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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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2019 PASS Bylaw Updates

As mentioned in Grant’s recent blog post, one of the key areas of discussion that came out of the February Board meeting was the topic of PASS Bylaws.

Before I dive into the details here, I have one ask. Bylaws are intricate and complicated. If you have questions, or don’t understand a change, please ask! We have prepared a summary table of the Bylaw updates as a reference to guide you through these changes and their impact to the community.

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Data Preparation for Business Intelligence Versus Machine Learning

While you don’t need to be a data scientist to get immediate predictive insights and some business value, you do need to understand when it is appropriate to use autoML, how to approach these projects properly, and the required steps in correctly preparing data.

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Adding PowerApps to Power BI

Angela Henry discusses embedding PowerApps custom visuals in her Power BI report to keep up to date on her community activities.
 

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Microsoft Employee Call for Speakers Submissions

I’d like to address and clarify the uncertainty regarding recent questions about Microsoft employees—and all other sponsor/vendor employees—submitting sessions in the PASS Summit community Call for Speakers.

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Delete Most of Your Reports

Report ownership is like boat ownership. The second happiest day in a boat owner’s life is the day they sell their boat. Start deleting reports and watch your productivity soar!

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Is Normalization Still a Relevant Topic?

When we normalize a database, the process works to eliminate redundant and overcomplicated data in multiple ways, making sure your rows and columns have a single meaning. 

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WebAssembly: Bringing Diversity of Language to the Web

Developers are closer than ever to acquiring what is widely considered the “Holy Grail” of software: the ability to write code once and have it run anywhere. 

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February Board Meeting Recap

On February 12 we held our first in-person Board meeting of 2019, taking place over 2 days in Kirkland, Washington. This was also our first on-site meeting with newly appointed Board members Roberto Fonseca, Lori Edwards, and Jennifer Moser. We officially welcomed them to the Board and launched them straight into the deep end!

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