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Des FitzGerald

Des FitzGerald

Principal Engineering Architect - Database Platform Engineering at Microsoft

Augsburg, Bavaria

Having over 24 years experience working primarily in varying roles around data and data strategy with responsibilities covering product and service architectural design and review, database strategy, production support, consultancy, development support and team as well as project management, I am motivated and excited about technology in general and particularly database technologies and the importance data has, now more than ever, for organizations. The emergence in the past years of cloud computing drive my enthusiasm further and excite me when I think about the future of data in general and the requirements around data consumption, analysis and productivity within organizations.
I have attained continuous professional technical qualifications on SQL Server/Azure Data Services since 1999. I am also certified in Azure Cloud Infrastructure, Big Data and Analytics technologies. I am qualified and certified in Prince2 Project Management as well as ITIL foundation.
I had been since 2001 and up to its closing, an active voting member in PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) and have attended most of the US and European conference summits since 2002 and have also spoken at several PASS events as well as other SQL Server community events.
In my previous roles at Microsoft I helped Microsoft’s largest enterprise customers develop data platform and cloud solution strategies to enable them to optimally utilize their data assets using both on premise as well as cloud based solutions. Currently I am in the Database Platform Engineering group where I help to drive product innovation in the Azure Data, SQL Server and Azure SQL space as well as helping to empower our customers through data centric engagements focusing on Azure Data Services.


  • Senior SQL Server Premier Field Engineer (Microsoft)
  • SQL Server DBA (Citibank)
  • SQL Server DBA /Team Lead (Compaq Computer Corporation)
  • SQL Server DBA / Consultant (Credit Suisse First Boston)
  • Data Platform Solutions Architect (Microsoft)
  • Principal Engineering Architect - Database Platform Engineering - Azure Data (Microsoft)
  • Principal SQL Server Architect (European Patent Office)
  • Senior Engineering Architect - Azure Data Engineering (Microsoft)


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