PASS Election Results

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 in PASS | 0 comments

Congratulations to Allen Kinsel for his election to the PASS Board of Directors, and to Douglas McDowell and Andy Warren, who were re-elected.  PASS is the Professional Association for SQL Server.  The PASS community will continue to benefit from the amazing contributions that these true professionals make.

Doug is really on top of what’s going on with the local PASS chapters, as you can see in his blog post on the Q2 Chapter Survey.PASS PASS Election Results

I look forward to catching up with Allen, Doug, and Andy at the 2010 PASS Summit in Seattle in early November, and to thanking them personally for their efforts.

At the Summit, I plan to focus on the BI Information Delivery track, which includes SharePoint, PowerPivot, Report Builder, Scorecards, Dashboards, and Self-Service BI.  Join us in Seattle for some great sessions such as:

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My Hat’s in the Ring at PASS

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 in PASS, SQL Server | 0 comments

This year I’m one of five candidates for the PASS board of directors, joining fellow candidates Allen Kinsel,Vote My Hats in the Ring at PASS Andy Warren, Douglas McDowell, and Geoff Hiten. You can find our mugshots, as well as our campaign promises here.  I was always afraid to run for political office given my illustrious youth.  Luckily we didn’t have Facebook when I was in college!

It’s an honor to be on the ballot. Win or lose, I’ll see many of you in Seattle, and will continue contributing to the PASS Community.

PASS My Hats in the Ring at PASSCurrently I run three local PASS chapters, the San Francisco SQL Server User Group, the Silicon Valley SQL Server User Group, and the new Bay Area Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group.  Our meetings are free and we usually have 50-70 attendees at each of our meetings.  If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, please check us out!

In case you don’t know about PASS, it’s an international organization, with both local and virtual Chapters, and is a tremendous network for database professionals.

I’ve been involved with the SQL Server community for more than a decade.  During that time, Microsoft has steadily developed their flagship database project into an enterprise-ready powerhouse.  SQL Server 2008 R2 is out there now, bringing many new Business Intelligence capabilities.  I’m really pleased with all the great opportunities that PASS has given me to learn and to get to know so many terrific SQL Server and BI professionals.  Thanks to the PASS Nominations Committee for giving me a chance to get even more involved with this powerhouse community.

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Buck Woody Makes it Official: SQL Server 2008 R2 is Here!

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 in SQL Server 2008 | 0 comments

R2 300x128 Buck Woody Makes it Official: SQL Server 2008 R2 is Here!The SQL Server 2008 R2 Launch Event in Santa Clara was great.  More than 300 SQL Server and BI professionals were on hand, and the keynote was followed by three tracks of sessions that lasted the rest of the day.

Buck Woody, Microsoft’s “Real World DBA” was on his best behavior, but still had some great zingers and one-liners.  He handed the baton to Tom Casey, who was followed up by Fausto Ibarra and Sabrena McBride, giving an R2 demo.  Our own Ross Mistry, SQL Server MVP and our new host for the Silicon Valley SQL Server User Group, was also a featured speaker. You can download Ross’s latest book, Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, here for free.

During the intro, I had a chance to tell the crowd about our Bay Area PASS Chapters, and to officially announce the new Bay Area Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group.  That group will hold its first meeting in Mountain View on June 10th, and its second meeting, in San Francisco, on July 1st.  The group’s co-founders, Alex Viera, Elizabeth Diamond, and I, look forward to launching the group and continuing to help build the local Microsoft BI community.

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SQL Server R2 Launch Event – May 25th in Santa Clara

Posted on May 18, 2010 in SQL Server 2008 | 0 comments

Microsoft is launching SQL Server 2008 R2 on May 25, 2010 at the Santa Clara Marriott.  Attendees will get have the chance to learn about the new features, ranging from PowerPivot for self-service BI to StreamInsight, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship database product.

You can register for the free all-day event SQL Server R2 Launch Event here.

SQL Server 2008 R2 SQL Server R2 Launch Event   May 25th in Santa ClaraTom Casey, Microsoft’s General Manager for SQL Server BI will deliver the keynote for this event.  It looks like I will have the privilege of introducing him.  During my introduction, I will provide the details about our new PASS Chapter, the Bay Area Microsoft Business Intelligence User Group.

Here’s a recent interview with Tom Casey on Microsoft’s BI Strategy in SQL Server Magazine.

If you’re interested in learning about StreamInsight, contact me for slides from the May 2010 Silicon Valley SQL Server User Group meeting with Mark Simms of Microsoft’s esteemed SQLCAT.

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