Prashant Shekhar has been working with SQL Server since 2001. He started as a SQL Server Developer for Property & Casualty (P&C) Insurance Company. Thru the years he has dabbled with several MS SQL Server technologies as the product has matured. He has concentrated in the Insurance and Finance vertical for the most part and is currently a SQL Server Database Administrator for a health care company located in Malvern, PA. His present core responsibilities include - support for Development, QA, UAT and Production environments. This entails setting up and configuring SQL Server instances, managing security logins, regular database maintenance, automating day-to-day tasks, performance tuning, source control, system monitoring and SQL audits. He has worked for prestigious companies like - Prudential, CSC, Chubb, Philadelphia Insurance, Lincoln Financial, CHASE and Ally bank.
He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS). He also has a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification conducted by the Project Management Institute (PMI). He has presented lectures on Database Tuning Advisor (DTA) at the Philadelphia SQL Server User Group (PSSUG) and also at the Philly Code Camp. He is an active member of the Philly chapter for SQL Server professionals. He recently completed an online course on “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data” thru MIT. Prashant lives in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.