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Ray Rankins is owner and president of Gotham Consulting Services, Inc. (http://www.gothamconsulting.com), near Saratoga Springs, New York. Ray has been working with Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server for more than 27 years and has experience in database administration, database design, project management, application development, consulting, courseware development, and training. He has worked in a variety of industries, including financial, manufacturing, health care, retail, insurance, communications, public utilities, and state and federal government. His expertise is in database performance and tuning, query analysis, advanced SQL programming and stored procedure development, database design, data architecture, and database application design and development, with recent specialization in Sybase to SQL Server migrations. Ray’s presentations on these topics at user group conferences have been very well received. Ray is coauthor of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 Unleashed, Sybase SQL Server 11 Unleashed, and Sybase SQL Server 11 DBA Survival Guide, all published by Sams Publishing. As an instructor, Ray brings his real-world experience into the classroom, teaching courses on SQL, advanced SQL programming and optimization, database design, database administration, and database performance and tuning. Ray can be reached at rrankins@gothamconsulting.com.


Paul Bertucci is the founder of Data by Design, LLC (www.dataxdesign.com), a global database consulting firm with offices in the United States and Paris, France. He recently spent 6 years as the Chief Architect and Director of the global Shared Services team for Autodesk, Inc. running BI/DW/ODS, Big Data, Identity Management, SOA, Integration (EAI & ETL), MDM, Collaboration/Social, SaaS application platforms, and Enterprise Architecture teams. Prior to Autodesk, he was the Chief Data Architect at Symantec for 4 years. He is also co-founder and CTO for Diginome, Inc. (www.diginome.com), a data provenance/integrity software company. Paul has more than 30 years of experience with database design, data architecture, big data, data replication, performance and tuning, master data management (MDM), data provenance/DataDNA, distributed data systems, data integration, high-availability, enterprise architecture, identity management, SOA, SaaS, and systems integration for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Intel, Coca-Cola, Apple, Toshiba, Lockheed, Wells Fargo, Safeway, Sony, Charles Schwab, Cisco Systems, Sybase, Symantec, Veritas, and Honda, to name a few. He has authored numerous database articles, data standards, and high-profile database courses, such as Sybase’s “Performance and Tuning” and “Physical Database Design” courses. Other Sams Publishing books that he has authored include the highly popular Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed, Teach Yourself ADO.NET in 24 Hours, Microsoft SQL Server High Availability, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Unleashed, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Unleashed. Mr. Bertucci is a frequent speaker at industry conferences such as Informatica World, Oracle World, and the MDM Summit, and at Microsoft-oriented conferences such as SQL Saturday’s, Silicon Valley Code-Camp, PASS conferences, Tech Ed’s, and SQL Server User Groups. He has deployed numerous systems with Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, Postgres, MySQL, NoSQL, Paraccel, Hadoop and Oracle database engines, and he has designed/architected several commercially available tools in the database, data modeling, performance and tuning, data integration, digital DNA, and multidimensional planning spaces. Paul just finished a major “Master Data Management for Big Data” project with Intel Corporation that deployed MDS (with Profisee’s Maestro) in a data mastering as a service architecture. Paul received his formal education in computer science and electrical engineering from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). He lives in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon) with his five children: Donny, Juliana, Nina, Marissa, and Paul Jr. Mr. Bertucci can be reached at pbertucci@dataxdesign.com or Bertucci@Alum.CalBerkeley.Org.


Chris Gallelli is the president of CGAL Consulting Services, Inc. His company focuses on consulting services in the areas of database administration, database tuning, advanced stored procedure development, Integration Services, Powershell development and database programming using Microsoft Visual Studio. Chris has more than 20 years of experience with SQL Server or Sybase and more than 25 years in the field of information technology. He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Union College. Chris currently lives near Albany, New York, with his lovely wife, Laura, and two beautiful daughters, Rachael and Kayla. Other Sams Publishing books that he has coauthored include Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Unleashed, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Unleashed. Chris can be reached at cgallelli@gmail.com.


Alex T. Silverstein is owner and chief technologist of Unified Digital Group, LLC (http://unifieddigital.com), a custom software development firm headquartered near Saratoga Springs, New York. He specializes in designing high-availability software systems using SQL Server and Microsoft .NET. Alex has more than 18 years of experience providing application development, database administration, and training services worldwide to a variety of industries. He was also a coauthor of previous editions of this book. You can reach Alex anytime via email at alex@unifieddigital.com.