FY2015: Supporting Another Year of Growth
By Adam Jorgensen
PASS EVP, Finance and Governance
August 19, 2014 – As PASS moves into a new year, I'm excited to announce that the Board of Directors has approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and positioned our organization for another great year of growth and service to the data community.
This year's budget process highlighted – perhaps more than ever before – the incredible community expansion that PASS continues to experience. We saw an array of innovative ideas from Board members, community volunteers, and HQ department heads that build on those successes, and I'm excited that many of those are in the budget and underway.
Budget planning and approval can be a long and tedious process, but this year’s tasks were accomplished well within our timeline, thanks to engaged Directors and portfolio owners and the strong relationships they have with their HQ counterparts. In addition, our Finance team worked long hours to assemble research and make the numerous changes that occur during the process, all while keeping our many stakeholders informed. They deserve our huge thanks!
To increase accountability and transparency, we focused this year on budgeting for our current initiatives and goals while committing to revisit further investments through our open budget-exception process for new ideas and future projects. Some key areas of focus in the FY2015 budget include:
- Continuing support for SQLSaturday, Chapter, and Virtual Chapter growth around the world, capitalizing on amazing year-over-year performance in those portfolios
- Exciting growth of our major events, PASS Summit and the PASS Business Analytics Conference
- Strategic planning and activities for growing and engaging our business analytics community
- Increasing focus on our Global Alliance Program to continue its early success in aligning with key partners from the data community
- Continuing IT investments to modernize our platforms and take advantage of technology to enable a stronger, more connected community
As you know, PASS generates a significant portion of its revenue from our event platforms. We are back in Seattle November 4-7 for PASS Summit 2014 and expecting our biggest and best gathering of SQL Server and BI professionals ever. Don't miss our all-star lineup of amazing sessions, non-stop opportunities for community engagement and networking, and perhaps even your first SQL Karaoke experience. We hope to see you there – if you haven’t already signed up, I encourage you to register today.
In addition, the PASS Business Analytics Conference is returning to Silicon Valley in 2015, and we expect this event’s growth to match the increasing community interest and enthusiasm in the analytics space. We have a strong group of influencers helping drive this event, and we're excited about its potential for PASS.
From the governance side of the house, just a reminder that the PASS Board of Directors election is coming up next month. Thanks to our Nomination Committee members for all the time and effort they’ve dedicated to helping streamline the application process for candidates and the work they’ll be doing over the next weeks to help you get to know the candidates. PASS supports the greatest community of technical professionals in the world – it's hard not to want to be a bigger part of that. Thanks and good luck to everyone who applied to run for the Board this year. I’m looking forward to a lively campaign season as the candidates and community discuss how to make PASS even better.
It’s thrilling to see everything happening right now in PASS, our industry, and the data world at large. We're excited to share these experiences with you and help community members continue to connect, share, and learn. I can't wait to see you out there!
EVP Finance and Governance Update
By Douglas McDowell
Executive Vice President, Finance
Another PASS fiscal year has wrapped up just as the 2013 Board of Directors elections season is ramping up.
We had many successes over the past fiscal year: We saw substantial growth in our SQLSaturday events around the world, we enjoyed our biggest PASS Summit yet, and we finished the year with our inaugural PASS Business Analytics Conference – all while retaining our solid fiscal foundation.
Although we are still completing our year-end audits, I’m pleased to report the BA Conference, although slated as revenue neutral, made a $100K profit. The next BA Conference is set for San Jose, California, in May 2014. We hope many of you will join us on the West Coast for the best in business intelligence and analytics education and networking.
The next fiscal year budget, recently passed by the Board of Directors, continues to keep our commitments across all the programs, events, and activities that the community has come to count on to further their technical skills and careers.
The EMEA region continues to grow within PASS, and there is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding the new EMEA Board of Directors seat designated in September’s election. Applications for three Board seats – one representing the US/Canada, one representing EMEA, and one without regional restrictions – were due by 7 August, with the final candidate slate and voting scheduled for September.
The PASS Board also recently elected a new Executive Committee for 2014/2015, and you can read about their vision for PASS, including putting more emphasis on LATAM in the coming year to build an equally strong community in that region for eventual representation on the PASS Board.
In addition, PASS Summit – the primary fundraiser that helps us fund all our free training and infrastructure support year-round – is traveling to Charlotte, North Carolina, this fall. We encourage any East Coasters who haven’t had a chance to experience a Summit event to join our perennial alumni and make time for the world’s largest gathering of SQL Server and Microsoft data professionals, happening right in their own backyard 15-18 October. I look forward to seeing you there and sharing a more detailed PASS financials overview from the main stage in Charlotte.