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  • Blog Post: Microsoft adds forecasting capabilities to Power BI for O365

    The PASS Business Analytics Conference -- the event where big data meets business analytics – kicked off today in San Jose. Microsoft Technical Fellow Amir Netz and Microsoft Partner Director Kamal Hathi delivered the opening keynote, where they highlighted our customer momentum, showcased business...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 and the DBA: Building Bridges

    Guest blog post by : SQL Server MVP Denise McInerney – Vice President of Marketing for PASS and a Data Engineer at Intuit – began her career as a SQL Server DBA in 1998 and now applies her deep understanding of data to enable analytic solutions to business problems. She is founder of the...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Game On During PASS Summit 2009

    Just announced: Microsoft SQL Server Appreciation Event. Join PASS and Microsoft to eat, drink, and play. Open to all PASS attendees. Let’s celebrate PASS Summit 2009! Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 7:00pm-10:00pm at Gameworks , 7th and Pike (Across from the Convention Center).
  • Blog Post: Kilimanjaro to deliver Application and Multi-server Management

    The PASS Summit Conference is in full swing here in Seattle. During Ted Kummert’s keynote at PASS, Microsoft announced future capabilities for application and multi-server management as part of the SQL Server code-name “Kilimanjaro” release. Customers are faced with challenges around...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit Speakers Chat about Their Sessions

    From Channel 9: Senior Data Platform Technology Specialist Buck Woody stopped by the Channel 9 studio to talk to Michael Rys , Principal Program Manager in SQL Server Engineering Team (Azure), and Liam Cavanagh , Senior Program Manager, about upcoming sessions that should not be missed this year’s PASS...
  • Blog Post: Join us March 7, 2012 for the Virtual Launch of SQL Server 2012!

    On March 7, 2012 we are hosting the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event (VLE), to share the latest on SQL Server 2012 and the evolution of the Microsoft data platform. Through our VLE, anyone, anywhere in the world can simply log in and be a part of this amazing experience – consuming content at your...
  • Blog Post: Guess What’s Back? Tweet for a Ticket to PASS Summit 2012

    For SQL Server professionals and enthusiasts alike, the place to be next month is PASS Summit 2012 . It all happens November 6 through 9 in Seattle, WA, where you will learn from top industry experts, network and connect with fellow SQL professionals, and return home with the training and tips you need...
  • Blog Post: #SQLFamily is Giving Back – Week 1

    Wow #SQLFamily …just wow. The SQL Server Team has been overwhelmed by the amazing outpouring of support from the #SQLFamily. In just a few days, the community is off to a great start in sending us submissions that have raised money for the Pragmatic Works Foundation , a non-profit that provides free...
  • Blog Post: Recap from PASS Summit 2011

    We had a great week at PASS Summit 2011 , a SQL Server and BI user conference. During the day 1 keynote Ted Kummert, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Platform Decision, talked about Microsoft’s roadmap for helping customers manage and analyze any data, of any size, anywhere -- on...
  • Blog Post: Follow up to the SQL Server Fireside Chats after the 24 Hours of PASS Sessions

    The SQL Server Team held Fireside Chats at the end of the 24 Hours of PASS on September 7-8, 2011 to give attendees the opportunity to ask questions directly to members of the SQL Server engineering team. The engineers answered most of the questions during the chat, however there were a few questions...
  • Blog Post: Tweet for the Summit! Enter to Win a Ticket to PASS Summit 2013!

    We’re just a few short weeks away from PASS Summit 2013, and the excitement is building! We’re getting our bags packed and ready to go, and we hope that you are too. However, if you haven’t made your plans just yet, listen up because we’re hosting a Tweet for the Summit Challenge, where you can win a...
  • Blog Post: PASS It On: Refer a Friend and You Both Could Win!

    Refer a friend to register for PASS Summit Unite 2009 at $200 off the Full Summit 3-day conference registration, and you and your friend could both win a Dell Mini 10v Netbook ! PASS has three pairs of Dell Minis to give away, and the more people you refer, the more times you're entered in the drawing...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2011: Celebrating Community

    The SQL Server community is, in a word, awesome. I’ve never seen a user community come together like ours does to help each other get the most of the product, learn and share their experiences, and grow in their careers. And I’ve never seen a conference quite like PASS Summit, organized by a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft prepares to grow IT Pro communities worldwide

    Microsoft has a deep commitment to growing and nurturing communities organized around supporting users of our products and technologies. Several popular not-for-profit Microsoft technical communities include INETA for developers, PASS for SQL Server users and Culminis for IT Pros. SQL Server users and...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Tour Kicking Off at PASS European Conference 2010

    Donald Farmer—one of the best-known thinkers on the Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence team—will head up the launch of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Community Tour and dig into the new release at a special full-day Microsoft R2 Launch Event at PASS European Conference 2010 in Neuss, Germany...
  • Blog Post: Chat with SQL Server Engineers in Real Time and Win Prizes from Microsoft During 24 Hours of PASS

    Win great prizes after each 24 Hours of PASS Session in the “#SQLDenali / #24HOP Challenge!” We are very excited about the 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview event and want to give all of you the opportunity to win free SQL Server gifts by answering questions we will ask in the “#SQLDenali...
  • Blog Post: News about SQL Server Clinic at PASS Summit

    This year’s SQL Server Clinic will offer twice the resources! Top troubleshooters from the CSS SQL Server Escalation team are teaming up with expert SQLCAT design architects. Why pay $400+ an hour for database consultants when you get all-access passes to Microsoft’s CSS & SQLCAT experts throughout...
  • Blog Post: 130 Characters Could Get You Into PASS Summit 2011!

    Want to get a free full 3-day registration to the PASS Summit 2011 in Seattle, WA from Oct 11-14, 2011? Well, a tweet reply of 130 characters or less (on Twitter) is all it might take to win! We will post a question on our official Twitter account ( @SQLServer ) at 9:00 a.m. PT on September 21, 2011...
  • Blog Post: Answers and Links for the Questions Asked During the #24HOP / #SQL Denali Challenge

    We would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in the #24HOP / #SQLDenali Challenge at the end of the recent 24 Hours of PASS Sessions. It was very exciting for us to see so many of you getting involved and trying your best to win! Many of you told us that you had learned a lot as...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 Launch Events Continue in March

    On March 7 th we went live with the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event with incredible turn out to date! We appreciate the fantastic response from the community! There are still tons of online and in person events around the globe joining in on the celebration of SQL Server 2012! Click here...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Team at PASS Summit 2011

    Microsoft is once again delighted to be a premier sponsor of the PASS Summit in Seattle from Oct 11 – 14, 2011. We are committing our top resources to the most value-packed SQL Server and Business Intelligence event of the year. This event includes informative keynotes from Microsoft executives as well...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour is coming!

    CALLING ALL SQL SERVER PROFESSIONALS Do you want Microsoft to come to your city? This March, Microsoft is teaming with PASS to bring you the SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour, a cross-country, technical training roadshow that will take us to 12 cities across America. But this is your tour, and we want...
  • Blog Post: Get a free copy of SQL Server 2008 Standard Edition!

    First the let’s talk about the great Microsoft breakout sessions at this year’s PASS Summit conference!  Some of the highlights from the 60+ Microsoft sessions include Liam Cavanagh (3 sessions on the upcoming SQL Azure Database solution), Buck Woody (2 sessions on Manageability, and 1 session on...
  • Blog Post: ‘Twitterview’ with Ted Kummert Tomorrow!

    You can ask Ted a question! Senior vice president of the Business Platform Division at Microsoft Corp., Ted Kummert, will answer 10 questions from an audience via Twitter at 10:30 AM PDT tomorrow, November 3. The interview with Ted comes after his keynote at PASS Summit . To participate, go to the...
  • Blog Post: Attend PASS Community Summit 2008 - Seattle, WA – Nov 18-21

    The Microsoft SQL Server Developer Team will be turning out in force for this year’s PASS Community Summit 2008. As the single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server professionals in the world, PASS Summit is the most important technical conference of the year for the SQL Server community. With...