“I started in the database business back in 1987 with Ashton-Tate working on the dBASE IV release. At that time, I got my first exposure to the Microsoft, Ashton-Tate, Sybase SQL Server running on OS/2 where I wrote compatibility and performance test suites for the platform. Check out this old press release from 1988 . I then moved north to Borland Software to continue to work on the dBASE for DOS product and broke into the world of Windows with dBASE.
In 1995, I moved further north again to Redmond, Washington to work on making database design tools for SQL Server and Oracle. I then did a tour of duty in Microsoft Office where I worked on making MS Access easier to use with SQL Server and SharePoint. As the program manager lead for MS Excel and Access for the Office 2003 release, I had the privilege of working with a great team to develop Excel lists and other integration features with SharePoint, XML, Web Services and contributed to the first version of Duet. The calling of SQL Server caught my attention where I had a chance to work with another great team in developing the manageability and performance troubleshooting tools in SQL Server Management Studio for the SQL Server 2005, 2008, and SQL Server 2008 R2 release. In 2010, I saw a great opportunity to join my former company – Indigo Slate – formally known as Advaiya Inc. – where I got the chance to immerse myself in the world of technology marketing of a variety of large software vendors.
I look forward to leveraging my database and marketing experience as the Director of Technical Product Management for DB Best.”
Please join us in welcoming Bill aboard!
You can learn more about Bill by following his twitter account @billramo.