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Joe Sack (@JoeSackMSFT) - Adaptive Query Processing in SQL Server 2017 Engine

Joe Sack is a Principal Program Manager in the Azure SQL Database and SQL Server product team at Microsoft, with a focus on the Query Processor. Joe is an author and speaker with over 20 years of experience in the industry, specializing in performance tuning, high availability and disaster recovery. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar, Shabnam Khan Agenda: RB - Your team created Adaptive Query Processing or QP. It is new in SQL Server 2017 and SQL Azure. As we know, SQL Server uses query plan...


Bill Inmon, Father of Datawarehouse discusses history & relevance of DW in age of Big Data

Bill Inmon – the “father of data warehouse” – has written 57 books published in nine languages. Bill’s latest adventure is the building of technology known as textual disambiguation – technology that reads raw text in a narrative format and allows the text to be placed in a conventional data base so that it can be analyzed by standard analytical technology, thereby creating unique business value for Big Data/unstructured data. Bill was named by ComputerWorld as one of the ten most...


Varun Bhartia (@VBhartia) - BeeHyve.IO, A learning platform for Computer Scientists

Varun Bhartia is the cofounder of an online learning platform for computer science students around the world - helping students connect with each other and with the best career opportunities. He has spend his entire career working in technology NASA, Microsoft, Facebook, and Uber. He has an undergraduate degree from the university of arizona and an mba from Harvard. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar, Shabnam Khan Agenda: RB - You have served some of the most interesting and awesome...


Michael Ludwig - Graph Database, Apache Gremlin, & Tinkerpop

Michael Ludwig is a Data Solution Architect at Microsoft, where he works on Machine Learning, Big Data and Blockchain applications on the Azure platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Michael worked at Silver Bay, designing and optimizing geographical and financial statistical analysis solutions (mostly regression analysis and clustering). Before that, he was a database architect and then the lead systems architect of a multi-tenant cloud-based Internet-of-Things application for LogicPD, in...


Frank La Vigne (@TableTeer) - Microsoft Data Science Certification & Data Driven podcast

Frank La Vigne leads the Data & Analytics practice at Wintellect and co-hosts the DataDriven podcast. He blogs regularly at and you can watch him on his YouTube channel, “Frank’s World TV” (FranksWorld.TV). Interviewer: Rajib Bahar, Shabnam Khan Agenda: RB - You have recently gone through Microsoft's Professional Certification for Data Scientists. Also, you are training others in this area. What are the 4 units of this Data Science certification program, and where does the...


Curtis Seare (@DataCrunchPod) - Co-Host of Data Crunch Podcast discusses his journey & IoT Use cases

Curtis Seare is a co-host of the Data Crunch podcast, a Tableau and Trifacta instructor, and the Director of Analytics at Shelfbucks, a retail analytics startup in Austin, Texas. He’s worked for almost a decade in the data-science field across multiple companies and industries. He’s solved problems spanning IoT, retail, marketing, sales, competitive intelligence, nonprofit donations, and product development, among others. Bringing organizational change and innovation in analytical processes...


Alteryx (@Alteryx) - Co-founder Libby, & product manager Nick on Gartner wins in Analytics

Libby Duane is the Chief Customer Officer and a founding partner of Alteryx. In this role, Libby is responsible for overseeing and maximizing the complete Alteryx customer experience, from engagement to on-boarding, communications, performance, and retention. She has interacted with nearly every Alteryx customer, giving her a holistic perspective of the overall experience from implementation to adoption success. Nick Jewell, Technology Evangelist for Alteryx. He started his career with a PhD...


Guy in a cube (@GuyInACube), Chat with Adam Saxton & Patrick LeBlanc on PowerBI

"Guy In a Cube" is a youtube channel for Power BI, which is a data visualization application. Currently, Patrick Leblanc and Adam Saxton are producing contents there. Adam Saxton is just a guy in a cube doing the work! He is on the Power BI team, at Microsoft, working on documentation for Power BI and Reporting Services. He is based in Texas, and started with Microsoft supporting SQL Server connectivity and Reporting Services in 2005. Adam has worked with Power BI since the beginning, on the...

Duration:00:23:32 (@datadotworld) - Joe Boutros & Alex Zelenak talks about this innovative Open Data Portal

Joe Boutros is the Director of Product Engineering at, overseeing the product development and user research programs. He has spent the last 15 years working on early stage consumer facing technology problems as a software engineer, product manager, entrepreneur, and consultant. Joe focuses deeply on data informed product development - the magic at the intersection of measurement and testing, and hands-on user research. Previously, Joe was the founder of Indeed Labs, the innovation...


Dharma Shukla (@DharmaShukla) - Founder of Azure Cosmos DB shares cool insights

Dharma Shukla is a distinguished Engineer at Microsoft. He is the General Manager of Azure Cosmos DB. He is the founder of Azure Cosmos DB, which was launched officially in May 2017. It is Microsoft’s globally-distributed, multi-model database service for managing data at planet-scale". One interesting cool fact about him that he has more than 60 patents in technology industry and he is a long distance runner. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar & Shabnam Khan Agenda: SB - Why the name Cosmos? How did...


Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, KDnuggets President(@KDnuggets), a top Big Data & Data Science Influencer

Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, PHD, is the President of KDnuggets, a leading site for Analytics, Big Data, Data Science, and Machine Learning. Gregory is a co-founder of KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Data mining conferences), and a top research conference in the field... He is also a co-founder and past chair of ACM SIGKDD, a professional association for Data Mining and Data Science, and a well-known Data Scientist. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar, Shabnam Khan Agenda: RB - According to Forbes, you're...


Jen Underwood (@idigdata) - Natural Language Generation, NLG vs NLP, Automation Analytics

Jen Underwood, founder of Impact Analytix, LLC, is a recognized analytics industry expert. She has a unique blend of product management, design and over 20 years of “hands-on” development of data warehouses, reporting, visualization and advanced analytics solutions. In addition to keeping a constant pulse on industry trends, she enjoys digging into oceans of data. Jen is honored to be an IBM Analytics Insider, SAS contributor, former Tableau Zen Master, and active analytics community member....


Dan English (@DEnglishBI) - Data Platform MVP, PASS Business Analytics Leader (@passbavc)

Dan English is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, author, speaker, community leader, husband, and father. He is the Group Leader for the PASS Business Analytics Virtual Group. Also, He is a Business Intelligence Architect and Community Leader with a strong passion for Microsoft technologies. Specializes in Business Intelligence, Microsoft BI Toolset, Analysis Services (SSAS), BI Semantic Model (BISM), Datazen, Excel, Integration Services (SSIS), OLAP, PerformancePoint (PPS), Power BI, Power BI...


Dave Borean (@daveborean) - MDM Data Architect, Customer Intelligence 360 in AllSight

Dave leads the technology strategy for AllSight and works with clients on their initial implementations of AllSight. He has many years of experience working on the architecture and development of mission-critical enterprise applications in both the product and custom solution spaces. Dave came from IBM where he was a Senior Technical Staff Member responsible for leading the InfoSphere MDM portfolio of products and working directly with clients around the world. Interviewer; Rajib Bahar...


Brad Rubin (@bradrubin) - Director of the Center of Excellence for Big Data, Hadoop User Group

Brad Rubin has been a professor in the Graduate Programs in Software department in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas for the past 13 years. He is also Director of the Center of Excellence for Big Data, and teaches a course in Big Data Architecture, along with courses in Computer Security and Scala. He co-leads the Twin Cities Spark and Hadoop User Group. Previously, he spent most of his industry career at IBM in Rochester, MN. Brad has degrees in Computer and...


Constantine Kokkinos aka CK (@mobileck): PowerShell Guru on, SQLPass precon & some tips

Constantine Kokkinos currently works as a DevOps DBA with a deep focus on performance tuning TSQL; nonetheless his first love will always be the *nix ecosystem. His primary side hustle is the dbatools project where he works on bug fixing, git support, testing, and helping newcomers jump start their contributions, wherever they need help. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar, Shabnam Khan Agenda: - You're presenting this year at PASS precon. PASS stands for "Professional Association of SQL Server". It...


Michael Ludwig - Azure Cosmos Multi-model NoSQL DB, Apache Gremlin, & Data Scientist Expert

Michael is a Data Solution Architect at Microsoft, where he works on Machine Learning, Big Data and Blockchain applications on the Azure platform. Prior to joining Microsoft, Michael worked at Silver Bay, designing and optimizing geographical and financial statistical analysis solutions (mostly regression analysis and clustering). Before that, he was a database architect and then the lead systems architect of a multi-tenant cloud-based Internet-of-Things application for LogicPD, in...


Andy Leonard (@AndyLeonard) - Author, BIML Hero for Business Intelligence Markup Language, & blogger

Andy Leonard is a Data Philosopher at Enterprise Data & Analytics, a Biml (Business Intelligence Markup Language) developer and BimlHero, SSIS architect, consultant, and trainer. He created and maintains the DILM (Data Integration Lifecycle Management) Suite that includes tools and utilities for managing SSIS in the enterprise. Andy is an avid blogger and has co-authored several books on SSIS, ETL, and database technology. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar Music:


Robert Gerads (@Robert_Gerads ) - Power BI User Group MN, Health Care DataViz Story

Robert is the Director of Business Development for Beyond Impact a Minneapolis based consulting company focused on Cloud, Data, Security. Robert is also the founder of the local Power BI Meetup, which meets monthly. He resides in Eagan, MN with his wife and three young sons. Robert is an avid baseball fan and craft-beer enthusiast. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar Music:


David Corrigan(@DCorrigan ) - Master Data Management or MDM Pioneer, Customer Intelligence 360

David joined AllSight in 2016 to help establish it as the leader in Customer Intelligence Management. He has 18 years of experience in enterprise software and has launched and grown successful product businesses within startups and large software vendors. David led product management at DWL and was instrumental in the formation of the Customer Data Integration (MDM) market, and later the MDM market after acquisition by IBM. Prior to joining AllSight, David led product management and...