Nishant Thacker is a Technical Product Manager for the Big Data Analytics services from Microsoft. He has more than 8 years of experience working with various Microsoft SQL Business Intelligence tools and off late, the Big Data stack. His work involves working with Engineering and the Field to enable a smooth launch pad for new service and offerings in the Big Data space, and also making sure the customers have a seamless implementation cycle on them. He also is a true evangelist of the Microsoft's Analytics stack, including the Big Data, BI and SQL Server technologies and tools to partners worldwide. Prior to this he's been part of the Consulting org. at Microsoft, helping Microsoft Partners and Independent Software Vendors in optimizing their outputs from their Business Intelligence and Big Data solutions. He has worked extensively with the partners on large scale Big Data, SQL and BI solution planning and implementing. When not honing his technical skills he enjoys playing snooker and is an avid soccer fan.