Greetings from Grant

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

The 2019 PASS Election Results Are In!

Congratulations to Mindy Curnutt, Melody Zacharias, and Chris Yates for winning seats to serve on the 2020/2021 PASS Board of Directors. The Directors Elect will officially join the PASS Board of Directors on January 1, 2020.

Thank you to all candidates who ran in this year’s election and to those of you who participated in the PASS Election by casting your vote. We are happy to announce that the winner of our “Vote to Win” contest is Scott Sievers!

PASS Community Spotlight

It’s hard to believe that it has already been a month since we gathered together in Seattle for PASS Summit 2019. Community members share stories and reflections of their conference experiences:

John Morehouse discusses the importance of sharing what you learned and planning for the future.

Ray Kim provides a day-by-day break down of his first time speaking and attending PASS Summit.

Aaron Bertrand shares highlights from LaShana Lewis’ presentation on Data-Driven Diversity, at the Women in Technology (WIT) Luncheon.

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

2019 PASSion Award Winner

Every year at PASS Summit, a PASS member is awarded for their outstanding service and commitment to the organization, helping others to connect, share, and learn within the community. This year, we’re pleased to share that the 2019 PASSion Award winner is Hamish Watson.

Drumroll Please! The Winners Are…

Thank you to everyone who responded to the 2019 PASS Membership Survey. The survey is now closed and the draw for the $150 USD Visa Prepaid Cards has taken place. Congratulations to our five winners—Adam Hafner (USA), Anas Belabbes (Morocco), Denise Claridy (USA), May Roberts (New Zealand), and Sridhar Lingineni (USA).

We will be sharing the survey results next month, please stay tuned!

Get the PASS Summit 2019 Recordings

Missed PASS Summit 2019? Enjoy the PASS Summit 2019 full conference line-up from the comfort of your home or office.
Gain access to over 230 sessions focusing on Database Administration, Big Data, Advanced Analytics, Cloud, BI, Application Development, AI and Security, hosted by top-rated, data experts.

PASS Marathon: BI

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 PASS Marathon virtual events for data professionals wanting to take their skills to the next level. PASS Marathon: BI edition will take place on December 11, 2019 starting at 16:00 UTC.

Advance your fundamental skills and understanding of data management, business intelligence, and analytics. Explore topics on requirements gathering, Power BI, Big Data, Data Preparation and Artificial Intelligence.

2019 Habanero Award Winners

The Habanero Booth Awards take place annually during PASS Summit and are designed to inspire creative engagement. Thank you to our sponsors and exhibitors for connecting with the community through your innovative displays in the Exhibit Hall.

The winners of this year’s Habanero Booth Awards are: Most Engaging Booth - SentryOne; Most Educational Booth – Microsoft Azure; Most Innovative Booth – Redgate; Best Newcomer Booth – XTIVIA.

And the company with the most votes overall this year, and winner of the coveted PASS Summit Habanero booth award goes to Microsoft Azure!

PASS Stuff Cyber Monday Sale

The PASS Stuff store is having a blowout sale on all PASS Summit branded merchandise. Don’t miss your chance to grab a limited edition water bottle, backpack, or jacket; shipping included.*

*Orders can only be shipped to the continental United States or Canada.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Aggregations in Power BI – Jes Borland

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 16:00 UTC.

SQL Server & Kubernetes – Andrew Pruski

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 16:00 UTC.

Introduction to Azure Machine Learning – Ravi Kumar

Thursday, December 19, 2019 18:00 UTC.


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