In today’s world many new architectures have a variety of technical components, each tailored to do a particular job very well. We’ll talk about how and when to fit Hadoop into those solutions and how it complements SQL Server in so many architectures. You’ll learn how to get started with Hadoop and other Big Data solutions and why it’s so important to do so now, before decisions are taken away from you by those jumping on the Big Data bandwagon before you.


Cindy Gross, Founder and Strategic Advisor Befriending Dragons

Cindy Gross is an Adaptive Community Leader & founder of Befriending Dragons. She nurtures equitable tech cultures where everyone thrives and belongs. That starts with a foundation where workplace bullies and harassers are not tolerated. Cindy has met many scary dragons in her life – breast cancer, divorce, a layoff, changing roles and technologies, workplace harassment as a Microsoft woman in tech, constant striving to meet some impossible to meet bar for success, and the idea that we always have to put work first. Most recently she left the corporate world to strike out on her own, into a rich community filled with people who create justice, meaning, allies, and dreams.