Get inspired by our industry-leading keynote speakers covering topics across announcements and innovations in the Microsoft data platform and empowering diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology.

Day 1 Keynote

Bringing the Future into Focus: The End-to-End Azure Data Platform

Wednesday, November 11 @ 12:00 PM EST

Join Rohan to hear about the latest enhancements to the Azure data platform and how you can use them to bring your digital strategy into focus. Learn key ways the end-to-end data platform builds on your existing knowledge, skills, and investments to help you accelerate your digital future and streamline your environment. Fellow Engineering team members* will join remotely to demonstrate key capabilities and explore how customers use Azure to solve challenges in the new world. Don’t miss some special cameos from our community MVPs. Put on some comfy pants and tune in!

(*Rohan requests you not hold him personally accountable for any shenanigans or high jinks by Buck, Bob, or Conor.) 

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Rohan Kumar

Corporate Vice President, Azure Data


Day 2 Keynote

SQL Eco-System Transformation and Innovation at Scale

Thursday, November 12 @ 12:00 PM EST

Since the release of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 in 1998, SQL Server grew to be the most deployed database in the world. In this session SQL Server technical leaders share how their teams innovate to meet challenges with data growth, application complexity, scalability and availability by exploiting hardware trends and cloud technologies. They describe how the architecture evolved to support from uniprocessors  to high end SMPs on-prem and to large clusters in the cloud as well as to hand held devices. They will also share future developments in storage technology, query processing and how SQL Server will exploit AI and Machine Learning. ‚Äč

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Hanuma Kodavalla

Technical Fellow


Women in Technology Keynote

Day 2

Thursday, November 12 @ 6:00 PM EST

Join WIT Keynote speaker, Data Architect, and former PASS Director, Denise McInerney, for the evolution of WIT initiatives in the PASS community, including an overview of trends affecting women in the data industry. Denise will be taking a critical look at what’s changed, what needs to change, and the role we play as data professionals in breaking down barriers for Women in Technology.

Sponsored by SentryOne

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Denise McInerney

Data Architect


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Keynote

Day 3

Friday, November 13 @ 12:00 PM EST

Join diversity advocate, author, and attorney, Bärí A. Williams, as she discusses the ethical problems and malpractices that exist in the tech industry today. From data breaches, to discriminatory processes, to inviting the right people to the table, Bärí will be questioning the lack of diversity in the workplace and providing recommendations for our role in eliminating biases and discrimination in the data industry. In our first-ever Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Keynote, Bärí will be uncovering the challenges faced by under-represented groups, the monumental importance of ethical data, and what must be done to build awareness and equity for these groups within our community.

Sponsored by SentryOne

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Bärí A. Williams

Head of Legal

Human Interest

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