Program Manager, Microsoft
Michael Rys is Principal Program Manager in the SQL Server RDBMS team. He is responsible for the Beyond Relational Data and Services scenario, which includes unstructured and semi-structured data management, search, Spatial, XML, and more. He has been program manager for the XML features in SQL Server 2000 to 2008, including FOR XML, the XML data type, and XQuery, and for Spatial Indexing in SQL Server 2008. He also represents Microsoft Corp. in the W3C XML Query working group and the ANSI SQL standardization effort.
Michael joined Microsoft in 1998 after performing research in the areas of object-oriented and semi-structured databases, multi-level transaction management, and distributed heterogeneous information integration at Stanford University (as post-doc) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.