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Your Feedback is Needed: 2019 PASS Membership Survey

The 2019 PASS Membership Survey is now open! This annual survey is designed to help us better understand our diverse global PASS community so that we can develop content and programs that best meet the needs of our members.

Respondents will be entered to win one of five gift cards valued at $150 USD each, and an overview of the results will be shared on PASS News once the responses are compiled.


The survey will remain open until October 2, 2019, so please be sure to take 10 to 15 minutes to give us your feedback. We greatly appreciate your participation in this year's survey!

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PASS Welcomes NetLib Security as a Knowledge Partner

We are pleased to announce NetLib Security as PASS’ newest Knowledge Partner. NetLib Security has been a proud sponsor of SQL Saturday events and a leading supporter of the PASS community throughout the years. As pioneers in SQL Server data encryption for over three decades, NetLib Security provide solutions that make protecting data-at-rest easy and affordable for data owners and developers.

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NomCom Call for Interest Now Open

The PASS Board of Directors Election cycle has begun! If running for the PASS Board is something you've been considering, but you’re not yet ready for this year’s election, joining the Nominations Committee (NomCom) is a great opportunity to get more involved with PASS and the elections process.

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Temporary Site Issues Now Resolved

Following routine site maintenance overnight, users reported issues accessing the SQLSaturday website. This was caused by an SSL certificate error. The website was temporarily binding to the default self-signed certificate, rather than the dedicated site certificate.

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Speaker Idol 2019 Registration is Now Open!

If you've always wanted to speak at PASS Summit, but haven't been selected yet, now's your chance!

Increase your speaking skills by competing against 12 other community members for a chance to win a guaranteed session at PASS Summit 2020!

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Modern Migration Tour – That’s a Wrap!

We’d like to thank our sponsors Microsoft and Intel®, all of our organizers, volunteers, presenters, attendees, and of course, our mascot Sandy, for making the Modern Migration Tour a success!

Over four months this spring, PASS partnered up with Microsoft and Intel® to offer a series of events, designed to prepare the community for SQL Server 2008 End of Support. These events provided expert-led training that helped the PASS community migrate to a modern data platform.

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Microsoft Commits to Global SQLSaturday Partnership in FY20

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft has renewed their sponsorship commitment to global SQLSaturdays in FY20 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). The PASS Community Team is currently processing all retroactive sponsorship payments and will continue to coordinate these for all future events.

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Learn a New Skill This Weekend

Make the most out of your weekend by joining a SQLSaturday event in your city. As a PASS member, you have free access to these community events, offering training, speaking, and networking opportunities with data professionals in your local area.

SQLSaturdays cover a wide variety of topics designed to help you advance in your career.

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PASS Blog has Moved!

Looking for old blog posts? We've recently moved the PASS Blog to its new home at:, but you can still view older blog posts here, but please update your bookmarks so you can continue getting the latest posts from the PASS Blog.

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