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Supporting the PASS Community

It has been a busy few weeks at PASS as PASS HQ and the Board have been working on all the ways that we can support our community as everyone adjusts to the current global situation. We are all challenged by sweeping changes to the way we work, connect, and collaborate, and I am truly proud of everything PASS is doing for our community.

Perhaps the most obvious change for PASS in recent weeks are the 30+ SQLSaturdays that have made the decision to cancel or postpone their upcoming events. The team at PASS HQ has been working diligently to support these many events, field a multitude of questions, and to provide alternative options. We are making special considerations when re-scheduling event dates, as we aim to provide our dedicated event organizers with as much flexibility as we can. We are also offering a temporary virtual option starting with SQLSaturday events originally scheduled to take place in late March and throughout April, to pilot the initiative. We know that connecting, sharing, and learning in-person is important, and right now we have a unique opportunity to support our members in new ways, bringing people together and sharing the magic of the PASS community from the comfort of your home when you need it the most.

As we support events that need to postpone, we continue to plan for future SQLSaturdays as we optimistically look forward to being able to come together in-person. I’m excited to say that just this past week we launched SQLSaturday #1000. Over the past 13 years, this community has run in-person SQLSaturday events for more than 340,000 registrants in 65 different countries. That’s an astounding achievement. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who have made this possible!

We are also focused on supporting our Local Groups by providing temporary GoToMeeting licenses to enable virtual meetings, for those who are used to connecting in-person. If you are looking to engage or to learn online, we have many different options for you: PASS Virtual Groups offer an ongoing way to access live training and connect with the community; check out our PASS Marathon page for upcoming PASS Marathons and Partner Webinars; and our PASS Learning Center, which is packed full of the amazing educational content we deliver each year.

Don’t forget about PASS Summit. We might not have every answer as the situation in front of us continues to unfold, but know this: PASS Summit 2020 will happen. Check out Wendy’s recent blog for more information, and please have patience as we determine the best course of action.

While we all miss seeing each other face-to-face, the strength of our community runs deeper than in-person connections. Community happens when we support each other, when we learn from each other, and when we share with each other. I see this happening every day. I see our incredible volunteers continuing to engage and bring people together. It makes me proud to be a member of this thriving community of data professionals. In the weeks ahead, I challenge you to stay positive, keep learning, and find ways to support each other. Be a positive force. That is what we are focused on at PASS, and I sincerely hope that we find a way to support each and every one of you.

We>me.

Chris

Christopher Yates
About the author

Chris Yates is a Vice President | Director of Data and Architecture with over 16 years of experience in the SQL industry. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, as well as Director-at-Large for PASS. His experience includes design and implementation of both OLTP and OLAP solutions, as well as assessment and implementation of SQL Server environments for best practices, performance, and high availability solutions accompanied by a strong development background.

Chris enjoys helping others in the SQL Server community and does this by contributing to several SQL forums, creating “The SQL Professor”, and speaking at several SQL functions. His passion and focus is not only on technology but also helping others along their way and career path.

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