Quentin Clark
Corporate Vice President
Data Platform Group
Microsoft Corporation

Wednesday, October 16, 8:15am - 10:00am

Microsoft’s Data Platform – The Road Ahead
Data has always had the power to transform business. SQL Server and the PASS community have been at the heart of that transformation. Microsoft recently announced a new wave of groundbreaking solutions to address your needs for mission-critical performance and availability, faster insights on any data, and greater efficiency and flexibility. In this Day 1 keynote, we’re excited to take you inside the technologies behind these database and business intelligence solutions – both on-premise and in the cloud.

Learn more about SQL Server 2014, the next major release of SQL Server. SQL Server 2014 delivers higher performance on large volumes of data with our new In-Memory OLTP technology (formerly known as Project “Hekaton”), as well as greater availability through our hybrid disaster recovery and backup solutions. Explore Power BI for Office 365, our new cloud-based BI solution that empowers you to search, discover, and access data within and outside your organization and unlock insights with rich visualizations using familiar tools on any device. And see Windows Azure SQL Database in action, delivering predictable performance for business-critical applications in the cloud. We’ll show you how to take advantage of these and other technologies to add greater value to your organization.

Quentin Clark, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Data Platform Group, will share more on our vision for the data platform and showcase innovative solutions that deliver compelling value for you, your organization, and end users.

About Quentin Clark
As corporate vice president of program management for the Microsoft Data Platform Group, Quentin Clark oversees the design and delivery of the entire family of SQL Server products as well as the Azure Data Platform services. The Azure Data Platform is a complete end-to-end platform serving data management and processing capability, data integration and refinement, and business analytics as Microsoft Azure services and Microsoft Office and Office 365 offerings. Leading a team of technical engineers, his responsibilities include product direction and definition through program management, user experience and design, and customer engagement programs. This spans SQL Server’s work in all workloads – databases, integration, and business intelligence, as well as the release forms of the product – software, appliances, and the cloud services. 

Clark joined Microsoft in 1994 and held a variety of roles mostly in systems technology prior to joining SQL Server, including the Internet Information Server team and System Center. In 2002, he joined SQL Server to lead the effort to add unstructured data capabilities into the data platform, a vision realized over a few releases of SQL Server, culminating in SQL Server 2012. In 2006, he took the position of General Manager, overseeing the core relational database engine, where he led the SQL Server 2008, 2012, and 2014 releases and drove the business into key new areas such as the appliance market, scale-out data warehousing, continuous event processing, and more recently, data services in the cloud. Clark graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and doubled-majored in Computer Science. He lives in Bellevue, WA, with his wife and two boys.


David DeWitt
Technical Fellow
Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab
Madison, WI

Thursday, October 17, 8:15am - 10:00am

Hekaton: Why, What, and How
One of the release-defining features of SQL Server 2014 is In-Memory OLTP (formerly known as Project “Hekaton”) – SQL Server’s high performance, OLTP-optimized engine. The goal of this keynote is to provide a deep understanding of how In-Memory OLTP works and how we can deliver significant performance improvements for transactional workloads.

Microsoft’s In-Memory OLTP is truly unique for its design, ease of use, and compatibility with legacy tools and applications. Like our ColumnStore engine, In-Memory OLTP is fully integrated into SQL Server. Getting started with In-Memory OLTP is as simple as converting “hot” tables to “memory-optimized” tables. The storage and indexing techniques for In-Memory OLTP are different from those used by traditional SQL Server, using state-of-the-art “lock-free” data structures for indices and all critical data structures, and thereby eliminating the need for latches. In addition, In-Memory OLTP incorporates a novel query compiler that dynamically compiles stored procedures into machine language. Early adopters for In-Memory OLTP are seeing on average 10X performance gains.

Join David DeWitt, Microsoft Technical Fellow in the Data Platform Group, for a deep dive into this innovative technology.

About David DeWitt
Before joining Microsoft as a Technical Fellow in March 2008, David DeWitt was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He served as chair of the Computer Sciences Department at Wisconsin from July 1999 to July 2004. Professor DeWitt is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1998), a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007), and an ACM Fellow (1995). In 2008, he received the prestigious ACM Software Systems award for his pioneering work on parallel relational database systems. Professor DeWitt has authored over 120 technical publications.