PASS is shifting gears to keep up with the fast-changing nature of the global data landscape. As part of this evolution, the Summit program is moving to a content driven approach to better serve the community, and the breadth of functions involved in the data world. Changes are already underway with a research-driven program framework and targeted speaker selection, including both invited speakers and the usual open Call for Speakers. 

It’s an exciting time for PASS and the community and we thank you for all your support and feedback so far. Your initial survey results have surfaced some interesting topics and speakers of interest that the Program team is pursuing.

Today, I want to share some additional changes designed to help the Summit program not only deliver the best possible content, but to provide a more thoughtful and targeted experience to all attendees. 

The PASS Board has been re-evaluating the way content and sessions are organized at Summit. Instead of sorting sessions into broad technical tracks, the Program team is approaching the categorization of content topics by focusing on the way you approach your job on a day-to-day basis. This includes designing and planning data solutions, building and maintaining solutions, securing, testing and optimizing solutions, and analyzing data. 

We are excited about these changes and we are working to solidify how these new tracks fit in to better serve our core audiences of database professionals, business intelligence professionals, developers, architects, and IT pros. We will have more details to share around these track changes as we gear up for the Call for Speakers on May 10.

I anticipate you will have questions and feedback to share and I encourage you to join this week’s two town hall meetings on April 13 for more in-depth discussions on all the changes to the Summit program. You can submit your questions ahead of time by emailing info@pass.org or tweeting @sqlpass prior to the event. 

Wendy Pastrick
Director, Educational Content