Rick Byham has worked at Microsoft from 1995 to the present. Rick started in database Customer Support, and then moved to Microsoft Learning, where he created official public courseware for SQL Server and worked on the Microsoft certification exams. Since 2003, as a senior writer for SQL Server Books Online, Rick creates the first documentation for many new features in Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Microsoft Parallel Data Warehouse, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Rick has Microsoft certifications as a Database Administrator, Systems Engineer, and Systems Administrator. You can reach him at Rick.Byham@Microsoft.com.