James is a Vice President and Distinguished Engineer on the Amazon Web Services team where he is focused on infrastructure efficiency, reliability, and scaling. Prior to AWS, James was architect on the Microsoft Data Center Futures team and before that he was architect on the Live Platform Services team. Prior to that he was General Manager of the Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services team which was formed as part of the FrontBridge Technologies acquisition. He moved to the EHS team from his role as SQL Server Architect and leader of the SQL Server Security and Incubation Teams. He joined SQL Server during the 7.0 development cycle and over the years led various development teams including the SQL language compiler, query optimizer, query execution engine, DDL processing, metadata and catalog management, security, Server-side XML, network protocols, server-side cursors, full text search, and Common Language Runtime Integration. Prior to joining the SQL Server team, James was an architect on the Windows NT Base Operating System group. Before joining Microsoft, James worked at the IBM Toronto Lab as Lead Architect for IBM DB2 UDB where he helped ship numerous releases on many operating platforms including AIX, OS/2, Windows NT, Windows 95, Sinix, HP/UX, and Solaris. Before DB2, James formed the team and led the delivery of IBM’s first C++ language compiler. He has a Master of Math (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo and Bachelors of Science (Computer Science) from the University of Victoria. In the late 70’s and early 80’s he worked as a licensed auto mechanic first at a Chevrolet dealer and later at, Eurocar, an Alfa Romeo dealership where they serviced Maseratti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and, just to keep the bills paid, Fiats. At Eurocar Racing they raced various sedans and formula cars in the Pacific Northwest.
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