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Category: Volunteers

Board Q&A Town Hall - Summit Program Innovation

Last Thursday on April 13, PASS held two town hall meetings to give members the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the PASS Summit program and the speaker selection process. I would like to thank the participants for engaging with us, sharing your concerns, and exchanging ideas. I ...

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Welcoming our Newly Elected Directors to the PASS Board

Last month, the PASS Community elected three new Directors-at-Large to join the PASS Board of Directors. I wanted to take a moment to once again congratulate the winners.

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Looking Back at our 2017 OVA Winners

The PASS organization and community is constantly growing and evolving thanks to the volunteer efforts of our members. Every month, we ask our members to nominate a volunteer who has gone above and beyond to support our community of data professionals and we present them with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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PASS Priorities FY 19

On January 30, we kicked off 2 days of Board meetings in Woodinville, Washington, where we welcomed our newest members to the Board. It was great to see such a diverse group of data professionals being represented in the room.

First up on the agenda was a review of our priorities throughout the fiscal year. PASS is in the business of connecting and training data professionals globally. We believe that by providing world-class educational content, we will not only increase member engagement, but also drive attendance to events like PASS Summit, helping us to close our revenue gap.

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An Open Letter to SQLSaturday Organizers

Over the past few months, we’ve received lots of questions and concerns regarding the future of SQLSaturday, and following today’s PASS FY 19 Priorities blog post, I wanted to personally address these concerns and hopefully put them to rest.

I can’t stress enough, PASS loves SQLSaturday. These events are an essential part of our organization and they are not going away.

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The Value of Joining a PASS Local Group

A handful of years ago, just before the annual PASS Summit conference (an event focused on technical professionals who use the Microsoft Data Platform), the leader of my PASS Local Group reached out to members planning to attend. He had arranged for us all to meet for breakfast during the event and I soon found myself sitting with a small group of fellow enthusiasts from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, chatting about real world SQL problems. Myself and one of the other individuals ended up hitting it off and we became solid acquaintances. A few weeks later, when my shop was in search of an experienced data professional, my thoughts immediately returned to the conversations I’d had with this person. One thing led to another and, in the end, we hired them.

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FAQ for New Speakers

One of the goals of the PASS Women in Technology (WIT) Virtual Group is to promote sessions presented by women, be that well-known seasoned speakers or new speakers just getting started. Presenting at technical events can advance your career by helping you build your brand, gain recognition, and lead to opportunities.

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The PASS Community, The PASS Board, and PASS HQ

In my travels through work and as a volunteer Board member, I get to meet PASS members and data professionals from all over the world. I’m frequently asked questions about how PASS is run and how decisions are made within our organization; so, I wanted to share some insight into the organizational structure of PASS and how our stakeholders work together.

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Securing an Azure SQL Database

Microsoft SQL is one of the most common workloads being deployed or migrated to Azure public cloud. The main reason why organizations are doing this is because it provides performance benefits, ease of management and deployment, and also because it provides several security features.

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Top 5 Reasons You Should Be Excited About Power BI Composite Models

In July there were many exciting new features that were released to Power BI, but perhaps the most eagerly awaited feature was the introduction of the Power BI Composite Models. While this feature is still in preview, it’s hard not to be enthusiastic about how this feature will solve problems that have been plaguing Power BI developers since the product’s release. In this post I’d like to share my top 5 reasons you should be excited about these new capabilities.

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