Chris Shaw

About (Biography)

Chris started his database career in 1993. He began by working with Lotus during his time in the Marine Corps. Following the Marines Chris continued working with databases for companies such as Wells Fargo, Pulte Mortgage and Yellow Pages Inc. He later consulted with insurance companies including Anthem Blue Shield and Admini Quest. Chris has been writing and speaking about SQL Servers for over 15 years at events such as SQL Connections, Pass and SSWUG Ultimate conferences. Chris was the Conference Director for SSWUG in 2008. Chris received the Microsoft MVP award in 2009 to 2014 and just received his fourth MVP award in April of 2012. He is the founding member of the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group. Chris has many featured articles on the SSWUG website, Chris was a contributing author for SQL Server 2005 Bible, SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, Volume 2and most recently SQL Server 2012 Best Practices. Blogs, information, questions, quizzes and interviews can be found at Chris’ blog site at He can also be reached on twitter at @SQLShaw or by email at

In July of 2016 Chris was happy to announce that he has started working with the database team at Fortified Data.  “As much as I enjoy teaching and speaking at events, I want to know my knowledge is based on experience, and not theory.  I like to help an organization determine what the obstacles are, and help remove them so they can accomplish their mission.”

Chris was born at the Air Force Academy here in Colorado Springs.  Following in his father’s military footsteps, Chris joined the Marines in 1990.  After finishing his contract he relocated back to Colorado Springs.

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  1. Acami says:


    To become a DBA administrator do I need to start first as SQL Developer? I do have seven year experience with Windows servers 2003/2008, DNS, DHCP, Linux, VMware, Cisco, SAN, but not SQL.

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  3. […] Chris Shaw’s Weblog – I first came across Chris in SQL Server MVP Deep Dives 2. After reading his essay on architectural growth pains I subscribed to his blog. Good information. […]

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