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Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server

Gail Shaw

South Africa


Gail is a Database Specialist focusing on database performance tuning and database recovery, with a particular interest in topics such as indexing strategies, execution plans, and writing T-SQL code that performs well and scales gracefully.

Gail holds a Microsoft Certified Master certification for SQL Server 2008 and is a Data Platform MVP. She is a frequent poster on the SQL Server Central forums, a Pluralsight author, writes articles for both and, and has spoken at SQL Saturdays locally and internationally, SQL Bits and at the PASS Community Summit.

Gail has been responsible for extending the lifespan of many an application by performance-tuning their databases as well as providing technical guidance on all things SQL Server related.

She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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