I am a big data and data warehousing solution architect at Microsoft. I am a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data and advanced analytics, including solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational and non-relational data, Hadoop, MPP, IoT, Data Lake, and private and public cloud. Previously I was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. I am a prior SQL Server MVP with over 25 years of IT experience. I started my career as a software developer, then was a DBA for 12 years, and for the last seven years I have been working extensively with business intelligence and data warehousing using numerous Microsoft technologies and tools. I have been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of my own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning have helped me to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. I am a popular blogger and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. I am the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. I have earned the MSCE: SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence, MSCE: SQL Server 2012 Data Platform, MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Developer, MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator, and MCITP: SQL Server 2008 Database Developer (view my MCP Certifications), and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. More info is at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesserra
My wife Mary and I reside in Middletown, NY.