Tracks & Definitions

Information about PASS Summit 2018 technical content tracks and educational sessions.

PASS Summit 2018 Tracks

Design Icon Design

The first step in a data project is designing the solution – planning, scoping and identifying business requirements. This track includes sessions on infrastructure, data warehousing, ETL, data models, designing for the future and more. It covers what data pros need to know to successfully plan and manage small to enterprise-wide solutions.

Build Icon Build

Building a technology solution is where the planning and design take form. This track covers the critical areas of creating solutions, including architecture, development, debugging, implementation, and performance.

Support Icon Support

Maintaining and supporting database systems and solutions is crucial. This track focuses on the more administrative but no less important aspects of database system maintenance.

Perform Icon Perform

After a solution is in place, it must be tested, monitored, and optimized. This track covers the skills needed to fine-tune a solution, including trouble-shooting, performance testing, packaging, release, and speed. It also includes DevOps sessions focused on managing and motivating teams.

Scale Icon Scale

Successfully scaling technology requires the right tools, the right process, and the right mindset. This track focuses on the skills needed to scale a solution, including deployment, agile, Azure, and cloud.

Analyze Icon Analyze

Analyzing critical business data is imperative for organizations today. This track focuses on how to ask questions of data, how to monitor the health of the organization using dashboards, how to explore new ways to visualize data, and how to create powerful reports to drive better decisions.

Evolve Icon Evolve

The Evolve track is designed to inspire data professionals to proactively manage their career growth and their career journey. This track provides interactive and inspiring sessions to challenge data professionals to think differently about their careers, and learn what is needed to succeed today and in the future.

Innovate Icon Innovate

All industries are impacted by innovation. Staying current with trends enables data professionals to bring leadership and guidance back to their companies and plan for initiatives. This track includes sessions on planning for the near future along with a look inside innovation being developed by the world’s most forward-thinking companies.


  • Advanced Analytics
  • Application Development
  • Big Data and IoT
  • Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing
  • Cloud Solutions
  • Database Administration and Development
  • Other (Professional Development)


  • General sessions are 75 minutes long and open to all speakers; they can contain content at any of the session skill levels.
  • Half-Day sessions are 3 hour long, in-depth sessions applicable to skill levels 400 - 500.
  • Lightning Talks are 10 minute talks from various speakers and on various topics that combine into a 75 minute long session.

Session Skill Level

100 Level


1 yr experience

Assumes some knowledge of the concepts/features, but not necessarily coding skills

200 Level


1-3 yrs experience

Assumes comfort with technical concepts and basic coding skills

300 Level


4-6 yrs experience

Assumes solid knowledge of technology and strong coding skills

400 Level


6+ yrs experience

Assumes advanced understanding of technology

500 Level

Advanced Level

8+ yrs experience

Assumes deep technical knowledge of the technology

Learn More

To preview the type of technical content you can expect to see at PASS Summit 2018, have a look at some of our top-rated sessions from last year!

View 2017 Sessions