PASS Summit 2015: Wrap-up

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WHOOP! Another PASS Summit is complete. This one was amazing. It's my first time ever as a member of the Board of Directors of the PASS organization to attend the Summit and take part in the full process of making the sausage. It was hard. It was exhausting (more so than usual). It was one the most exhilarating, fascinating and wonderful experiences of my life. First the sad news, Rimma Nehme and Dr. DeWitt have delivered their last presentation at the PASS Summit. It's the end of an era. I was at the first session delivered by Dr. DeWitt. It was one of the most amazing technical keynotes I'd ever seen until the next one that he gave. The two of them became absolute rock stars in the SQL Server…
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PASS Summit 2015: So Far

PASS
It's Kilt Day! I want to give a quick assessment on how the Summit has been for me so far. Monday, as is true for the rest of the week, I served two masters. In the morning I went to the Redgate SQL in the City event. In the afternoon I attended our in-person board meeting. The minutes for the meeting will come out after they're approved. The meeting largely consisted of reporting on how we had done this year and starting the process of getting going for next year. I left that meeting and went back to SQL in the City. Yeah, I've been running all week. Tuesday was my community day. It's been announced that I'm moving from the Chapters portfolio to the SQL Saturday portfolio. I went…
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Talk to Me at PASS Summit

PASS
If you're going to PASS and you want to have a chat, I want to talk to you. If it's about the Board of Directors for PASS, PASS Chapters, execution plans, crossfit or something else, here are a few places where I'll be doing my best to make myself available: Redgate Booth - I'll be here quite a bunch all next week. Swing by and don't just talk to me, get a demo of one of our fine products. Community Zone - I'll make a point of going here to hang out when I can so you can track me down. Board of Directors Q&A - Thursday in 307/308 at 3:30 PM, I know exactly where I'll be. Receptions - Tuesday night is the welcome reception for Summit. I'll be…
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ZOOMIT!

PASS, Professional Development
Guilty. I'm at least one of the people who yelled Zoomit during a keynote¬†at PASS Summit. I want to take a moment and explain why I did it and why it was wrong. I was frustrated. I'm watching a presentation on a HUGE screen, from about mid-way in the room and the presenter is earnestly showing off a cool new feature of SQL Server in about 3 point font and saying "... As you can see ...". No. No I couldn't. After a little while of staring at the blur on the screen and hearing the person say I could see this or see that, I popped. I was interested. I was paying attention. I really and truly wanted to see what was on the screen and I honestly could…
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