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Aaron Bertrand

Aaron is a Product Evangelist for SentryOne, makers of Plan Explorer and a performance monitoring and event management platform for the Microsoft Data Platform and VMware. He has been blogging here at since 2006, focusing on manageability, performance, and new features, and also blogs at and; has been a Microsoft MVP since 1997; tweets as @AaronBertrand; and speaks frequently at major conferences, user group meetings, and SQL Saturday events worldwide.

Enough about you, let's talk about me...

I've been blogging on this site since late 2006, after selling the FAQ site I started almost 10 years earlier (  My focus here is mainly on keeping people up to speed with updates for SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008, as well as deeper info on new features (such as Unicode compression in SQL Server 2008 R2), but I also post the occasional technical article.  A recent series of entries I called "Bad Habits to Kick" tied for runner-up in the series category for the PASS Log Reader Awards (my "Stored Procedure Best Practices Checklist" post from last year took first place in the T-SQL category). 

I've been a Microsoft MVP since 1997, have spoken at several user group meetings, SQL Saturdays and code camps, and in 2009 was involved in a spectacular project with 52 other MVPs, where we each wrote one or two chapters for a unique compilation book called SQL Server MVP Deep Dives - with all author proceeds going to the charity War Child International. In 2011 we repeated this effort with SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2 - this time with all author proceeds going to the charity Operation Smile.

I recently left my job of 13 years as a production DBA and architect to become Senior Consultant at SQL Sentry.  I blogged about the sequence of events and my new role in the following post: Moving on up... but not to the East Side.

During my spare time, I tweet as @AaronBertrand and I try to help people out on StackOverflow.  I also file a boatload of SQL Server issues on Microsoft Connect

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