and Microsoft BI Conference (co-located with TechEd NA).

Dave Ballantyne
Clear Sky SQL

Dave is a freelance SQLServer database developer/designer and has been working in the IT field for over 20 years. Tuning and optimizing SQLServer processes is his particular talent. Dave regularly contributes to online forums and is a regular speaker at UK events such as SQL Bits and user groups. He also is founder of the Kent .NET/SqlServer user group.

Aaron Bertrand
SQL Sentry, Inc.

Aaron is a senior consultant for SQL Sentry, makers of performance monitoring and event management software for SQL Server, Analysis Services, and Windows.
He has been blogging at sqlblog.com since 2006, focusing on manageability, performance, and new features; has been an MVP since 1997-98; and speaks frequently at user group meetings and SQL Saturday events.

Marcel Franke

I'm a Data Warehouse consultant based in Germany (Europe) with over 6 years of experience in building and designing Data Warehouses based on the Microsoft platform. I'm part of the pmOne Solutions team supporting the largest Data Warehouse installations on SQL Server in the German speaking area (Germany, Austria and Switzerland).
My focus is on the relational part of the Data Warehouse including Dimensional Modeling as well as Data Loading, Performance Tuning and the overall architecture (scale out, sizing, high availability).

Alberto Ferrari

Alberto Ferrari is a Business Intelligence consultant based in Italy. His competency ranges over the whole Microsoft BI stack: SSIS, SSAS, PowerPivot, Data Modeling.
His main interests are in BI development lifecycle methodologies and in the data modeling and performance tuning of large BI solutions, ranging from the ETL phase up to the most intricate MDX and DAX code development.
He worked for many software houses, helping them to take important decisions about the data model for complex data warehouse and for end users in the banking, manufacturing and statistical sectors.
He is also a speaker in international conferences like PASS, SqlBits, TechEd and a book author, having coauthored "Expert Cube Development with SSAS 2008" and "Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010: Give Your Data Meaning". He is a certified SSAS Maestro and has been awarded MVP.

Thomas Grohser

In the last 17 of my more than 22 years as an IT Professional I spent the majority of the time exploring the deeper inner workings of SQL Server and his features while working for entertainment, pharmaceutical and other industry leading companies.
The main focus of my work is to architect, plan and provide a reliable, highly available, secure and scalable infrastructure for and with the features of SQL Server. This covers all angles from hardware, network, storage systems, Operating systems, SQL Server configuration and the Data Access Layer of applications;
Currently I work at one of the largest SQL Server installations in the world processing hundreds of millions of transactions daily while moving peta bytes of data in a 24x7 environment;
Now its time to share all the findings and the gathered know how with the SQL Server community therefore I started speaking regularly at international conferences in North America and Europe and at local events and work closely with SQLCAT to make sure everyone interested can access the information.

Silvano Coriani

Silvano is a Senior Program Manager in the SQLCAT ISV Team, Microsoft Corporation. He joined the company in 2003, after several years of experience as a self-employed consultant for enterprise customers, speaker in the most important Italian IT conferences and trainer in the biggest Italian CPLS.
He started working in the data access, management and analysis space many years ago when, after his formal CS studies around 1990, he began his career in the industrial automation and process control industry, working with 8 and 16 bit microcontrollers and assembler compilers.
He met Microsoft SQL Server and data access technologies in late 1993 and never stop loving them. In the meantime he spent time working on MTS, COM+, and then .NET, since it publicly appeared in summer 2000, in distributed, highly transactional scenarios. He also had the opportunity to work with several Oracle DBMS versions, both using Java and .NET as client technologies. Few month before joining Microsoft, he published a book (in Italian) about his beloved technologies called "ADO.NET Full Contact". More recently he worked on Windows and SQL Azure, helping our partners to change their businesses. Still spends most of his time between on-premise and the clouds...


Tibor Karaszi
Tibor Karaszi Konsulting

Tibor Karaszi is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and has been working with Microsoft SQL Server since 1988, from version 1.0 and through all versions up to the current version. In 1997, he was named a SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP), becoming  the 7th SQL Server MVP in the world, and he has been nominated for the MVP award every year since.
Tibor’s SQL Server training experience goes back to 1991. He has been delivering training in Sweden and around the globe. Tibor has co-authored numerous books on SQL Server and has also been a regular writer and contributing editor for SQL Server Magazine. You can find Tibor speaking at conferences, seminars and workshops around the world. As a consultant, Tibor does various assignments focused on the database engine, from serving as a discussion partner about design issues, to providing practical performance tuning and production environment implementations.

Thomas Ivarsson
Sigma AB

Thomas Ivarsson is a SQL Server MVP since 2008 and has worked with Microsoft BI solutions since SQL Server 7 in 1999.
He worked as a consultant between 1995 and 2007 and currently works in the telecom industry with the Microsoft BI platform.

Raoul Illyés

Raoul Illyés is a SQL Server MVP and a recognized lecturer and teacher known for his passion and ability to go into depth. His high energy level and enthusiasm has been appreciated by many customers over the years. Raoul is an expert in performance optimization and consolidation, and by merging the two together, he has achieved innovative solutions for his customers.

Johan Åhlén

Johan is CEO of SolidQ Sweden and also a Business Intelligence expert, cloud enthusiast, entrepreneur, and SQL Server MVP. He is passionate about innovation and new technologies. His determination and ability to solve the most challenging problems has been appreciated by many customers over the years. Johan is also the chairman of and driving force behind the Swedish SQL Server Group, one of the most active SQL Server user groups in the world.

Peter Larsson
Developer Workshop

Peter Larsson is a key player for performance written code. He can turn a 10 hour query into a 3 minute piece of code. Peter is also a SQL Server MVP since 2009. He often hangs out at SQLTeam.com (27k+ posts) and other various sites where he helps all people understand SQL Server. When not working, he takes care of a wife and 4 kids.

Simon Lidberg
Microsoft AB

Simon have worked with databases in general and with SQL Server in partiqular since 1997. In 2000 he joined Microsoft as a SQL Server Escalation Engineer with the global support group. As such he has been involved in all releases since SQL 2000.
The past four years he have worked with BI solutions at the Enterprise Sales and Partner group. Simon is a popular speaker and frequently speaks at different conferences.

Mark S Rasmussen
iPaper ApS

Mark S. Rasmussen is the Technical Lead at iPaper in Denmark. Before joining iPaper, he has worked as a consultant for several years, primarily focusing on database oriented website development. Mark has been with iPaper ever since the first line of code was written 6+ years ago. During the years, he has had lots of experience with scaling websites on the Microsoft stack, including ASP.NET and SQL Server.
Mark is an active member of the SQL Server community, speaking avidly at international events & local user groups. Being part developer, part DBA gives Mark a unique insight in the complete software stack. Refusing to stop where others are satisfied, Mark has worked on parsing MDF files just to gain a unique insight on the intimate details of the SQL Server MDF file format, ultimately ending up in the open source OrcaMDF project.

Benjamin Sigursteinsson
Miracle A/S

Benjamin has been involved with relational databases since 1987 and BI since 1997. He has extensive experience with Data Warehousing and BI and has worked on multiple DW/BI projects in many different countries using different technologies. Since 2005 his focus has been on SQL Server Data Warehousing.

Feodor Georgiev
SQL Service AB

Feodor Georgiev is a SQL Server database specialist with extensive experience of thinking both within and outside the box. He has wide experience of different systems and solutions in the fields of architecture, scalability, performance, etc. Feodor has experience with SQL Server 2000 and later versions, and is certified in SQL Server 2008.

Erling Skaale

Erling Skaale is a Mentor and Consultant in SolidQ Denmark. He has over 11 years of experience with SQL Server and over 20 years of experience with relational databases and application development in general. He worked his way from MVS(mainframe) as a System Programmer, over UNIX and Tandem, and landed on the Microsoft platform as a SQL Server System Programmer. He now specializes in Query Tuning, Development, SAN Performance, Architecture and Mentoring.

Björn Eriksen

Björn Eriksen is working as an Architect Evangelist at Microsoft Sweden. He has 10+ years of experience as developer and architect on the Microsoft Platform and focus right now is on the Windows Azure Plaform, including SQL Azure. Björn is a frequent speaker at Swedish conferences like TechDays and Developer Summit.


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