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PASS SQLRally Gaining Momentum

The schedule is set, now to get the word out. Let’s make sure anyone who uses SQL Server knows about PASS SQLRally and the value it offers. No sales pitch needed, just a “hey, have you looked at PASS SQLRally?” will do. Send your colleagues an email, post a note on Twitter (#sqlrally), or maybe write something on your blog. Include a slide in your deck if you’re doing a presentation. Make sure the event info is posted on your chapter web site. Let’s make sure that anyone who needs training knows about the opportunity.

It’s been almost a year since we started work on the project that evolved into PASS SQLRally, with our inaugural event coming up May 11-13, 2011, in Orlando. It’s been amazing to watch it grow from informal code name ‘spring conference’ to something with a great name (and logo) that will fill a niche in the PASS event portfolio.

PASS SQLRally was designed with some interesting goals in mind...Read more

Are we there yet?

Things have been buzzing at PASS with the 24 Hours of PASS web event in March, the first-ever PASS SQLRally conference in Orlando in May, the ongoing SQLSaturday events, and PASS Summit in October. With all the activity going on though, you might be wondering about the European Conference. What’s happening with this event? Is it taking place? Is it dead? Is PASS focused just on US events now?

The answer to the last is a resounding ‘no!’ Let me take a step back to give you the longer answer and address the other questions. Read more.

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PASS Board Minutes Posted
Directors of the Board met in Dallas on January 20-21 to discuss agenda items such as the PASS five-year business plan, going global with PASS SQLRally, and the location of PASS Summit 2013. Login to the PASS site for the January meeting minutes and additional PASS governance items.

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PASS SQLSaturday Vancouver
Feb 26, 8am-5pm PT Vancouver, BC

“Yes We Are All Individuals” - A Look at Uniqueness in the SQL World
March 1, 4:30 – 6:30pm (GMT+10:00)
Barton, Australia

PASS DW/BI VC: Introducing Microsoft's Enterprise Data Information Management Products
March 9, 12-1pm ET

PASS SQLSaturday Philadelphia
March 5, 8am-5pm ET Philadelphia, PA

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Get Inspired with David DeWitt

You don’t have to wait until PASS Summit 2011 to get in-depth PASS Summit content. PASS will be releasing some of the top-rated Summit 2010 sessions for your streaming pleasure, starting with David DeWitt’s 2010 keynote on Query Optimization 101.

David DeWitt is a favorite amongst Summit attendees for his ability to share deep knowledge in a fun and engaging manner. We’re thrilled to be bringing him back for PASS Summit 2011!

Microsoft UGSS Wants Your Input
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SQLRally 2012 Update
We're excited to announce the following 3 contenders to host the 2012 SQLRally US conference: Sri Sridharan and team in Dallas, TX; Louis Davidson and team in Nashville, Tennessee; and Wendy Pastrick and team in Chicago, IL. The review process is now underway and we'll keep you posted as updates occur. Tweet with hashtag #sqlrally2012.


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