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History of PASS, Part 2: Assembling the Original Board of Directors

This blog has been reposted from its original source: https://blogs.sentryone.com/kevinkline/history-pass-part-2-assembling-original-board-directors/

Assembling the First Board of Directors for PASS

Way back in the waning of the 1990s, I was the lead DBA for SQL Server at the Practice Service Center for Deloitte in the suburbs just east of Nashville, Tennessee. We were one of Microsoft's largest SQL Server shops back in those days and I was privileged to get to work frequently with Microsoft people like Mark Sousa, who today is a corporate VP in the Microsoft Data Platform division. I was also author of four database books by that time (1 Oracle title, 2 SQL Server titles, and SQL in a Nutshell) and had written quite a few articles for the only SQL Server publication of that era, the SQL Server Newsletter published by Karen Watterson.

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History of PASS, Part 1: Foundation

This blog has been reposted from its original source: https://blogs.sentryone.com/kevinkline/a-historical-account-of-the-professional-association-of-sql-server-pass-part-1-foundation/

Lately, I've been asked many questions about the history and foundation of PASS. As an "old-timer", I like to think it's my prerogative to wax poetic about the old days. But it's also important to be able to answer those questions asynchronously and in a long-lasting format. So read on to learn about how PASS started, various structural and organizational changes, and some major issues PASS faced during my years as a board member from 1999 to conclusion of my service at the end of 2009. (Shout-out to long-time PASS speaker and volunteer, Jessica Moss, for assisting in the transcription of this account from its original verbal form).

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