A Message from Microsoft

Hello PASS members. With over 60,000 members worldwide and 200 chapters in over 50 countries, it’s hard to believe that PASS is only 11 years old! Over the past decade, PASS has continually provided top-tier education for SQL Server IT professionals and Microsoft is proud to support PASS and their growth initiatives. Over the past few years, PASS has seen phenomenal growth due to the hard work and passion of the all-volunteer Board of Directors, and we’re excited for what the future holds.

PASS Summit is the SQL Server educational and networking event of the year, bringing together over 3,000 SQL Server community members and Microsoft employees.  Microsoft is proud to partner closely with PASS to educate our core audience of IT professionals, with over 50 technical breakout sessions, 8 chalk-talks and 15 product pavilion kiosks.  Additionally, the ever popular SQL Server Clinic featuring free consulting from Microsoft Customer Support and Customer Advisory Team members will be back to help with your design, architecture or deployment questions.  And Ted Kummert, Quentin Clark and David DeWitt will be delivering three action-packed keynotes that include important product announcements that you won’t want to miss!

Beyond the PASS Summit, the PASS organization has reached out and educated the community in innovative ways, such as the highly-successful 24 Hours of PASS online webcast series, free SQLSaturday events and the upcoming SQLRally mini-conference.  Many of these events are free, and like PASS Summit they are excellent opportunities to learn from experts and also expand your professional network.

PASS was a pivotal launch partner for SQL Server 2008 R2, and as we think about the next major release of SQL Server we will be looking to engage closely with PASS and the community once again.  We’ve also worked closely with PASS on reinforcing the mission-critical capabilities of SQL Server, including deep-dive technical sessions at 24 Hours of PASS and PASS Summit.  Finally, as SQL Server IT professionals think about migrating deployments to the cloud, PASS members can look forward to some great SQL Azure training.

We look forward to helping PASS continue to grow and expand its worldwide presence and impact.  See you at PASS Summit!

Best regards,

-Kevin Yam