Working at Microsoft

I chat with Ayman Al-Ghazali and Tim McAliley about their careers at Microsoft and the impact it has made to them.  We talk about keeping up with Technology and the importance of mentoring.  I was not able to get good embarrassing moment out the them; however, Tim does tell a story of how Ayman saved the day.

This was one of the very first episodes I made and the audio is just not very good so I have removed it.  If you really want to listen to this episode, email me or message me and I will send it to you.

Our Guests

Ayman Al-Ghazali

My name is Ayman El-Ghazali. I am a Senior PFE with Microsoft, just started actually as a Senior PFE. I was hired on about a year ago as a Senior Consultant. I have been in Microsoft for a year. My specialty is SQL server, my passion is technology, my sport is soccer.

Tim McAliley

Hello my name is Tim McAliley. I have been with Microsoft since October 2012. I am a SQL server PFE, in the Washington DC area right now, but on Monday I start a new role in commercial sales as an Account Technology Strategist. I’m doing fist pumps right now.

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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