Alexander Arvidsson

  • I work as a principal solutions architect in Sweden, focusing on SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform technologies. I love sharing knowledge and I love seeing the penny drop. I’m a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, a Microsoft Certified Trainer, an international speaker, blogger, podcaster and a Star Wars fan extraordinaire.

    I started working with SQL Server and Oracle back in 1997. But like many others, I didn’t find the SQL Server community for several years, but after attending my first PASS Summit in 2014 I realized I had found my home.

    I started attending SQL Saturdays, blogging and sending abstracts all over. I’ve been teaching and presenting since the turn of the millennium, but the SQL Server community was by far the kindest, most welcoming and exciting community I had ever seen.

    My first SQL Saturday session was in Gothenburg in 2016, and from there it has slowly started to take off. It’s a lot of work, but rewarding like nothing else.

    I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all the amazing people in the community. I received a huge amount of help and encouragement when I joined the community, and I jump at any chance I get to give back.  We are all standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, and everyone can be a shoulder to someone.

    Speaking is wonderful, speaking is terrible, speaking is draining and speaking is exhilarating.

    I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Alex Yates

  • Location: UK (UTC +0)
  • Expertise: DevOps with relational databases (primarily SQL Server). The GDPR. Telling stories.
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn

10 years ago I graduated with a drama degree in the middle of the financial crisis. After a few years pouring pints, looking after kids and being a ski bum I fluked a sales job at a software company.

In 2014 I started a blog and delivered my first technical talk at a user group. I was nervous about the talk because why would any dev or DBA want to listen to a sales guy like me? Also, demoing to a live audience terrified me. My fingers were shaking over the keyboard and the mouse and I had a lump in my throat.

It went pretty badly. The demo was ok but I mumbled a lot, spoke far too quickly and still overran by half an hour. However, over the following months I got some great advice about how to improve from some wonderful, generous people. I will forever be grateful to those folks who helped me without asking for anything in return.

Fast-forward a few years: In 2017 I delivered 43 sessions at 34 events in 10 countries about Database DevOps and the GDPR and was awarded a Microsoft MVP award.

I am now the director of DLM Consultants and a co-organiser of SQL Relay. I’ve grown to be passionate about the value of the tech community and I aspire to help other people the way I was was helped. I’m happy to spend time with any new speaker to help them to make a positive contribution to to the community.

You can reach me on LinkedIn and Twitter and I’m excited to hear what you have to say. 🙂

Tracy Boggiano

Tracy Boggiano
  • Location: Raleigh, NC (UTC – 5) (EST)
  • Expertise: All DBA topics
  • Contact: Twitter | LinkedIn | Email

22 years ago I got myfirst job in IT right out of high school as a computer operator and started attending college to become a computer programmer.  I hated my database class mainly because I finished the work in 10 minutes and had to sit there bored for the 50 minutes. My instructor didn’t understand I was already using these concepts at work.

I started barely blogging in 2012,  something that wasn’t really encouraged by my current job.  Four years ago I took an awesome job that believed that be involved in the community was a good thing.

Then in 2015, I signed up for my first SQL Saturday. The presentation had a total of five attendees (one being a coworker). I managed to cover 30 slides of HADR material in 30 minutes but wait the presentation was supposed to last an hour. Oops.

Now I’ve done so many presentations it’s hard to keep count. Presented at 18 SQL Saturdays last year, PASS Summit, and a few online presentations. I’m a complete SQL Saturday addict and enjoy going to each and every one of them and don’t mind if there are only five people, it was probably for the best on that first presentation.

You can reach me either on Twitter,  LinkedIn, or Email.