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  • Blog Post: Microsoft sessions at PASS Summit 2014

    Got SQL Server 2005 running on Windows Server 2003? We have fantastic pre-con and general sessions to help you plan your upgrade and migration strategies. Interested in the new Azure data services like Azure DocumentDB, Azure ML, and Azure Search? We have awesome people lined up to give you all the...
  • Blog Post: #SQLHaikusweeps – We have a winner!

    Thank you for participating in our Twitter sweepstakes. As always, the creativity of our community never fails to amaze. Congratulations to @dragonfurther for the winning haiku. Notable mentions include entries from @John_Deardurff and @sdevanny We look forward to seeing...
  • Blog Post: 2014 PASS Summit Haiku Contest Rules

    Contest time! Need a pass to PASS Summit? Tell us why with 140 characters in the form of a HAIKU. Contest starts Friday October 3, 2014. Read the official rules below. COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES: These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft “Why I should win a pass...
  • Blog Post: 3 reasons to get certified at PASS Summit 2014!

    PASS Summit 2014 is right around the corner! Register by September 26 th 2014 to take advantage of the PASS Summit discounted pricing. PASS Summit is not only a great opportunity to attend the highest rated technical sessions but it’s also one of the best times to get certified. Why should you...
  • Blog Post: 2014 winners: 24 Hours of PASS

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest #pass24hop Challenge! As always, we had a great time listening to such passionate community speakers. Congratulations to all the winners! You will be notified via a Direct Message (DM) with details on how to redeem your free Microsoft Certification...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge

    Calling all data junkies! How smart are you? Want to get smarter? Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher ! Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning...
  • Blog Post: PASS Summit 2014 - Don’t miss the largest conference for SQL Server Professionals

    Do you have the “Data Gene”? Preparations for PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle, Washington are well underway. We are very excited to have this year’s event back in Seattle and look forward to bringing you some great sessions and activities throughout the event. Tune in to this week’s...
  • 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: ‘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...
  • Blog Post: Don’t pass by PASS Summit 2011!

    PASS Summit 2011 is just around the corner! PASS Summit is the largest SQL Server and BI conference in the world. It is planned and presented by the SQL Server Community for the SQL Server community. This year, there will be 174 training sessions spread across six technical tracks, including two full...
  • Blog Post: Tune in to TechNet Radio for the Inside Scoop on PASS Summit 2013

    PASS Summit 2013 in Charlotte, NC is right around the corner, and we’re getting geared up for this great event!  Tune in to this week’s TechNet Radio special below to listen to Jennifer Moser, Lara Rubbelke, Chuck Heinzelman and SQL RockStar , Thomas LaRock talk about what to expect this year at...
  • Blog Post: Denny Cherry Guest Post: Get Ready for PASS Summit 2012

    Guest Blog Post by : Denny Cherry, MVP and Independent Consultant ( www.mrdenny.com | blog.mrdenny.com ) The SQL PASS Summit, being held in Seattle Washington this year, is the premier conference for SQL Server professionals.  Attending the SQL PASS conference is a bit of a different experience...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blog Post: How to Jumpstart Your Career as a DBA by Thomas LaRock

    You are a SQL Server DBA, and I know what you are going through. You are frustrated at having to correct other people's work. You are tired from being woken at odd hours, or needed to work on weekends. And the better you get at your job, the more likely you cannot advance in your career because they...
  • Blog Post: Join in on the Social Media Activities at PASS Summit 2011

    PASS Summit 2011 starts this Wednesday and we’re very excited to share all the great content to attendees and the rest of the community who will be tuning in via the web. The SQL Server and Microsoft BI social teams will be present at the PASS Summit and will be very busy getting the word out to the...
  • 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...