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.

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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Announcing the 2018 PASS Executive Committee

Last week I shared that the PASS Board would be voting on the 2018/19 PASS Executive Committee (ExecCo). Today I announce that the election resulted in our two longest serving Directors-at-Large moving into the ExecCo. The new ExecCo will take office on January 1, 2018. 2018/19 President – Gr ...

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Electing a New Exec Co: Passing the Baton

Today we shared that at the upcoming Board meeting we will be holding an election to select the PASS Executive Committee for 2018 & 2019. Along with this announcement, I wanted to tell the community that I will not be running for a position on that incoming Exec Co. At the end of my current term ...

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PASS Board Meeting & Executive Elections

The PASS Board of Directors will be meeting in Vancouver on June 27 & 28, 2017 for two days of in-person Board meetings. One important item on the agenda is the Bi-Annual PASS Executive Committee Election. As the current Immediate Past President, I have the task of chairing this election process ...

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Community is Key: 2016 Member Survey Results

Last year PASS conducted a 28-question survey to gain a better understanding of our community members. We received a total of 3,173 responses from 83 countries, and I would like to thank all the members who took the time to complete this survey. Your responses are helping shape the strategic directi ...

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