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Milestones – Amit Bansal

From birth, till date :) – this is my timeline!

When What Really?
30 Aug 1980 Born Named ‘Amit’ after Amitabh Bachchan (Yes, I am a big fan of Big B)
1989 Saw microcomputer in my school The only air conditioned room and highly restricted area
1992 Dad bought my brother and me our first computer Wipro 386 DX2. 4 MB RAM, 80 MB HDD. Cost: 1,20,000 INR along with TVS dot matrix printer
1992-1996 My brother Vineet learnt programming languages like C, C++ I only played games. Wolf 3D, Prince of Persia, Syndicate – you name it, I played it
1995 Won “All India Camel Painting Contest”, First Prize I did not paint, I sketched with 6B pencil (And I sketched Mahatma Gandhi)
1996-1999 I learnt C, C++, VB, SQL, FoxPro, etc Joined Aptech, 3 yrs Diploma
2000 MCP, MCDBA, SQL Server 2000 Started working part-time (did many more Microsoft Certifications. But all I was doing was fixing people’s broken computers, a hardware geek)
2000-2002 Photoshop, 3D Studio Max, Lightwave, etc Part-time web development, graphics, multimedia presentations, animations, etc. Performed live computer animation during school & college festivals in almost all schools of Calcutta. Built multimedia presentations for corporates. (In college circuit, I was already a geeky celebrity)
2002 Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) First MCT of India
2002 Worked as a Trainer in Kathmandu First exposure as a Trainer, came back to India in 3 months (don’t ask me why)
2002 Worked in Doha, Qatar at ExecuTrain 2nd exposure as Trainer, came back to India in 3 months (don’t ask me why, again)
2002-2003 Built a decent-scale VB/.NET application for a friend’s company Worked on COM/DCOM
2003 MCSD.NET Early Achiever First in India
2003-2004 Applied with Infosys, Cognizant, Accenture, Wipro & many others Rejected by all (don’s ask me, ask them)
2004 Selected by New Horizons India as a Trainer. Offered me INR 25000 per month. Job location Delhi Upon reaching Delhi, New Horizons India changed their decision to pay only 15000 INR per month (probably they thought, that’s what I was worth of). I came back
2004 With my brother, floated & joined eDominer & Peopleware India Now I work in the same company as a Director
2004 Worked extensively on .NET & SQL Server Also ventured into sales/marketing
2004 XML training for Lexmark, Calcutta First corporate delivery
2004 .NET Greenfield training for Accenture, Mumbai Life changing experience
2004-2005 Training/consulting for multiple biggies (.NET & SQL) The same biggies that rejected me (doesn’t it feel good?)
2005 SQL Server 2005 launch & Hands-On-Labs delivery for Microsoft India across India Became vendors to Microsoft India
2005-2006 Training/consulting for multiple biggies continued… Came across one Technical Lead who rejected me, now I was about to train his team :) – times change!
2007 Selected as Hands-On-Labs proctor at TechEd North America 2007 My first US visit, My first global TechEd
2007 Awarded as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional on SQL Server Still holding the award
2008 Speaker at TechEd North America 2008 First Time as a speaker at a global TechEd
Watched Bill Gates Live, it was mesmerizing
2008 Speaker at TechEd Europe 2008 First Time to Barcelona
2008 MVP Summit 2008 First Visit to Microsoft Redmond Campus
2008 Part of SQL Server 2008 certification process Visited the campus again, first visit to the Boeing Factory
First & the only SQL MVP from India to participate in a Microsoft Certification Development process
2009 Speaker at TechEd India It’s always a pleasure to be part of TechEd India
2009 MVP Summit again Got a chance to speak to Steve Ballmer
2010 Launched SQLServerGeeks.com 30+ authors, 40+ events, 1+ million page views per month
2011 TechEd India, TechReady Redmond More and more conferences
2011 Junior AB born
2012 Speaker at TechEd North America 2012 Voted in Top 5 sessions in SQL Server category
2013 Speaker at TechEd Europe 2013 Voted in Top 3 sessions in SQL Server Category
2013 Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server Only SQL MCM in India (outside Microsoft)
2014 Speaker at TechEd North America 2014 Voted in Top 10 speakers at TechEd overall at 4th slot, out of 650 sessions
Voted in top slot in SQL Server Category
2015 SQLServerGeeks Annual Summit 2015 Asia’s First SQL Conference. A massive debut. A game changer. Many had written this off even before the debut, but it turned out to be a blockbuster.
2015 Microsoft Regional Director (Hon) Bestowed by Microsoft Corporation, a highly coveted status, for demonstrating unmatched technical expertise, community influence and business acumen – heavy words for me!
2015 Speaker at PASS Summit World’s biggest Data/SQL/Analytics conference focusing on Microsoft Data Platform. Happens every year in Seattle.
2015 Speaker at Microsoft Ignite. TechEd renamed to Ignite. First year of Ignite and I was a speaker :). At Orlando, Florida.
2016 SQLServerGeeks Annual Summit 2016 The second edition of Asia’s Only SQL Conference. Bigger. Better.
2017 Speaker at PASS Summit Seattle
2017 Speaker at MS Ignite Orlando
2017 Speaker at SQLBits After a long gap. At Telford, England.
2017 DataPlatformGeeks Community launched. SQLServerGeeks Annual Summit renamed to Data Platform Summit. Things change with changing times…
2017 Data Platform Summit 2017 Third edition. Inaugurated by Karnataka IT Minister, Shri Priyank Kharge.
2018 Microsoft Regional Director Second Term
2018 SQL Saturday Event New Zealand
2018 SQL Saturday Event Australia
2018 Data Platform Summit 2018 Fourth Edition. At Radisson Blu. Bangalore. DPS elevated to a completely new level.
2018 SQL Saturday Event Singapore
2018 SQL Saturday Event, Denmark Happens to be the Biggest Pre-Con (in-terms of attendance) in the history of SQL Saturday Denmark
2019 Speaker at Difinity Conference, New Zealand Pre-Con & Couple of Sessions
2019 SQL Saturday Event New Zealand
2019 Speaker at SQLBits This time Pre-Con too :-)
2004-Till Date Consulting, Training, Content Development, SQL Support, SQL projects, POCs. Travelled the length & breadth of the globe and depth of India :)
120+ customers, 500+ assignments
Cognizant, Infosys, Accenture, Wipro are now my esteemed clients :)

Some Highlights:

Only MVP from India to feature at 6 global TechEDs as a speaker

Only MVP from India to feature in Top 10 TechEd

Only SQL MCM in India (outside Microsoft)

First Microsoft Certified Trainer in India

Only SQL MVP from India to participate in SQL certification development process

Top-rated speaker at TechEd NA 2012, TechEd Europe 2013, TechEd NA 2014

1+ million pages views for SQLServerGeeks.com per month

10 Comments

  1. Chris Chris

    Amazing achievements!

  2. Ramesh Ramesh

    You are an inspiration for generations to come

  3. Paul Paul

    Looks like a perfect script :)

  4. Ronald Jerald Ronald Jerald

    I envy you and I am sure I am not the only one :)

  5. Sampath Sampath

    I am glad we have you train our people

  6. Sourav Sourav

    Feel privileged to attend your session

  7. Gary Gary

    You leave a mark wherever you go, I remember I attended your teched session in Orlando and it was one of the finest session I ever attended, thanks!

  8. Truly inspiring. You laid the path which many will follow. Awesome achievements Amit.

  9. Deepika Deepika

    Proud to have known you!

  10. Ansuman Ansuman

    Amit I was amazed with your life story. I was so nice to see all those who rejected you are depending on your training. You are one of the best speakers on SQL I have ever seen. Thanks a ton.

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10 Comments

  1. Chris Chris

    Amazing achievements!

  2. Ramesh Ramesh

    You are an inspiration for generations to come

  3. Paul Paul

    Looks like a perfect script :)

  4. Ronald Jerald Ronald Jerald

    I envy you and I am sure I am not the only one :)

  5. Sampath Sampath

    I am glad we have you train our people

  6. Sourav Sourav

    Feel privileged to attend your session

  7. Gary Gary

    You leave a mark wherever you go, I remember I attended your teched session in Orlando and it was one of the finest session I ever attended, thanks!

  8. Truly inspiring. You laid the path which many will follow. Awesome achievements Amit.

  9. Deepika Deepika

    Proud to have known you!

  10. Ansuman Ansuman

    Amit I was amazed with your life story. I was so nice to see all those who rejected you are depending on your training. You are one of the best speakers on SQL I have ever seen. Thanks a ton.

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