I have been working with SQL Server for a LONG time, and have supported every version of SQL Server going all the way back to v1 (16bit). I am currently in the Data & Analytics service line at Avanade, and am one of only 130 SQL Server Certified Masters worldwide. Before Avanade, I worked at Microsoft in the SQL Server Product Group in many different areas. While in PSS, I helped co-found the SQL MVP program. I am currently based in Germany, but originally from the U.S.