Balmukund is currently working as a Senior Program Manager with Azure SQL Database team, based in Bengaluru. He has a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering and 20+ years of industry experience. As a Program Manager he helps customers succeed on Azure SQL platform by building the next set of industry-leading features and capabilities that will delight them. He engages deeply with support team, partners, field team and customers to help them unblock adopt Azure SQL technology. He also gathers feedback from various channels about application patterns and usage of Azure SQL platform, and works towards defining the strategy, roadmap and improvements for the product. During his 17+ years long journey with Microsoft, he has helped tons of customers to fix issues via various roles in support and field. In 2012, he co-authored a book on SQL Server Always On when the feature was released in SQL Server.