Michael is a frequent speaker at technology and business conferences throughout the world from Australia to Brazil. In 2017, was recognized as #42 of the top 100 most influential people in the cloud industry”. Michael is a recognized Oracle ACE, a recognized VMware vExpert, a recognized Microsoft Data Platform MVP formerly (Microsoft SQL Server MVP). Michael is the original Oracle press author and his newest book is Virtualizing SQL Server with VMware: Doing IT Right from VMware Press. Michael is a regular columnist on Clouds Trends for the Big Data magazine.