I have a high level of excitement for the PASS Summit this year. This year I’m actually helping “behind the scenes” as a member of the Database Administration Abstract Selection Team. Abstracts need to be submitted by April 10th 2009 so polish up those presentations and get them in!
Need some help to justify going to the PASS Summit this year?
Taken straight from the Summit page on ROI:
|Your Goals||How PASS Summit Delivers|
|Learn new skills and strategies to optimize SQL Server||Over 160 expert-led technical sessions–plus deep-dive pre/post-conference sessions–covering all aspects of SQL Server. Be immersed in all things SQL Server, for the same cost as a weeklong training course in just one topic.|
|Solve high-priority, mission-critical SQL Server issues||The Microsoft “Ask the Experts” Lounge and the CSS First Aid Station provide direct access to Microsoft developers, service and support, and MVPs. Get the answers you need right away. This area alone is worth the price of attendance.|
|Gain SQL Server best practices||PASS Summit is the only conference that brings together thousands of SQL Server MVPs, Microsoft team members, authors, experts, and peers for 3+ days of SQL Server-focused learning, sharing, and networking. Network and share best practices with your peers and grow both knowledge and expert contacts.|
|Keep skills up to date||Sharpen your edge and stay current on SQL Server topics and technologies.|
|Improve the return and performance of our SQL Server environment||Learn strategies and skills that help improve the ROI of your SQL Server environment such as virtualization technologies, performance tuning and scaling, better hardware utilization, simplified management, need for better business intelligences, and more.|
|Increase the knowledge and skills of the entire team||Take advantage of the group discount – send 5 employees and save. Additionally, purchase the DVD set of all session recordings for year-round learning on all aspects of SQL Server.|
|Identify and meet potential customers or employees||For consultants, vendors, and those looking for new career opportunities, PASS Summit is the perfect environment to meet and impress potential new customers and employers. For those employed at an organization, meet the top SQL Server minds that can help with any future needs.|
|Understand key SQL Server add-ons that will increase our efficiency and productivity||The PASS Summit Expo Hall brings together the top SQL Server tools and services under one roof. Get hands-on demos and information that would otherwise take days or weeks of research.|
|Stay ahead of the curve–gain strategic insights||Be among the first to learn about new advances, roadmaps, and plans for Microsoft SQL Server. Get current on what’s important now and going forward.|
|Build your network||Breakfasts, lunches, and evening receptions are included with your registration and are designed to offer dedicated networking opportunities. Go further and become a PASS Summit volunteer, Summit Ambassador, or Speaker!|
|Get new ideas, get re-invigorated, and be inspired!||PASS Summit is all about meeting and talking with people, sharing issues and solutions, and gaining knowledge that will make you a better SQL Server professional. Get new ideas that leverage and optimize SQL Server to improve your business.|