In a career spanning 14 years with Microsoft, Nigel's passion is database systems. Nigel initially worked on the Jet/Access data storage engine and later moved to the SQL Server team where he led the SQL Server query processing team through the ground breaking SQL 7.0 and SQL 2000 releases. Recently he's become fascinated by the Services space and worked as an architect on SQL Server Data Services team where he now manages the development team. Nigel likes to “roll up the sleeves”, jump into the trenches and loves a technical challenge. He loves problems that most people would shy away from and has found his match in the Services space. A native of the United Kingdom, Nigel obtained his education in Computer Science at Durham University in Northern England. Outside of work, Nigel enjoys traveling with his wife Lynn, mountain biking, cooking smoking hot Thai food J and spending time with his three Border Collies.