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Last Week to Apply for the PASS Board

Thinking about applying for the PASS Board of Directors’ 2011/2012 term? You still have time to submit your application before next week’s deadline. Review what it takes to be a Director, download the application at the PASS Elections page, and apply by July 21. If you know an ideal candidate, forward them the links and encourage them to run.

Join the discussion on Twitter (#passvotes) and see what current and past Board members are saying about what it means to lead the premier, independent, user-run association for SQL Server, including:

  • Jeremiah Peschka: The PASS Board of Directors is the cheapest and most entertaining MBA program I have found.
  • Douglas McDowell: For the organization that we are all so passionate about, it is the highest honor to be considered and contribute as a Board member, and a unique role that offers opportunity to provide unrivaled value and impact.
  • Rick Heiges: I have had the satisfaction of seeing the organization change and grow as it continues to do today. That takes a lot of work, but the results and relationships that are built along the way make it worthwhile.
  • Joe Webb: Being a good or even great technologist requires a certain set of skills. But being a visionary, a leader, a manager, requires a very different set of skills. As a member of the Board, you’ll get to stretch yourself and grow in ways that will make you a more well-rounded professional.
  • Andy Warren: Ask not what PASS can do for you, ask what you can do for PASS.
  • Wayne Snyder: If you have a passion for the SQL Server community, the wisdom of the ancients, people skills, and a wish to drive your personal experience to new levels, then consider joining the Board of Directors for PASS...This will not be the easiest thing you will ever do, but it can be one of the most rewarding. Join us - make a difference!

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PASS SQLRally: Save the Date

Plan to attend PASS’s new low-cost, high-value spring training event, PASS SQLRally, May 11-13 at the Marriott World Center in Orlando, FL. A cross between a full PASS Summit and a free, 1-day SQLSaturday, PASS SQLRally will feature 1 day of pre-conference seminars and 2 days of practical SQL Server sessions. The targeted rate for the main event is $299, with the pre-cons available for an extra fee. Save the date, and stay tuned as details are confirmed!

Board discusses FY2011 budget: Log in and read the minutes from the PASS Board’s special June 24 budget meeting.

SQL Server Standard suspending publication: In this PASS Update blog post, Board member Andy Warren talks about the tough decision to stop publishing PASS’s online magazine.

Brent Ozar Talks about the MCM Process: In this Q&A with the Professional Development Chapter’s Kathi Kellenberger, new Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar shares insights, tips, and what he would do differently if he had to go through the program again.

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In the News

Realizing the Promise of Cloud Computing with Microsoft: In this blog post, Microsoft’s Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president of Server and Tools, digs into new solutions and offerings to help customers and partners realize the benefits of cloud computing, including the Windows Azure Platform appliance.

Oracle Virtual Chapter: Query Performance and Data Access Layers
July 14, 12-1pm ET

DBA Virtual Chapter: Why Should I Use Stored Procedures & SQL Server Performance Isn’t Just For DBAs Anymore
July 14, 12-1pm MT

PASS SQLSaturday - South Florida
July 31, 7:30am-5:30pm ET, Miramar, FL

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Announcing Summit Program Sessions

A Who’s Who of SQL Server and BI experts will be helping database pros get the most out of their implementations and foster their technical careers through 3 days of unmatched program sessions at PASS Summit 2010, Nov. 8-11 in Seattle, WA. Program sessions, 90-minute Spotlight sessions, and full-day pre/post-conference seminars by community speakers are now posted. Check them all out today from the new searchable Program Sessions page, which lets you find sessions of interest by keyword, track, session type, and speaker. And if you haven’t yet, register now!

Save big with the Pre/Post-Con Power Bundle! Complete a Full Summit-Individual Registration at $1,595 between July 1 and August 30, and stretch your training dollars two ways:

  • Add a full-day pre- or post-con for only $195 - a $200 savings
  • Or register for both a pre- and a post-con and save $450!

Check out the full pre/post-con lineup, and register today!

Pre/post-con additions: Pre-conference seminars by Kalen Delaney and Brian Knight have been added to the PASS Summit 2010 lineup. And Davide Mauri’s BI pre-con has been moved to a post-con due to scheduling conflicts; if this affects you, please call Registration at 1-888-714-5544 (or 1-303-530-4879 Ext. 22) or email Shannon Cunningham.

Download Summit graphics, fact sheets, tweets, and more! Use this collection of graphics and Summit information for Chapter meetings, websites, emails, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as you tell your friends about PASS Summit 2010 and invite them to join you for the world’s best SQL Server and BI conference.

 

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