The Debate: PASS Summit 2013

The PASS Board is currently debating the five remaining venue options for the 2013 PASS Community Summit. PASS Headquarters has done extensive research and provided detailed proposals for these potential host cities which the Board will review before making its decision, scheduled for March.

From the looks of things -- and not surprisingly -- this decision is an extremely important issue to the community-at-large. The PASS Twitter channels (including #sqlpass and #sqlrally) are abuzz with varying opinions. Prominent community members have also weighed in with their thoughts through various blogs. 

I am collecting those thoughts in this post with the aim of keeping a record of the discussion on PASS Blog for public reference. Your input is valuable, so please voice your thoughts. You can contact Directors individually, leave them a note on Twitter, or simply post a comment on any of the blog posts listed below (including this one). I will aim to update this post weekly, so please check back regularly.

Thoughts from PASS Directors
Thoughts from the community-at-large

If you wrote an opinion piece but do not see it listed here, please contact me directly so I can add it to the list.

The PASS Summit is the world's premier SQL Server-focused conference, but it can only remain that with the blessing and support of the community to which it aims to appeal. Thank you in advance to all who choose to participate in the discussion -- your passion is critical to the continued success of the organization.

[last updated Monday, Feb. 21] 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)

(This is Round 10 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

PASS SQLSaturdays are appearing like clockwork - there's one for every weekend through to Apr. 9 (except there's still no event on Mar. 12 - anyone want to grab that spot before time runs out? No pressure!).

Last weekend it was Houston's turn to bring together SQL devotees for a day's worth of free training and networking. Not surprisingly, those folks in Texas did not disappoint - SQLSaturday #57 was a rocking success!

Houston didn't have any problems!

(We'd like to add that we're very proud of ourselves for not using the phrase, "Houston, we have a problem!" anywhere in that introduction.)

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

Nancy Hidy helped organize SQLSaturday #57, Houston

Eric Humphrey presented at SQLSaturday #57, Houston

+ Jen McCown presented at SQLSaturday #57, Houston

+ John Sterrett presented at SQLSaturday #57, Houston

The mysterious SQL Avenger attended SQLSaturday #57, Houston

+ Sri Sridharan attended SQLSaturday #57, Houston

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

Like we said, there are still lots of SQLSaturdays to look forward to in February. On Feb. 5, there's a SQLSaturday in Cleveland, on Feb. 12 it's being held in Colorado Springs, on Feb. 19 you can attend the event in Phoenix, and on Feb. 26 it stops near PASS management HQ in Vancouver, Canada.

IN OTHER NEWS...

The PASS Board's January in-face meeting concluded in Dallas on Jan. 21. SQLSaturday was on the agenda - PASS Director Andy Warren ruminates about the meeting on his blog.

And finally, we'd like to remind everyone just how excited we are about what SQLSaturday has in store for the rest of 2011. There are fantastic events all over North America to look forward to - you should check the schedule and make sure you register in a city near you. After all, it's free!

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Jan. 20-26)

(This is Round 9 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

PASS SQLSaturday really hits its stride in the next few weeks. There's an event planned for every weekend through to Apr. 9 (except there's no event on Mar. 12 - anyone want to grab that spot?).

This past weekend SQLSaturday swung by Louisville. Early reports indicate the event organizers smacked a sweet SQL home run! 

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ Kathi Kellenberger attended SQLSaturday #45, Louisville

+ Pam Shaw tried out a new registration process at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Brian K. McDonald presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa 

+ Julie Smith attended SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

As we mentioned earlier, there are lots of SQLSaturdays happening all over North America in the next few months. We don't want you to miss any of them.

Next Saturday, Houston hosts the event. On Feb. 5, there's a SQLSaturday in Cleveland, on Feb. 12 it's being held in Colorado Springs, on Feb. 19 you can attend the event in Phoenix, and on Feb. 26 it stops near PASS management HQ in Vancouver, Canada.

IN OTHER NEWS...

The PASS Board holds 2-4 in-face Board meetings per year. Since they usually coincide with a weekend, Director Thomas LaRock thought it would be a great idea if the Board held its meeting to coincide with a SQLSaturday, so let him know if you're interested!

Finally, few things can be a bigger boost to organizing your event than hearing what other successful SQLSaturday hosts have done (yes, the good and the bad) to make sure their events went off smoothly. Pam Shaw is a wily veteran, having already helped organize four SQLSaturdays, and she shares her thoughts on the process as a response to a wonderful blog post by another SQLSaturday veteran, Karla Landrum. Dig in!

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

 

 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Jan. 13-19)

(This is Round 8 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

We took a bit of a hiatus over the holidays. Why? Because PASS SQLSaturday took a hiatus over the holidays. But that doesn't mean there wasn't feverish planning afoot, the most obvious example being SQLSaturday #62, held in Tampa on Jan. 15. This was the first SQLSaturday of 2011, but hold onto your hats, folks, because there are many more to come!

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ Jose Chinchilla helped plan and host SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Pam Shaw helped plan and host SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Bradley Ball presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Denny Cherry presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Ronald Dameron presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa (and he has some important tips for newbie presenters)

+ Mike Davis presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Devin Knight presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Tim Radney presented at SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Jason Bacani attended SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

+ Andy Warren attended SQLSaturday #62, Tampa

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

It's a brand new year which deserves great news about a brand new venue. Sure enough, Karla Landrum is overjoyed to announce that there will (at last) be a SQLSaturday in Hawaii! SQLSaturday #72 will take place in Honolulu on April 1. And there was much rejoicing!

Also, Thomas LeBlanc reminds everyone that SQLSaturday #57 is coming up on Jan. 29 in Houston.

IN OTHER NEWS...

The PASS Board will be discussing its SQLSaturday strategies as part of the agenda at the January in-face Board meeting, including plans for how the event should branch into foreign (i.e. non-North American) markets.

And to end on a friendly note, Andy Warren would like to introduce Malathi Mahadevan, a new blogger but experienced SQLSaturday planner. Malathi will help head up her second event, SQLSaturday #45, coming up this weekend (Jan. 22) in Louisville. Hi, Malathi!

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

 

In-Face Board Meeting - Agenda

For those who don't know, the PASS Board of Directors is currently gathering at the Radiant Salon in Dallas, TX, for an in-face meeting of the Board. Items on the agenda include the organization's international event strategy, Summit planning for 2011 and 2013, a number of critical amendments to the Bylaws, and the vision, scope, and long-term goals of PASS. 

The itinerary is posted below - minutes from this meeting will be posted in early February. 

PASS BOARD MEETING AGENDA 

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 

TIME ITEM
8:15 am to 8:45 am Opening & Welcome – Bill
8:45 am to 10:15 am International Events - Bill
10:30 am to 12:00 pm International Events, Cont. - Bill
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Summit Planning 2011 – Rick H.
3:15 pm to 4:15 pm Site Planning for 2013 - Bill
4:15 pm to 4:45 pm Board Only Time - Bill

 

 

 

 

 

 



Friday, January 21st, 2011 

TIME ITEM
8:15 am to 9:15 am Bylaws - Bill & Hannes
9:15 am to 10:45 am Five Year Plan, Scope Document, Business Plan - Bill
11:00 am to 1:30 pm Five Year Plan, Scope Document, Business Plan, Cont. - Bill
2:30 pm to 2:15 pm Additional IT Proposal - Andy
2:15 pm to 3:00 pm Future Board Meeting Schedule - Bill

Feel free to leave comments here or on Twitter for any of the Directors or for the Board at large.

Cheers!

 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Dec. 16-22)

(This is Round 7 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

After the conclusion of SQLSaturday #61 in Washington DC, held on Dec. 4, there are no more PASS SQLSaturdays until 2011. There's lots of news and helpful information in this post, though, so read on -- we'll go back to the future for one more week! (Why? Because that DeLorean is amazing. That's why.)

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK BACK TO THE FUTURE IN SQLSATURDAY...

Matt Velic attended SQLSaturday #61 in Washington DC (okay, this was in the past, but it's a great recap of the day's events)

Adam Jorgensen is the BI Iron Chef at SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa

Brian K. McDonald is speaking at SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

Contrary to our post from last week, there are actually three SQLSaturdays in January and four SQLSaturdays in February. We forgot to mention that SQLSaturday #65 swings by near PASS HQ in Vancouver, Canada, on February 26. (Cheers to Gail Shaw for reminding us!)

IN OTHER NEWS...

SQLSaturdays can be stressful to host for many reasons. Karla Landrum provides some tips on reducing the stresses and costs of hosting these events. One way of putting a few extra dollars in your event's coffers is to have blog sponsorships -- as Noel McKinney explains, this is great for events and for bloggers.

And finally, with the holidays approaching quickly, a timely and relevant message from Kendal Van Dyke about how SQLSaturdays and other local SQL community events can help those less fortunate than we are. Definitely worth a read.

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Dec. 9-15)

(This is Round 6 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

After the conclusion of SQLSaturday #61 in Washington DC, held on Dec. 4, there are no more PASS SQLSaturdays until 2011. While we'll be going through a bit of withdrawal until then, it's worth noting that 2011 is looking like a booming year for SQLSaturdays, with 14 events already booked and many others rumored to be on the way. Until then, it's back to the future again for us!

For those of you on Twitter, follow @sqlpass and make sure to check out the #sqlsat and #sqlsaturday hashtags to stay up to date. Besides attendance at free learning events, there are many speaking and sponsorship opportunities available.

LAST WEEK BACK TO THE FUTURE IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ David Dye will be speaking at SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa

+ Denny Cherry will be delivering a pre-conference session at SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa

+ The mysterious Es Cue El is helping organize SQLSaturday #60 in Cleveland

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

There are three SQLSaturdays coming up in January alone. SQLSaturday #62 happens in Tampa on Jan. 15, SQLSaturday #45 in Louisville on Jan. 22, and SQLSaturday #57 in Houston on Jan. 29.

But being the little month that could, February refuses to be outdone - that month will also see three SQLSaturdays hosted: SQLSaturday #60 in Cleveland on Feb. 5, SQLSaturday #66 in Colorado Springs on Feb. 12, and SQLSaturday #47 on Feb. 19. 

And finally, Grant Fritchey recently announced that SQLSaturday #71 is a go in New England.

IN OTHER NEWS...

As we noted last week, SQLSaturday is a fantastic venue to hone your presentation skills. This week, John Sterrett points out that you don't have to be an expert to speak at SQLSaturdays

Of course, SQLSaturdays aren't just about speaking or learning - they're fantastic opportunities for meeting people and networking, and this week Andy Warren blogged about some real life anecdotes to inspire you.

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

 

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Dec. 2-8)

(This is Round 5 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

Only one PASS SQLSaturday was held in the past week, SQLSaturday #61 in Washington DC, but that doesn't mean we're short on blog posts! 

LAST WEEK IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ Kendra Little presented at SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

Sandra Mueller presented at SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

+ Ryan Rastedt attended SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

COMING UP IN SQLSATURDAY...

2010's events are all done, but there are lots of SQLSaturdays coming up in 2011. If you're in the vicinity, don't miss SQLSaturday #62 in Tampa on Jan. 15 or SQLSaturday #57 in Houston on Jan. 29. PASS Director and speaker Andy Warren notes that SQLSaturday #62 is so popular that they've had to turn down speakers

And finally, Bob Pusateri announced that Chicago will be hosting SQLSaturday #67 on March 26.

IN OTHER NEWS...

SQLSaturday is a fantastic venue to hone your presentation skills. Brent Ozar blogged about these (and other) opportunities for up-and-coming speakers in 2011. 

For those about to host or thinking of hosting a SQLSaturday, you may be interested in Kathi Kellenberger's insightful interview with SQLSaturday #53 organizer, Bill Fellows

Before we go, we have to point you to this fantastic post by Wendy Pastrick. Wendy won the 2010 PASSion Award as PASS's most outstanding volunteer -- she blogs about how this came about and the role SQLSaturday played in her success. Congratulations again, Wendy! 

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.

What's Your PASSion?

[Cross-posted from Wendy Pastrick's blog at wendyverse.blogspot.com]

It's a little late for a SQL PASS Summit 2010 recap, but I still wanted to share some of my experience from the event.

Each year, an award is given to a single recipient for displaying a passion in working with PASS and the SQL Server Community: The PASSion Award. This year, I was honored and humbled to be that person. Looking back at this past year, I'm dumbfounded to see all the things in which I became involved. It started with a letter sent to my current General Manager trying to justify my attendance at the Summit. What did I do? Started a new User Group in the Chicago suburbs, tried my hand at blogging, brought together Team SQL Saturday for the Chicago event, worked as co-chair for the Women In Technology Virtual Chapter, worked on the WIT Luncheon for the Summit, spoke at a few UG meetings and SQL Saturdays, and became a Regional Mentor for the Midwest. You know what, even looking at that list, I still feel that I didn't do all I wanted. Most of these things were (and still are) hard work, and yes, the ball gets dropped now and then. Looks like Michelangelo's theory is true: 

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

I started thinking 'What drives passion'? What motivates any one person to get out there and spend their spare time working on things that may or may not come to fruition? Taking a look inward, I have to say that I never intended to do any of these things with any tangible goals in mind other than "bring people together". As to the question of Why? - honestly it was more the fact that I had a an opportunity to work with really fun people who wanted to do the same things I did - so, I took it. Maybe I just got lucky that those opportunities happened somewhat simultaneously. However, looking at it more realistically, each one grew out of another.

Thank you to all the wonderful people I've met, worked with and studied from over this past year. You make it fun and worth doing!

So, go now, find your PASSion and have fun, plus meet like-minded people along the way! You really can get back out of it, sometimes even greater than, what you put into it.

Consider yourself tagged :)

[posted to PASS Blog by Hannes Bez on behalf of Wendy Pastrick]

SQLSaturday Round-Up (Nov. 25-Dec. 1)

(This is Round 4 of PASS's weekly round-up of SQLSaturday recaps. PASS community bloggers love their SQLSaturdays, and they love to tell everyone about their experiences, so who are we not to share that love?)

No PASS SQLSaturdays happened in the last week, but that doesn't mean we don't have things to talk about. This week, we decided to go back to the future instead!

Today's round-up features posts on SQLSaturday #61, happening in Washington DC on Dec. 4, and SQLSaturday #66 which will take place in Colorado Springs on Feb. 12, 2011.

LAST WEEK BACK TO THE FUTURE IN SQLSATURDAY...

+ Joel Cochran is presenting at SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

+ Thomas LaRock is presenting at SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

+ Karen Lopez is presenting at SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

+ Jeremiah Peschka is presenting at SQLSaturday #61, Washington DC

+ Chris Shaw is helping organize SQLSaturday #66, Colorado Springs

IN OTHER NEWS...

PASS Director and SQLSaturday co-founder Andy Warren reviews his year on the Board and assesses the SQLSaturday transition.

Want to attend a SQLSaturday? Check out the SQLSaturday website or "Upcoming In-Person Events" on the PASS Home page for upcoming dates near you.

Want to put on your own SQLSaturday? Click here to get started.