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Live Expert Chat: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2


SQL Server 2008 R2 is the next major step forward for Microsoft's information platform. This expert chat will provide highlights on the latest release of SQL Server 2008 R2 and how SQL Server delivers enterprise-class reliability, scalability and security solutions to IT departments. SQL Server 2008 R2 drives efficiencies for all aspects of the enterprise, offers managed self-service business intelligence, and is the only information platform that spans the data center to the cloud.

Join today to hear how SQL Server 2008 R2 can provide your IT environment with an end-to-end approach that increases efficiencies, reduced costs and an increased competitive advantage for your business.

Join this chat to get answers to your SQL Server 2008 R2 questions:

  • What are the key changes in this latest SQL Server release?
  • How does SQL Server 2008 R2 integrate with SQL Azure?
  • What considerations should be kept in mind when designing UCP environments?
  • How can the "managed self service" approach to BI benefit my organization?


Niraj Nagrani Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Application Platform, SQL Azure

Niraj Nagrani of the SQL Server team has strong 14 plus years of cumulative experience including product planning, launch, management strategy consulting, product marketing, business development and engineering product development in fortune 500 Enterprise companies. Experiences include working in consulting, enterprise and entrepreneurial start-ups for both SQL Server and cloud data platform. Niraj is currently focused on driving strategy, planning and product management for SQL Azure relational cloud database, delivering flexibility, scalability and availability to your businesses.

Sabrena McBride Senior Product Manager, Enterprise Application Platform, SQL Server

Sabrena McBride joined the SQL Server team in August 2008 as the Sr. Product Manager for SQL Server Reporting Services and is now also responsible for the messaging and content strategy for SQL Server 2008 R2. Sabrena has been with Microsoft since 2004 and was previously a Group Product Manager for System Center. Before joining Microsoft, Sabrena was the Director of Product Management for Gerber Technology in Tolland, CT where she was responsible for the industry software solutions strategy for retail apparel, furniture and automotive interiors. Sabrena has always had a passion for database management and business intelligence having worked as a DBA and developed custom reporting solutions early in her career at The Coca-Cola Company and having managed a decision support product for IBM/Tivoli. Sabrena holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Spelman College.

Apr 22, 2010, 11:00 EDT (15:00 GMT)

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