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PASS Summit Keynote Stage

#SQLPASS Summit Keynote Liveblog Day 2

Good morning ladies and gentlemen! The conference hall is filling up in Seattle, and it’s time to crank up another blow-by-blow commentary.  I’ll be updating this blog every few minutes with what’s happening here at the PASS Summit.  For a refresher, check out the liveblog of yesterday’s keynote. PASS Summit Keynote Stage 8:20AM – People…
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PASS Summit Keynote Day 1

#SQLPASS Summit Keynote Liveblog – Day 1

PASS Summit Keynote Day 1 Good morning, folks! Lights, camera, action – it’s time for the first keynote presentation at the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit.  It’s the annual international conference for Microsoft database folks.  This year it’s in Seattle, Washington again. Over the next two hours, I’ll be expanding this post with minute-by-minute…
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Conference Speakers – Check Your Room Size

When you’re speaking at a conference, try to get the room schedules long before the event day.  Right now, the PASS Summit conference schedule is available, and each speaker’s room is listed. Then, check out the building’s floorplan – in this case, the Washington State Convention Center’s floorplans page.  Check out the seating capacity for…
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Brent’s 2012 Conference Schedule

I feel like the luckiest guy in the world: I get to take part in six major SQL Server events in 2012.  Here’s where I’m going and why: January 26-Feb 4: SQLCruise Miami SQLCruise is the highlight of my year.  This year, we’ve transitioned SQLCruise completely to Tim Ford – he owns the event start…
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Submit Your Feedback and Vote

Interview with #SQLPASS Presidents Rushabh Mehta and Bill Graziano

PASS takes bloggers seriously. This is the third year I’ve been offered press-style sit-down interviews with members of the PASS Board of Directors. On Friday, outgoing President Rushabh Mehta (@RushabhMehta), upcoming President Bill Graziano (@BillGraziano), and PASS Marketing’s Alison MacDonald talked with me for over an hour about PASS, the Summit, finances, membership, web sites,…
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Bill Graziano Supporting #SQLKilt Day

PASS Summit 2011 Day 2 Keynote Liveblog #sqlpass

Time for another keynote liveblog.  Let’s get started. It’s #SQLKilt day!  Bill Griaziano is kicking things off in a kilt: Bill Graziano Supporting #SQLKilt Day 8:19am – Bill introducing Tim Radney and Jack Corbett as outstanding volunteers. 8:22 – Lori Edwards is the 2011 PASSion award for her outstanding work making this such a great…
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PASS Summit 2011 Keynote

Liveblog for #SQLPASS 2011 Day 1 Keynote

Welcome to the big show!  I’ll be liveblogging today’s keynote at the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit in Seattle.  If you’d like to check out some of the photos I’ve taken so far, check out my Facebook album for the Summit. You can watch the keynote live, and refresh this page every couple of…
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Downloading the PASS Summit 2011 Guidebook

Free Guidebook App for #SQLPASS Summit

Want a complete session schedule, conference center maps, feedback forms, and more all on your phone?  There’s an app for that. Go to Guidebook and download the app for your iPhone, Windows Phone 7, Android, or Blackberry.  After launching it, you’ll be prompted to download a guide.  Type in PASS Summit, and we’re near the…
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Lightning Talks at the PASS Summit

How to Get Budget Approval for Conferences

If you’ve never been to a conference before, the PASS Summit and Dev Connections events seem like things that happen to Other People.  This year, I wanna help make you one of us.  You’re a geek, right?  Let’s break this down into numbers. Lightning Talks at the PASS Summit What It Costs to Attend a…
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PASS Summit 2013 Location: Charlotte, NC!

This morning, the Professional Association for SQL Server announced that the annual Summit will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.  For the last 5 years, it’s been held in Seattle, and PASS members have protested.  We wanted the Summit to move around from place to place to make it easier for other people to attend…
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An Inside Look at Our PASS Summit Submissions

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) holds a summit every year where thousands of database professionals gather to learn about the latest developments from Microsoft, meet their fellow community members, and drink Jägermeister. This year, there’s a new way to help shape the PASS Summit – you can vote on the sessions you’d like…
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Tina Turner Onstage at #SQLPASS

#SQLPASS Summit Keynote Day 1

You can refresh this page every couple of moments to see what’s happened.  The most recent updates are at the bottom. You can watch the keynote live online too. Tina Turner Onstage at #SQLPASS 8:21AM – Today opened with Tina Turner singing “Simply the Best.”  It’s either that or I drank entirely too much last…
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