Michael Fal, UpSearch Alum

mikeMichael S. Fal is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He is a specialist in data management technologies. As a community advocate, public speaker, and blogger, Mike is a practicing thought leader for data and automation. He is passionate about DevOps and data, building platforms to optimize, protect, and use data efficiently.

Since 1999, Mike has been working in the database field, focusing primarily on SQL Server and specializes in automating data solutions to improve the reliability and efficiency of his environments. Mike has the unique ability to create robust, repeatable solutions to resolve a variety of technical challenges.

Mike has been working with databases for more than 15 years. He continues to blog at http://mikefal.net since 2011, writing about a wide range of topics that center around data management. Mike is also active in the SQL Server community as a frequent speaker at user groups and SQL Saturday events. He is an active member, and former board member, of the Denver SQL Server User Group as well as a volunteer for the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).

Mike is a lifelong musician as well as data professional. He has been performing with various groups and ensembles for the last 25 years. Mike currently plays bass trombone with the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra in Denver, as well as sitting in with some local swing bands.


  • Microsoft Data Platform MVP Award (October 2016 – Present)

Education & Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Platform (MCSE: Data Platform)
  • Bachelor’s Degree, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Idera Ace (2015-2016)

Information Technology Skills

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server (through 2016)
  • Database Development and Design
  • Data High Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • DevOps and Data Management
  • NoSQL / Non-Relational Data Management
  • Performance Tuning
  • Powershell

Publications & Presentations

  • DevOps and the DBA, Simple Talk by RedGate
  • A Month of SQLPS Blog Series, Art Of The DBA
  • Guest Posts – Hey Scripting Guy TechNet Blog

Speaking & Community Engagements

Mike has presented at PASS Summit 2015, Powershell and the Art of SQL Server Deployment, IT/Dev Connections 2015, PowerShell for SQL Data Professionals – Microsoft Virtual Academy, PASS Summit 2013, Monitoring Methodologies – The Hierarchy of Database Needs, and at many SQL Saturday conferences and user groups throughout the United States.