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  • Anti-Harassment Policies and Codes of Conduct

    I was a director on the PASS board back in 2012 when our having a Code of Conduct was first raised. A number of conferences had experienced bad situations, particularly around sexist behaviour, and it was very appropriate for PASS to take a stand and say “We don’t want this kind of thing to happen to PASS members.” We ALL wanted to make sure that ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on November 26, 2015
  • PASS Summit 2015 WiT lunch

    A regular spot at the PASS Summit is the Women in Technology lunch. This year is no different. A few years ago, I was on a panel for discussion at the lunch. The last couple of years though, have changed format, and have an interview focus, with a champion for WiT. This year, Angie Chang is being interviewed about an initiative called HackBright, ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 29, 2015
  • PASS Summit 2015 - Keynote 2

    The second day keynote is always a highlight of mine. Until a few years ago there were three keynotes, with the third day including a session from Microsoft Research. Recently this has changed, and the third day keynote rolls into the second. Today I’m expecting some new announcements, some updates on how PASS is tracking, an acknowledgement of ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 29, 2015
  • PASS Summit 2015 Keynote 1

    I’m back at the PASS Summit. Another year – my sixth now. And I’m sitting at the bloggers’ table, next to Mark Broadbent (@retracement). The PASS Summit is by far the best SQL Server event in the world each year – even better than the Adelaide SQL Server User Group sessions, and the first keynote is always full of announcements. It always ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 28, 2015
  • See you at the PASS Summit 2015 in Seattle!

    My employer Macaw gave me the opportunity to attend the SQL PASS Summit this year, so I am traveling to Seattle tomorrow! I’m excited to be there this year because there are so many new technologies being pushed in our direction like the Cortana Analytics suite and SQL Server 2016. At the moment I am already involved in some PoC/pilot ...
    Posted to Jorg Klein (Weblog) by jorg on October 23, 2015
  • PASS Summit 2015 presentations I’m giving

    With only a few days to go until people arrive in Seattle, I should probably explain what my sessions are going to be on. You know, in case you hadn’t thought to go to the PASS site and read for yourself (and for those who want to hear something that’s a little less ‘abstract’y). A few people told me last year they were disappointed I wasn’t ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on October 22, 2015
  • PASS Board elections coming up

    It’s four years since I ran for election to the PASS Board now, for a two year term which ended two years ago. The two other people that got elected when I did were Denise McInerney and Adam Jorgensen. Two years ago, Denise and Adam became the two Vice Presidents, and Adam is about to being a stint as President. For me, I didn’t run a second ...
    Posted to Rob Farley (Weblog) by rob_farley on September 13, 2015
  • Classic Music, Attractions, and Presentations: Presenting on Database Design at SQL Saturday Atlanta 2015

    This next two weeks are going to be awesome. May 11, I get to see the Who for probably the last time ever. Saturday I am speaking on Database Design at SQL Saturday in Atlanta, then heading to Disney World.  It rarely gets even close to this good for a two week span, and SQL Saturday is a big part of that. I love going to SQL ...
    Posted to Louis Davidson (Weblog) by drsql on May 8, 2015
  • 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
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