Michael Rys is a Principal Program Manager specializing in Database Management. Currently he works on HDInsight, Microsoft’s Big Data service. Over his career at Microsoft he has worked on SQL Server, specifically the Beyond Relational Data and Services scenario that includes unstructured and semi-structured data management, Search, Spatial, XML and NoSQL paradigms. He also serves as Microsoft representative to the W3C XQuery working group and the ANSI SQL standards committee. He has presented at many database conferences including VLDB, SIGMOD, SQLPASS, NoSQLNow and TechEd. You can find several of his webcasts and presentations online and he can be followed at @SQLServerMike (when he finds time to tweet). In his spare time, he enjoys getting outdoors with his family enjoying Pacific Northwest hikes and ski slopes, some of which remind his of his native Switzerland.