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Name: Narayana Vyas Kondreddi
Phone: Please contact me by email first!  
Email: vyaskn@hotmail.com
Website: http://vyaskn.tripod.com
Experience: 10 years in the IT industry. Winner of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06.
Specialization: Database administration, database design and database development work with SQL Server 6.5, 7.0, 2000, 2005. Database performance tuning is one of my key skills
Development expertise: C, Visual Basic 4.0/5.0/6.0, HTML, ASP, VBScript, JavaScript, XML and .Net
Other software and tools that I use: Sybase, Access 97/2000, IIS 4.0/5.0, Personal Webserver, Index Server, MS Office, ER/Studio, Visual Source Safe, MS Project, Clear Case
Operating systems: MS-DOS, SCO-UNIX, Windows 95/98, NT 4.0, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003
Summary of my career (in reverse chronological order):
  • Currently working as an SQL Server DBA for Barclays Capital, one of the biggest investment banks in the UK, and am working on an SQL Server consolidation and migration to SQL Server 2005 project.
  • Worked as a senior SQL Server DBA for Tesco.com, the world's largest online grocer, with more than 8 Million customers.
  • Worked as an SQL Server DBA for Digital, a subsidiary of Compaq Computer Corporation, now merged with HP.
  • Worked as a DBA / Database Specialist with the development teams at Aditi Technologies Private Limited. I was responsible for the database design, development and administration of Aditi's client projects.
  • Worked as a DBA + Webmaster for the corporate website of Aditi Technologies Private Limited. Migrated the website to a new web server and later created a new site from scratch.
  • Moved to Microsoft, USA (Dallas, TX) to work as an SQL Server Technical Support Engineer. Worked in second level support (SRG) and solved hundreds of SQL Server problems. Dealt with premier customers of Microsoft and ensured high customer satisfaction rates.
  • Started my career as a Visual Basic Support Engineer at a Microsoft Regional Support Center in Bangalore, India. Provided email, phone and onsite support to Microsoft Visual Basic, SQL Server, and Access customers. Got promoted as a Technical Account Manager for an account.
Clients: Apart from Microsoft technical support customers, I worked with the following organizations as a DBA / database specialist: Microsoft, Expedia, GPC, ZendMail, CDS, Talisma
Responsibilities:
As a DBA, my previous responsibilities included the following:
  • Going through the clients' requirements and coming up with database design and application architecture.
  • Providing consultation on SQL Server to our development teams.
  • Installing, configuring, administering and securing our as well as our clients' production servers.
  • Coming up with custom-tailored backup/restore and disaster recovery plans for production servers.
  • Troubleshooting performance issues and fine-tuning queries and stored procedures.
  • Implementing and administering database replication between SQL Server databases as well as dissimilar databases.
  • Writing code and creating jobs to automate repetitive tasks.
  • Upgrading and upsizing databases from earlier versions to the latest versions.

As an SQL Server technical support engineer at Microsoft, I was responsible for the following:

  • Successfully resolving SQL Server problems in conformance with SLAs, which involves in-depth knowledge of SQL Server architecture, connectivity, replication, DTS, backup/restore, database corruption, security, programming etc.
  • Ensuring high customer satisfaction rates.
  • Working at an escalation level (Secondary Response Group, SRG) and working with issues which are very time consuming and complex. (Solved around 270 customer problems)
  • Generating content: Wrote 80 internal Solution Objects (SOs), most of them were related to SQL Server 7.0 replication. Also created about 10 public knowledgebase articles
  • Researching customer problems and filing bugs with SQL Server development team in Redmond. (I filed about 30 bugs in SQL Server 7.0 and 2000).
  • Participate actively in Microsoft internal discussion forums to help fellow Microsoft employees.
Certifications:
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in 'Implementation and Database design with SQL Server 6.5'

Following certifications from BrainBench.com: MS SQL Server 7 DBA, MS SQL Server 7 Programming, MS SQL Server 7 Administration, Webserver Administration, and Active Server Pages. Visit the following link to see my online Brainbench transcript:
http://www.brainbench.com/transcript.jsp?pid=1386900

SkillDrill.com certified in Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Administration
Training programs Attended:
SQL Server 6.5 internals: One month training organized by Aditi Technologies and Microsoft Corporation in Bangalore, India, 1998

SQL Server 7.0 advanced: One week training, organized by Microsoft Corporation in Dallas, TX, USA, 1999

Publications, contributions and achievements:

Received the "Most Valuable Professional" (MVP) award from Microsoft, between the years of 2002 and 2006, continuously.

I maintain an SQL Server website featuring SQL Server FAQ, code samples and articles. Here's the URL:
http://vyaskn.tripod.com/

Wrote a couple of Visual Basic tips for Pinnacle Publications' Visual Basic Developer magazine:
http://www.pinnaclepublishing.com/VB/VBmain.nsf/0/77A3002378D40A2B852568DE007A06AD

Wrote a Visual Basic tip for Element K Journals and that got published on Microsoft Visual Basic site:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/technical/98pasttips.asp

I actively provide solutions to the SQL Server community in Microsoft public newsgroups other popular SQL Server mailing lists.