We’re Presenting at the #SQLPASS Summit 2012!

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All four of us – Brent, Jeremiah, Jes, and Kendra – got sessions approved for the PASS Summit in November!  Here’s what we’ll be covering: Shazam! We’re speaking at the PASS Summit! A Developer’s Guide to Dangerous Queries – Jeremiah Peschka Jeremiah says: “SQL Server does a good job of working with whatever garbage we…
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Brent’s 2012 Conference Schedule

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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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Interview with #SQLPASS Presidents Rushabh Mehta and Bill Graziano

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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

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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

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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

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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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