About Bob

Hey there! I'm Bob Pusateri, a consultant, systems architect and software engineer specializing on the Microsoft Data Platform, specifically SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, and Azure Cosmos DB. I'm a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and one of the very few Microsoft Certified Masters of SQL Server — the youngest person ever to earn this certification.

I'm an active speaker, blogger, author, user group leader, and event organizer in the Data Platform community. I'm one of the lead organizers for SQL Saturday Chicago and past leader of the Chicago SQL Server User Group. I am also the founder and president of the Chicago SQL Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to providing free training opportunities on the Microsoft Data Platform in the Chicagoland area.

My first experience with a database dates back to around 1993, when I remember trying to figure out the difference between "spreadsheet" and "database" in Microsoft Works. I later graduated to Microsoft Access and started selling software written with it while in high school. In college, I began working with Visual FoxPro, and then the Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE), which led me to SQL Server and where I am today.

Community Involvement

I'm proud to be a Redgate Community Ambassador. I'm also a past co-chapter leader of the Chicago SQL Server User Group. I'm the founder and president of the Chicago SQL Association, and a lead organizer of SQL Saturday Chicago 2012, SQL Saturday Chicago 2013, SQL Saturday Chicago 2014, SQL Saturday Chicago 2016, SQL Saturday Chicago 2017, SQL Saturday Chicago 2018, and SQL Saturday Chicago 2019. With the depths of the pandemic behind us we hope to plan another event soon!

For a complete list of my community activities, check out my community page.

What I'm certified in

I currently hold the following certifications:

  • Microsoft Certified Master (MCM): SQL Server
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Platform
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics

What I studied

I have a MS in Computer Science with a concentration in database systems from DePaul University. Before that, I earned my BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I spent the best five years of my life. (I-L-L!)

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