Markus Winand – Speaker interview

by | Mar 12, 2019 | Speaker Interview, Voxxed Days Bucharest 2019

Markus Winand is an independent author, trainer and consultant on all things SQL. His book SQL Performance Explained has just been translated into a fifth language. It can be purchased as a print edition, and it’s also available to read for free on his Use The Index, Luke! website. Markus is currently working on his second book centered on the idea that things have changed a lot since SQL-92. It is likewise available free of charge online at modern-sql.com.

1. Full-day workshop: Modern SQL: Aggregation and Analysis

2. Talk: The Mother of all Query Languages: SQL in the 21st Century

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?

Hobbies? I’m in that phase of life where one doesn’t have hobbies.

On the other hand the two non-hobby tasks in my life make me happy: family and work.

As I’m my own boss, I sometimes have the freedom to do interesting stuff disguised as work 🙂 Also, playing with my 6-year-old son can be very relaxing. When have you built your last functional elevator out of plain Lego bricks?


Q. Why did you select this topic for your session at Voxxed Days Bucharest 2019?

I’m talking about modern SQL because I see so much untapped potential in the industry. Some companies are even paying millions in licenses but use only 5% of the database.

There are problems where SQL is incredibly good at. These are other problems than people commonly know (teaser: it’s not relational). Companies could get a huge benefit from using the SQL they already have (and pay for) if they would use it for more tasks where SQL is better than any other language.


Q. Who should attend your session? 

This session is for developers and architechts who want to get their picture of SQL updated.


Q. What are the key things attendees will take away from your session? 

SQL has evolved beyond relational. 


Q. Aside from speaking at Voxxed Days Bucharest, what are your other plans for this year?

I’m working hard to get my book finished — but that might still take longer than this year.