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  • Learning through others

    This PASS Summit was a different experience for me – I wasn’t speaking. I’ve presented at three of the five PASS Summits I’ve been to, where the previous one I’d not spoken at was 2012, while I was a PASS Director (and had been told I shouldn’t submit talks – advice that I’d ignored in 2013). I have to admit that I really missed presenting, both ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 11, 2014
  • MVP/SQLPASS Summit Wrapup From a Non-Attendee

      (Or “How I Sort of Attended PASS This Year After All and It Wasn’t as Horrible as it Might Have Been”) Wow, my experience at this year’s MVP Summit and PASS Summit was not at all what I had expected it to be for me just weeks ago when I was planning my trip. Life intervened, and as my blog post last week here explained, the short of it is ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on November 9, 2014
  • PASS Summit WIT Lunch

    With the pleasant sound of cutlery on crockery, those lucky enough to secure tickets to the WIT Lunch at the PASS Summit get to listen to an interview with Kimberly Bryant, who is the founder of a non-profit organisation called Black Girls Code – helping teenaged girls from low-privilege communities to get into technology. She calls herself an ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 6, 2014
  • Dr Rimma Nehme at the PASS Summit

    This Summit’s presentation from Microsoft Research Labs is from Dr Rimma Nehme, bucking the trend of having presentations from Dr David DeWitt. I’m really pleased to be able to hear from her, because she’s an absolute legend. Among her qualifications is work on the PDW Query Optimizer – a topic closer to me than probably any other area of SQL ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 6, 2014
  • PASS Summit – Thursday Keynote

    It’s good to point out it’s still only Thursday, as my laptop tells me that it’s already Friday. Today is the second of only two keynotes this Summit, which means that it’s the opportunity to hear from Microsoft Research Labs about what’s going on with data from their perspective. It’s also when we get to hear from the PASS VPs – community ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 6, 2014
  • Keynote technologies – new or not?

    So I’m sitting in the PASS Summit keynote, and there are some neat things being shown. Something that just appeared on the screen was around having the location of shoppers being shown on a plan of a store. There were some ‘Oohs’ coming from around the room, as they mentioned that Kinect was being used to track locations. Hotspots were appearing ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 5, 2014
  • PASS Summit keynote

    The PASS Summit has kicked off again with a tremendous keynote from Ranga. He's been in the role at Microsoft for a little over a year now, and has really come into his own, as can be seen by the presentation this morning. The changes to the data picture haven't changed hugely over the past year, although the "Internet of Things" space ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 5, 2014
  • Why I am not going to PASS this year

    This is going to be one of my toughest non-technical posts ever. And the reason it will be difficult will have an ancillary relationship to the Lortabs I have been taking for the last two days. It has everything to do with me being at home while the 2014 PASS Summit is going on. Previously, the only Summit I had missed was the first one in ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 25, 2014
  • Less than a month away...

    The PASS Summit for 2014 is nearly upon us, and the MVP Summit is immediately prior, in the same week and the same city. This is my first MVP Summit since early 2008. I’ve been invited every year, but I simply haven’t prioritised it. I’ve been awarded MVP status every year since 2006 (just received my ninth award), but in 2009 and 2010 I attended ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 8, 2014
  • Speaking this weekend at SQL Saturday 286 - Louisville

    Wow, where does the time go? Hope I see every reader there in Louisville this weekend for a lovely time. Say you live in Alaska and it would be too far to go in one day? Hey, we all have our problems (and don't tell anyone, but I am going to try to finish up video versions of these sessions by the end of the year.. shh.) I will be doing my ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on June 19, 2014
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