Daniel Bien is a Group Program Manager who focused on the reconstruction of SQL Server 2008 and worked in the setup and deployment area. He discusses the challenges he faced which included expediting the process of smaller tasks and setup in SQL Server
Rebecca is a Principal Program Manager in the Central Services team who drove application compatibility and upgrade experience goals within the product. She discusses how we ensure backward compatibility for our new features. Rebecca also discusses the
option for customers to go to Microsoft…
Eric Hanson is a Lead Program Manager for CORE RDBMS processing. He coordinated and worked on data warehouse scalability related improvements and details the benefits of these for customers. He also talks about some other new features in SQL Server 2008.
As a Developer Lead on the Engine team Cesar worked on a number of new optimizations for SQL Server 2008. The three biggest features were indexing for spatial and geographical data types, parallel execution for partitioned tables, and enhancements for
star join processing.
Nick is a tester on the Analysis Services team. He also tested performance improvements to pivot tables in Excel. Challenges included managing and sorting through all the tests done on SQL Server 2008 prior to launch. Nick also discusses the SQL Server bug
Roger Fleig talks about working as a test manager for the SQL Server engine. He also discusses his challenges including adding a large number of new features, innovations and changes to SQL Server 2008 without breaking anything, and operating the testing
on the same scale as customers.
Mike Wachal discuses working on the SQL Server Express team, the new features of SQL Server Express such as the FileStream data type, design issues, connecting to customers and partners. He also talks about his biggest challenge which was keeping the download
size as small as possible.