Kevan started working in IT in 1995 after graduating from UMIST with a BSc. (Hons) Computation. His first role as an analyst programmer saw him get to grips with data on the mainframe platform using IBM COBOL II and Model204. He then moved onto to building data warehouses in Informix and delivering BI through OLAP tools. His first taste of SQL Server came in 1999 whilst working for UK IT consultancy ECsoft . This was SQL Server 7 with the newly released OLAP Services. Moving on to a full time DBA position, Kevan bolstered his SQL Server skills developing and managing mission critical SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005 database servers for Gold Medal Travel Group, one of the UK’s leading independent travel companies (now part of dnata). A few SQL DBA/Developer roles later and he was ready to leave the comfort of a permanent job, set up on his own, and Riley Waterhouse Limited was born.
In 2010, Kevan was the first UK finalist of the annual Exceptional DBA Awards.
Kevan’s passion for SQL Server is shown in his work as a moderator for ASK SQL Server Central a leading SQL Server-based question-and-answer site.
Now a regular speaker at user groups and community events (SQL Saturdays and SQL Relay), and one of the many volunteers that help run SQL Bits, the largest SQL Server conference in Europe. Find out where you can see (or could have seen) Kevan speaking/attending/helping/loitering.
When he’s out of the office you can find him on the piste (no not the snowy kind….)