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oPASS/MagicPASS October 2014 Meeting - SQL Server vNext

Andy Warren

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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OPASS/MagicPASS Joint Meeting - Featuring MS General Manager Mark Souza

Special Meeting Location

This month we're conducing our meeting at Nova Southeastern University near Millenia Mall in Orlando.  Doors will open at 5:30 pm, our meeting will begin at 6:00 pm, and our speaker will begin the presentation at 6:45 and is expected to run until 9 pm. Light dinner will be provided.

Tonight's Topic - SQL Server vNext From Mark Souza, General Manager, Cloud and Enterprise Engineering Team at Microsoft (NDA Required!)

Because Mark will be talking about strategy and feature of the next version of SQL Server, attendees must agree to not disclose information from the presentation. No photos or recordings will be allowed during the meeting

Mark has spent 20+ years with Microsoft SQL Server team. He started the SQLCAT team in 2000 and today manages the SQL Server, Developer Division and Azure Core CAT teams called AzureCAT. Mark’s CAT teams have designed, built and deployed most of the largest applications running on SQL Server worldwide and many of the largest Microsoft Azure projects in production. Mark’s style is to take the discussion for the user group in the direction the audience wants to take it. He will come prepared to discuss the following and more:

  • Share some real world experiences with Big Data – APS, Hadoop, etc. and where MSFT is going?
  • Talk about what the cloud means to the SQL Server world. Is it real? Is it time? What is different?
  • Share new engineering methodologies: new release cadence, developing with scale and HA up front, thinking about low cost during development, etc.
  • Bring your own topics!

He promises you will learn something you already didn’t know.

Expect this to be a very technical and very interesting presentation and discussion. Because Mark will be talking about strategy and feature of the next version of SQL Server, attendees must agree to not disclose information from the presentation. No photos or records will be allowed during the meeting

About Mark Souza

Mark Souza

Mark Souza is a General Manager in the Microsoft Data Platform Group. He is responsible for all Customer/Partner interaction, Content and Community for the data platform products at Microsoft: Middleware, Database and Cloud. Using Customer Experiences he ensures the DPG division is building and shipping products that customers need to build enterprise class solutions. He is responsible for building the best, most vibrant technical community in the world. He also ensures that the Data Platform community has the highest quality content at their fingertips at the time they need it.

Mr. Souza has thirty years in the Information Technology business has consisted of database administration, end-user tool management, systems engineering database specialist/lead, client/server architect, Microsoft regional data technology specialist, SQL Server development customer advisory team and most recently general manager of customer, content and community. He has a Masters Degree in MIS from Marist College and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife Lisa of 26 years and three beautiful children (Andrew 19, Megan 17 and Jennifer 15). He also enjoys reading, running, sports and attending Broadway shows in his spare time.

About oPASS/MagicPASS

oPASS and MagicPASS are both official Chapters of the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS). oPASS meets each month in the Lake Mary area and MagicPASS meets monthly in Celebration. The groups combine their efforts for special events, in particular SQLSaturday Orlando.

Have questions about oPASS/MagicPASS October 2014 Meeting - SQL Server vNext? Contact Andy Warren

When & Where


Nova Southeastern University
4850 Millenia Blvd
Orlando, FL 32839

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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