Some Of Our Key Staff
Rob Farley is the Owner and Principal Consultant of LobsterPot Solutions Pty Ltd. He has been consulting in database technologies since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours. He is a regular conference presenter both around Australia and overseas, heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group and holds several Microsoft certifications including Microsoft Certified Master in SQL Server. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, a recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award for SQL Server every year since 2006, and a past Branch Executive Committee member of the Australian Computer Society. Rob was on the Board of Directors of the PASS organisation from 2011 to 2013, and is a published author, his books including Professional SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting, SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives 2. Rob works across all areas of SQL Server, from system design and performance tuning, through to business intelligence and data analysis. His understanding of system internals is excellent, and he is often called upon to improve the performance of systems, whether they be transactional systems or data warehouses.
Martin Woodcock is our newly appointed General Manager responsible for business development and project management. He graduated in Chemistry from Imperial College, London and has recently qualified as a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional. Martin has many years organisational development experience in particularly in Sales and Marketing and can provide facilitation and business analysis services to shape requirements definitions for Business Intelligence applications.
Ted Krueger is our US lead, and another SQL Server MVP. He is the author of Expert Performance Indexing for SQL Server 2012, Troubleshooting SQL Server – A Guide for the Accidental DBA and The Successful Technology Consultant, as well as contributing chapters to both MVP Deep Dives books. He presents all around the US at SQL Server events, and has vast experience in all areas of SQL Server, particularly replication and high availability. Ted is actively involved in the SQL Server community in the mid-west, where he collaborates with many other community leaders to coordinate events in his role as a PASS Regional Mentor. He blogs at LessThanDot, which is a community blogging site that Ted co-founded in 2007. He is an excellent choice to be LobsterPot’s representative in the US.
Martin Cairney is LobsterPot Solutions’ main person in Melbourne. He is a highly experienced Database Administrator and Developer with extensive experience in SQL Server. Before joining LobsterPot he had worked across many industry sectors including London’s global financial institutions and both State and Federal Government Departments. He is also an experienced conference presenter. Having presented a number of times at SQLBits in the UK and various SQL Server User Groups in Australia and the UK, he has been selected by PASS to speak at the PASS Summit 2014. He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer, holds the MCSE:Data Platform, MCITP and MCDBA certifications, and is a co-ordinator of the SQL Server Social events in Melbourne.
Julie Koesmarno, our Canberra lead, is an internationally recognised SQL Server expert, and has given presentations at some of the largest SQL Server conferences in the world, including the PASS Summit in Seattle and SQL Rally in Dallas. She was based in Sydney when she joined LobsterPot, but has since relocated to Los Angeles and then to Canberra. She has a degree from ANU, to go with many SQL Server certifications including ones on SQL Server 2012. She is an expert in Business Intelligence, including the Tabular model, PowerPivot and Power View, which helps her in her role as co-leader of the PASS BI Virtual Chapter. Her MVP award in October 2013 made LobsterPot Solutions the only company with two Australian SQL MVPs on staff.
Ben McNamara was the first person to be hired by LobsterPot Solutions. He has a degree in Computer Science from the University of South Australia and over ten years’ experience in the IT industry, including almost seven years at EDS. He has SQL Server 2012 exams under his belt, and is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional in Business Intelligence with SQL Server 2008, with particular strengths in SQL Server Reporting Services, and Data Cleansing with SQL Server Integration Services.