Back to School with 24 Hours of PASS

You can feel it in the air. Summer is winding down, and parents and kids are gearing up for back to school. And with September’s 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview just around the corner, SQL Server pros will be hitting the classroom again, too.

For this third installment of our popular virtual event, an exceptional lineup of SQL Server and BI experts from around the world will be presenting a sneak peek of PASS Summit 2010 in 24 live webcasts. We’re changing up the schedule a bit this time to try to better fit the needs of our live attendees. Instead of 24 hours in a row, we’re splitting the session lineup across 2 days—September 15 and 16—each featuring 12 consecutive webcasts.

Why the change? Because an overwhelming majority of attendees are in North America, many sessions that occurred late at night or early in the morning were lightly attended. In addition, the support staff and volunteers who make sure the event goes smoothly were working long hours and overnight, so the new format will significantly reduce the impact on our limited resources. We also felt that we needed to try a different schedule to help us find the best format for our audience—you.

We aren’t changing the delivery platform (Live Meeting), and we’re again turning to chapter leaders from around the globe to host the sessions. Most important, we’re featuring the same high-caliber content and speakers that you’ve come to expect and enjoy. You can register for your favorite sessions here.

We look forward to your feedback about other ideas for improving the experience as we enter the early stages of planning 24 Hours of PASS for Spring 2011. Each online event builds upon the previous one. As we learn more about what works best for 24 Hours of PASS, you can expect us to tweak the format to make it better with each edition.

If you’re itching for some SQL Server education and can’t wait until September, check out the recordings from 24 Hours of PASS: Celebrating SQL Server 2008 R2 and archived sessions at each of the PASS Virtual Chapter sites. Don’t forget that all the PASS Summit 2008 sessions are also available for free to PASS members in streaming format.

I encourage you to take advantage of the many resources PASS offers to help you connect, share, and learn with members of the community. And please share them with other SQL Server professionals. I look forward to “seeing” you at 24 Hours of PASS—until then, happy learning!
—Rick

Rick Heiges
Vice President, Marketing