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PASS Continues SQLRally Momentum with Nordic Event

World-Class Regional SQL Server Training Goes Global

Friday, May 13, 2011—Orlando, FL—Fresh off the success of its inaugural PASS SQLRally 2011 event in Orlando this week, the Professional Association for SQL Server is taking its new regional technical training model global, with the announcement of PASS SQLRally Nordic 2011, Nov. 8-9, in Aronsborg, Sweden.
“PASS SQLRally regional events—organized and produced by local user-group chapters and dedicated volunteers—are designed to provide affordable, high-quality technical training and networking opportunities for Microsoft SQL Server professionals around the world,” said PASS President Rushabh Mehta. “With nearly 450 people taking advantage of our first SQLRally in Orlando, we’re excited to pass the torch to our Nordic members.”
Hundreds of IT professionals are expected to sharpen their SQL Server and business intelligence (BI) skills during PASS SQLRally Nordic’s 2 days of technical sessions across BI, DBA, and Developer tracks. “We are extremely pleased to be able to present such internationally known experts as Microsoft Corp.’s Mark Souza, Thomas Kejser, Stuart Ozer, Lubor Kollar, and Cihan Biyikoglu,” said SQL Server MVP and event co-founder Raoul Illyés, noting that regional professionals are invited to submit session abstracts until July 31. Attendees can save 150 euros during early-bird registration, which opened today with the launch of the event website: http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/nordic/.
PASS’s new SQLRally regional events fill the gap between its free 1-day PASS SQLSaturday training events and the annual PASS Summit, the world's largest conference for the SQL Server community. 
“PASS SQLRally brings database professionals together with industry experts in an intimate, casual learning environment that really encourages deep knowledge-sharing and networking,” noted Mark Souza, who heads up the Microsoft SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) and represents Microsoft on the PASS Board of Directors.
“PASS SQLRally Nordic is for professionals at all levels of expertise who want to learn best practices and troubleshooting tips for SQL Server, the Microsoft BI stack, and SQL Azure,” added SQLRally Nordic co-founder Johan Åhlén, chairman of the Swedish SQL Server User Group PASS chapter. “If you want to get the most from SQL Server, you don’t want to miss this event.”
Microsoft is co-organizer of PASS SQLRally Nordic. HP is Presenting Sponsor of the event, with Cornerstone, Quest Software, Red Gate Software, and SQL Service joining as early event sponsors. For a sponsorship prospectus, contact Nordic_sponsors@sqlrally.com.

First-Ever PASS SQLRally Event Kicks Off in Orlando

Regional Conference Delivers Affordable, High-Quality SQL Server Training, Networking

Orlando, FL–May 12, 2011–The Professional Association for SQL Server kicked off its inaugural PASS SQLRally regional conference in Orlando, FL, today with nearly 450 database professional looking to put the “pedal to the metal” on their Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence training.
With 48 technical training sessions across BI, DBA, Developer, and Professional Development tracks, plus an optional day of deep-dive pre-conference seminars, the new regional event fills the gap between the free PASS SQLSaturday 1-day events and PASS Summit, the world’s largest conference for the SQL Server community.
“We’re excited to see so many SQL Server community members taking advantage of PASS SQLRally’s affordable, high-quality education and connecting with local colleagues,” said PASS President Rushabh Mehta. “Thanks to the attendees, our dedicated organizers, volunteers, and speakers—and to the support of our generous sponsors—it’s going to be a great event!”
PASS SQLRally 2011’s four pre-con seminars drew 242 people yesterday in the run-up to the 2-day main program, which will deliver best practices, troubleshooting tips, and inside looks at the latest SQL Server and BI technologies from top industry experts. The conference also has a strong networking and professional-development focus, including three career-development sessions; a special Women in Technology Luncheon and Panel, sponsored by SQL Sentry; and Thursday evening Birds of a Feather discussions and panels on interviewing and speed-networking.
“There’s nothing like learning from experts with real-world experience and talking through solutions with people facing the same challenges you are,” noted PASS SQLRally 2011 co-organizer and PASS Board member Andy Warren. “SQLRally provides the perfect size and a casual friendly environment for really exploring how to get the most from SQL Server and how to be the best database pro you can be.”
PASS SQLRally 2011 is hosted in partnership with local Orlando PASS Chapters MagicPASS and OPASS, with Dell serving as Presenting Sponsor. Other sponsors include Confio Software, Entrinsik, Enterprise Software Solutions, Idera, Melissa Data, Quest Software, Red Gate Software, and SQL Sentry. Apress, Don Gabor’s Conversation Arts Media, McGraw Hill, and O’Reilly donated books for giveaway during the conference.
For the latest conference updates, see the event website–www.sqlrally.com–and watch the #sqlrally hashtag on Twitter.

PASS SQLRally 2011 Gearing Up for Spring in Orlando

SQL Server Resources to be Showcased at Inaugural Event

CHICAGO, IL–January 24, 2011–Momentum is building for the new, regional PASS SQLRally conference. PASS SQLRally is the latest conference in the growing list of SQL Server training events organized by the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS).
In addition to almost fifty technical sessions, PASS SQLRally will provide up to five hundred attendees with the opportunity to get first-hand experiences with the latest vendor offerings specifically for SQL Server users. Dell will be present in full force as the Presenting Sponsor for the inaugural event. Other sponsors include Idera, Confio Software, SQL Sentry, Inc., Red Gate Software, and Quest Software.
“PASS SQLRally was developed to address the needs of the SQL Server community looking for high-quality, affordable education close to home,” said PASS president Rushabh Mehta. “The vendor community is embracing the opportunity to meet with our technical audience in a friendly environment that’s focused on getting the most out of SQL Server.”
The first PASS SQLRally conference will take place May 11-13, 2011 at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL. Conference details can be found on the event website www.sqlrally.com with updates on Twitter using hashtag #sqlrally. For information on sponsorship opportunities or to receive a Sponsor Prospectus, contact PASS SQLRally Sponsor Manager, Al Shuler, al.shuler@sqlpass.org.

PASS SQLRally 2011 Registration Opens

New Regional PASS Event to be held May 11-13, 2011 at the Marriot World Center in Orlando, FL

SEATTLE, WA—November 11, 2010— The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) officially opened registration for PASS SQLRally 2011, the new regional event that fills the gap between the free PASS SQLSaturday 1-day events and PASS Summit, the world’s largest conference for the SQL Server community. PASS SQLRally 2011 is hosted in partnership with the local Orlando PASS Chapter, OPASS.

500 database professionals are expected to take part in the inaugural PASS SQLRally event on May 11-13, 2011 at the Marriot World Center in Orlando, FL. PASS SQLRally delivers two full days of technical training sessions, an optional day of pre-conference seminars, and session subject tracks focused on four areas: BI, DBA, Developer, and Professional Development.

Attendees will benefit from Microsoft SQL Server and BI best practices sessions, effective troubleshooting, and issue prevention tips and tricks from industry experts and community influencers. PASS SQLRally also promises to deliver great networking opportunities with SQL Server peers in a fun, casual environment.

The four pre-conference full day seminars now open for registration are: Business Intelligence Workshop; Query Performance Tuning, Start to Finish; Maximize Your SQL Server 2008 Coding Skills; and Leadership and Team Management Skills for the Database Professional.

PASS SQLRally is for professionals of all levels of expertise who work with Microsoft SQL Server, including: BI architects, data analysts, developers, and administrators, database administrators, developers, and IT professionals and managers responsible for SQL Server.

For more information and to register visit http://www.sqlrally.com. For specific information on the pre-conference seminars, visit http://www.sqlpass.org/sqlrally/2011/orlando/Agenda/PreConferenceSeminars.aspx. For information on the Orlando PASS Chapter visit http://www.opass.com


About PASS
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. From local user groups and virtual chapters to webcasts and the annual PASS Summit, PASS enables knowledge sharing, in-depth learning, access to the Microsoft SQL Server team, and the ability to influence the direction of SQL Server technologies. For more information about PASS and the benefits of becoming a member, visit the PASS Web site at http://www.sqlpass.org.

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