Niels is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and works as Software Architect at Derivco in Durban South Africa. He develops software as well as "dreaming" up new and innovative ways to use existing and new technologies. Before joining Derivco, Niels worked as researcher/instructor at Developmentor, where he was responsible for the database curriculum. Niels has been working with SQL Server since SQL Server 4.2, and co-authored the first SQL Server 2005 book for developers: "A First Look at SQL 2005 for Developers". He is a sought after presenter at technology conferences and has presented at, amongst others: Tech-ED, SQL PASS, DevWeek, SQL Bits, SQL Saturday, etc.