Alexander Arvidsson

I work as a technical evangelist 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 Certified Trainer, 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, 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.