SQL Server and AI with Muazma Zahid & Bob Ward

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How does artificial intelligence fit in with SQL Server? At the Microsoft Fabric Conference in Las Vegas, Richard sat down with Muazma Fahid and Bob Ward to discuss the AI developments in SQL Server. Muazma talks about SQL Server as a crucial source of data for building machine learning models and the new features added to make SQL Server a key store for vector data and other elements of machine learning. There's also Copilot for Azure SQL Data to help with diagnostics in your databases and to use natural language to write queries - it SQL Server Natural Language Query all over again, but certainly better than ever.


Recorded March 27, 2024


Muazma Zahid is a Data and AI leader working as Principal PM Manager at Microsoft Azure, where she enables customers to deploy the most demanding Data workloads on Azure. She has been a Data Engineer/Architect and Tech Speaker working on several Big Data, Cloud Computing, and AI Technologies. She is a LinkedIn Learning instructor with her course Breaking Bias in Tech and her ML research software is used in EKG machines all around the world. Muazma is an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is Women @ Microsoft ERG co-chair and leads various community building and DE&I initiatives both at work and outside of Microsoft such as Seattle Chapter Lead for AnitaB.org. Connect with Muazma at: https://linktr.ee/muazma

Bob Ward is a Principal Architect for the Microsoft Data Group (Tiger Team) which owns the development and servicing for all SQL Server versions. Bob has worked for Microsoft for 23 years supporting and speaking on every version of SQL Server shipped from OS/2 1.1 to SQL Server 2016. He has worked in customer support as a principal escalation engineer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) interacting with some of the largest SQL Server deployments in the world. Bob is a well-known speaker on SQL Server often presenting talks on internals and troubleshooting at events such as SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQLIntersection, and Microsoft Ignite. You can find him on twitter at @bobwardms or read his blog at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bobsql

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