Sajal Dam holds a master's of technology degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and has been working with Microsoft technologies for over 12 years. He has developed an extensive background in designing database applications and managing software development. Sajal also possesses significant experience in troubleshooting and optimizing the performance of Microsoft-based applications, from front-end web pages to back-end databases.
While working at Microsoft, Sajal helped many Fortune 500 companies design scalable database solutions and maximize the performance of their database environments. As an IT strategist at Dell, Sajal manages Dell's vast database infrastructure by optimizing not only the databases, but also the database management processes, tools, and use of best practices. He also works closely with the application development teams and vendors, including Microsoft, in analyzing and resolving performance bottlenecks.
Grant Fritchey works as a development database administrator for FM Global, an industry-leading engineering and insurance company. In his previous time as a database administrator and developer, he has worked at three failed dot-coms, a major consulting company, and a global bank. He has developed large-scale applications in languages such as VB, C#, and Java and has lived with SQL Server from the hoary days of 6.0, right through to 2008. His nickname at work is "The Scary DBA." He even has an official name plate, and he displays it proudly.
Grant volunteers for the Professional Association of SQL Server Users (PASS) and has written and published articles on various topics relating to SQL Server at Simple-Talk, SQL Server Central, SQL Server Performance, the PASS web site, SQL Standard, and the SQL Server Worldwide Users Group. He is the author of the book Dissecting SQL Server Execution Plans. He is one of the founding officers of the Southern New England SQL Server Users Group (SNESSUG).
Outside work, Grant kayaks, learns and teaches self-defense, brews his own beer, chops wood to heat his house, raises his kids, and helps lead a pack of Cub Scouts.