Summer of Learning - by Rick Heiges

From ash clouds to a 24-hour marathon of webinars, it has been a busy spring here at PASS as we took advantage of many opportunities to bring you top-notch SQL Server education in a variety of formats and locations. And the summer is showing no signs of slowing down.

Last month, we held our second-ever 24 Hours of PASS virtual event with a record 63,000 registrations. PASS officially assumed responsibility for helping coordinate and guide SQLSaturday events alongside local chapter leaders. And our virtual chapters have been holding monthly—sometimes weekly—meetings full of fantastic content that are broadcast live and often available for on-demand streaming afterward. The SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch tour officially kicked off at PASS European Conference and spread around the globe, with 27 PASS Chapters participating in the events. Although the volcanic ash cloud prevented some speakers (and some attendees) from physically making it to European Conference, we were able to leverage LiveMeeting to deliver content to attendees wherever they were.

The summer is shaping up to be just as busy. A reminder that the PASS Summit 2010 Call for Speakers closes June 5, so get your abstracts in this week! The Program Committee will then examine all the session proposals to put together another phenomenal conference program. Another item in this issue talks about the next price increase on June 30—and an exciting “satisfaction guaranteed” program that lets you register at the discounted price today and then cancel if you’re not fully satisfied with the program lineup when it’s posted. (But I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.)

There is no lack of training opportunities in the meantime. You’ll likely see another 24 Hours of PASS before the Summit, joining the full lineup of local chapter and virtual chapter meetings and SQLSaturday events planned for the next quarter.

And just as there is always something going on at PASS, there are always a lot of volunteers helping bring these events to life. If you are one of those people, I want to say a big “Thank You!” Even if you don’t have time to get involved behind the scenes, your attendance is greatly appreciated. We welcome your participation at any level and value your feedback. Don’t keep PASS a secret! Tell your colleagues, your old college buddies, your mother, and anyone else who will listen about where they can get the best user-to-user based SQL Server education. And we will continue to bring you high-quality education throughout the summer and onward!

—Rick Heiges
PASS Director of Marketing