Message from the PASS Board of Directors

PASS Board Members share a message of support with the global PASS community.

Complimentary Content to Keep you Learning

During these uncertain times, PASS wants to continue supporting our community learning however we can. In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be making some of the top content from PASS Summit 2019 freely available for you online. First up is Bob Ward’s popular session “SQL Server: 2019: Your Next Modern Data Platform.”

PASS Community Spotlight

The safety of our global community is a top priority for PASS during these uncertain times. We are working to take every precaution necessary to ensure the health and well-being of our members, while also helping you to connect, share, and learn virtually.
Check out the PASS Learning Center to view thousands of recorded video content on both technical and professional development topics.
PASS Virtual Groups are continuing to host live online webinars, exclusively available for PASS members to join.
Do you have content you’d like to share with the community? We’d love to hear from you! You can reach us at

SQL Server Runs Best on Azure

SQL Server customers migrating to the cloud have multiple choices. To assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors are:
1) Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely provide;
2) Independent benchmark results.

PASS Summit 2020 Call for Speakers is Now Open

Seize the opportunity to grow your speaking experience and share your expert knowledge with a global community of data professionals. Your contributions will help attendees advance their education, gain new skills, and take their careers to new heights.
Hopeful speakers can submit up to three sessions for review and abstracts will be accepted for consideration until April 23 at 23:00 UTC.

Webinar: SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters on Dell EMC VxFlex

What are some of the top points to consider before you can experience the benefits of greater automation, orchestration, and portability with containers? In this strategy session, Stephen McMaster, Buck Woody, and Robert Sonders will review their experiences of deploying SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters on containers and discuss the realities of architecting and deploying a foundational infrastructure.
Join PASS and Dell Technologies on April 22 (North America) and April 23 (EMEA), to learn more as you take the journey to SQL Server 2019.

Sessions will be available in North America and EMEA time zones.

PASS Marathon: Secure Data Storage

Join us for PASS Marathon: Secure Data Storage on April 09 starting at 21:00 UTC. Explore a range of topics from reconciling your organization's business and data strategies, to integration across a variety of tools, departments, and environments; among others.

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.

Introducing the PASS Community Code of Conduct

We are pleased to share the PASS Community Code of Conduct, aimed to inspire respect for all members of our diverse community.

PASS celebrates and supports the diversity of our community, both online and at in-person events around the world. We strive to welcome different perspectives in a community where everyone feels respected and valued, and are committed to inclusion across race, gender, age, ability, geography, religion, identity, and experience. Above all, we ask that all PASS members be kind to one another and conduct themselves respectfully, creating a positive experience for everyone involved.

Azure Webinar Series

Learn the results of a recent GigaOm study that compared the performance of running SQL Server on virtual machines for online transactional processing (OLTP) workloads across Azure and AWS.

Thank You for Participating in the Spring Membership Survey

The 2020 Spring PASS Membership survey is now closed, thank you to all those who participated. We received a total of 1762 responses, which will greatly help us identify future offerings for the PASS community.

Participants in the survey were entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 Visa prepaid cards in the amount of $100 USD each. Congratulations to the winners of the draw: Andrea H (USA), John R (USA), Phil M (USA), Steve B (USA), and Srinivas P (India).

Upcoming Virtual Events

Certification Exams Inside Out - William Assaf

Friday, April 03, 2020 17:00 UTC.

Inside the Database Engine - John Deardurff

Wednesday, April 08, 2020 18:00 UTC.

DBA Tools for Microsoft Azure - Radu Vunvulea

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 02:30 UTC.

DevOps Design Principles for Databases - Stuart Ainsworth

Thursday, April 22, 2020 16:00 UTC.


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