The official PASS Blog is where you’ll find the latest blog posts from PASS community members and the PASS Board. Contributors share their thoughts and discuss a wide variety of topics spanning PASS and the data community.

PASS Summit 2017: Blog Round-up

The world of data and technology is evolving at a rapid pace. To keep up with this ever-changing data economy, events such as PASS Summit 2017, held last month in Seattle, WA, offered global data professionals the opportunity not only to learn through traditional educational sessions, but to share and exchange knowledge (often informally) through conversations, hands-on learning, and networking.

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FY 2018 Progress Update

Back in August, I shared with the community an overview of PASS’ priorities for our 2017 fiscal year (FY17 – running from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). With one quarter behind us, I wanted to share our progress so far.

Our FY priorities center around 3 pillars:

1. Thought Leadership

2. Membership Growth

3. Financial Strength

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Thank you to the PASS Summit 2017 Program Committee

Every year we ask a lot of our PASS Summit Program Committee volunteers. Conference programming is always a challenge as we seek to please a wide variety of people and professionals. It requires an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and collaboration to make sure it’s done right. It is even ...

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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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Shifting Back From Community Evangelist to Community Volunteer

As a long time member of the PASS Community, I jumped at the opportunity to try stepping out of a technical position and into the role of Community Evangelist. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with the PASS HQ team to support our volunteers around the world, both in-person at local events and internally behind the scenes.

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Why Data Modeling is Important in Power BI

I have a long experience in working on reporting systems based on semantic models. Now we call them “self-service BI”, but the principles are the same we had in DSS (decision support system), OLAP (on-line analytical processing), and many other names that we’ve seen over the years.

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PASS and our Partners: A Growing Relationship

PASS has come a long way since its inception in 1999. The annual PASS Summit has provided the opportunity for members of the PASS community to connect, share, and learn, as the world of data has evolved and grown over the past 18 years. A key component of that growth has been the support of our part ...

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The Changing Face of Data Needs the Developer Voice

Since becoming a member of the PASS Board, it’s been exciting for me to see all of the energy and focus that the organization has been pouring into our network of developers. This was further reinforced by Tim Ford when he announced that building relationships with developers is a crucial mand ...

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PASS Board: The Regional Perspective

I have seen a lot of change and progress made within the PASS organization over the many years I have been a member. One thing that has remained unchanged is the unique level of support that our global members provide to one another. It’s this incredible network of data professionals that has ...

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June Board Meeting Recap: FY18 Priorities and Portfolio Focus

On June 27 and 28, the PASS Board got together for the second time this year, in Vancouver, BC. To kick off the meeting, we began with a review of the initiatives launched since January and I’m pleased to share that the big investments PASS has made in our members and organization over the pas ...

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