Data Education Expert Instructors

The following are some of our current and past instructors

Adam Machanic

Data Education Founder, Global SQL Instructor, Microsoft MVP, MCITP, Author

Adam Machanic is a Boston-based SQL Server developer, writer, and speaker. He focuses on large-scale data warehouse performance and development, and is author of the award-winning SQL Server monitoring stored procedure, sp_WhoIsActive.

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Itzik Ben-Gan

Global SQL Instructor, Co-Founder of SolidQ, SQL Server Microsoft MVP, Author

Itzik Ben-Gan is a mentor and co-founder of SolidQ. A SQL Server Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) since 1999, Itzik has delivered numerous training events around the world focused on T-SQL Querying, Query Tuning, and Programming.

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Kalen Delaney

Global SQL Instructor, Consultant, SQL Server Microsoft MVP, Author

Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 23 years. She has provided performance consulting services and taught advanced courses on SQL Server to thousands of professionals and organizations.

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Allan Hirt

Global SQL Instructor, Microsoft Cluster MVP, Consultant, Author

Boston-based Microsoft Cluster MVP and veteran trainer Allan Hirt has been working with SQL Server since 1992 and with clustering for approximately 12 years. He got his start with databases as an intern at SQL Solutions, a company that was later purchased by Sybase. Allan has been working with SQL Server since version 4.2.

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Rob Farley

SQL Server Microsoft MVP, Professional Association of SQL Server Director, Author

Rob Farley runs LobsterPot Solutions, a Gold Partner SQL Server and Business Intelligence consultancy in Adelaide, Australia. He presents regularly at PASS chapters and conferences such as TechEd Australia, SQL PASS, and SQLBits (UK), and heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group. He is an MCT and has been a SQL Server MVP since 2006.

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Julie Lerman

Entity Framework Instructor, Microsoft MVP, ASPInsider, INETA Speaker, Author

Julie Lerman is the leading independent authority on the Entity Framework and has been using and teaching the technology since its inception in 2006. Julie is the author of the highly acclaimed Programming Entity Framework (with a second edition released in August 2010) and the just-released Programming Entity Framework: DbContext.

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Andy Leonard

SQL Server Microsoft MVP, Author, PASS Regional Mentor

Andy Leonard is CSO of Linchpin People and SQLPeople, a SQL Server database and Integration Services developer, a SQL Server MVP, PASS Regional Mentor, and engineer. He is a co-author of Professional SQL Server 2005 Integration Services, SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, and the upcoming SSIS Design Patterns. Andy blogs for

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Paul White

Independent SQL Server Technical Consultant, SQL Server MVP

Paul White is an independent SQL Server technical consultant with 15 years experience, specializing in performance tuning the SQL Server Core Engine. Currently living in New Zealand, Paul writes the widely read and highly regarded SQL Server internals blog Page Free Space at

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