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It is with great sadness that we learned this weekend of the passing of one of our longest team members – Roberto Di Pietro.

Roberto was  a Senior Premier Field Engineer based in Rome Italy.  His focus was primarily SQL, but in the recent years, also SRSS.  Throughout his 18+ year career, his focus was SMS and then System Center.  With SQL and SRSS having such an important role in the way System Center Configuration Manager operates, his expertise was vital to our customers, our field, and those of us in Redmond who had the privilege to work with him.

As our products grew their relationships to SQL and SRSS, we found a need to provide deep training, sessions and other forms of readiness to our audiences and communities.  The level of depth in this area is not widespread.  Worldwide, it was hard to find expertise that could provide 75+ minutes of 400 level coverage on SQL and System Center.  Roberto started to attend our bi annual internal TechReady events as well as our major annual event, the Microsoft Management Summit.  At these events, Roberto was one of our highest rated speakers and was well liked as he delivered deep technical coverage on the role of SQL to our solutions.  He used his customer experience and his deep SQL knowledge to help Administrators learn about the importance of databases and how they work-  in content we had never delivered before.   The results were extremely positive.

Personally, if you have seen any demo or deck from me that included SQL or SRSS, Roberto was a huge help in setup, configuration and troubleshooting.  I have benefitted immensely from Roberto’s passion and deep knowledge over the past 4 years.  When I asked him to speak at events, his enthusiasm was overwhelming, and his ability to explain the technology was authoritative.  I remember him coming into Redmond bearing gifts from Italy, basing himself out of my office for the week and sharing stories about experiences.  That continued at other events, he always found me in an event, with a huge smile, a thank you and welcoming conversation.  He would work through the night and over weekends to help me, always with positive energy and perfect results. 

I am really sad to hear about Roberto, and I would like to thank him on behalf of the entire System Center team in Redmond for his tireless contributions. 

Warm regards, thank you Roberto

me15Jeff Wettlaufer
Sr Technical Product Manager
System Center, Management and Security Division
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