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A Message to the Amazing Data Community

Hello to the Amazing Data Community,

In case you haven’t heard, on June 3rd, PASS announced that our premier event, and as it so happens, fundraiser, was officially changed from an in-person event to a virtual conference. A lot of you registered early for the event and a bunch of you have registered since we switched over to a virtual Summit. Thank you, one and all. Not only are you supporting your education through our unique content and unparalleled networking opportunities, but you’re showing support for our community of data professionals.

The change to virtual was not easy, or cheap. It’s not simply a question of flipping a switch. We had contracts and all sorts of legal stuff that had to be managed and understood. We had to monitor and comply with government processes including locally down in Houston, to the US government and governments all around the world. Then, we had to get a world class online provider to supply something far beyond a simple webinar or yet another Zoom meeting. We had to do all that while reaching out to you, our community, in order to find out what would work, what was important, what was absolutely needed and what we could easily let go. It was a massive undertaking.

Frankly, I don’t think it would have been possible if it weren’t for the amazing folks at PASS HQ. Our partners there have been tireless in making sure that they got all the legal ‘i’s dotted and ‘t’s crossed. They made deals and negotiated new agreements. They had meetings with many of you so that we could get everything as right as possible. In fact, they made rather substantial financial sacrifices themselves, all to keep this community going. My hat’s off. They’ve done incredible amounts of work at keeping the lights on at an organization that offers training & networking opportunities all year long, all around the world, in multiple languages.

Because of all this, our first ever virtual PASS Summit may, in fact, be one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. We are, of course, providing you with days of world class content. There’s so much more. PASS will be putting that content in time frames that support this as a global event. We’re making it possible for people who always dreamed of coming to Summit to attend. The provider we’re working with to put on the conference is going to ensure that the connections you make through networking are every bit as good as the ones you could make by walking the hallways of a convention center. We’re also going to provide some fun and entertainment online. The whole goal is to make this a real Summit experience, only a virtual one.

But now I need to ask you for something. If you’re going to register for Summit, please do it now. Sooner rather than later. As I said at the start of this post, Summit represents 94% of our revenue. We know we’re going to deliver a great event in the fall. That’s not a question. However, we want to keep the lights on year round, providing all the great content that you need to help with your career. To do this, we need you to get registered for PASS Virtual Summit.

Understand, I’m not talking about just Summit. PASS is so much more than Summit. This is for the PASS Marathon events. Your registration is helping to support SQLSaturdays. You’re helping to put on 24 Hours of PASS. You’re also supporting all the local and virtual groups that make up the PASS organization. All this, but more importantly, all of you, all the people that make up this great, vast, global organization, that’s what PASS is all about. Summit just pays for it.

So please, get registered and share this great and exciting news with your peers and your network. Summit is global this year, so everyone gets a chance to attend.

Grant Fritchey
About the author

Grant Fritchey is a Data Platform MVP with over 20 years’ experience in IT, including time spent in support and development. He has worked with SQL Server since 6.0 back in 1995. He has also developed in VB, VB.NET, C#, and Java. Grant has written books for Apress and Simple-Talk. Grant presents at conferences and user groups, large and small, all over the world. He joined Redgate Software as a product evangelist in January 2011.

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