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Preparing for PASS Summit

The countdown is on to what is truly going to be the best PASS Summit ever. The PASS Board, our team at HQ, marketing and media consultants, sponsorship sales team, production teams, Microsoft, community leaders, volunteers, and countless other folks are working very hard to provide attendees with a truly unique experience. Two weeks back, I had the opportunity to meet with senior Microsoft executives in Redmond, to discuss among other things, the upcoming PASS Summit. They share in our excitement and disclosed all the hard work happening within the Microsoft SQL Server team to make PASS Summit a resounding success.

Community leaders are pitching in with amazing ideas and initiatives. For example, Aaron Nelson (@SqlVariant) is leading an initiative to promote and get attendees acquainted with #sqlhelp on Twitter. Read more...

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24 Hours of PASS Recordings Available

Over 4,000 of you from around the world joined us last month for the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview online event. Most of you tuned in for 5 sessions or more! If you missed some or all of these sessions they are now available for streaming.

Our most popular session this time around was T-SQL Brush-Up: The Best Things You Forgot You Knew by Jen McCown – with 886 attendees! Congrats Jen on a great presentation and a huge thank you to all presenters and to our sponsors: Dell and Microsoft.

PASS Summit Keynote Lineup Finalized

Join top Microsoft SQL Server executives as they take center stage in a series of can’t-miss keynote addresses.

Ted Kummert, Sr. V.P. of Microsoft's Business Platform Division, will highlight continued innovation across Microsoft’s business and information platform and will share some exclusive product news with attendees!

Tom Casey will showcase latest innovations in Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence including the powerful role of SQL Azure and cloud computing.

Lastly, you can’t afford to miss the anticipated tech talk of the year with David DeWitt on Query Optimization 101.


In the News

DW/BI Virtual Chapter: Reporting from Analysis Services Using Excel 2010
Oct 8, 12-1pm ET

DW/BI Virtual Chapter:
Maps Integration Into Reporting Services
Oct 8, 12-1pm ET

App/Dev Virtual Chapter:
SQL Server, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Live Migration
Oct 12, 12-1pm PT

DBA Virtual Chapter:
Use Power Shell to Get the Most Out of SQL Server
Oct 13, 12-1pm MT

Powershell Virtual Chapter:
An Introduction to Powershell Oct 20, 10-11am PT

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Find Out Who is Attending PASS Summit

One of the most valuable aspects of PASS Summit is connecting with other SQL Server professionals. Check out some of the folks who have already registered and add your name to the growing list.

Lightning Talks

We're introducing Lightning Talks this year at PASS Summit. A lightning talk is a short, prepared talk that is no more than 5 minutes in length-which keeps things moving quickly. One session everyday will be dedicated to lightning talks. View the speaker lineup for each day!

Chapter Contest

Does your PASS Chapter exude the most spirit? Do you want bragging rights as the best represented Chapter at PASS Summit? Rally your fellow Chapter members together at the PASS Chapter Luncheon on Nov 11 and you can each win a free set of DVD recordings of all the PASS Summit 2010 sessions. Also, the Chapter with the best representation wins PASS Summit 2010 DVDs for every Chapter member in attendance!

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