PASS Summit 2011 Opens with Record 5000+ Registrations

Day 1 Features Live Streaming Keynote by Top Microsoft SQL Server Exec Ted Kummert

SEATTLE, WA – October  11, 2011 – The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) kicks off its annual PASS Summit today at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle with a record 5,108 registrations and a live streaming keynote to SQL Server professionals around the world by senior Microsoft SQL Server executive Ted Kummert.

As of last night, PASS Summit 2011 had 3,492 delegates – up 22% from last year’s previous record attendance – and 1,616 pre-conference attendees across 52 countries for a total of 5,108 registrations.

“This year’s amazing turnout for PASS Summit is a testament to our incredible community volunteers and staff, who asked the SQL Server community what they wanted to see at the conference and worked hard to put together a phenomenal lineup of sessions, speakers, and special events in response,” said PASS President Rushabh Mehta. “Our community’s desire to connect, learn, and share with each other around the world is inspiring – and it continues to grow.”

PASS Summit, organized by SQL Server users for SQL Server users, is the largest SQL Server event in the world, delivering more than 170 technical sessions, 14 full-day pre-conference seminars, and unmatched networking opportunities with the industry’s top SQL Server and Business Intelligence experts.

Microsoft is committing its top resources to the week-long event, including three executive keynotes – all of which will be streamed live to community members around the globe along with the conference’s popular Women in Technology panel.

Hundreds of Microsoft experts will be on hand in sessions, the CSS and SQLCAT SQL Server Clinic, Expert Pods, Hands-On Labs, and the Expo Hall to share best practices, explain the latest solutions, and answer customer questions to help attendees get the most out of their SQL Server and BI investments—and their time at PASS Summit. Attendees will also get a sneak-peek at Microsoft’s SQL Server and BI product roadmaps.

In today’s opening keynote, Kummert – Senior Vice President, Business Platform Division – will look at how Microsoft is answering the challenges of managing data and turning information into business insights, with demos that highlight continued innovation in Microsoft’s information platform and more about the upcoming launch of SQL Server Code Named “Denali.”

PASS Summit 2011 runs through Friday, October 14. For more information and the latest updates from PASS Summit 2011, see http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2011.

About PASS
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. From local user groups and virtual chapters to Webcasts and the annual PASS Summit—the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world—PASS enables knowledge sharing, in-depth learning, access to the Microsoft SQL Server team, and the ability to influence the direction of SQL Server technologies. The PASS mission is to empower the global SQL Server community to connect, share, and learn. For more information about PASS and the benefits of its free membership, visit the PASS Web site at
http://www.sqlpass.org.

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