Virtual Conference for Data Professionals

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT (US)


In this challenging economic climate, accelerating delivery of accurate business data has never been more important. Join data experts across the industry to learn how you can remove roadblocks in your data pipeline.

Database Monitoring Track
Learn about surprising database performance killers, optimizing T-SQL code, and more
DataOps Track
Find out how to manage data governance, analyze data dependencies across your environment, and more
Cloud Track
Get details on containers and virtualization, planning your migration, containing cloud costs, and more

The Accelerate Virtual Conference is presented in a three track format, covering a variety of valuable and important topics.

  • 7 Surprising Database Performance Killers
  • APM vs. DPM
  • T-SQL Code Performance
  • Data Dictionary 101
  • Why DataOps and Data Governance are Important
  • Virtualization and Containers for the Beginner Data Pro
  • Planning and Documentation for Cloud Migration
  • Managing Cloud Costs
  • Cloud Migration Expert Panel

Keynote Speaker
Buck Woody

The New World of Work for Data Professionals

This is your chance to learn from a member of the Azure Data Services team at Microsoft, where he uses data and technology to solve business and science problems. With over 35 years of professional and practical experience in computer technology, he is also a popular speaker at conferences around the world; author of over 700 articles and eight books on databases, machine learning, and R; he sits on various Data Science Boards at two US universities; and specializes in advanced data analysis techniques. He is passionate about mentoring and growing the next generation of data professionals.


Buck Woody
Applied Data Scientist - Microsoft
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Session Agenda

All times ET Database Monitoring Track DataOps Track Cloud Track
9am - 9:50am

7 Surprising Database Performance Killers

SentryOne Presenter: Kevin Kline

The Art of the Possible with DataOps

Presenter: Chris Bergh

SentryOne Presenter:  Douglas McDowell

SQL Containers for Everyone!

Presenter: Amit Khandelwal

SentryOne Presenter: Jamie Phillips

9:50am - 10am BREAK
10am - 10:50am

Automating Common DBA Tasks with PowerShell

Presenter: Rob Sewell

SentryOne Presenters: 
Stephen Dyckes and Patrick Kelley

Data Dictionary 101

Presenter: Kendal Van Dyke

SentryOne Presenter: Kevin Kline

Planning and Documentation for Cloud Migration

Presenter: John Morehouse

SentryOne Presenter: Devon Leann Wilson

10:55am - 11:10am BREAK
11:10am - 12pm

Better Together: Reinforcing Application Performance Monitoring with Database Performance Monitoring

Presenter: Steve Wright and Panel

Mapping Data Dependencies When Modernizing Database Systems for the SQL Server Professional

Presenter: Bill Ramos

SentryOne Presenter: Jon Moore
Knowing and Controlling Your Azure Spend 

Presenter: Dustin Dorsey

SentryOne Presenter: Mike Wood
12pm - 1pm The New World of Work for Data Professionals: Buck Woody
1pm - 1:10pm BREAK
1:10pm - 2pm Advanced Plan Explorer Usage for Tuning Execution Plans

SentryOne Presenter: Andy Yun 
Connect to Any Data Source with REST APIs

Presenter: Andy Leonard 

SentryOne Presenter: John Welch
Cloud Migration Panel

Presenter: John Sterrett, Dustin Dorsey, Erin Stellato, Patrick Kelley

Moderator: Kevin Kline
2pm - 2:05pm BREAK
2:05pm - 3pm Q&A / Trivia

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Session Presenters


Andy Leonard
Chief Data Officer - Enterprise Data & Analytics

Andy Leonard is founder and Chief Data Engineer at Enterprise Data & Analytics, Microsoft Data Platform MVP, creator of the Data Integration Lifecycle Management Suite, author, developer, and BimlHero. Andy blogs at where you can learn more on the About Andy page.

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Andy Yun
Principal Solutions Engineer - SentryOne

Andy Yun is a SentryOne Principal Solutions Engineer and a former Microsoft MVP. He has been working with SQL Server for over 15 years as both a Database Developer and Administrator. Leveraging knowledge of SQL Server Internals and extensive experience in highly transactional environments, he strives to make T-SQL leaner and meaner. Andy is extremely passionate about passing knowledge onto others, regularly speaking at User Groups, SQL Saturdays, and PASS Summit. Andy is a co-founder of the Chicago SQL Association, co-Chapter Leader of the Chicago Suburban User Group, and part of the Chicago SQL Saturday Organizing Committee..

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Amit Khandelwal
Sr. Program Manager | Data Platform - SQL Server - Microsoft

Amit is currently working with Microsoft as Senior Program Manager, managing SQL Server on Linux and Containers, with over a decade of experience across various roles including support, field and engineering teams at Microsoft. Amit has worked on and architectured many SQL-related solutions across various business segments for our Tier 1 customers. A speaker at various SQL conferences such as DPS (Data Platform Summit), SQL PASS and more.



Chris Bergh
CEO - DataKitchen

Christopher Bergh is the CEO and Head Chef at DataKitchen. Chris has more than 25 years of research, software engineering, data analytics, and executive management experience. At various points in his career, he has been a COO, CTO, VP, and Director of engineering. Chris has an M.S. from Columbia University and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Devon Leann Wilson
Senior Solutions Engineer - SentryOne

Devon Leann Wilson is a SQL Developer and PASS community volunteer with 7 years of SQL Server experience. She graduated with a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Texas at Austin and has since worked on business intelligence projects, data governance, and data quality initiatives in the insurance sector. In her free time, she loves karaoke, bravo TV, and staring at puppies on Instagram.


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Douglas McDowell
Chief Strategy Officer - SentryOne

Douglas McDowell is the SentryOne Chief Strategy Officer. His primary focus is to advise the SentryOne leadership team and Board of Directors in planning, research, business strategy and analytics to ensure alignment with our largest partners, including Microsoft.



Dustin Dorsey
Director, Data Management - Lifepoint Health

Dustin Dorsey has been architecting and managing SQL Server solutions for companies for well over a decade. While Dustin is skilled in many areas, he has a unique specialization in cost management and architecture around the data platform both on-premise and in the cloud that he has used to provide significant savings for multiple organizations and loves sharing information about this. Dustin is an avid speaker and can be seen writing articles on popular SQL websites, as well as, on his own blog at He is also active in the Nashville community as a local user group leader and co-organizer of his local SQLSaturday. Dustin currently serves as Director of Data Management at Lifepoint Health.

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Erin Stellato
Principal Consultant - SQLskills

Erin Stellato is a Data Platform MVP and lives outside Cleveland, OH. She has 20 years of technology experience and has worked with SQL Server since 2003. Her areas of interest include performance tuning, Query Store, Extended Events, and helping accidental/involuntary DBAs understand how SQL Server works. Erin is an active member of the SQL Server community, has volunteered for PASS at the local and national level, and is a regular speaker at conferences including the PASS Summit, SQLIntersection, and SQLBits. Outside of time with family and friends, she enjoys running, spinning, movies, and all things chocolate.

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Jamie Phillips
Senior Site Reliability Engineer | Platform & Cloud Engineering - SentryOne 

Jamie (@phillipsj73) is a Senior Cloud Engineer at SentryOne and working remotely in East Tennessee. He has been working with .NET since 2007 after discovering .NET development in graduate school. His Geology degree has given him an appreciation for large systems and processes which has created keen interest in Solutions Architecture, DevOps, and the Cloud. During the day he work on Windows, but at night he is all about Linux.

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John Morehouse
Consultant - Denny Cherry and Associates

John is a skilled technical professional with years experience in technical support, design and development. His major strengths focus on database development, administration, configuration, upgrading and troubleshooting system problems. John has extensive experience in Lotus Domino, Lotus Notes, Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008/2012/2014/2016, Web Design, utilization of network analysis tools; along with a strong work ethic and customer focus. John’s positive attitude contributes to the efficient and effective attainment of corporate goals.John is also heavily involved in helping to run the Louisville SQL/Power BI user group, which currently averages over 30 members at every meeting. He enjoys working with his peers in the SQL community and looks forward to learning new technology.

John was formerly a PASS (Professional Association of SQL Server) Regional Mentor of the North Central Region of PASS, encompassing several states and 13 PASS affiliated chapters.

Specialties: SQL Server 2005/2008/2012/2014. Database architecture, database performance tuning, high availability solutions, development methodologies, security, general administration, SSIS and SSRS.

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John Sterrett
CEO - Procure SQL

John Sterrett is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Microsoft MCSE: Data Platform, Principal Consultant, and the Founder of Procure SQL LLC. Previously, he was a Sr. Database Admin Advisor for Dell, directly responsible for several mission-critical databases behind John has presented at many community events, including PASS Summit, SQLRally, 24 Hours of PASS, SQLSaturdays, PASS Chapters, and Virtual Chapter meetings. John is a leader of the Austin SQL Server User Group and founder of the HADR Virtual Chapter.

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John Welch
Chief Technology Officer - SentryOne

John Welch is the Chief Technology Officer at SentryOne, where he leads a team in the development of a suite of data and BI products that make monitoring, building, testing, and documenting data solutions faster and more efficient. John has been working with data, business intelligence, and data warehousing technologies since 2001. He was awarded as a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) 2009 - 2016 due to his commitment to sharing his knowledge with the IT community, and is an SSAS Maestro. John is an experienced speaker, having given presentations at Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conferences, the Microsoft Business Intelligence conference, Software Development West (SD West), Software Management Conference (ASM/SM), SQL Bits, and others. He has also contributed to multiple books on SQL Server and business intelligence.


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Jon Moore
Solutions Engineer - SentryOne

As a Solutions Engineer, Jon leverages technical knowledge with consulting skills to provide advice, demonstrations, and support on SentryOne products by being a key point of contact for existing and potential clients. He also works with development teams to provide insight into future development through testing and customer feedback, among other responsibilities.



Kendal Van Dyke
Senior Consultant - Microsoft

Kendal is a database strategist, community advocate, public speaker, and blogger. A practiced IT professional with over 20 years of SQL Server experience, Kendal excels at disaster recovery, high availability planning/implementation, & debugging/troubleshooting mission critical SQL Server environments both on-premises and in Azure. Kendal is a Senior Customer Engineer on the Microsoft Customer Success team and serves as a Director of SQLOrlando, the SQL Server community for Orlando, FL ( Before joining Microsoft, Kendal was a SQL Server/Data Platform MVP from 2011-2016. GitHub:



Kevin Kline
Principal Program Manager- SentryOne

Kevin (@kekline) serves as Principal Program Manager at SentryOne. He is a founder and former president of PASS and the author of popular IT books like SQL in a Nutshell. Kevin is a renowned database expert, software industry veteran, Microsoft SQL Server MVP, and long-time blogger at SentryOne. As a noted leader in the SQL Server community, Kevin blogs about Microsoft Data Platform features and best practices, SQL Server trends, and professional development for data professionals.


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Patrick Kelley
Customer Success Engineering Manager - SentryOne


Patrick is a Customer Success Engineering Manager and helps to provide customers with support services, troubleshooting, and defect resolution. Patrick also does some side work with SentryOne’s Professional Services team, who provide training and consulting. Patrick’s blog focus is on helping SQL Sentry users get the most out of our products. His hope is to ensure our users are as knowledgeable and comfortable as possible with SQL Sentry products, so they have as much ammo as possible to solve real world SQL Server problems.



Rob Sewell
PowerShell Automator, SQL DBA, Devops, MVP - Sewells Consulting

PowerShell Automator, Trainer, Devops, Speaker, MVP and Community member.


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Professional Services Consultant - SentryOne

Stephen (@sdyckes) is a member of our Professional Services Team. He came to SentryOne as a previous customer with more than 17 years of experience as a DBA. He works with customers to provide deep dive training related to the S1 platform and enjoys using the products in troubleshooting performance issues.


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Director of Solutions Engineering - SentryOne

Steve (@SQL_Steve) is a fourteen-year veteran of SentryOne, and has held roles in Solutions Engineering, Quality Assurance, Product Management, and Advanced Analytics prior to assuming his current role. He has almost twenty years' experience working with SQL Server, and holds numerous professional certifications including the Microsoft Professional Program, Data Science Certification. His current responsibilities are focused on ensuring everyone throughout the SentryOne family is educated on our customers, their needs, and the solutions we provide that allow us to improve the lives of Microsoft Data Professionals and their customers everywhere.

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