TRAINERS

Brian Knight

Brian Knight is the owner and founder of Pragmatic Works and is a serial entrepreneur, starting up other companies. Brian is a contributing columnist at several technical magazines and does regular webcasts. He is the author of more than 16 technical books. Brian has spoken at hundreds of technical and business conferences around the world. He has received a number of awards from the state, governor, and press like the Business Ambassador Award (Governor) and Top CEO (Jacksonville Magazine). His blog can be found at pragmaticworks.com.

Speaker:

SQL Server, SSIS, SSAS, BI, Data Mining, high availability, security, clustering, performance tuning, community website development 

Speaker:

  • PASS (8 years)
  • SQL Connections
  • TechEd (4 years)
  • Dozens of Code Camps
  • 2 SQL Server Launch Events
  • SQL Saturday many times
  • Many SQL Server local user group meetings
  • Backoffice Conference
  • Wrox Conference

Publications:

  • Professional SQL Server 2014 SSIS
  • Professional SQL Server 2012 SSIS
  • Professional SQL Server 2008 SSIS
  • Professional SQL Server 2005 SSIS
  • Professional SQL Server 2012 Administration
  • Professional SQL Server 2014 Administration
  • Problem Design Solution : SSIS
  • Professional SQL Server 2008 Administration
  • Professional SQL Server 2005 Administration
  • Professional SQL Server 2000 DTS
  • Expert SQL Server 2005 Integration Services
  • SQL Server 2000 for the Experienced DBA
  • Admin911: SQL Server
Devin Knight

Devin Knight is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and President of Pragmatic Works Training. He focuses on driving adoption of technology through learning. He is an author of nine Power Platform, Business Intelligence, and SQL Server books. He has been selected as a speaker for conferences like Power Platform Summit, PASS Summit, SQLSaturdays, and Code Camps for many years. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL Devin is a contributing member to several local user groups.

CERTIFICATIONS
Microsoft
Certified Trainer

 Issued August 2020 
No Expiration Date

Data Analyst
Associate

 Microsoft • Issued  May 2020
Expires May 2022

Exam 788: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Power BI

 Microsoft • Issued February 2018

Exam 466: Implementing Data Models & Reports using SQL Server

 Microsoft • Issued April 2012 

Exam 467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with SQL Server

 Microsoft • Issued April 2012 

Mitchell Pearson

Mitchell Pearson has been with Pragmatic Works for 8 years as a Data Platform Consultant and the Training Content manager. Mitchell has authored books on SQL Server, Power BI and the Power Platform. Data Platform experience includes designing and implementing enterprise level Business Intelligence solutions with the Microsoft SQL Server stack (T-SQL, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS), the Power Platform and Microsoft Azure. 

Current Engagements:

CERTIFICATIONS

Microsoft Certified Trainer

DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution

 Microsoft • Issued May 2020 • No Expiration Date

70-778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI

 Microsoft • Issued January 2019 • No Expiration Date

DP-201: Designing an Azure
Data Solution

 Microsoft • Issued May 2020 • No Expiration Date

70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server

 Microsoft • Issued December 2015 • No Expiration Date

AZ-900: Microsoft Azure
Fundamentals

 Microsoft • Issued August 2019 • No Expiration Date

70-461: Querying Microsoft
SQL Server

 Microsoft • Issued November 2014 • No Expiration Date

REVIEWS

“Thank you to Pragmatic Works for delivering another outstanding custom training for our team today. Mitchell Pearson conducted our Azure class with enthusiasm and expertise. He not only delivered relevant content for SQL developers and DBAs, but he also provided great demos and examples. Mitchell answered all of our questions and explained best practices along with technical tips. We now possess more Azure skills and are better positioned to support business intelligence in the cloud!” – Tricia R.

“Thanks, Mitchell – I really enjoyed the class! The amount of material covered and the materials provided were excellent.  As someone who used to do what you do for a living, the value proposition for us students on this class was incredible.” – Jason L.

“Mitchell was great and the course content was clear and excellent. Easily the best training I’ve taken around software and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone who has to work with data!” – Anonymous

“I felt Mitchell was an excellent speaker. He was very confident and clear and concise. He provided just the right level on content on each segment. Mitchell is a great representative of the professionalism provided by PragmaticWorks.” – MaryLou M.

Matt Peterson

Matt Peterson is a Trainer for Pragmatic Works specializing in the Power Platform. He graduated from the University of North Florida in 2006 and comes with 15 years of teaching experience in high school algebra. Matt earned the accomplishment in 2013 of being named the Florida Gifted Teacher of The Year. His primary focus is helping our customers learn the ins and outs of Power Apps and Power BI.

Current Engagements:

CERTIFICATIONS

Microsoft Certified Trainer

 Microsoft • Issued Sept. 2020 • Expires 

Power Platform App Maker

 Microsoft • Issued February 2021

Power Platform Tech Editor

 Microsoft • Issued • Expires 

REVIEWS

A short note to thank you for the training sessions this week.  The content and delivery was excellent and I’ve personally picked up on some additional tips and tricks which will certainly help me with my application development.  I know the rest of the group have been equally impressed. I’ll certainly be recommending and encouraging some on-prem training to our Learning and Development folks as well as other colleagues who are looking to get into BI.  – Matthew O’Keeffe, Lead GIS Developer

Manuel Quintana

Manuel Quintana has been teaching and developing training content for Pragmatic Works for the past 6 years. The areas of knowledge he has worked with includes the Microsoft SQL BI Stack (T-SQL, SSIS, SSAS, and SSRS), the Power Platform (Power BI, Power Automate, and PowerApps), and other various Azure services. Manuel has also authored a couple of books around Power BI and the Power Platform and participates within the community by presenting topics at various SQL Server or Power BI User groups.

Current Engagements:

CERTIFICATIONS
Microsoft
Certified Trainer

 Issued September 2020 
No Expiration Date

Power Platform Apps Maker Associate

 Issued February 2021

Data Analyst
Associate

 Microsoft • Issued  September 2020
Expires September 2022

Azure
Fundamentals

 Microsoft • Issued May 2020  

DP-200: Implementing an Azure Data Solution

 Microsoft • Issued May 2020

Microsoft
Certified Professional

 Microsoft • Issued January 2019 • No Expiration Date

DA-100: Analyzing Data with Microsoft Power BI

 Microsoft • Issued Sept. 2020 • Expires Sept. 2022

AZ-900: Microsoft Azure
Fundamentals

 Microsoft • Issued May 2020 • No Expiration Date

70-778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI

 Microsoft • Issued January 2019 • No Expiration Date

REVIEWS

Manuel is a very engaging speaker. I liked his tone of voice and rate of presentation, and little bits of humor. Any 7-hour course of online modules can potentially get dull, but Manuel kept it interesting! – Anonymous

Manuel did a fantastic job. It was easy to follow him and sessions were well planned. – Sumit K.

I love Manuel’s personality. Made me chuckle so many times. Thank you for the energy! – Andrea T.

Manuel was a great, and very patient, trainer and a fantastic resource. – Anonymous