In this session, join Bob Ward and Anna Hoffman for a special “What’s new in Azure SQL” session. You’ll receive the year in review updates containing all things SQL Server and Azure SQL in 2021. This not-to-miss session will include demos and a sneak peak at the future! You’ll also be able to get your questions answered related to anything that has come out in the past year.


Bob Ward

Bob Ward is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Azure Data team, which owns the development for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 27+ years on every version of SQL Server shipped from OS/2 1.1 to SQL Server 2019 including Azure SQL. Bob is a well-known speaker on SQL Server and Azure SQL, often presenting talks on new releases, internals, and specialized topics at events such as Red Hat Summit, SQLBits, SQLIntersection, Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft Ignite, and many different virtual events. You can also learn Azure SQL from him on the popular series You can follow him at @bobwardms or Bob is the author of the books Pro SQL Server on Linux, SQL Server 2019 Revealed, and Azure SQL Revealed available from Apress Media.

Anna Hoffman

Anna is a Data & Applied Scientist on the SQL Engineering team. Coming recently from AI Engineering, she’s pursuing her efforts to democratize AI through data applications.