Ron Soukup is one of the original members of the SQL Server team at Microsoft. He joined Microsoft in 1989. Ron was general manager of the SQL Server group through the end of 1995, and he led the development and shipment versions 1.1, 1.11, 4.2 (OS/2), 4.21 (Windows NT), 6.0, and 6.5 beta. After delivering version 6.5 to beta test, Ron stepped down from his duties as general manager and the years of "ship crunch" for a while to spend more time with his wife, Kay, and their daughters, Kelly and Jamie. After a year away, Ron recently rejoined the SQL Server group, and currently manages the SQL Server Replication development team.
Ron has worked more than 18 years in computer and database systems, and he has experience with DB/2 (MVS), SQL/DS (VM), Oracle, Informix, Sybase, and Ingres systems. Prior to working at Microsoft, Ron held technical positions at United Airlines and AT&T. A longtime Chicagoan, Ron earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Kalen Delaney has worked with SQL Server extensively since joining the technical support group at Sybase in 1987, shortly after their first public product release. Kalen soon began teaching Sybase's Performance and Tuning course, receiving the company's Instructor of the Year Award in 1990. Kalen left Sybase in 1992 to become an independent Microsoft SQL Server trainer and consultant; she quickly became the primary Subject Matter Expert (SME) for two Microsoft SQL Server 6.5 courses. Recently, Kalen helped Microsoft develop training materials for bringing their product support specialists up to speed on the new capabilities and internal behavior of SQL Server 7.0 and began teaching that course to support engineers throughout the United States.
Kalen has worked more than 20 years in computer and database systems since earning her M.S. degree in Computer Science at the University of California at Berkeley. She has published numerous articles in SQL Server Professional and NT Magazine and currently writes a column for SQL Server Magazine. She lives with her husband and four children in the Pacific Northwest, a ferryboat ride from Microsoft's Redmond campus.