THANK YOU!

Each year at the PASS Summit I carry around a little black notebook that easily fits in my pocket.  Any time I come across something I need to fix I write it down.  Any time someone makes a good suggestion I write it down.  Any ideas or thoughts on future…

Sessions for new DBAs at PASS

I was recently asked if I thought the PASS Summit was appropriate for new database administrators.  My answer was a resounding YES!  But I wanted to add some specific reasons.  If I was a new DBA here are the 12 sessions I’d try to attend at PASS: Proactive DBA:…

Great Q&A with PASS presenters

At PASS we’ve been interviewing our pre-conference and post-conference speakers and publishing the interviews.  The topics revolve around the speaker’s session and what they’re going to cover.  For example, Brian Knight discussed about a common problem he sees in data warehouse implementations and how to overcome it.…

What did you learn at PASS?

In many of the PASS Conferences I’ve attended I can usually point to one thing I learned that was the most valuable.  Usually this was enough to justify the cost of the entire conference.  I learned something that would save me so much time or money it would “pay”…

Tips for Writing PASS Abstracts

I’ve really enjoyed reading the blog posts and tweets from people that are reviewing the PASS abstracts for the Summit this fall.  I was involved in that process for four years and still have fond memories of it.  It’s a tremendous amount of work to review each abstract…

Update from PASS Germany

I posted a quick update from the PASS European Conference on the PASS Blog.  And it include a picture of our Executive Vice-President Rushabh Mehta.  With Hair.  I’m so jealous!…

PASS Summit Unite 2009 web site launched

PASS launched the web site for the PASS Summit Unite 2009 today.  Lots of fantastic information about the conference.  A couple of key points: The conference is expanding from 144 to 168 technical sessions. The call for speakers is open until April 10th.  Help us fill all these sessions!  This…

PASS Board of Directors Election coming up

The annual elections for the Board of Directors is coming up.  The nomination process is open right now. Serving on the Board is a very rewarding experience.  I've had the chance to meet a number of great people and be part of a fantastic event.  There's more information on the…

SQL Server 2008 Launch Event

I attended the SQL Server 2008 launch in Los Angeles for PASS.  It was VERY nice to leave sub-freezing Kansas and arrive in warm, sunny Los Angeles.  My pictures of the keynote didn't turn out all that well unfortunately.  The ones I took before it started turned out the best.…