Adam Machanic is an independent database software consultant, writer, and speaker based in Boston. He has implemented SQL Server solutions for a variety of high-availability online transaction processing and large-scale data warehouse applications, and also specializes in .NET data access layer performance optimization. Adam has written for SQL Server Professional and TechNet magazines, serves as the SQL Server 2005 Expert for SearchSQLServer.com, and has contributed to several books on SQL Server, including Pro SQL Server 2005 (Apress, 2005). He regularly speaks at user groups, community events, and conferences on a variety of SQL Server and .NET-related topics. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for SQL Server and a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).
When not sitting at the keyboard pounding out code or code-related prose, Adam tries to spend a bit of time with his wife, Kate, and daughter, Aura, both of whom seem to believe that there is more to life than SQL.
Adam blogs at http://www.sqlblog.com, and can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lara Rubbelke is a service line leader with Digineer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she consults on architecting, implementing, and improving SQL Server solutions. Her expertise involves both OLTP and OLAP systems, ETL, and the business intelligence lifecycle. She is an active leader of the local PASS chapter and brings her passion for SQL Server to the community through technical presentations at local, regional, and national conferences and user groups. Lara's two beautiful and active boys, Jack and Tom, and incredibly understanding husband, Bill, are a constant source of joy and inspiration.
Hugo Kornelis has a strong interest in information analysis and process analysis. He is convinced that many errors in the process of producing software can be avoided by using better procedures during the analysis phase, and deploying code generators to avoid errors in the process of translating the analysis results to databases and programs. Hugo is cofounder of the Dutch software company perFact BV, where he is responsible for improving analysis methods and writing a code generator to generate complete working SQL Server code from the analysis results.
When not working, Hugo enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and four cats. He also enjoys helping out people in SQL Server-related newsgroups, speaking at conferences, or playing the occasional game. In recognition of his efforts in the SQL Server community, Hugo was given the "Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) award by Microsoft in January 2006 and January 2007. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional.