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Announcing PASS Summit Regular and Half-Day Sessions

The all-volunteer PASS Summit Program Committee has had one of its most challenging years ever, working tirelessly over the past 6 weeks to select the best educational sessions for this year’s conference from an exceptional pool of 650+ abstracts.

Today, we’re proud to announce the PASS Summit 2011 regular sessions and 4 new half-day sessions, designed to give attendees a deeper look at everything from performance tuning and indexing to hardware configurations and scaling SQL Server. The sessions are spread across 6 tracks, include the new SQL Azure track. Read more.

Dallas Hosting PASS SQLRally 2012! Congratulations to Dallas and the North Texas SQL Server User Group, which will be hosting PASS SQLRally 2012 next spring! PASS HQ and NTSSUG are currently working to nail down the event venue and dates – watch the Connector and Twitter (hashtag #sqlrally) for the latest updates. Read more.

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PASS Board Elects New Officers

The PASS Board of Directors held its 2012 Officer Elections last week, electing the following Officers to 2-year terms that begin on January 1, 2012:

President: Bill Graziano
Executive Vice President Finance: Douglas McDowell Vice President, Marketing: Thomas LaRock

Congratulations to all three new Officers. Read on for more about the new PASS Board 2012 Officers.

Interview: Stay up-to-date with “Denali”
Rick Heiges, PASS VP Marketing, recently sat down with Jennifer Moser of Microsoft who sits on the PASS Board of Directors.

Rick: Jennifer I know you are excited about reaching out to the community and keeping everyone informed on the latest and greatest Microsoft news. Can you tell us more about the next version release of Microsoft SQL Server, code name “Denali”?

Jennifer: Well Rick, I can tell you that the next CTP (Community Technology Preview) for SQL Server, code name "Denali", is coming soon. The SQL Server engineering team is working hard on high-availability improvements with Always On. They are also focusing on data discovery and visualization with Project "Crescent", and are looking at the integrated development experience of Project "Juneau".

Rick: So, how do I find out more?

Jennifer: To be notified of the CTP release, you can sign up here with Microsoft or stay tuned to the PASS Connector newsletter for regular updates.

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DataArch VC Presents: You've Just Inherited a Data Model: Now What?
June 16, 2pm ET (online)

DW/BI VC Presents: Interactive Dashboards using PerformancePoint 2010
June 20, 12pm ET (online)

PASS SQLSaturday #82 - Indianapolis
June 25, 8am - 5pm ET

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PASS HQ Spotlight: Elena Sebastiano

Outdoor and fashion enthusiast, “crafty” mom, and PASS Speaker Programs Coordinator Elena Sebastiano speaks out on her mission to support PASS event speakers with all the resources they need—and how to dress for success at PASS Summit. Read more.

Save $600 on Summit Only Until June 30!

The only thing better than attending PASS Summit 2011 in Seattle Oct. 11-14? Saving $600 by registering in June. Hurry! This rate on the largest and most intensive Microsoft SQL Server and BI conference in the world is good for only 2 more weeks. Register now, and apply your savings to a full-day pre-conference seminar or two with the industry’s top experts.

Best of PASS SQLRally 2011 Orlando
Congratulations to presenters of the top 5 sessions from PASS SQLRally 2011 in Orlando as rated by attendees!

  1. Zero to OLAP Cubes in 60 Minutes, by Adam Jorgensen (BI Track)
  2. Understanding Storage Systems and SQL Server, by Wesley Brown (DBA Track)
  3. DBA Disaster Recovery Techniques to Keep Handy, by Edwin Sarmiento (DBA Track)
  4. Deadlocking for Mere Mortals, by Jonathan Kehayias (DBA Track)
  5. Performance Tuning Analysis Services, by Devin Knight (BI Track)

For more information, see the PASS SQLRally Orlando Speakers page.


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