Dan Thyer

CTO of Logical Advantage

Dan is passionate about building cool stuff, writing articles, having fun with technology and talking about it in user groups.   Dan is co-founder and CTO of Logical Advantage, www.logicaladvantage.com.  Logical Advantage has successfully delivered software and technology solutions for over 14 years and was awarded an IT-oLogy Blue Diamond award for Human Capital Development.  

Dan is president and founder of the Charlotte Internet of Things (IoT) and the Logical Advantage Charlotte Tech Talks user groups.  Dan is on the steering committee of the NC Regional Internet of Things and the Enterprise Developers Guild. Dan was awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional MVP award and is a Microsoft Regional Director for his engagement in the community around IoT and Microsoft Channel 9 has featured Dan's IoT projects 8 times!

Melissa Coates

Analytics Architect at SentryOne. Microsoft Data Platform MVP

Specialist in analytics, business intelligence, and data warehousing solutions using on-premises, cloud, and hybrid technologies.

Technical areas of focus include the Microsoft BI platform, SQL Server, and the Microsoft Azure platform including Cortana Intelligence Suite.

Melissa is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Volunteer and co-founder of Charlotte BI Group, she also blogs at SQLChick.com

Peter Lasne

Senior Software Development Engineer, Microsoft TED/DX

Held many roles in IT for more than 20 years, but I am an application developer at heart

Has more than 20 years technical expertise across a range of IT positions with extensive experience in application architecture, development, and implementation.

Evan Basalik

Principal Escalation Engineer, Microsoft

Prior to joining Microsoft, I spent 8 years doing R&D for a major textile manufacturer as a Chemical Engineer. I joined Microsoft in 2005 as a Support Engineer working on the SQL Server team. I saw a demo of what would become Azure SQL DB in 2007 and was hooked. Since then I have focused more and more of my time on Azure. I transitioned to IaaS support in 2013 and then to Azure AD at the beginning of 2017.



John Patrick Dandison

Cloud Data Solution Architect at Microsoft

 I enjoy solving problems.

I've worn many hats, sometimes all of them and usually at least one of them. Writing code is a means to an end, but definitely not the end. Many problems have already been solved, so focus on the ones that need to be solved and let the years of experience that have gone into great platforms be our base for solving new problems.

Richard Taylor

Technical Lead/Sr. Software Developer, Logical Advantage

 I am a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. My experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications.  For the last 10 years, I have focused on web based applications and most recently I've spent time learning about mobile development.  I have a great deal of experience but I do like to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software. 

Nasir Syed

 Sr. Azure Consultant, Microsoft

 I am a specialist in Enterprise Cloud-related deliverables, and have been providing software development and support expertise for over 20 years. I currently work as a Senior Consultant for Microsoft, providing adoption, guidance, advisory, architecture and developer support services for Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft Cloud products.

José Rodas

Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft 

Jose Rodas is an IT Professional certified as A +, CCEA, MCSA + M, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP EA and MCT, and has more than 20 years of industry experience. He started working at Microsoft in the System Center Team in October 2007 supporting System Center Operations Manager and System Center Service Manager, and currently is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer dedicated to customers and also travelling to customer sites to provide proactive/reactive assistance in System Center and OMS projects.

Nate Swift

Cloud Solution Architect - Microsoft

Donnie Trumpower

Senior Consultant, Cardinal Solutions