Keynote Speakers

Day 1 Keynote | Day 2 Keynote | WIT Luncheon Keynote

Day 1 Keynote

T.K. "Ranga" Rengarajan
Corporate Vice President
Data Platform, Cloud & Enterprise
Microsoft Corporation


James Phillips
General Manager
Power BI
Microsoft Corporation


Joseph Sirosh
Corporate Vice President
Information Management & Machine Learning
Microsoft Corporation
Wednesday, November 5, 8:15am - 9:45am

Evolving Microsoft’s Data Platform – The Journey to Cloud Continues
Data is the new currency and businesses are hungrier than ever to harness its power to transform and accelerate their business. A recent IDC study shows that business that are investing in harnessing the power of their data will capture a portion of the expected $1.6 trillion dollar top line revenue growth over the coming four years. SQL Server and the broader Microsoft data platform with the help of the PASS community are driving this data transformation in organizations of all sizes across the globe to capture this revenue opportunity.

In this session you will hear from the Microsoft Data Platform engineering leadership team about recent innovations and the journey ahead for Microsoft’s data platform. Learn first-hand how customers are accelerating their business through the many innovations included in SQL Server 2014 from ground breaking in-memory technologies to new highly efficient hybrid cloud scenarios. See how customers are revolutionizing their business with new insights using Power BI and Azure Machine Learning and Azure HDInsight services. Learn about the investments were are making Microsoft Azure across IAAS and PAAS to make it the best cloud hosting service for your database applications.

Watch the Keynote on PASStv HERE.

Day 2 Keynote

Rimma Nehme
Senior Research Engineer
Microsoft Jim Gray Systems Lab

Thursday, November 6, 8:15am - 9:45am

Keynote: Cloud Databases 101

Cloud computing has emerged as an extremely successful paradigm for deploying applications. Scalability, elasticity, pay-per-use pricing, and economies of scale are some of the major reasons for the successful and widespread adoption of cloud. A cloud database is a type of database service that is built, deployed and delivered through a cloud platform. In this talk, I’ll give rapid introduction to cloud databases: what they are, where they came from, how they are implemented, and give a rough taxonomy. We'll look at some of the specific examples of the cloud databases running out there in the wild and the latest state-of-the-art cloud database research.

Watch the Keynote on PASStv HERE.

WIT Luncheon Keynote

Kimberly Bryant

Black Girls CODE

Thursday, November 6 - 11:45am - 1:15pm

WIT luncheon speaker Kimberly Bryant, an electrical engineer working in biotech, was inspired by her daughter in 2011 to launch the non-profit Black Girls CODE (BGC), with the mission of supporting and promoting the underrepresented female and African demographic (25% and 3%, respectively, in 2012) within the technology industry. BGC has grown to 3,000 students across 7 US states as well as in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received support from numerous companies both within and outside of the technology industry. Kimberly will be taking questions from the onsite audience and from Twitter during the Nov. 6 live-stream event, hosted by PASS’s WIT Chapter and sponsored by SQL Sentry.

“The motto of Black Girls CODE is ‘Imagine. Build. Create,’” Kimberly notes. “I can’t wait to share with the PASS WIT and data communities how we can all imagine a world where everyone is given the tools to succeed, and get even more data professionals involved in building ways for everyone to access information and create a new age of women and women of color in technology.”

Learn more about Black Girls Code: watch this MSNBC interview with Kimberly Bryant.

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Watch the Luncheon on PASStv HERE.