Gail Shaw is a database consultant from Johannesburg, South Africa, specializing in performance tuning and database optimization. Before moving to consulting, she worked at a large South African investment bank and was responsible for the performance of the major systems there. Gail is a frequent poster on the SQLServerCentral.com forums and writes for Simple-Talk. She has presented multiple times at Microsoft TechEd Africa and PASS Summit. She was named a SQL Server MVP in July 2008.