Greetings from Grant

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

Join Microsoft at PASS Summit 2019

As our Premier sponsor, Microsoft’s presence at PASS Summit is bigger than ever before. Not only do you have access to Microsoft Engineers in the Data Clinic to help you tackle your real-world technical issues, but there are also plenty of opportunities to connect with their experts throughout the entire conference.
Kick-off Day 1 with Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, Rohan Kumar for his inspiring and informative keynote and attend any of the 30 Microsoft led sessions throughout the event. Join the Modernize with SQL Server 2019 learning pathway led by Bob Ward, enjoy a new panel session with Rohan Kumar and friends, and take advantage of a 50% discount on Microsoft certification at the on-site boot camps.  

PASS Community Spotlight

At PASS Summit, the fun never ends! Here are just a few of the formal and informal activities taking place before, during, and after the conference sessions:

The PASS Summit 2019 Buddy Program matches First-Timers with a Buddy who will provide information and answer questions, meet on-site, and be a friendly face throughout the week. Angela Tidwell shares why she is participating as a Buddy this year.

Join us for a low-key night of tabletop gaming with fellow attendees. Board games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Register for Wednesday or Thursday night.

Sign up to be a PASS Summit 2019 Ambassador or a Birds of a Feather Discussion Leader. Volunteers are responsible for facilitating conversations, answering questions, and helping attendees find their way around the event.

Do you have content you’d like to share with the community? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at

What’s the Elephant in Your Business?

Bad data costs companies 10-25% of revenue. Keep your customer data clean, verified and usable with our Data Quality Solutions for SSIS. Address the elephant in your business today! Download our free community edition and we’ll throw in a pair of elephant socks!

Exclusive Microsoft Certification Program

PASS has partnered with Microsoft to bring you exclusive certification training and offers. Demonstrate that you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements by becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Data Engineer Associate.

Join our virtual boot camp for guidance on how to succeed in your exam(s), including a recap of content, and tips and tricks on approaching exam questions. Plus, all boot camp attendees will have the opportunity to receive a free practice test. The next webinar will take place October 10.

Redgate – SQL in the City Summits

Join one of our exclusive Summits in London on October 25, or Seattle on November 4, to discover how Compliant Database DevOps allows you to balance the demand for delivering software faster, while protecting and preserving business critical data.  

PASS Marathon: Career Development

Data-driven industries are off to the races and changing rapidly. To keep you one step ahead of the competition, we’re pleased to offer a PASS Marathon for data professionals wanting to take their skills to the next level. PASS Marathon Career Development will take place on October 10, 2019 starting at 20:00 UTC.

Don’t miss the PASS Marathon that will sharpen your skills in communication and networking, Leadership and Management, and Personal Brand. 

Why Run for the PASS Board of Directors

Time is running out to submit your application for the 2020/2021 term on the PASS Board of Directors. For more information on why you should consider running in this year’s election, watch this short video featuring Roberto Fonseca, Chris Yates, John Martin, Lori Edwards, and Jennifer Moser. Applications close October 4!  

Pre-Order Your PASS Gear

Are you attending PASS Summit 2019? Pre-order your PASS swag for pick-up at the conference. Availability and sizing of products is not guaranteed onsite.  

Upcoming Virtual Events

Different Azure SQL PaaS Options – Linda Zhang

Thursday, October 03, 2019. 17:00 UTC.

Introduction to Query Store – Erin Stellato

Tuesday, October 08, 2019. 01:30 UTC.

An Introduction to Azure Managed Instances – Tim Radney

Wednesday, October 09, 2019. 18:00 UTC.

What Every DBA Needs to Know about AI – Melody Zacharias

Wednesday, October 16, 2019. 16:00 UTC.


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