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Partner. Not Sponsor.

PASS has great brand and name recognition in the technical community, and of course we host the largest annual SQL Server-focused technical education conference in the world. A lot of companies consider PASS as a critical part of their marketing efforts - whether it be through or at a local, global, or virtual event.

PASS truly appreciates companies that sponsor our activities but PASS is not only looking for sponsors, we are looking for partners. The difference may be subtle to some or dramatic to others. We want the companies that are interested in reaching out to PASS members to immerse themselves in the community and establish a presence within multiple programs and events, encouraging their subject matter experts to share and learn with the community. PASS hopes that our sponsors - both large and small - transition to be partners.

This brings me to our unique relationship with Dell. Dell has been a top-tier sponsor for years, and Andrew Hargett from Dell keeps asking how they can get more involved with PASS and help the community more substantially. In addition to strong PASS Summit sponsorship, Dell has stepped up to support newer initiatives: 24 Hours of PASS, PASS SQLRally and PASS SQL Saturday. In June, Dell provided a new SAN to PASS, refreshing the Dell SAN already in use. All PASS Hyper-V servers run on Dell and the new Dell SAN makes, our Exchange email, and all our Chapter and Virtual Chapter webhosting and media hosting possible. Read more.


Choose the Topic of Dr.Dewitt’s Keynote!

Dr. David Dewitt will be joining us center stage again at PASS Summit 2011. If the last two years are any indication, be prepared for his talk to knock your socks off. But with so many areas he could focus on, we need your help deciding which of the two suggested topics gets presented by Dr. Dewitt. So vote today and shape PASS Summit to your SQL Server preferences.

9th Annual Women in Technology Luncheon at PASS Summit 2011
It can be intimidating to ask for promotions, raises, or benefits. However, asking is often the first step to receiving. How should you ask? What should you ask? What information should you bring to the discussion? Come learn how to make your voice more powerful at this year’s PASS Summit WIT luncheon and panel discussion, “Make Yourself Heard: How to Ask for What You Want at Work,” featuring panelists Karen Lopez, Yanni Robel, and Rick Bolesta.

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DW/BI VC: ETL Head-To-Head: T-SQL vs SSIS
July 15, 12pm ET (online)

PASS SQLSaturday #80 - Wheeling
July 16, 8am - 5pm ET, Wheeling, WV

PoSh VC: SQL Server Performance Monitoring with The Scripting Guy
July 20, 1pm ET (online)

PASS SQLSaturday #81 - Birmingham
July 30, 8am - 5pm CT, Birmingham, AL

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PASS HQ Spotlight: David Yang

What’s PASS IT Manager David Yang’s favorite project, what’s next for PASS IT, and just where do SQL Server and badminton come into play? Read on.

Vote for the Final 5 Community Sessions!
Voting opens today to select the five final community sessions for PASS Summit 2011. The Program Committee has narrowed down the options to 20 potential sessions - now we need your input on who should be booked for those slots. Just log into the Community Choice voting page and pick your 5 favorite sessions today. Don’t delay – voting closes July 20!

2011 PASS Summit Pre-Con Interviews
Get a preview of PASS Summit Pre-Con sessions with speaker Q&As posted to the PASS Blog. Check out what Brent Ozar, Andy Leonard and Tim Mitchell have to say about their upcoming PASS Summit pre-conference sessions!

PASS Summit 2011 Pre-Conference Recordings
Thank you for all your inquiries around the Pre-Conference recordings DVD. PASS Summit 2011 attendees who are also registered to attend at least one onsite Pre-Con session will be able to purchase a DVD of some or all of the Pre-Con seminars. We’re still working on the cost of the DVDs but those who attend at least two pre-con seminars will enjoy the best pricing! So what are you waiting for? Sign up to attend a Pre-Con today.

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