Sri Sridharan

Sri Sridharan currently serves as President of the North Texas SQL Server User Group and has been on its Board for 6 years. He works for GNET Group as Director – South Central Region, US, and holds a BS in Physics, a MS in MIS, and an MBA in Finance.

Involved with SQL Server since version 4.2, Sri has held various positions over the years, including developer, DBA, architect, pre-sales. He has huge input as part of the SQL Insiders team at Microsoft and played a key role in influencing the development team with investing in features/tools such as TDE & MAPS in SQL Server 2008.

Over the past few years, Sri has successfully helped lead the North Texas SQL Server User Group in the following areas:

  • Increasing chapter membership.
  • Increasing physical attendance at meetings by 3X in the last 3 years.
  • First chapter to ever run a BI-focused SQLSaturday, with it second BI SQLSaturday scheduled for Oct. 13, 2012. Now PASS is moving to host a Business Analytics conference.
  • Delivering three SQLSaturday events within a 12-month timeframe.
  • Achieving financial stability for the chapter.
  • Campaigning to bring PASS SQLRally to Dallas.
  • Co-leading the May 2012 SQLRally Dallas event and serving on its program committee.


These qualifications and experiences uniquely position Sri to provide a different perspective, be a visionary, and bring a fresh mind to the PASS Board.

Platform

I feel that there is a disconnect between the PASS organization and its chapters. A regular member of a chapter does not understand the role of “PASS," and there is not much motivation for them to care about it. I want people to think of PASS as an organization that helps with their SQL careers. If I can get one thing accomplished, I want to put the right strategy and execution process in place that makes people care about PASS.

I would also like to transform the culture of the organization to be more feedback- and community-driven. I want people vested in PASS and to really play a big role in shaping the organization. I am not talking about the person who attends the PASS Summit once a year and vanishes. I am talking about people like you (the reader), volunteers at PASS events such as SQLSaturday and SQLRally, Chapter Leaders, chapter board members, RMs, and MVPs taking on a bigger role in shaping the next-gen PASS.

At the end of the day, I want every member to be able to tell that PASS has influenced their careers and that they are more successful today because of PASS, whether it comes in the form of education and/or networking. This is one of the key reasons I am running for a position on the PASS Board of Directors.

A lot of great foundational work is done, but I believe PASS has the opportunity to be more effective and more agile.

Career Highlights
  • 1994 - Finished Bachelor's Degree and started working as a developer and on Master's program
  • 1996 - Finished Master's Degree in CIS
  • 1997-99 - DBA (Consultant) at New England Funds and Pioneer Funds in Boston, MA
  • 2001 - Sr. DBA (Consultant) at El Paso Energy Corp.
  • 2003 - Joined Microsoft Corporation as a contractor in CSS
  • 2004 - Full-time job at Microsoft Corporation as a Technology Specialist Professional
  • 2005 - Joined the North Texas SQL Server User Group Board
  • 2009 - Joined VHA Corp as a Data Architect
  • 2009 - Became President of the North Texas SQL Server User Group
  • 2010-11 - Organized three SQLSaturday events in a 12-month period (one was BI focused)
  • May 2012 - Co-led SQLRally Dallas with PASS HQ
  • July 2012 - Joined GNet Group as Director - South Central
  • Oct 2012 - Second SQLSaturday BI Edition scheduled