Dr Greg Low

Consultant, Microsoft Regional Director, and Public Speaker in Melbourne, Australia

Dr Greg Low

Consultant, Microsoft Regional Director, and Public Speaker in Melbourne, Australia

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Greg is one of the better-known database consultants in the world. In addition to deep technical skills, Greg has experience with business and project management and is known for his pragmatic approach to solving issues. His skill levels at dealing with complex situations and his intricate knowledge of the industry have seen him cut through difficult problems and situations in both large tier-1 and small organisations.

Greg leads a boutique consultancy firm called SQL Down Under.

Microsoft has specifically recognized his capabilities and appointed him to the Regional Director program. They describe it as consisting of “150 of the world's top technology visionaries chosen specifically for their proven cross-platform expertise, community leadership, and commitment to business results”.

Regarding SQL Server, Greg is a long-term Data Platform MVP and considered one of the foremost consultants in the world on that platform. Microsoft calls on him regularly to train and mentor their own premier field engineers, senior consultants, internal IT staff, and SQL Server product team members at worldwide locations. He has provided architectural guidance for some of the largest SQL Server implementations in the world and helped them to resolve complex issues. Greg was one of the two people first appointed as SQL Server Masters worldwide.

For several years, Greg served on the global board for the Professional Association of SQL Server. He said he is particularly proud of having helped it triple the size of its community, and more importantly to him, took it from being 90% USA based, to being a truly global community with 60% of chapters outside the USA.

Greg is a talented trainer and presenter, known for his ability to explain complex concepts with great clarity to people of all skill levels. He is regularly invited to present at top level tier-1 conferences around the world. Greg's SQL Down Under podcast has a regular audience of over 40,000 listeners.

Outside of work and family, Greg's current main passion is learning Mandarin Chinese, determined to learn to read, write, speak, and understand it clearly.

Another passion is baseball (slightly odd for an Australian). In addition to playing and coaching for many years, Greg was also a credentialed umpire, and umpired in the Pan Pacific Games. Finally, Greg's other great passion has always been railways. This came from a childhood interest that started with a fascination about his Grandfather's work as a fettler.

  • Education
    • Queensland University of Technology