Al Noel is a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services in the Washington, DC area. He has been with Microsoft not quite 14 years. Al has been in IT for 33 years having worked in varying roles such as programmer at the National Security Agency, data center manager at the Pentagon and Visiting Scientist at the AI Lab at MIT. Technically Al has focused on SQL Server for many years along with a strong interest in development process proven practices. Al is a retired Army officer and was stationed in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe.