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Making 2010 a Year to Remember

2009 was a fantastic growth year for PASS. Our membership grew 51%, surpassing 50,000 registered members worldwide. And we saw a 57% growth in chapters, ending the year with 205 chapters in more than 50 countries.

Building on these and other successes, we have some lofty goals for 2010, in terms of growth as an organization and providing SQL Server readiness activities through online and offline events around the world. As I take the helm of PASS this month, I am very excited about the year ahead and building on 2009's growth.

This is a release year for SQL Server, with SQL Server 2008 R2 set for release in just a few months. Unlike normal mid-cycle releases, R2 will deliver exciting features, especially in the BI space with integration with SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. I highlighted some of my favorite R2 features in the Database Applications and Trends article...Read more.

Survey: Where Should PASS Hold Summit 2011?

To provide the best experience possible for as many members as we can, PASS is evaluating additional locations—in addition to Seattle—for PASS Summit 2011. All members should have received a survey invitation asking for feedback to help direct our efforts.

  • Make your voice heard by completing your survey by midnight PT Jan. 19.
  • For background on considerations that affect the selection of the annual conference location, see PASS Executive VP, Finance, Bill Graziano’s blog post “PASS: Seattle vs. the East Coast.”

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Featured book

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services Problem-Design-Solution

Authors: Erik Veerman, Jessica M. Moss, Brian Knight, and Jay Hackney

The SQL Server Standard
Busting 6 SQL Server Failover Clustering Myths

One of a DBA’s most important responsibilities is to protect and ensure the availability of data. Part of that responsibility is to prevent and recover from disasters. A small disaster, like accidentally deleting all the rows in a production table, can happen in an instant and may affect one or more applications. You might be able to easily recover from it, but the data loss could still be very serious...

SQL Server failover clustering can be a valuable component of your disaster recovery solution. You don’t have to do anything special to get your applications to work with a clustered SQL Server, and you’ll improve availability in case of a server problem. Just be sure you understand what it does and doesn’t provide. Read more.

Blog: Questions and Answers from the SQL Server Clinic

What is the EXECSYNC wait type? Why is the model database transaction log growing? Why do I have to wait to get into the pool? These are just a few of the questions that Microsoft CSS’s Bob Ward received at the popular PASS Summit 2009 SQL Server Clinic, hosted by CSS and the SQLCAT team. See other questions—as well as the answers—in his blog post “Doctor, this SQL Server appears to be sick...


In the News

 Check out the Top 10 Lists page, including the recently added list for SQL Server Memory.

Upcoming SQL Server Events:

January PASSMN Meeting
Jan. 19, 2:30-6pm CT Bloomington, MN

Mem-PASS: Kevin Kline - Stored Procedure Best Practices
Jan. 21, 5:30-8pm CT, Memphis, TN

SQL Saturday - Tampa
Jan. 23, 8am-5:30pm ET, Tampa, FL

Live Meeting - PASS DBA Virtual Chapter Presents: SQL Server Consolidation - How to Decide on the Right Approach
Jan. 27, noon-1pm ET

SQL Saturday - New England
Jan. 30, 8:30-4:30pm ET, Waltham, MA

See More Events

Act by Friday to Save 50% on PASS Summit 2010!

Nov. 8-11, Seattle, WA
Register for PASS Summit 2010 by Jan. 15, and get the special preview rate of only $995—that’s 50% off the regular Full Summit fee. The best SQL Server and BI training in the industry can be yours for an investment of less than $85 a month. Don’t miss this savings. Learn more and register!

PASS European Conference 2010

April 21-23, Neuss, Germany
Thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts for PASS European Conference 2010! The Call to Speakers is now closed, and the Program Committee is busy reviewing almost 200 submissions. We'll post the selected speaker and session lists as soon as possible. In the meantime, make sure you're registered for the premier SQL Server and BI conference in Europe, delivering over 40 technical sessions across four tracks, as well as insider keynotes and in-depth SQL Server 2008 R2 content. Learn more today!

Congratulations to the winners of our prize drawing for attendees who completed the PASS Summit 2009 Evaluation Survey: Tracy Hamlin of Carefusion in Birmingham, AL, won a Dell Mini Netbook, and Meir Dudai of Valinor in Tel Aviv, Israel, won Full Summit registration to PASS Summit 2010. Thanks again to everyone who completed their evaluation and shared feedback that will help us make the conference the best it can be!

Don Gabor’s Networking Goals for January
“Achieving the following  business networking goals in January will pay year long,” according to networking and small talk expert, Don Gabor. Starting now, Don advises you to...Read more.


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