Greetings from Grant!

PASS President, Grant Fritchey gives an overview of the August 2019 PASS Connector.

PASS Summit 2019 Session Schedule Announced

The PASS Summit 2019 Session Schedule is now available! Use the Conference Sessions page to start planning and build out your custom learning schedule.

Also be sure to keep an eye on the PASS Summit website for more exciting announcements coming soon, including information on the Buddy Program and Speaker Idol.

Register by September 13, 2019 to secure your place before the price increases.

PASS Summit 2019 All Access

Have you always wanted to attend PASS Summit, but never had the opportunity? Let us know how attending PASS Summit 2019 would make a positive impact in your life. Enter by August 23, 2019 for your chance to receive a complimentary 3-day registration AND exclusive access to activities that will ensure a career defining experience!

Build Your Azure Skills

Microsoft Learn is the best place to learn Azure quickly, with free, interactive, hands-on, step-by-step tutorials. Start with Azure Fundamentals or Data & AI training like Azure for the Data Engineer, AI, Bots, Cognitive Services, or Data Science.

Nominations for the 2019 PASSion Award are Now Open

The PASSion Award is the highest accolade given to a PASS volunteer. It’s presented to an individual who demonstrates exemplary service and commitment to the PASS organization by inspiring our community of data professionals to connect, share, and learn.

Know someone who deserves to have their contributions to the PASS community recognized? Nominate them today.

PASS Community Spotlight

This month we are highlighting some of the speakers who will be taking the stage for the first time at PASS Summit 2019, and what the opportunity means for them and their data career.

As he prepares to present at PASS Summit for the first time, Ray Kim  has curated a list of helpful links to answer the question “what should I expect at PASS Summit?”

Randolph West highlights  what it means to be participating in a new Learning Pathway  along with two other PASS community members.

Rob Volk shares his excitement about winning Speaker Idol 2018 and speaking at PASS Summit 2019
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PASS Marathon: Analytics – August 22, 2019

Join PASS Marathon: Analytics to advance your fundamental skills and understanding of data management, business intelligence, and analytics. This virtual event will explore topics on storytelling, visualization, predictive analytics, Power BI, machine learning, and more.

Modern Migration Tour – That’s a Wrap!

We’d like to thank all of our organizers, volunteers, presenters, attendees, and of course, our mascot Sandy, for making the Modern Migration Tour a success!

Over four months this spring, PASS partnered up with Microsoft and Intel ® to offer a series of events, designed to increase awareness for SQL Server 2008 End of Support. These events provided expert-led training to help the PASS community in their migration to a modern data platform.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Go, Go, QueryStore! (Upgraded) – Gail Shaw

Tuesday, August 20, 2019. 16:00 UTC


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