Greater Lansing Area for SQL Server (GLASS)

Greater Lansing Area for SQL Server

We are a group of professionals who like to get together to talk about Microsoft SQL Server and related technologies. Meetings are open and free of cost to the public but will require an RSVP so we can get an accurate count for food. 


1. Facilitate networking and create opportunities for our members
2. Deliver quality content for in-depth learning and professional development
3. Encourage community growth and development

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Next Meeting




SQL 2016, Azure, Hybrid Data Distribution

  • In-Person @ Lansing, Michigan, United States (map)
  • 17:30 - 19:30 Eastern Daylight Time
  • Language: English

Topic – SQL 2016, Azure, Hybrid Data Distribution

IT departments are continuously tasked to do more faster and, with less money. Data center floor space and hardware are limited resources and acquiring more capacity can be challenging. Cloud-based services offer developers and administrators instant access to building blocks to easily construct complex applications with minimal startup time and costs. In this session, we will show a “hybrid” application that takes on-premises data and makes it globally available and searchable with minimal code and development time. We will demonstrate several capabilities including the new JSON features available in SQL Server 2016, managing streaming data, scalable cloud-based data management and a managed data search service.

Bio – Chris Campbell and Rod Means

As a Cloud Data Solutions Architect for Microsoft, Chris Campbell is responsible for helping Microsoft’s customers make the most of their investment in Azure Cloud Services. Chris focuses on data management, data warehouse, big data and IoT solutions. Chris started in IT as an application developer at Chrysler over 25 years ago and has been an architect, IT manager, DBA and consultant. For the last 10 years, Chris has been primarily focused data solutions architecture to support BI and analytics. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was CTO at analytics consulting firm BlueGranite. He is a past speaker at SPID on various topics covering business intelligence, data warehouse and big data solutions. 

Rod Means is a Data Platform Solution Architect with Microsoft responsible for building robust and scalable data solutions for Microsoft Enterprise customers. Rod has over 10 years of database experience as a DBA and Data Architect. As an DBA he has been responsible for managing and maintaining hundreds of SQL server instances and thousands of production databases in the financial services industry. As an Architect Rod has built several large web scale applications leveraging both on-premises and cloud technologies. He is a loving husband and proud father of three adorable children. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, working out and spending quality time with his family.



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