Downloading the PASS Summit 2011 Guidebook

Free Guidebook App for #SQLPASS Summit

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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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Which Sessions Will YOU Send to the SQL PASS Summit?

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It’s votin’ time, folks. SQL PASS 2011 community sessions have been selected by the Program Committee, but there are still five slots up for grabs. Those five sessions are up to you, the community. My Potential Session – “No More Bad Dates: Best Practices for Working With Dates and Times” Vote for me and save…
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Lightning Talks at the PASS Summit

How to Get Budget Approval for Conferences

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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!

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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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ROOOOOXANNE...you don't have to put on your red light....

An Inside Look at Our PASS Summit Submissions

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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

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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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Keynote Demos with Ted Kummert

What the #SQLPASS Summit Means to You

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Every year, the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) holds a big conference for SQL Server professionals – DBAs, developers, BI people, etc.  Depending on how you look at it, it’s either their North American conference or their global conference – people come from all over the world to attend. This year’s PASS Summit takes…
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Free-Con 2010 at the Hugo House

My Latest Experiment: #SQLPASS Free-Con

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At big conferences like the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit in Seattle, attendees can pay extra to attend a pre-conference or post-conference session.  Select speakers talk all day on just one topic, so the attendees get really deep coverage on it.  Competition among speakers is tough for these slots because there’s money involved –…
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My PASS Lightning Talk Preview Video

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At this year’s PASS Summit, we’re adding a series of sessions called Lightning Talks.  In a normal one-hour time slot, you can sit and watch several presenters give rapid-fire, 5-minute micro-sessions on various topics. My Lightning Talk is “Storage Area Networks Simplified” – I’m covering the two most important things you need to know about…
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Watch the PASS Summit Keynote Live Online

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For the first time this year, the Professional Association for SQL Server will be broadcasting the PASS Summit keynote live on the web! Each day of the Summit, Microsoft staff will open up the day with their keynote speeches: Tuesday – Ted Kummert will be talking about Microsoft’s commitment to mission critical applications and easier…
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PASS Board of Directors Election 2010 #passvotes

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The Professional Association for SQL Server holds annual elections for the Board of Directors.  The Board decides things like: Where to hold the annual PASS Summit – for the last couple of years, it’s been in Seattle, and the Board decided to keep it in Seattle for another few years.  I blogged about my frustrations…
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Hey Ma, Watch This!

Sessions I Submitted for the PASS Summit

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Every year, the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) holds an international Summit.  This year it’s Monday, November 8th through Thursday, November 11th in Seattle, Washington. Anyone can submit sessions to present.  If your session is accepted, you get a free registration, saving you around $2,000.  Even if you’re not planning on going to the…
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PASS Summit Survey Results

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The good news is that the people have spoken. The bad news is there were less than 200 people involved.  I’m hesitant to read too much into a survey with such a small sampling of a big audience, but hey, it’s what we’ve got.  The PASS 2010 Summit survey results are out, and a few…
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From NASA

Missing Out on PASS Europe and London

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My flight to the PASS European Summit and the PASS London chapter just got cancelled due to the volcanic ash mess.  We talked about trying to find more ways around it, like flying into other parts of Europe and then hoping to catch a train to Dusseldorf.  Ultimately the alternate routes were too expensive (both…
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Seattle. Get Used To It.

The PASS Summit Location Survey Results

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The Professional Association for SQL Server recently sent its members a survey asking where they should hold their next summit – in Seattle again, or rotate it around the country.  Initially we heard that the results wouldn’t be posted for a variety of reasons, but the PASS Board of Directors heard the community loud and…
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Tom LaRockStar

Book Week: Interviewing Tom LaRock on Writing

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This week I’m focusing on books – writing, publishing, and marketing.  So far I’ve covered how to make (or lose) money writing a book and how the Wine Trials might work as a business model, and today I’m talking to a first-time author.  Enjoy! Tom LaRockStar Tom LaRock needs no introduction, but you know that…
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John Jones of NetApp

Chicago #SQLPASS Meeting Recap

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John Jones and Ray LaMarca of NetApp came to the Chicago PASS Chapter tonight, and John did a presentation about storage performance.  One of my measures of a good performance is the number of questions asked during the presentation, and John’s presentation was definitely a winner there.  Lots of good questions. John Jones of NetApp…
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Performance Tuning Presentation for #SQLPASS on Jan 13th

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Eric Humphrey (Blog – @LotsaHelp) asked if I’d help out the Northwest Arkansas PASS chapter tomorrow and present remotely.  Because I know that you, reader, like to watch, here’s the coordinates: Start Time: Weds Jan 13th 11:45 AM Central (17:45 GMT) Attendee URL Meeting ID: ZRW878 Attendee Entry Code: X/~x]ZNH3 Audio: will be through your…
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