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  • PASS Summit Attendance “Advice”

    Wow, it is fall again, and in a large percentage of the minds of SQL Community members, that means that the PASS Summit is here again. I have been to all of the Summits save the first one, and honestly it has become one of the highlights of my nerd year. I have learned a tremendous amount about SQL, made a lot of real friends, and gained a taste ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 7, 2014
  • Developing New Speakers

    There's a lot of discussion about the process of bringing new speakers to a level that allows them to be ready and able to present at major conferences like the PASS Summit.  Andy Warren (@sqlandy) wrote a blog post about a speaker challenge and Brent Ozar (@BrentO) wrote about Speaker 47.  Erin Stellato (@erinstellato) responded to An ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on July 17, 2014
  • Why Your Abstract Wasn't Selected

    We're anxiously waiting to hear from PASS which sessions were selected for the 2014 Summit in November.  It's a big job to go through the hundreds of submissions and pick the sessions that will appeal to the people who will be paying over $1,000 to attend this annual event.  As I am also waiting to hear the results, I saw this article ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on May 22, 2014
  • Abstract Submission Day for Speaking 2014…

    Today is my least favorite part of the whole speaking thing. It is the day that I put myself out there and wait to see if I get rejected or accepted. Rejection stinks, but at the same time, being accepted means more work. Neither are perfect, and as I stated in my last post, I also have a goal of not getting myself stuck spending 7 hours a ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on March 2, 2014
  • SQL in the City (Charlotte) Wrap Up

    Ok, it has been quite a while since the event, two weeks and a day to be exact, but I needed a rest before hitting Windows Live Writer again. Speaking is exhausting, traveling is exhausting, and well, I replaced my laptop and had to get all of my software back together. (Between Windows 8.1 sync features, Dropbox and Skydrive, it has never been ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on October 29, 2013
  • Live from the #summit13 keynote : 2013-10-17

    Douglas McDowell (EVP Finance) takes the stage (no kilt), and talks numbers. PASS has an impressive $1MM in reserves as a ''rainy day'' fund. Last fiscal year they spent $7.6MM on community; 30% of that was spent internationally.  Bill Graziano comes on (no kilt) to say goodbye and thanks to the outgoing board members, Douglas McDowell, Rob ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on October 17, 2013
  • The 2013 PASS Summit - Day 2

    Good morning! It's Day 2 of the PASS Summit 2013 and it should be a busy one.Douglas McDowell, EVP Finance of PASS opened up the keynote to welcome people and talked about the financial status of the organization. Last year's Business Analytics Conference left the organization $100,000 ahead, and he went on to show the overall financial health, ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on October 17, 2013
  • Speaking - Automate Your ETL Infrastructure with SSIS and PowerShell

    Today at 4:45PM EDT I'm presenting a new session using PowerShell to auto-generate SSIS packages via the BIML language.  The really cool thing is that this session will be live broadcast on PASS TV! You can view the session by clicking on this link.  If you have questions for me during the session, you can send them to me via Twitter ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on October 16, 2013
  • Live from the #summit13 keynote : 2013-10-16

    Early morning start here in Charlotte. I'm going to try and keep this post updated as I have new information from the keynote to share, so refresh often! 8:24 AM Bill Graziano takes the stage and welcomes us to the 15th PASS Summit. He mentions that PASS delivered over 700,000 hours of technical training in the previous fiscal year, and shows ...
    Posted to Aaron Bertrand (Weblog) by AaronBertrand on October 16, 2013
  • The 2013 PASS Summit - Day 1

    It's SQL Server Geek Week once again! Every year at the PASS Summit the SQL Server faithful descend on the city of choice for the annual Summit, and this year it's Charlotte, North Carolina.  Once again I've been given the privilege of sitting at the bloggers table, so my laptop is on a table!So far this week it's been great seeing people I ...
    Posted to Allen White (Weblog) by AllenMWhite on October 16, 2013
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