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PASS Kicks Off 2010 Elections

The 2010 PASS Board of Directors election season is here! The Nominations Committee, chaired by Wayne Snyder, has approved the elections procedure documents to kick off this year's Call for Nominations.

PASS would like to see its most talented members in leadership positions. Think you or someone you know is an ideal Board of Directors candidate? Review what it takes to be a Director, download the application at, and apply by July 21. Read more and stay up-to-date on the Elections page and join the discussion via Twitter (#passvotes). Thanks for staying involved!


Can Integrity Be Learned?
By Kevin Kline

In the last Plays Well with Others column, I talked about the work of Dr. William Cohen, a renowned expert on leadership. In Dr. Cohen’s work, he describes eight frequently recurring characteristics among excellent leaders, one of which is “absolute integrity.”

However, this characteristic got pushback from several readers. The general thread seemed to be, “You either have integrity or you don’t. It’s not something that can be learned.” So let’s take a step back and examine the idea of whether integrity can be learned. Read more.

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Pre/Post-Cons and Spotlight Sessions Unveiled!

PASS Summit 2010 will showcase the most dynamic and knowledgeable speakers in the SQL Server industry in 11 full-day pre/post-conference seminars and 25 by-invitation-only Spotlight sessions.

The deep-dive pre/post-conference seminars will be held Monday, Nov. 8, and Friday, Nov. 12. These in-depth, hands-on seminars—which bookend the main conference program—let SQL Server pros really dig into a topic. The pre/post-conference seminars are available for an additional fee. The Spotlight sessions—spread across the conference’s technical tracks and available as part of the standard PASS Summit registration—are 90 minutes long, letting these popular speakers drill more deeply into their technical topics. Stay tuned for the program sessions, which we’ll announce in the next few weeks. Register today.

New in The SQL Server Standard

Loading Spatial Data the SSIS Way
By Michael Coles

Spatial data has been in use for as long as people have been making maps. With the advent of Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies and geographic visualizations of Business Intelligence (BI) information, spatial data has achieved a new status in the world of databases.

SQL Server 2008 provides great new features that support spatial data in the database...[letting you] store, manipulate, index, and perform complex calculations on your spatial data in the database using the Geometry and Geography data types. Read more.


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PASS SQLSaturday #40, South Florida is looking for speakers. Submissions close July 1.

Performance Virtual Chapter: Performance Impacts Related to Different Function Types
July 6, 12-1pm ET

AppDev Virtual Chapter: Loops, Lookups and Splits
July 13, 9-10pm 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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Last Day to Save $600 on Summit!

Don’t wait! Register by midnight tonight to save 30% on PASS Summit 2010. That’s $600 off the full conference rate for the SQL Server and BI event of the year, featuring:

  • More than 160 deep-dive sessions
  • The industry’s top SQL Server and BI experts
  • Face-to-face support with Microsoft CSS & SQLCAT teams
  • Networking with thousands of MVPs, authors, industry experts, & peers

And if you register at the discounted rate between June 2-30, we guarantee that you’ll love the lineup, or you’ll get a full refund. Register now!

Tom Casey Joins WIT Panel The PASS Women in Technology (WIT) Virtual Chapter is thrilled to welcome Microsoft’s Tom Casey, General Manager, SQL Server Business Intelligence, to the panel for the PASS Summit 2010 WIT Luncheon. Join us for this year’s discussion,  “Recruiting, Retaining & Advancing Women in Technology: Why Does It Matter?”

An Interview with Denise McInerney: Kathi Kellenberger talks with PASS’s Women in Technology Virtual Chapter leader Denise McInerney about finding more ways for women to be visible as leaders in PASS - as speakers, chapter leaders, volunteers, and elected representatives.

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