The Authors

Dave Ballantyne
Windows Functions in SQL Server 2012
Dave is a freelance SQL Server database developer/designer and has been working in the IT field for over 20 years, the past 15 of which has been specializing within SQL Server environment. Dave is a regular speaker at UK events such as SQL Bits and user groups. He also is founder of the SQLLunch User Group.
John Barnett
Using Database Mail to E-Mail enable your SQL Server
John has been working in IT now for over 15 years. Over this time he’s had a variety of roles in the public and private sector. Responsibilities have included database administration, system administration and applications support and development.
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Diana Dee
SQL Server Security 101
Diana is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who has taught Microsoft courses to IT professionals and college students since 1996. She has revised and developed database design, administration, and querying courses for an on-line University and for a major training company. She had presented at five SQL Saturdays (so far).
Kevin Feasel
SQL Injection: How it Works and How to Thwart it
Kevin Feasel is a database administrator at American Health Holding, a subsidiary of Aetna, where he specializes in SSIS development, performance tuning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He can be found cycling the trails of Durham, North Carolina whenever the weather’s nice enough.
Tara Kizer
Performance Tuning with SQL Trace and Extended Events
Tara Kizer has been using SQL Server since 1996 and became a Database Administrator in 1999. She supports mission critical systems with high performance and high availability requirements and has been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP since July of 2007. She is a member at where she posts under the member name tkizer.
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Chuck Lathrope
Taming Transactional Replication
Chuck Lathrope is a Seattle-based SQL Server administrator with over twenty years of IT experience. Currently, he manages a team of DBAs who support a very large SQL Server replication environment. Chuck often speaks at SQL Saturday events on replication, blogs at, and tweets via his account @SQLGuyChuck.
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Stephanie Locke
Building Better Reports
Stephanie Locke (@SteffLocke) is an experienced Analyst and BI developer within the Finance and Insurance industries. Steph runs her local SQL Server User Group, is one of the organizers of SQLRelay and contributes to the community at large via blogging, presenting and forums.
Colleen Morrow
What changed? Auditing solutions in SQL Server
Colleen spent 12 years as a DBA, focusing primarily on SQL Server. Currently she’s a Database Engineer at a software company where she provides consulting services on database administration and performance tuning. A little of the programmer inside lives on; writing PowerShell or T-SQL scripts to make life easier.
Dev Nambi
Agile Database Development
Dev is a data geek, developer, and aspiring polymath. He works with databases, statistics, and curiosity to solve problems using data. He’s currently working in the University of Washington’s Decision Support group. You can find him on Twitter as @DevNambi.
Bob Pusateri
SQL Server Data Compression
Bob has been working with SQL Server since 2006 and is currently a database administrator. He is a Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server 2008, and enjoys spending his spare time writing, blogging, and presenting on SQL Server topics. You can reach Bob on Twitter at @SQLBob, or through his blog, “The Outer Join” at
Mark S Rasmussen
SQL Server Storage Internals 101
Mark has worked extensively with SQL Server, primarily focused on performance optimization and internals. He is also proficient in the Microsoft .NET development stack with a decade of experience. Mark is the creator of OrcaMDF, an open source parser for SQL Server data files. Find his blog at
Wil Sisney
Nine Habits to Secure a Stellar Performance Review
Wil is a database administrator specializing in performance, core administration and SQL Server Integration Services. He also spends a lot of time training on SQL Server and blogs about new training opportunities. He teaches others about SQL Server through coporate training, user groups and events like SQL Saturday.
Shaun J Stuart
Verifying backups using statistical sampling
Shaun J Stuart is the Senior SQL Server DBA at the largest credit union in Arizona. He became a Microsoft Certified Professional on SQL Server 7.0 and is a MCTS on SQL Server 2005 and 2008 and a MCITP on SQL Server 2008. Shaun blogs about SQL Server at and can be found on Twitter as @shaunjstu.<
David Tate
Guerrilla Project Management for DBAs
David Tate is a full-stack software consultant but his family thinks that he fixes wireless computer printers. David uses his work energy to create things that do not compare to the simple elegance of the tree outside his window. He once saw a bird that looked like Madonna. He blogs at and tweets @mixteenth.
Matt Velic
Communication isn’t Soft
Matt is a Database Developer who enjoys helping others succeed by ensuring that they’ve got the proper resources and support. Towards that goal, Matt is a co-leader of the official PASSDC User Group, organizes DC SQL Saturday events, finds new speakers for PASS’ “Oracle and SQL Server” Virtual Chapter, blogs, presents, and loves hanging out on Twitter.