The Top 4 Data Technology Trends in 2020 Every Data Professional Should Know


It’s a new decade, which marks more than ten years of continuous progress in cloud computing. Continual upgrades and innovations have long been a hallmark of information technology, but the rate of change has only accelerated with time. What are the major changes that DBAs are experiencing? How will data-centric organizations change in the next12 months? 

To find out, join Kevin Kline and a panel of distinguished experts as they provide an overview of the top four data technology trends that will advance your business, amplify your productivity, and expand your career opportunities as a database professional. We will discuss new developments in: 

  • A quick recap of last year’s top trends 

  • Notebooks 

  • Cost containment as part of the DBA portfolio 

  • DevOps expansion into DataOps and AIOps 

  • Kubernetes growing prominence in the Microsoft data platform 

Get details on the most useful resources for learning about and implementing each of these important trends. And because productivity is based as much on what you ignore as what you embrace, they’ll discuss a few technologic trends that aren’t yet fully baked or simply aren’t worth your time.

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Kevin Kline

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.com/blog/author/kevin-kline. 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.

Dustin Dorsey

Dustin Dorsey

Director of Data Management, LifePoint Health

Dustin Dorsey is currently the Director of Data Management at Lifepoint Health. He has been working with SQL Server for well over a decade in many different areas including administration, development and analytics. During this time, Dustin has gained a keen interest and specialization in cost management around the data platform both on-prem and in the cloud that he has used to provide significant savings for organizations he has worked with. He loves sharing things he has learned so in his spare time, he enjoys regularly speaking at conferences and community events, as well as, blogging about things he has learned. He also is a co-leader of his local user group and serves as a co-organizer for SQLSaturday Nashville.

Hamish Watson

Hamish Watson

Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Nomad8

Hamish Watson is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and VMware Expert with a passion for efficient database and application deployment using DevOps methodologies.

He has 20+ years of IT experience in managing and deploying large scale databases on SQL Server technologies.Hamish runs a DevOps consultancy business Morph iT which is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. His company helps clients around the world optimise their SQL Server instances aswell as embrace using the Azure platform for both applications and databases. Bringing DevOps efficiencies to databases is both a passion for Hamish as well as a key driver for hiscompany.

Educating and helping others learn is a driver for Hamish and he is a PASS Local Group Leader, international speaker, and a repeat guest lecturer at a local university.

Anthony E. Nocentino

Anthony E. Nocentino

Senior Technical Fellow, Centino Systems

Anthony is the Founder and President of Centino Systems as well as a Pluralsight Author and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Linux Expert, and Corporate Problem Solver. Anthony designs solutions, deploys the technology, andprovides expertise on business system performance, architecture, and security. Anthony has a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science with research publications in high performance/low latency data access algorithms andspatial database systems.

Rob Sewell

Rob Sewell

Director/Founder, Sewells Consulting Limited

Rob was once a Production SQL Server DBA but now is generally found automating the Data Platform and providing training for clients. He has a passion for PowerShell, Data, and DevOps. He is an MVP, an officer for the DevOps PowerShell VG and has spoken and volunteered at many PowerShell and Data events. He is a member of the committee that organises Data In Devon and also the European PowerShell Conference. He is a proud supporter of the Data and PowerShell communities.

He relishes sharing and learning and can be found doing both via Twitter (@sqldbawithbeard) and his blog sqldbawithabeard.com. He spends most of his time looking at a screen and loves to solve problems. He knows that looking at a screen so much is bad for him because his wife tells him so. Thus, you can find him on the cricket field in the summer or flying a drone in the winter.

He has a fabulous beard!

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