Contents

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 – Debrief 2

Summary. 2

Official Links. 3

Quick Facts. 4

Sponsors & Exhibitors. 5

Virtual Convention Centre. 7

Technology Coverage. 30

Learning Options. 31

Women In Technology Round Table. 32

Diversity & Inclusion Round Table. 32

Unique Session Attendance. 33

Registrations. 37

Women Participation. 38

Country-wise Participation. 39

LIVE Attendance Stats. 40

Experience-Wise Breakup. 41

Industry-Wise Breakup. 42

Job Function-wise Breakup. 43

Corporate Participation Stats. 44

Speaker Stats. 45

Appendix I - DPS 2021 SPEAKERS. 46

Appendix II - Training Classes. 50

Appendix III - General Sessions. 51

Appendix IV - Data + AI Gurukul 55

Appendix V – Meet The DPS Team.. 56

                                                                                                                                                                                

Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021 – Debrief

 

Summary

With great pride, we take this opportunity to share with you, yet another successful execution of the signature event on Azure Data, Analytics, and AI - Data Platform Virtual Summit 2021.

DPS 2021 lived up to the monumental expectations placed upon it and most certainly delivered as promised.

Packed with 12 Training Classes, 25+ Gurukuls, 130+ General Sessions - including formats such as Deep-Dives, Short-Dives, Demos & Breakouts, the overall event facilitated learning and networking for 7K data professionals from 94 countries. Special thanks to Microsoft, Redgate, PURE Storage, CDATA, MLPA & SQLMaestros for sponsoring the event.

DPS 2021 kicked off on the 8th of September, bringing you two consecutive days of Pre-Cons (training classes), delivered by seasoned trainers from the industry. Following up Pre-Cons, the Summit spanned from 13th to the 16th of September, offering curated content across several tracks including Architecture, Data Administration, Data Development, Advanced Analytics, Data Science, and the newly introduced Industry Solutions.

Multiple delivery formats were set up on the virtual platform including the popular Breakouts and the innovative ones like Deep-Dives, Short-Drives & Demo-Only sessions. Gurukuls were a huge hit that provided a networking opportunity with the Speakers via open discussions. At the Gurukuls, delegates discussed their project challenges & possible solutions with Microsoft Product Teams and industry experts. Overall, DPS 2021 was one of the most interactive and versatile events of its kind.

This year’s keynote - SQL Edge to Cloud – featured Microsoft Veterans - Bob Ward, Anna Hoffman, and Buck Woody. With in-depth knowledge and decades of experience in the world of SQL, they provided insightful wisdom on how to get ahead of the curve by understanding the immense possibilities with the modern SQL data platform and the right "flavor" of SQL suited to your specific needs. Watch here.

DPS 2021 entered its final stage with the Post-Cons on the 20th and 21st of September. Post-Cons, just like the Pre-Cons offered deep-dive content in form of 8-hour virtual classes by the world’s best educators.

A special feature, DPS 2021 also hosted Women-In-Technology (WIT) and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) panel discussions. More details later.

A massive shout-out to the Speakers, Sponsors, delegates & the DPS Team for making the event possible.

Testimonials: https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/testimonials/

 

Official Links

DPS 2021 Website
https://www.DataPlatformGeeks.com/dps2021

 

Training Classes
https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/training-classes/

 

General Sessions
https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/sessions-agenda-schedule/

 

Microsoft @ DPS

https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/microsoft-at-dps/

 

Keynote
https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/keynotes/

Watch: https://youtu.be/ilvKoO4Dhpk

 

Global Execution

https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/truly-global/

 

DPS 2021 Speakers

https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/speakers/

 

Technology Coverage

https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/technology-coverage/

 

DPS History

https://dps10.com/our-glorious-history/

 

DPS Blogs News

https://dps10.com/blogs-news/

 

Official Hashtag

#DPS2021 #DPS10
 

Quick Facts

 

Theme:                               Empowering Data & AI Transformation

Dates:                                 Summit – Sep 13 - 17 
Pre-Conference Training Class – Sep 8 & 9

               Post-Conference Training Class – Sep 20 & 21

Location                             Online

Registrations                    6928

LIVE Attendance               4145

Speakers                            149

Participating Nations      94

Total Sessions                   171

Breakouts                          96
Deep-Dives                        4

Short-Drives                      19

Demo-Only                        12

Gurukul                              40

Tracks                                 7

Keynote                              Anna Hoffman, Bob Ward & Buck Woody

WIT                                      Marisa Brasile, Anna Hoffman, Lindsey Allen, Vicky Harp, Nikita Takru & Mara Steiu.

DEI                                       Jen Stirrup, Dr. Sangeeta Gupta, Kay Sauter, Deepthi Goguri & Sandip Pani.


 

Sponsors & Exhibitors

 

Diamond Partner

Microsoft Azure

 

Gold Partner

Redgate
Pure Storage

 

Silver Partner

CData
ML!PA
SQLMaestros              

              

 

 

              

 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors & Exhibitors for helping us in making DPS 2021 freely available for the worldwide data community.

About Diamond Partner

Microsoft

Learn how the Microsoft Azure Data platform builds on your existing knowledge, skills, and investments to accelerate your digital future. Learn More.

About Gold Partners

Pure Storage

Pure Storage is redefining the storage experience and empowering innovators by simplifying how people consume and interact with data. Maximize the value of your Microsoft application data. Innovate faster to deliver a consistent end-user experience, on-premises and in the cloud. Learn More.

Redgate

Redgate is the world’s leading provider of solutions for Compliant Database DevOps. We’ve specialized in database software for 21 years, and our solutions are now used in more than 100,000 companies worldwide, including 91 of the Fortune 100. Our software helps development teams, operations teams, and IT leadership solve the technical and business challenges behind delivering software and services at speed, while maintaining data privacy and protection.  

Learn how our Compliant Database DevOps solutions can help your business accelerate delivery times, ensure the safety of your data, and unlock best practices like DevOps for the database, at http://www.red-gate.com

 

About Silver Partners

CData Software

CData Software (www.cdata.com) is a leading provider of data connectivity solutions. We make it easy to connect, integrate, and automate your enterprise data, solving even the most complex data fragmentation challenges. CData’s standards-based drivers and data integration solutions enable real-time access to hundreds of cloud-based or on-premises applications, databases, and web APIs. Make the most of your organizational data with our easy-to-use, powerful, and secure data connectivity software. Learn More.

ML!PA

We focus on the development and production of intelligent products for digitalization in industry.  

We help our customers to introduce digital business models in their enterprises. Learn More.

SQLMaestros

We are a team of specialists on SQL Server & Microsoft Data Platform. We specialize in SQL Server Health Check & Performance Tuning. Our affordable learning solutions are Video Courses, Master Classes & Hands-On-Labs. And sometimes we do free events too. Learn More.                                  
 

Virtual Convention Centre

Watch The Tour: https://youtu.be/l_BJUAEXz3I

DPS 2021 Lobby

 

 

DPS 2021 Community Zone

 

DPS 2021 Helpdesk


Keynote & Breakout Auditorium – Hydra

Breakout Room - Sphinx


Breakout Room - Shiloh

Breakout Room - Yukon


Deep-Dive/Short-Drive/Demo-Only Room – Kilimanjaro

Gurukul Room 1 – Katmai


Gurukul Room 2 - Hekaton

EXPO Hall

Booth – Microsoft Azure

Booth – Redgate


Booth – Pure Storage



Booth – ML!PA


Booth - CData

 

Booth - SQLMaestros


 

Testimonials

https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/testimonials/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology Coverage

 

Architecture

Architecture track covered sessions related to architecting solutions & deployments around SQL Server, Azure SQL Family, Hybrid models, Linux, Containers, Kubernetes, HADR, Internals & a lot more.

 

Data Administration

Data Administration track covered sessions related to SQL Server, Azure SQL Family, SQL on Linux & Containers, Kubernetes, HADR, Performance Optimization, Query Tuning, Automation, Security & Auditing, Storage, Internals, SQL OS, Relational Engine, Data Modelling, Power Shell, Database Migration, Installation & Configuration & a lot more.

 

Database Development

Database Development track covered sessions related to application & database development against Azure SQL Family including SQL Server & Azure SQL, T-SQL Querying, Programming & Tuning, Python, JSON, XML, R, Ruby, C#, .NET EF, PHP & a lot more.

 

Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics

Business Intelligence & Advanced Analytics track covered sessions related to Azure Synapse Analytics, Power Platform, Analysis Services, SSIS, SSRS, Azure Data Factory, Azure Stream Analytics, R services, Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Data Lake Storage, Power BI Embedded & more.

 

Database Science (AI/ML)

Database Science track covered sessions related to ML Algorithms, Azure Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Services, Bot Services, R, Python, Cognitive Search, Databricks, Custom Vision, Speech, Q&A Maker, Deep Learning, Neural Network, Text Analytics & more.

 

Industry Solution

Industry Solution track covered sessions related to Data/Analytics/AI solution-ing for different industries and verticals like BFSI, Manufacturing, Retail, E-Commerce, Healthcare, Utility, Energy, Hospitality & more.

 

Learning Options

 

Training Classes (Pre-Conference & Post-Conference)

Pre-Cons & Post-Cons were collectively called as Training Classes. These were 8 hours, focused, deep-dive, demo-based virtual classroom training.


Each Training Class was designed to offer intermediate & advanced-level training on a specific topic/subject. These classes offer more knowledge, skills and expertise beyond the summit content.

 

[To see list of Training Classes, refer Appendix II]

 

Keynote

Anna Hoffman, Bob Ward & Buck Woody delivered a mesmerizing keynote showcasing key innovations with SQL.

https://dataplatformgeeks.com/dps2021/keynotes/

 

General Sessions with Q&A

150+ General Sessions were delivered covering the entire stack of Azure Data, Analytics & AI. There were multiple delivery formats including Breakouts (75 mins), Deep-Dives (120 mins), Short-Drives (30 mins) & Demo-Only Sessions (60 mins).

 

[To see list of General Sessions, refer Appendix III]

 

Data+AI Gurukul

Delegates got direct access to Microsoft engineers, architects & industry experts. They talked about their Azure Data projects and solutions and the real-life challenges that businesses were facing. People learnt innovative stuff about their favorite SQL Server, Power BI, Azure SQL, SQL on VM, Managed Instances, Azure Data Factory, Cosmos DB, Synapse Analytics and complete Azure Data stack.

 

[To see list of Gurukuls, refer Appendix IV]

 

Community Zone

DPS 2021 Community Zone facilitated networking between the delegates. Moderated chats were setup in alignment with delegate roles and interests.

 

 

Women In Technology Round Table

Special thanks to Marisa Brasile for leading the WIT Panel Discussion. Panelists included Anna Hoffman, Lindsey Allen, Vicky Harp, Nikita Takru & Mara Steiu.

 

 

 

 

Diversity & Inclusion Round Table

Special thanks to Jen Stirrup for leading the Diversity & Inclusion Panel Discussion. Panelists included Dr.Sangeeta Gupta, Kay Sauter, Deepthi Goguri & Sandip Pani.

 

 






Unique Session Attendance

 

Session Title

Speaker(s)

Unique Attendance

Keynote

Anna Hoffman
Bob Ward
Buck Woody

512

Getting Beyond the Basics with Azure Machine Learning

Kevin Feasel

92

Building Event-Driven Microservices with the Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed

Leonard Lobel

41

Simplify data management with partitioning

Uwe Ricken

128

Monitoring SQL Server on Linux performance with Performance Co-Pilot and Grafana

Louis Imershein

20

Zero downtime database deployments

Alex Yates

202

Business Analysis with T-SQL

Dejan Sarka

75

Conditional Formatting Tricks in Power BI

Pragati Jain

52

How to Audit SQL Server for Free

Josephine Bush

96

How to achieve the best performance and scalability on your Azure SQL Database using the Hyperscale

Vitor Fava

39

Insight Discovery - how to define business requirements for a successful cloud data & analytics project

James Broome

31

The ML Hero’s Secret Weapon: AutoML

Daron Yondem

110

Querying Azure Log Analytics with Kusto

Paul Ou Yang

39

Power BI Performance - 7 deadly sins!

Nikola Ilic

65

An Hour of SQL Server Big Data Clusters Demos

Bob Pusateri

25

Becoming a Person of Influence

Jason Hunt

121

Tips & Tricks for creating Paginated Reports based on Power BI datasets

Ferenc Csonka

63

Building a Production Environment for Azure Arc enabled Data Services

Chris ADKIN

137

Azure DevOps and Database Deployment Automation

Grant Fritchey

41

No Code Custom Visuals in Charticulator

Mike Carlo

56

Using clustered columnstore indexes efficently

Thomas Grohser

35

Govern Power BI and the rest of your data estate with Azure Purview

Craig Bryden

24

Now where did THAT estimate come from?

Hugo Kornelis

113

Bad Decisions Revealed: How our Emotional Brain Wins Over our Thinking Brain Every Single Time!

Tammy Guns

30

Help!! My SQL Server database is not performing well!

Michelle Gutzait

100

Parallelism in Microsoft SQL Server

Torsten Strauss

64

Building a Data Lake with Azure Synapse Analytics

Warner Chaves

80

All You Wanted to Know About Collations

Erland Sommarskog

159

Starting with Azure SQL Edge on Raspberry Pi

Hasan Savran

56

Getting Started with Extended Events

Kathi Kellenberger

100

Getting started with Query Store

Deepthi Goguri

65

Docker Deep Dive

Andrew Pruski

28

Quicker, faster and easier Power BI datasets using Power BI Premium Per User/Premium

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

225

Serverless Azure data handling

Benjamin Kettner

22

SQL Assessment - Microsoft's Best Practices Checker

Taiob Ali

55

IoT Data: From Edge to Cloud - OPC/UA data Journey using Azure IoT Environment

Jorge Maia

26

Data Modelling in Azure Cosmos DB

Will Velida

234

EDW Automation and Design Best Practices

Bob Duffy

53

From Report to Interactive Data Application with Power BI

Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

101

How to do Real-Time Analytics Using Apache Kafka and Azure Data Explorer

Niels Berglund

64

The Data Talks Back: Speech & Language AI for the Data Professional

Matt Gordon

34

Data Lakehouse Architecture with Azure Synapse Analytics

David Alzamendi

99

Power BI: Modernizing Obsolete Semantic Models

Thimantha Vidanagamage

30

Power BI Universe - Mapping the hive

Tom Martens

82

Why Data Governance is important and how you can start immediately with Azure Purview

Wolfgang Strasser

118

Enough of the Azure Pipeline GUI demos for Data Platform deployments

Kevin Chant
Sander Stad

96

Vision in Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services

Andreas Erben

71

Azure Function for Everyone.

Alpa Buddhabhatti

123

Azure Data Factory for Beginners: Let's Make some Data

Leslie Andrews

68

Automated provisioning of SQL Server VMs on Azure

Kay Sauter

84

Benefits of Installing IaaS Agent Extension on Azure SQL VM

Ameena Lalani

29

Azure Arc enabled data services

Dinakar Nethi

36

Data Replication in Azure SQL and Beyond

Alain Dormehl
Mara Steiu

31

Let's talk Monitoring !

Alain Dormehl
Anna Hoffman

87

Latest Access Control enhancements in Azure SQL

Andreas Wolter

62

Azure SQL Database High availability & Disaster recovery

Roberto Bustos
Emily Lisa

93

What's new in Azure's path to an Intelligent Database

Pedro Lopes

112

Protecting your data from tampering with Azure SQL Database ledger

Jason Anderson

61

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines Reimagined: Overview

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju
Rajesh Setlem

165

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines Reimagined: Sizing Deep Dive

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju

72

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines Reimagined: Storage Deep Dive

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju

101

Notebooks deep dive session

Julie Koesmarno
Alan Yu

123

Protect your SQL assets anywhere with Azure Defender for SQL

David Trigano
Michael Makhlevich

116

Inside Azure SQL Managed Instance

Bob Ward
Niko Neugebauer

82

What’s new in Azure SQL

Anna Hoffman

65

Develop serverless, full stack apps with Azure SQL

Anna Hoffman

39

Azure SQL Edge : Real-time analysis of IoT Data

Sourabh Agarwal
Vasiya Krishnan

22

What's new with Azure Data Factory

Wee Hyong Tok
Linda Wang

59

Inside Serverless SQL pools in Azure Synapse Analytics

Bob Ward
Anshul Rampal

170

Near Real Time Data Analytics with ADF

Sunil Sabat

30

New Enterprise-Friendly Features for SSIS in Azure Data Factory

Sandy Winarko

55

Unified Data Governance with Azure Purview

Gaurav Malhotra

78

Azure Synapse Analytics: Overview, Updates, & Roadmap

Saveen Reddy

40

Azure SQL readiness assessment and migration from Azure Data Studio

Mohamed Kabiruddin
Rajesh Setlem

92

Discover, assess Azure SQL readiness of SQL Server data estate at scale using Azure Migrate service

Raj Pochiraju
Ajay Jagannathan

88

Database Modernization Best Practices & Lessons Harvested from Customer Engagements

Raj Pochiraju
Mukesh Kumar

94

Modernize your Oracle workloads to Azure SQL

Alexandra Ciortea

198

Inside the Memory of SQL

Bob Ward

116

What's New in SQL Tools for Developers

Drew Skwiers-Koballa
Alan Yu

79

SQL Server on Linux- Deployments made easy!

Amit Khandelwal

285

SQL Stateful Containers on Kubernetes with Helm!

Amit Khandelwal

115

Understanding and designing HA/DR solutions in SQL Server

Kevin Farlee

72

Migrate Your MySQL and PostgreSQL Databases to Azure

Arun Thiagarajan

36

Modernize your open-source database workloads with Flexible Server for the Azure Database for Postgres and MySQL

Sridhar Ranganathan
Bashar Hussein

142

PowerBI Vision, strategy and roadmap

Patrick LeBlanc

160

Designing for high performance in Power BI

Siva Harinath
Philip Seamark

28

10 superb tips about Azure Data Factory

Abhishek Narain

91

Scaling database workloads with Azure SQL Hyperscale

Sanjay Mishra
Dimitri Furman

115

Azure Synapse Analytics: AI, Synapse Link, and Microsoft Business Applications

Josh Caplan

78

Azure Databricks for AI and Analytics

Bhanu Prakash

55

Run Microsoft Azure Arc enabled data services anywhere

Bapi Chakraborty

83

Fast GDPR compliance

Yuli Stremovsky

63

Azure Database for MYSQL – Flexible Server

Sravani Saluru

97

Enterprise data governance with Azure Purview

Richard Conway

89

Top 13 best security practices for Azure

Radu Vunvulea

22

Best Practices Using Power BI datasets in Paginated Reports -

Parv Chana

31

Remote Work and Certifications

Oluwaseyi Oluwawumiju

33

Delta Lake with Azure Databricks - Let's build a reliable Data Lake!

Mohit Batra

135

Power BI Tips to increase your productivity

Mohammed Adnan

83

Microsoft latest Web UI technology, Blazor, working with Azure SQL Azure database in cloud

Ming Man Chan

45

Test Driven Database Development

Magnus Ahlkvist

98

NoSQL For The SQL DBAs & Developers

Jean Joseph

68

Tips and Tricks to Modernize Power BI Paginated Reports

Hariharan Rajendran

92

Backup Options for SQL Server in Azure

Frank Gill

25

Knowing and Controlling Your Azure Spend

Dustin Dorsey

17

Power BI: Using streaming for real-time data

Dennes Torres

48

Feeding the Modern Data Warehouse

Christian Cote

153

Working with Azure SQL DB Serverless

Carlos Lopez

59

DBAs getting more done in less time with PowerShell

Ben Miller

52

Intro to Azure Data Service and Azure Synapse Analytics

Balram Prasad

47

Power BI scenarios for automated monitoring

Andrea Martorana Tusa

151

Advanced Conditional Formatting in Power BI

Adewale Yusuf

232

Get to know the latest & coolest features in “Azure SQL Database Hyperscale”

Pooja Kamath
Balmukund Lakhani

134

Enabling Data with Azure Arc

Daman Kaur

68

AI: Powering New Possibilities with Indian Languages

Shaily Goel

78

Machine Translation – Empowering users and organization to be more productive by minimizing the language barrier

Charan Mohan

45

See how Decision AI can boost decision Intelligence organizations for better business outcomes

Neta Haiby

23

Microsoft Azure AI – Computer Vision

Varsha Parthasarathy

26

NLP Capabilities with Azure Cognitive Services.

Disha Agarwal

81

Build your first recommendation engine using AWS Personalize with Zero ML experience

Sandip Pani

40

Analysing text with Azure Cognitive Services for Language

Parashar Shah

97

Data Platform Confusion: What are viable Data Platform Options when considering Azure from On-Prem?

Charley Hanania

103

Getting more realistic texting into your database DevOps process with Flyway and Spawn

Grant Fritchey
Santiago Arias

43

DBAmp: Integrate Salesforce and SQL Server with Real-Time Bidirectional Connectivity

Jerod Johnson

22

Salesforce & QuickBooks Integration to SQL Server via SSIS

Jerod Johnson

9

Analyze Live Snowflake Data with SQL Server Analysis Services

Jerod Johnson

9

Protecting Data from Disasters and Ransomware

Anthony Nocentino
Argenis Fernandez

13

How Storage Systems Work With SQL Server

Anthony Nocentino
Argenis Fernandez

18

Power Up Copy Data Management for SQL Server with New Integrations

Robert Quimby

35

Automation with SQL, PowerShell, & Interactive Notebooks

Mike Nelson

165

Doing IoT from Scratch – how we deliver successful IoT projects

Ben Kettner

86

An IoT application built on Azure Platform services, what to use and where to use it – an architectural guide

Ben Kettner

11

 

 

Registrations

 

Key Highlights

·        DPS 2021 was free for the worldwide data community.

·        Session recordings are freely available to the worldwide data community.

·        373.22% growth recorded.

 

 

Women Participation

 

Key Highlights

·        Special efforts were put in to reach out women data professionals.

·        267.80% growth recorded.

 

 

Country-wise Participation

 

Key Highlights

·        Total number of countries: 94

 

 LIVE Attendance Stats

 

Key Highlights

·        Fueled with higher registration, LIVE attendance shot up considerably.

·        232.93% growth recorded.

 

 

Experience-Wise Breakup

 


 

Key Highlights

·        DPS continues to command experienced audience.

·        Yet, we saw a decent growth in 0 to 2 years category.

 

Industry-Wise Breakup

  

Job Function-wise Breakup

 

Corporate Participation Stats

 

Key Highlights

·        850+ companies participated from 90+ nations.

·        Microsoft Practices from top SIs joined DPS 2021.

·        Strong partnership with local Microsoft subsidiaries.

·        60% growth recorded.

 

Speaker Stats

 

Key Highlights

·        Speakers from 28+ countries – our most diverse speaker participation ever.

·        27.5% new speakers.

·        32% Women Speakers.

 

Appendix I - DPS 2021 SPEAKERS

 

S.L. No.

Speaker Name

Country

1

Abhishek Narain

China

2

Adewale Yusuf

Nigeria

3

Aditya Badramraju

United States

4

Ajay Jagannathan

United States

5

Alain Dormehl

United States

6

Alan Yu

United States

7

Alex Yates

United Kingdom

8

Alexandra Ciortea

Romania

9

Alpa Buddhabhatti

United Kingdom

10

Ameena Lalani

United States

11

Amit Bansal

India

12

Amit Khandelwal

India

13

Andrea Martorana Tusa

Denmark

14

Andreas Erben

United States

15

Andreas Wolter

United States

16

Andrew Pruski

Ireland

17

Anna Hoffman

United States

18

Anshul Rampal

United States

19

Anthony E Nocentino

United States

20

Arun Thiagarajan

United States

21

Balmukund Lakhani

India

22

Balram Prasad

United States

23

Bapi Chakraborty

India

24

Bashar Hussein

United States

25

Ben Miller

United States

26

Ben Weissman

Germany

27

Benjamin Kettner

Germany

28

Bhanu Prakash

United States

29

Bob Duffy

Ireland

30

Bob Pusateri

United States

31

Bob Ward

United States

32

Buck Woody

United States

33

Carlos Lopez

Guatemala

34

Charan Mohan

India

35

Charley Hanania

Switzerland

36

Chris ADKIN

United Kingdom

37

Christian Cote

Canada

38

Craig Bryden

Australia

39

Daman Kaur

India

40

Daron Yondem

Turkey

41

David Alzamendi

Australia

42

David Pless

United States

43

David Trigano

Israel

44

Deepthi Goguri

United States

45

Dejan Sarka

Slovenia

46

Dennes Torres

Malta

47

Denzil Ribeiro

United States

48

Dinakar Nethi

United States

49

Disha Agarwal

India

50

Drew Skwiers-Koballa

United States

51

Dustin Dorsey

United States

52

Emily Lisa

United States

53

Erland Sommarskog

Sweden

54

Ferenc Csonka

Hungary

55

Frank Gill

United States

56

Gaurav Malhotra

United States

57

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Australia

58

Grant Fritchey

United States

59

Hariharan Rajendran

India

60

Hasan Savran

United States

61

Hugo Kornelis

Netherlands

62

James Broome

United Kingdom

63

Jason Anderson

United States

64

Jason Hunt

United States

65

Jean Joseph

United States

66

Jennifer Stirrup

United Kingdom

67

Jorge Maia

Brazil

68

Josephine Bush

United States

69

Josh Caplan

United States

70

Julie Koesmarno

United States

71

Kathi Kellenberger

United States

72

Kay Sauter

Switzerland

73

Kevin Chant

Netherlands

74

Kevin Farlee

United States

75

Kevin Feasel

United States

76

Leonard Lobel

United States

77

Leslie Andrews

United States

78

Linda Wang

China

79

Lindsey Allen

United States

80

Louis Imershein

United States

81

Magnus Ahlkvist

Sweden

82

Mara Steiu

United States

83

Marisa Brasile

United States

84

Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

Austria

85

Matt Gordon

United States

86

Michael Makhlevich

Israel

87

Michelle Gutzait

Canada

88

Mike Carlo

United States

89

Mike Nelson

United States

90

Ming Man Chan

Malaysia

91

Mohamed Kabiruddin

United States

92

Mohammed Adnan

India

93

Mohit Batra

India

94

Mukesh Kumar

United States

95

Neil Hambly

United Kingdom

96

Neta Haiby

United States

97

Nevena Nikolic

Serbia

98

Niels Berglund

South Africa

99

Niko Neugebauer

Portugal

100

Nikola Ilic

Austria

101

Oluwaseyi Oluwawumiju

Nigeria

102

Pam Lahoud

United States

103

Parashar Shah

United States

104

Parv Chana

Canada

105

Patrick LeBlanc

United States

106

Paul Ou Yang

United States

107

Pedro Lopes

United States

108

Philip Seamark

New Zealand

109

Pooja Kamath

India

110

Pragati Jain

United Kingdom

111

Radu Vunvulea

Romania

112

Raj Pochiraju

United States

113

Rajesh Setlem

United States

114

Reid Havens

United States

115

Richard Conway

United Kingdom

116

Robert Quimby

United States

117

Rishabh Gaur

India

118

Roberto Bustos

United States

119

Sander Stad

Netherlands

120

Sandip Pani

India

121

Sandy Winarko

China

122

Saveen Reddy

United States

123

Shaily Goel

India

124

Siva Harinath

United States

125

Sourabh Agarwal

United States

126

Sravani Saluru

India

127

Sridhar Ranganathan

United States

128

Sunil Kamath

United States

129

Sunil Sabat

United States

130

Taiob Ali

United States

131

Tammy Guns

United States

132

Thimantha Vidanagamage

Sri Lanka

133

Thomas Grohser

United States

134

Tom Martens

Germany

135

Torsten Strauss

Germany

136

Uwe Ricken

Germany

137

Varsha Parthasarathy

United States

138

Vasiya Krishnan

United States

139

Vicky Harp

United States

140

Vitor Fava

Brazil

141

Vitor Pombeiro

Portugal

142

Vitor Tomaz

Portugal

143

Warner Chaves

Canada

144

Wee Hyong Tok

United States

145

Will Velida

New Zealand

146

Wolfgang Strasser

Austria

147

Yuli Stremovsky

Israel

148

Jerod Johnson

United States

149

Argenis Fernandez

United States

 

Appendix II - Training Classes

 

Pre-Conference Training Classes @ DPS 2021 (September 8 & 9)

1

10 Rules a database developer must know by Uwe Ricken

2

Synapse Analytics - From data ingestion to visualization by Wolfgang Strasser Azure

3

Demystifying Design Principles and Building Impactful Reports in Power BI by Reid Havens

4

Execution plans in depth by Hugo Kornelis

5

An end to end migration and modernization journey of your applications and workloads to Azure by Microsoft (Ajay Jagannathan, Raj Pochiraju, Rajesh Setlem, Alexandra Ciortea, Mohamed Kabiruddin)

6

Getting the Best Out of SQL Managed Instance in 2021 by Microsoft (Niko Neugebauer, Vitor Tomaz, Vitor Pombeiro, Nevena Nikolic)

7

Data engineering best practices using Azure Data Factory by Microsoft (Abhishek Narain, Sunil Sabat, Linda Wang)

 

Post-Conference Training Classes @ DPS 2021 (September 20 & 21)

1

Big Data & Analytics With SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster by Niels Berglund

2

PowerShell for the DBA - Let's Do It! by Ben Miller

3

SQL Server Performance Tuning – Fast Track by Amit Bansal

4

The Future of Deployment for Modern Data Platform Applications by Ben Weissman & Anthony E Nocentino

5

It's Time To Learn DAX by Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

 

Appendix III - General Sessions

 

S.L. No.

Speaker Name

Session Title

1

Kevin Feasel

Getting Beyond the Basics with Azure Machine Learning

2

Leonard Lobel

Building Event-Driven Microservices with the Azure Cosmos DB Change Feed

3

Uwe Ricken

Simplify data management with partitioning

4

Louis Imershein

Monitoring SQL Server on Linux performance with Performance Co-Pilot and Grafana

5

Alex Yates

Zero downtime database deployments

6

Dejan Sarka

Business Analysis with T-SQL

7

Pragati Jain

Conditional Formatting Tricks in Power BI

8

Josephine Bush

How to Audit SQL Server for Free

9

Vitor Fava

How to achieve the best performance and scalability on your Azure SQL Database using the Hyperscale

10

James Broome

Insight Discovery - how to define business requirements for a successful cloud data & analytics project

11

Daron Yondem

The ML Hero’s Secret Weapon: AutoML

12

Paul Ou Yang

Querying Azure Log Analytics with Kusto

13

Nikola Ilic

Power BI Performance - 7 deadly sins!

14

Bob Pusateri

An Hour of SQL Server Big Data Clusters Demos

15

Jason Hunt

Becoming a Person of Influence

16

Ferenc Csonka

Tips & Tricks for creating Paginated Reports based on Power BI datasets

17

Chris ADKIN

Building a Production Environment for Azure Arc enabled Data Services

18

Grant Fritchey

Azure DevOps and Database Deployment Automation

19

Mike Carlo

No Code Custom Visuals in Charticulator

20

Thomas Grohser

Using clustered columnstore indexes efficently

21

Craig Bryden

Govern Power BI and the rest of your data estate with Azure Purview

22

Hugo Kornelis

Now where did THAT estimate come from?

23

Tammy Guns

Bad Decisions Revealed: How our Emotional Brain Wins Over our Thinking Brain Every Single Time!

24

Michelle Gutzait

Help!! My SQL Server database is not performing well!

25

Torsten Strauss

Parallelism in Microsoft SQL Server

26

Warner Chaves

Building a Data Lake with Azure Synapse Analytics

27

Erland Sommarskog

All You Wanted to Know About Collations

28

Hasan Savran

Starting with Azure SQL Edge on Raspberry Pi

29

Kathi Kellenberger

Getting Started with Extended Events

30

Deepthi Goguri

Getting started with Query Store

31

Andrew Pruski

Docker Deep Dive

32

Gilbert Quevauvilliers

Quicker, faster and easier Power BI datasets using Power BI Premium Per User/Premium

33

Benjamin Kettner

Serverless Azure data handling

34

Taiob Ali

SQL Assessment - Microsoft's Best Practices Checker

35

Jorge Maia

IoT Data: From Edge to Cloud - OPC/UA data Journey using Azure IoT Environment

36

Will Velida

Data Modelling in Azure Cosmos DB

37

Bob Duffy

EDW Automation and Design Best Practices

38

Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

From Report to Interactive Data Application with Power BI

39

Niels Berglund

How to do Real-Time Analytics Using Apache Kafka and Azure Data Explorer

40

Matt Gordon

The Data Talks Back: Speech & Language AI for the Data Professional

41

David Alzamendi

Data Lakehouse Architecture with Azure Synapse Analytics

42

Thimantha Vidanagamage

Power BI: Modernizing Obsolete Semantic Models

43

Tom Martens

Power BI Universe - Mapping the hive

44

Wolfgang Strasser

Why Data Governance is important and how you can start immediately with Azure Purview

45

Kevin Chant
Sander Stad

Enough of the Azure Pipeline GUI demos for Data Platform deployments

46

Andreas Erben

Vision in Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services

47

Alpa Buddhabhatti

Azure Function for Everyone.

48

Leslie Andrews

Azure Data Factory for Beginners: Let's Make some Data

49

Kay Sauter

Automated provisioning of SQL Server VMs on Azure

50

Ameena Lalani

Benefits of Installing IaaS Agent Extension on Azure SQL VM

51

Dinakar Nethi

Azure Arc enabled data services

52

Alain Dormehl
Mara Steiu

Data Replication in Azure SQL and Beyond

53

Alain Dormehl
Anna Hoffman

Let's talk Monitoring !

54

Andreas Wolter

Latest Access Control enhancements in Azure SQL

55

Roberto Bustos
Emily Lisa

Azure SQL Database High availability & Disaster recovery

56

Pedro Lopes

What's new in Azure's path to an Intelligent Database

57

Jason Anderson

Protecting your data from tampering with Azure SQL Database ledger

58

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju
Rajesh Setlem

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines Reimagined: Overview

59

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines Reimagined: Sizing Deep Dive

60

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines Reimagined: Storage Deep Dive

61

Julie Koesmarno
Alan Yu

Notebooks deep dive session

62

David Trigano
Michael Makhlevich

Protect your SQL assets anywhere with Azure Defender for SQL

63

Bob Ward
Niko Neugebauer

Inside Azure SQL Managed Instance

64

Anna Hoffman

What’s new in Azure SQL

65

Anna Hoffman

Develop serverless, full stack apps with Azure SQL

66

Sourabh Agarwal
Vasiya Krishnan

Azure SQL Edge : Real-time analysis of IoT Data

67

Wee Hyong Tok
Linda Wang

What's new with Azure Data Factory

68

Bob Ward
Anshul Rampal

Inside Serverless SQL pools in Azure Synapse Analytics

69

Sunil Sabat

Near Real Time Data Analytics with ADF

70

Sandy Winarko

New Enterprise-Friendly Features for SSIS in Azure Data Factory

71

Gaurav Malhotra

Unified Data Governance with Azure Purview

72

Saveen Reddy

Azure Synapse Analytics: Overview, Updates, & Roadmap

73

Mohamed Kabiruddin
Rajesh Setlem

Azure SQL readiness assessment and migration from Azure Data Studio

74

Raj Pochiraju
Ajay Jagannathan

Discover, assess Azure SQL readiness of SQL Server data estate at scale using Azure Migrate service

75

Raj Pochiraju
Mukesh Kumar

Database Modernization Best Practices & Lessons Harvested from Customer Engagements

76

Alexandra Ciortea

Modernize your Oracle workloads to Azure SQL

77

Bob Ward

Inside the Memory of SQL

78

Drew Skwiers-Koballa
Alan Yu

What's New in SQL Tools for Developers

79

Amit Khandelwal

SQL Server on Linux- Deployments made easy!

80

Amit Khandelwal

SQL Stateful Containers on Kubernetes with Helm!

81

Kevin Farlee

Understanding and designing HA/DR solutions in SQL Server

82

Arun Thiagarajan

Migrate Your MySQL and PostgreSQL Databases to Azure

83

Sridhar Ranganathan
Bashar Hussein

Modernize your open-source database workloads with Flexible Server for the Azure Database for Postgres and MySQL

84

Patrick LeBlanc

PowerBI Vision, strategy and roadmap

85

Siva Harinath
Philip Seamark

Designing for high performance in Power BI

86

Abhishek Narain

10 superb tips about Azure Data Factory

87

Denzil Ribeiro

Scaling database workloads with Azure SQL Hyperscale

88

Bapi Chakraborty

Run Microsoft Azure Arc enabled data services anywhere

89

Josh Caplan

Azure Synapse Analytics: AI, Synapse Link, and Microsoft Business Applications

90

Bhanu Prakash

Azure Databricks for AI and Analytics

91

Yuli Stremovsky

Fast GDPR compliance

92

Sravani Saluru

Azure Database for MYSQL – Flexible Server

93

Richard Conway

Enterprise data governance with Azure Purview

94

Radu Vunvulea

Top 13 best security practices for Azure

95

Parv Chana

Best Practices Using Power BI datasets in Paginated Reports -

96

Oluwaseyi Oluwawumiju

Remote Work and Certifications

97

Mohit Batra

Delta Lake with Azure Databricks - Let's build a reliable Data Lake!

98

Mohammed Adnan

Power BI Tips to increase your productivity

99

Ming Man Chan

Microsoft latest Web UI technology, Blazor, working with Azure SQL Azure database in cloud

100

Magnus Ahlkvist

Test Driven Database Development

101

Jean Joseph

NoSQL For The SQL DBAs & Developers

102

Hariharan Rajendran

Tips and Tricks to Modernize Power BI Paginated Reports

103

Frank Gill

Backup Options for SQL Server in Azure

104

Dustin Dorsey

Knowing and Controlling Your Azure Spend

105

Dennes Torres

Power BI: Using streaming for real-time data

106

Christian Cote

Feeding the Modern Data Warehouse

107

Carlos Lopez

Working with Azure SQL DB Serverless

108

Ben Miller

DBAs getting more done in less time with PowerShell

109

Balram Prasad

Intro to Azure Data Service and Azure Synapse Analytics

110

Andrea Martorana Tusa

Power BI scenarios for automated monitoring

111

Adewale Yusuf

Advanced Conditional Formatting in Power BI

112

Pooja Kamath
Balmukund Lakhani

Get to know the latest & coolest features in “Azure SQL Database Hyperscale

113

Daman Kaur

Enabling Data with Azure Arc

114

Shaily Goel

AI: Powering New Possibilities with Indian Languages

115

Charan Mohan

Machine Translation – Empowering users and organization to be more productive by minimizing the language barrier

116

Neta Haiby

See how Decision AI can boost decision Intelligence organizations for better business outcomes

117

Varsha Parthasarathy

Microsoft Azure AI – Computer Vision

118

Disha Agarwal

NLP Capabilities with Azure Cognitive Services.

119

Sandip Pani

Build your first recommendation engine using AWS Personalize with Zero ML experience

120

Parashar Shah

Analysing text with Azure Cognitive Services for Language

121

Charley Hanania

Data Platform Confusion: What are viable Data Platform Options when considering Azure from On-Prem?

122

Grant Fritchey
Santiago Arias

Getting more realistic texting into your database DevOps process with Flyway and Spawn

123

Jerod Johnson

DBAmp: Integrate Salesforce and SQL Server with Real-Time Bidirectional Connectivity

124

Jerod Johnson

Salesforce & QuickBooks Integration to SQL Server via SSIS

125

Jerod Johnson

Analyze Live Snowflake Data with SQL Server Analysis Services

126

Anthony Nocentino
Argenis Fernandez

Protecting Data from Disasters and Ransomware

127

Anthony Nocentino
Argenis Fernandez

How Storage Systems Work With SQL Server

128

Robert Quimby

Power Up Copy Data Management for SQL Server with New Integrations

129

Mike Nelson

Automation with SQL, PowerShell, & Interactive Notebooks

130

Ben Kettner

Doing IoT from Scratch – how we deliver successful IoT projects

131

Ben Kettner

An IoT application built on Azure Platform services, what to use and where to use it – an architectural guide

 

Appendix IV - Data + AI Gurukul

 

S.L. No.

Topic

Speaker

1

Data Science and Machine Learning

Kevin Feasel

2

SQL Server Security

Dejan Sarka

3

SQL Server Auditing

Josephine Bush

4

Serverless AI  

Daron Yondem

5

Power BI

Nikola Ilic

6

SQL Server Big Data Clusters

Bob Pusateri

7

SQL Server on-prem or in the Cloud

Michelle Gutzait

8

Cloud Data Platforms

Warner Chaves

9

Programming and systems development with T-SQL

Erland Sommarskog

10

T-SQL 

Kathi Kellenberger

11

Monitor Azure SQL Database                                   

Taiob Ali

12

Power BI

Markus Ehrenmueller-Jensen

13

Power BI

Tom Martens

14

Azure Data Factory

Alpa Buddhabhatti

15

SQL Server

Kay Sauter

16

Azure SQL DB, MI and VM

Ameena Lalani

17

SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machines

Pam Lahoud
David Pless
Aditya Badramraju

18

Everything SQL

Bob Ward

19

SSIS in ADF

Sandy Winarko

20

SQL Server on Linux/Containers and Kubernetes

Amit Khandelwal

21

Anything Power BI

Parv Chana

22

Azure Synapse Analytics

Mohit Batra

23

Power BI

Mohammed Adnan

24

Microsoft latest Web UI technology, Blazor, working with Azure SQL database in cloud

Ming Man Chan

25

Power BI 

Hariharan Rajendran

26

Azure Cost Management/ Azure Data

Dustin Dorsey

27

Power BI

Andrea Martorana Tusa

28

Azure Machine Learning

Neil Hambly

29

Azure Synapse Analytics

James Broome

30

Azure Synapse Analytics

David Alzamendi

31

Azure Cognitive Services Speech and Language

Matt Gordon

32

Azure Database for PostgreSQL, MySQL – Flexible Server

Sridhar Ranganathan
Bashar Hussein

33

Azure Data Factory

Sunil Sabat

34

Tentative topic: Azure Arc Enabled Services

Dinakar Nethi

35

Data Modeling

Leslie Andrews

36

Power BI Governance

Augustin Dokoza Bukvic

37

Unified Data Governance with Azure Purview

Gaurav Malhotra

38

Modernize Your Oracle Workloads to Azure SQL

Alexandra Ciortea

39

Azure IoT

Jorge Maia

40

SQL Server HA/DR

Kevin Farlee

 

Appendix V – Meet The DPS Team

 

https://youtu.be/IW7FAYC8zro