PASS Summit 2011 Keynotes

Top Microsoft SQL Server executives Ted Kummert, Quentin Clark, and David DeWitt will take center stage in a series of can’t-miss keynote addresses at PASS Summit 2011.

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Wednesday, October 12 - Keynote at 8:15am

Ted Kummert

Senior Vice President, Business Platform Division
Microsoft Corp.

Join Ted Kummert as he shares his unique insight and perspective on the technology changes facing SQL Server professionals today and how SQL Server is continuing to meet those challenges.  With increasing data types, massive data volumes, new user requirements and cloud computing, we are embarking on a new journey with even greater challenges. Taking a look at what is possible today, and what is coming tomorrow, Kummert will show how Microsoft is answering the challenges of managing data and turning information into business insights.  Through exciting demonstrations, you’ll see the continued innovation in Microsoft’s information platform and learn more about the upcoming launch of SQL Server Code Named “Denali.”

About Ted Kummert:

Ted Kummert is responsible for leading the product strategy and development of an integrated application platform - including database and application servers, cloud services, and data programmability and modeling technologies.

Products delivered by BPD include Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server, Windows Server AppFabric and Windows Azure platform AppFabric, Windows Communication Foundation, and Windows Workflow Foundation.

Since joining Microsoft in 1989, Kummert has led several product development organizations. He served as corporate vice president for the Security, Access and Solutions Division, responsible for Windows Server Terminal Services, Microsoft Internet Security & Acceleration Server, Microsoft Forefront Server Security for Exchange and Microsoft Small Business Server. He held the role of corporate vice president of the Business Process and Integration Division, where he was responsible for products including BizTalk Server, Microsoft Commerce Server and Microsoft Host Integration Server.

Thursday, October 13 - Keynote at 8:15am

Quentin Clark

Corporate Vice President, SQL Server Database Systems Group
Microsoft Corp.

Back by popular demand, the rubber hits the road in this Day 2 keynote led by Quentin Clark. Quentin will take the PASS audience on a demo-packed adventure across SQL Server solutions that span traditional boxed software, appliances and cloud. Quentin will address some of the tough issues facing IT and dev organizations today; mission critical SLAs that are simply expected, the explosion of data volumes, faster time to solution, and the evolution into the virtualized world. Both IT and dev attendees will see real-world customer solutions from the SQL Server business that help solve today’s growing challenges. Don’t miss this product-intensive showcase!

About Quentin Clark:

Quentin Clark is the corporate vice president of the Database Systems Group in the Microsoft SQL Server organization, reporting to Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platforms Division. In his current role Clark is responsible for the engineering and business leadership of the database systems of SQL Server - serving Microsoft's OLTP and Data Warehousing capabilities. This responsibility includes the core relational database engine and data access, SQL Server Manageability, Parallel Data Warehouse, and advanced development work in databases, including the Gray Systems Lab in Madison.

A 17-year Microsoft veteran, Clark held a variety of roles mostly in systems technology prior to joining SQL Server, including the Internet Information Server team, Application Center and System Center. In 2002, he joined SQL Server to lead work to bring unstructured data capabilities into the data platform, a vision realized over the recent SQL Server product releases. In 2006 he took the position of general manager overseeing the core relational database engine, which led to his current role.

Friday, October 14 - Keynote at 8.15am

David J. DeWitt

Technical Fellow, Data and Storage Platform Division
Microsoft Corp.

Big Data – What is the Big Deal?

Are you ready for the exploding world of big data?  Do you know the difference between Hive and Pig?  Do you know why MapReduce is being taught in many universities rather than SQL?  If not, pay attention because this talk will help get you started in understanding this new world. While sometimes the Hadoop toolkit (which includes HDFS, MapReduce, Hive, Pig, and Sqoop) is used as an alternative to relational database systems such as SQL Server, more frequently customers are using it as a complementary tool. Sometimes it may be used as an ETL tool or to perform an initial analysis of a freshly acquired data set to determine whether or not it is worth loading into the data warehouse, and sometimes to process massive data sets that are too big to even contemplate loading into all but the very largest data warehouses. In addition to covering the basics of the various parts of the Hadoop stack, this talk will discuss the strengths and weakness of the Hadoop approach compared to that provided by relational database systems and explores how the two technologies can be used productively in conjunction with one another.

About David DeWitt:

David J. DeWitt is a Technical Fellow in the Microsoft Data and Storage Platform Division. DeWitt’s role is creating and leading the Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab, a new advanced development center in Madison, WI, for Microsoft, in association with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Computer Sciences Department. DeWitt came to Microsoft from the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin, which he joined in September 1976 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He served as department chair from July 1999 to July 2004 and held the title of John P. Morgridge Professor of Computer Sciences when he retired from the University of Wisconsin.

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