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First Survey Results Spotlight Top Chapter Needs

PASS is often challenged in identifying the needs of our community, collecting feedback, and understanding issues. One of the best cross sections of the PASS community is the local Chapters. In an effort to better plug in to our Chapters in a structured manner, we have begun a series of Chapter Leader surveys. We hope these surveys can help us identify how PASS can better serve every Chapter Leader and member. Surveys are often considered more art than science, but our intentions are pretty simple and straightforward: We want to gather basic information in each survey and include questions that will help us better understand the grass roots of the organization.

Last week we closed out our first Chapter survey, and I want to share it with you as a PASS Connector reader. Of PASS’s 211 Chapters, an impressive 104 Chapter Leaders (49%) responded to the survey, making the results more than a sampling of current Chapters. I would personally like to thank everyone who participated. Here’s what Chapter Leaders told us about their Chapters. Read more.

PASS Summit 2010 Online? Would you be interested in attending a live track at PASS Summit if you couldn’t attend the conference in person? Learn more about this idea, and post your comments on the PASS blog here.

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What Sessions Do You Want to See at Summit?

Here’s your chance to help shape the content for PASS Summit 2010 and future events—from keynotes to individual sessions. Simply take 10-15 minutes to fill out the survey from the PASS Program Committee and submit your feedback by April 5. Everyone who participates in the survey will automatically be entered into a drawing for a $50 AMEX Gift Card. Take the survey today!

All Summit 2008 sessions available for on-demand streaming! PASS members now have free streaming access to all program sessions from PASS Summit 2008. Just log in and check out your favorite sessions and speakers today!

SQLSaturday Charlotte: Lessons Learned Fresh off SQLSaturday #33 earlier this month, Greg “SQLsensei” Gonzalez blogs about what worked, what could have gone better, and tips for others planning similar events.

Speakers Needed - SQL Saturday Portland. Submit your session by May 1. The event takes place on May 22.


In the News

Exclusive PASS member discount on Microsoft BI Conference: Save $200 off registration to the Microsoft BI Conference 2010, June 7-10 in New Orleans, LA. Just use discount code BIATCST33H and register by April 30 to save.

Connect today, Improve tomorrow: Connect with the PASS community today and improve your business position tomorrow. PASS offers several effective and successful methods to deliver your message to the SQL community. To learn more about PASS marketing options, contact Al Shuler.

Upcoming SQL Server Events:

Auckland SQL Saturday
April 10, 8am-6pm, Auckland, New Zealand

Live Meeting - PASS AppDev Chapter Presents: PowerShell for Database Developers
April 13, 12-1pm ET

April 16, 8:30am-8pm GMT, London, England

SQL Saturday #31 - Chicago
April 17, 8am-7pm CT, Elk Grove Village, IL

SQLSaturday #39 - New York City
April 24, 9am-5pm ET, New York City, NY

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Don’t Wait! Last Week for Huge Summit Savings

Take advantage of this last week to save an incredible 40% on the best SQL Server and BI conference in the world, coming to Seattle Nov. 8-11. Register for PASS Summit 2010 by March 31 and pay only $1195.

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Congratulations to our Alaska cruise winner! Not only did Pat Duggan of Overland Park, Kansas, get a great deal on PASS Summit by registering early, she won a spectacular Alaska cruise for two. Here’s wishing her a fantastic vacation before she joins us at PASS Summit this fall—we want pics!

Next 50 Euro Conference Registrants Receive Free PASS Summit 2009 DVD Set

Be among the next 50 Full Conference or Conference Only registrants to PASS European Conference, slated for April 21-23 in Neuss, Germany, and receive a PASS Summit 2009 DVD set for free! Watch and rewatch all 168 sessions from one of the best PASS Summits ever – PLUS Dr. David DeWitt's keynote address. Register today!

PASS European Conference Twitter t-shirt winners: A big thanks and t-shirts go to the following for retweeting our messages about the upcoming PASS European Conference: @dyfhid, @Frodoger, @janhonenj, @MladenPrajdic, @pkansa, @RobHag, @SqlAsylum, @SQLJackal, @SQLvariant, and @venzann.


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