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Developer Content at PASS Summit 2017

As Tim Ford recently explained, PASS has observed a growth in members who identify as developers. The PASS Board is committed to working strategically across portfolios to meet the educational needs of this growing developer audience while continuing to serve our established community of DBAs, archi ...

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PASS Summit 2017: New Process for Call for Speakers

The PASS Summit Call for Speakers opens tomorrow and I want to clarify some of our process changes this year. To begin, I want to acknowledge all the hard work the program committee and additional community volunteers have put into the Summit program so far. The strategic vision of the Board is dri ...

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Mapping Out PASS Summit Content Based on How You Do Your Job

PASS is shifting gears to keep up with the fast-changing nature of the global data landscape. As part of this evolution, the Summit program is moving to a content driven approach to better serve the community, and the breadth of functions involved in the data world. Changes are already underway with ...

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Changes to the PASS Summit 2017 Program, Pre-Conference Call for Interest, and a Community Survey

Exciting innovation is coming to this year’s PASS Summit program. With the Board committed to deliver the best possible educational experience for attendees, PASS has conducted industry research over the last few months to assess the Summit program. Current data points to the need for a substa ...

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Looking Ahead at the Future of Virtual Groups

Growth of our Virtual Groups has been incredible since they began 10 years ago. With 30 Virtual Groups (VGs), including eight with language-based content, we have delivered over 25,000 hours of online education so far during this fiscal year 2017. With the growth of our virtual and on-demand learnin ...

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First Business Analytics Day a Success

Last month, PASS delivered the first Business Analytics (BA) Day on January 11, 2017, in Chicago, IL. This intensive day of training provided attendees two different tracks for furthering their learning in analytics: Advanced Analytics or Data Visualization and I’m excited to announce it was a ...

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Bringing You the Best Possible Summit Program

In years past, we would have announced a call to the community for volunteers and the upcoming call for speakers for this year’s PASS Summit by now. Some of you may be wondering why we haven’t done that yet, and I wanted to take this opportunity to walk through that with you. As you may ...

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The Inaugural PASS Business Analytics Day – Don’t Miss Out!

PASS is delivering its first ever Business Analytics (BA) Day on January 11, 2017, in Chicago, IL. BA Day is an intensive day of training that is designed to give attendees a deep-dive into one of two BA streams: Advanced Analytics or Data Visualization. As leaders in providing educational content ...

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Virtual Chapters Portfolio Update

Hello all. I’d like to take a few moments to update you on the Virtual Chapters (VC) portfolio. I’m excited to share that we are on-track to deliver a total of 35,000 training hours by 30 June 2016. We are also making good progress on our target to increase VC registrations from the LATAM and EMEA regions by 25%.

Our growth in regional attendees is tremendous in supporting our global community. But this has also made us acutely aware of the need to expand our time zone availability, as most VCs are currently held between 5pm and 6:30pm UTC. This time frame makes it difficult for southern hemisphere attendees to be involved. We are currently undertaking an off-hours pilot project with select VCs to investigate how we can expand these time zone offerings to other VCs.

We are also currently developing a VC Learning Pathways page where you will be able to easily access a variety of previously-recorded VC sessions. They will be categorized by topic and we’ll also have a “Highlights” section that will feature the top sessions chosen by VC leaders. This is an exciting new addition and we hope you will enjoy easy access to the many incredible presentations put on by our community members.

These are some of the activities we are undertaking to enhance Virtual Chapters in 2016. As we work to make changes and bring you improved learning opportunities throughout 2016, I will share more details with you.


Wendy Pastrick
Director, PASS Virtual Chapters

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