Welcome from Wendy!

PASS President, Wendy Pastrick gives an overview of the January 2020 PASS Connector.

Welcoming the New Directors-at-Large

As we get ready for the year ahead, we’d like to thank outgoing PASS Board members Adam Jorgensen and Diego Nogare for their years of service and support of the PASS community. Congratulations to Mindy Curnutt and Melody Zacharias who are joining the Board as Directors-at-Large, and Chris Yates who is continuing as a Director-at-Large for a second term.
We also welcome Hamish Watson, who was appointed by the PASS Board to fill the vacant Director-at-Large seat. 

We look forward to the insights and contributions of these new Board members as we continue to grow our PASS programs.

PASS Community Spotlight

PASS Community members reflect on how their involvement with PASS impacted them in 2019 and share what they are looking forward to in 2020.

Matt Cushing shares how speaking and volunteering with PASS over the past year has made an impact on his life.  

Deborah Melkin topped off an exciting year of blogging, speaking, and organizing a SQLSaturday, by winning Speaker Idol at PASS Summit 2019. She is looking forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead for her in 2020.

Daniel Hutmacher encourages you to break out of your comfort zone in 2020 and get involved with the PASS community.

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

Slow SQL Queries? Attack Performance Killers!

Get guidance from Microsoft MVPs. View the top MSSQLTips webcasts on demand. You’ll master query tuning, indexes, execution plans and more!

Recognize PASS Community Members with an Outstanding Volunteer Award

Do you know someone in the PASS community who deserves special recognition for their volunteering efforts? Nominate them for an Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Faster and Cheaper: SQL on Azure Continues to Outshine AWS

GigaOm recently compared SQL Server on Azure VMs and on AWS EC2. Azure emerged as the leader, up to 3.4 times faster and up to 87% less expensive than AWS EC2.

It’s the Holiday Season for PASS Stuff

Missed PASS Summit 2019? We have good news for you, it’s not too late to access the amazing content. And in the continued spirit of the holidays, you will also receive a complimentary gift on us. Every non-attendee download purchase includes a free PASS Summit water bottle ($30 USD value), and when you buy the non-attendee session recordings on USB, we’ll also add in a free PASS Summit backpack ($82 USD value). But hurry, this offer’s only available while supplies last!

A New DBA Survey of PASS Members Reveals Shocking Trends for 2020

See why DBAs and IT managers are worried about data growth, their workloads, the cloud – and how they’ll keep up with it all.

Registration for PASS Summit 2020 Opening Soon

Thinking about joining us for our first-ever PASS Summit in Houston? Pre-register today to get a reminder when PASS Summit 2020 Registration opens on January 21, 2020. Don’t miss your chance to connect, share, and learn with the world’s largest gathering of data professionals leveraging the Microsoft platform!

PASS Marathon: Spanish Edition

PASS Marathon: Spanish Edition will take place on February 11, 2020 and the Call for Speakers is now open! Don't miss the opportunity to present during this virtual event, featuring exclusive content from PASS Community Leaders and other experts who utilize the Microsoft Data Platform, all in Spanish.

Upcoming Virtual Events

U-SQL in Great Depth – Damian Widera

Thursday, January 09, 2020 18:00 UTC.

What's New in SQL Server 2019 – William Assaf

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 19:00 UTC.

Storytelling with Data Using Power BI – DeNisha Malone

Thursday, January 23, 2020 04:00 UTC.


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Email communityteam@pass.org with your engaging, community-focused article ideas and you just might see yourself featured in an upcoming edition!   

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