Welcome From Wendy!

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

PASS Pro Membership is Here!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of PASS Pro Membership! PASS Pro Membership has been built to drive greater learning and networking opportunities for the data community with world class content, exclusive training opportunities, and discounts. Take control of your learning by upgrading from your standard membership today.

Complimentary New eBook Authored by Bob Ward

Hot off the press, we're pleased to announce that the first 1,500 registrants for PASS Virtual Summit 2020 will receive a complimentary copy of a new eBook authored by Bob Ward – “ Azure SQL Revealed: A Guide to the Cloud for SQL Server Professionals”. Don't miss out, register today!

If you have already registered, we'll share download details for your complimentary eBook when it becomes available.

Stay Safe and Expand Your Skill Set

Join Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar, Pinal Dave of SQL Authority, and Oracle ACE Director Janis Griffin where they will discuss how to measure your SQL Authority, why defragmenting your indexes isn’t helping, and new robots in SQL Server 2017, 2019, and Azure, as well as much more!

PASS Community Spotlight

Speaking at PASS events is an exciting way for members to develop speaking and presentation skills! Most PASS community members start by speaking at virtual or local events, or with their PASS Virtual or Local Group.

If you want to start speaking at PASS events, check out these resources on delivering dynamic and engaging presentations:

Denny Cherry shares tips for presenting remotely.

Wylie Blanchard explains how to use video as a tool to enhance speaking skills and create more web content for your website or blog.

Steph Locke reminds new speakers that it is ok not to be perfect!

PASS Marathon: Technical Leadership

Join us on September 03 at 18:00 UTC to enhance your career with the soft skills you need to get ahead, lead a team, and influence your organization. Our speakers will be exploring topics such as career advancement, communication, networking, diversity and inclusion, mental health, and much more.

Networking Opportunities at PASS Virtual Summit 2020

When it comes to the best networking events in the data industry, nothing beats PASS Virtual Summit. Build connections, reconnect with old friends, and get the most out of your conference experience by joining one (or all!) of the many extra-curricular activities taking place throughout the week.
Whether it’s new online-only features like Community Bubble chat rooms, health & wellness breaks, and cooking and mixology events, or fan favorites from years past, our networking activities have been designed to give you that in-person feel in an online platform.

Microsoft SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Microsoft SQL Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux accelerate database performance for the modern digital era.

WIT and Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Keynotes at PASS Virtual Summit 2020

We're pleased to share that this year we will be bringing back our popular Women in Technology (WIT) Keynote, and will be introducing our inaugural Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Keynote at this year's event! These events will be focused on discussing the unique challenges facing underrepresented groups in our community, and provide insight into the role we all play in making PASS, PASS Summit, and the data industry a more inclusive environment for all of our community members. Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we announce more details on the amazing hosts and content we have lined up!

2020 PASS Board of Directors Election: Applications Open September 28

Have ideas and experience that you know will benefit our community? Put your name forward in this year’s PASS Election for your chance to help guide the future of PASS!

The 2020 PASS Board of Directors applications process begins on September 28 until October 15. Hopeful applicants will submit their applications to Governance@pass.org.

PASS Welcomes Pure Storage as a Knowledge Partner

We are pleased to announce Pure Storage as the newest PASS Knowledge Partner. Over the years, Pure Storage has been a proud sponsor of SQL Saturday events and PASS Summit. We look forward to growing our relationship and sharing their industry knowledge with the community.

IDERA Announces Free Virtual Conference with Leading Industry Speakers!

IDERA has announced their fourth annual virtual conference, IDERA Live 2020!

The event will occur Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 9 am to 4 pm (CDT).

The theme of this year’s conference is “Overcoming Rapidly Evolving Database Challenges”. The sessions will educate and inform users at all levels. IDERA’s experts, together with some of the industry’s leading innovators, will guide attendees through compelling content in this all-day event. The speakers will offer solutions to the biggest issues and detail new innovations available to data professionals. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the sessions at no cost!

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Upcoming Virtual Events

SQL Server 2019 is Not Your Dad’s DBMS - Armando Lacerda

Tuesday, September 08, 2020, 02:30 UTC.

Data Modeling with Data Lakes and Power BI - Ike Ellis

Wednesday, September 09, 2020, 18:00 UTC.

Design Secrets for a Non-Designer - Chantilly Jaggernauth

Sunday, September 13, 2020, 01:00 UTC.

Storage without Cheetos - Chris Adkins

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 19:00 UTC.


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