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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...


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...


Data World (@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...


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...


Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, PHD (@kdnuggets) - Editor of KDNuggets & Top Big Data Influencers

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...


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...


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


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


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...


Pedro Medina (@haystack_data, @analyzethisTC) - Data Science Community, AI competition & TensorFlow

Pedro Alexander Medina is Founder & Chief Analytics Officer at Haystack, LLC - an Advanced Analytics Agency specializing in custom managed solutions across the data value chain. With deep expertise in information management and advanced analytics, his mission is to help organizations optimize their strategic data assets by converting complex data into intelligence; intelligence into innovation; innovation into success. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar


Ruben Kogel (@chilicondata): Most Utilized Algorithms in Data Science, AI & More...

Ruben is head of data at VSCO, a creative platform and a community of expression. His focus is on designing the data strategy, understanding user behavior, and designing metrics for the entire organization. Prior to VSCO, Ruben was the head of Content Analytics at Udemy. And before that he had a completely different career developing and troubleshooting chip manufacturing technology. Ruben’s interests span statistics, machine learning, economics, and photography. Interviewer: Rajib Bahar,...


Hendrik Feddersen (@h_feddersen): HR Analytics & it's application in Data-Science World

Hendrik Feddersen is leader of the HRIS at the European Medicines Agency (which is the European equivalent of the FDA) in London. Six years ago, he led the full SAP HCM project from conception to completion and was the main Change Manager. His current tasks are to introduce further process improvements, problem solving, data cleaning, reporting, preparing predictions and training of colleagues. For more than three years he has been connecting internationally with like-minded HR...


Allison Cossette (@alison_cossette): Discusses her journey to Data Science

Officially, Alison Cossette is a data analyst for the University of Vermont Medical Center. Unofficially, she says proudly, "I'm the resident data nerd." Interviewer: Rajib Bahar, Shabnam Khan Agenda: - In Twitter, your motto is "Numbers are the best story tellers", why do you say that? - Terms such as Linear Regression, Logistics regression may sound scary... is it? How did you implement them when you faced prediction challenge like that? - What do you appreciate between R & python...


Denny Cherry (@mrdenny): Microsoft Certified Master discusses Azure Cloud, HyperV, & few tips

Denny Cherry is the owner and principal consultant for Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting and has over a decade of experience working with platforms such as Microsoft SQL Server, Hyper-V, vSphere and Enterprise Storage solutions. Denny’s areas of technical expertise include system architecture, performance tuning, security, replication and troubleshooting. Denny currently holds several of the Microsoft Certifications related to SQL Server for versions 2000 through 2014 including the...


Colin Bartol(@colin_bartol): Big Data in Health Care, Tricare West, DataScience Project Affinity

Colin Bartol has led a team that built 46% of the servers for Tricare West which covers 2.6 million people for the military which required security for NIST, PCI, and HIPPA. He has his MBA from Carlson school of management, CISSP, and is a SME for the CompTIA Project+ exam. Having been a consultant at 5 Fortune 100 companies in e-commerce, financial services, and retail sectors Colin has a wide experience of what happens in information technology. He is currently employed in...


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