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Preparing for SQL Server 2012: What You Need to Know

Lara Rubbelke, Microsoft SQL Server Community Principal Program Manager, recently talked with PASS Marketing Vice President Rick Heiges about the changes in editions and licensing for SQL Server 2012.

Rick: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Lara. Let’s get right to it: What’s new in SQL Server 2012 as far as editions?

Lara: We’ve streamlined SQL Server 2012 editions to better align with how customers are deploying applications and solutions and are releasing SQL Server 2012 in three main editions:
• Enterprise Edition – for mission-critical applications and large-scale data warehousing
• Business Intelligence (BI) Edition – a new edition that provides premium corporate and self-service BI
• Standard Edition – for basic database, reporting, and analytics capabilities.

Enterprise Edition will include all features available in SQL Server 2012, and the BI Edition will include premium BI features as well as all of the Standard Edition features.
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New PASS Healthcare SQL Virtual Chapter

By Damu Venkatesan

The PASS Healthcare SQL Virtual Chapter was recently formed to bring together SQL Server and healthcare IT professionals. Members of this virtual chapter share and learn from one another, as well as support and address the unique challenges faced in the healthcare / life sciences field.

How did this all come to be? I attended PASS Summit in 2010 and 2011 where I met so many SQL users from various healthcare organizations and gained so much from our conversations. I realized that if we came together as an online community, we could share SQL Server / healthcare IT knowledge and solve many common issues we face in this industry, all year round!

Throughout the year we will be hosting online presentations and meetings on a regular basis with presenters from around the globe. We will also have an online forum where members can share ideas, tips and techniques, as well as get answers to those burning SQL Server questions. Read more.

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The SQL Server 2012 Special Ops Tour

Interested in having a SQL Server 2012 roadshow tour stop in your city? PASS and Microsoft are working together to bring a Special Ops technical training event to 12 cities across America in March. But we need to hear from you – our SQL Server operatives in the field – in order to choose our 12 Special Ops drop sites. Check in with mission control and let us know your city of preference today.

Wish List: PASS Summit 2011 DVDs
Embrace your SQL Server geekdom this holiday season with the PASS Summit 2011 DVD set. Featuring 170+ technical sessions from what many are calling the best PASS Summit ever, this is the gift that keeps on giving. View your favourite sessions, catch up on new ones, and share with colleagues! Find out more.

Start Planning for PASS Summit 2012
The world's biggest and best conference for SQL Server technical education and business networking takes place Nov. 6-9, 2012, in Seattle, WA. A 3-Day Summit registration costs just $1095, but only until Jan 31. Save big bucks and register today!

In the News

PASS Healthcare VC: SQL Server in Healthcare - Healthy relationship? 
Nov 17, 1-2pm ET (online)

PASS AppDev VC: SSIS Tricks & Tips
Nov 22, 12-1pm ET (online)

SQLSaturday #100 - Brazil 2011 Nov 26, 8am-5pm São Paulo, SP

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