PASS Kicks Off 2010 Elections
The 2010 PASS Board of Directors election season is here! The
Nominations Committee, chaired by Wayne Snyder, has approved the
documents to kick off this year's
Call for Nominations.
PASS would like to see its most talented members in leadership
positions. Think you or someone you know is an ideal Board of Directors
what it takes
to be a Director, download the application at
http://elections.sqlpass.org, and apply by July 21. Read more and stay
up-to-date on the Elections page and
join the discussion via Twitter (#passvotes). Thanks for staying involved!
Can Integrity Be Learned?
By Kevin Kline
In the last Plays Well with Others column, I talked about the
work of Dr. William Cohen, a renowned expert on leadership. In Dr. Cohen’s work,
he describes eight frequently recurring characteristics among excellent leaders,
one of which is “absolute integrity.”
However, this characteristic got pushback from several readers. The general
thread seemed to be, “You either have integrity or you don’t. It’s not something
that can be learned.” So let’s take a step back and examine the idea of whether
integrity can be learned.
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Pre/Post-Cons and Spotlight Sessions Unveiled!
PASS Summit 2010
will showcase the most dynamic and knowledgeable speakers in the SQL Server
industry in 11 full-day
pre/post-conference seminars and 25 by-invitation-only
The deep-dive pre/post-conference seminars will be held Monday, Nov.
8, and Friday, Nov. 12. These in-depth, hands-on seminars—which bookend the main
conference program—let SQL Server pros really dig into a topic. The
pre/post-conference seminars are available for an additional fee. The Spotlight
sessions—spread across the conference’s technical tracks and available as part
of the standard PASS Summit registration—are 90 minutes long, letting these
popular speakers drill more deeply into their technical topics. Stay tuned for
the program sessions, which we’ll announce in the next few weeks.
New in The SQL Server Standard
Loading Spatial Data the SSIS Way
By Michael Coles
Spatial data has been in use for as long as people have been making maps. With
the advent of Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies and geographic
visualizations of Business Intelligence (BI) information, spatial data has
achieved a new status in the world of databases.
SQL Server 2008 provides great new features that support spatial data in the
database...[letting you] store, manipulate, index, and perform complex
calculations on your spatial data in the database using the Geometry and
Geography data types.
PASS SQLSaturday #40, South Florida is
speakers. Submissions close July 1.
Performance Virtual Chapter: Performance Impacts Related to Different
July 6, 12-1pm ET
AppDev Virtual Chapter: Loops, Lookups and Splits
July 13, 9-10pm ET
DBA Virtual Chapter: Why Should I Use Stored Procedures & SQL Server Performance
Isn’t Just For DBAs Anymore
July 14, 12-1pm MT
PASS SQLSaturday - South Florida
July 31, 7:30am-5:30pm ET, Miramar, FL
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Last Day to Save $600 on Summit!
Don’t wait! Register by midnight tonight to save 30% on
PASS Summit 2010. That’s
$600 off the full conference rate for the SQL Server and BI event of the year,
More than 160 deep-dive sessions
The industry’s top SQL Server and BI experts
Face-to-face support with Microsoft CSS & SQLCAT teams
Networking with thousands of MVPs, authors, industry experts, & peers
And if you register at the discounted rate between June 2-30, we guarantee that
you’ll love the lineup, or
you’ll get a full refund.
Tom Casey Joins WIT Panel The PASS Women in
Technology (WIT) Virtual Chapter is thrilled to welcome Microsoft’s Tom Casey,
General Manager, SQL Server Business Intelligence, to the panel for the PASS
Summit 2010 WIT Luncheon. Join us for this year’s discussion,
“Recruiting, Retaining & Advancing Women in Technology: Why Does It Matter?”
An Interview with Denise McInerney: Kathi Kellenberger
talks with PASS’s Women in Technology Virtual Chapter leader Denise McInerney
about finding more ways for women to be visible as leaders in PASS - as
speakers, chapter leaders, volunteers, and elected representatives.
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