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Category: PASS General

An Open Letter to SQLSaturday Organizers

Over the past few months, we’ve received lots of questions and concerns regarding the future of SQLSaturday, and following today’s PASS FY 19 Priorities blog post, I wanted to personally address these concerns and hopefully put them to rest.

I can’t stress enough, PASS loves SQLSaturday. These events are an essential part of our organization and they are not going away.

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PASS Priorities FY 19

On January 30, we kicked off 2 days of Board meetings in Woodinville, Washington, where we welcomed our newest members to the Board. It was great to see such a diverse group of data professionals being represented in the room.

First up on the agenda was a review of our priorities throughout the fiscal year. PASS is in the business of connecting and training data professionals globally. We believe that by providing world-class educational content, we will not only increase member engagement, but also drive attendance to events like PASS Summit, helping us to close our revenue gap.

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Looking Back at our 2017 OVA Winners

The PASS organization and community is constantly growing and evolving thanks to the volunteer efforts of our members. Every month, we ask our members to nominate a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support our community of data professionals and we present them with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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Thank You to our Outgoing PASS Board Members

As we prepare to welcome the new PASS Board members taking their seat on January 1, 2018, I wanted to take a moment to thank our outgoing Board members for their hard work and dedication to the PASS organization and community.

The following Board members will be completing their tenure on December 31:

Chris Woodruff – Director, Community Development
Jen Stirrup – Director, Special Projects
Denise McInerney – Vice President, Marketing 
Thomas LaRock – Immediate Past President

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PASS Summit 2017: Blog Round-up

The world of data and technology is evolving at a rapid pace. To keep up with this ever-changing data economy, events such as PASS Summit 2017, held last month in Seattle, WA, offered global data professionals the opportunity not only to learn through traditional educational sessions, but to share and exchange knowledge (often informally) through conversations, hands-on learning, and networking.

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FY 2018 Progress Update

Back in August, I shared with the community an overview of PASS’ priorities for our 2017 fiscal year (FY17 – running from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). With one quarter behind us, I wanted to share our progress so far.

Our FY priorities center around 3 pillars:

1. Thought Leadership

2. Membership Growth

3. Financial Strength

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Thank you to the PASS Summit 2017 Program Committee

Every year we ask a lot of our PASS Summit Program Committee volunteers. Conference programming is always a challenge as we seek to please a wide variety of people and professionals. It requires an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and collaboration to make sure it’s done right. It is even ...

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Welcoming our Newly Elected Directors to the PASS Board

Last month, the PASS Community elected three new Directors-at-Large to join the PASS Board of Directors. I wanted to take a moment to once again congratulate the winners.

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Shifting Back From Community Evangelist to Community Volunteer

As a long time member of the PASS Community, I jumped at the opportunity to try stepping out of a technical position and into the role of Community Evangelist. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with the PASS HQ team to support our volunteers around the world, both in-person at local events and internally behind the scenes.

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Why Data Modeling is Important in Power BI

I have a long experience in working on reporting systems based on semantic models. Now we call them “self-service BI”, but the principles are the same we had in DSS (decision support system), OLAP (on-line analytical processing), and many other names that we’ve seen over the years.

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