As corporate vice president of program management for the Microsoft Data Platform Group, Quentin Clark oversees the design and delivery of the entire family of SQL Server products as well as the Azure Data Platform services. The Azure Data Platform is a complete end-to-end platform serving data management and processing capability, data integration and refinement, and business analytics as Microsoft Azure services and Microsoft Office and Office 365 offerings. Leading a team of technical engineers, his responsibilities include product direction and definition through program management, user experience and design, and customer engagement programs. This spans SQL Server’s work in all workloads – databases, integration and business intelligence, as well as the release forms of the product – software, appliances and the cloud services.
Clark joined Microsoft in 1994, and held a variety of roles mostly in systems technology prior to joining SQL Server, including the Internet Information Server team and System Center. In 2002, he joined SQL Server to lead the effort to add unstructured data capabilities into the data platform, a vision realized over a few releases of SQL Server, culminating in SQL Server 2012. In 2006 he took the position of General Manager overseeing the core relational database engine, where he lead the SQL Server 2008, 2012 and 2014 releases, and drove the business into key new areas such as the appliance market, scale-out data warehousing, continuous event processing, and more recently data services in the cloud. Clark graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and doubled-majored in Computer Science. He lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and two boys.
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