Summit 2011

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Published on: August 11, 2011

Call me a slacker.  I have been postponing registering for Summit 2011.  I wanted to be sure that I had the week available in order to attend.

I finally did it!  I registered for Summit 2011.  I was stoked about it too.  Then I got the schedule for my sons’ cross country season.  I started worrying about missing region championships and had to come back and recheck the schedule.  Then I took another look at the season schedule.  I did this a few times because I didn’t want it to be true.  Region Championships are that very week – (Oct 12).  Now start the major dilemma.  I sure hope he will be running in the championships.

For now, I am registered for the Summit.  Come October, my plans may change relative to my sons performance and whether or not he will be competing at Region.

So, I hope to be seeing many of you at Summit.  If I am not there – you know why.

PASS Subcommittee

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Published on: March 31, 2011

In February I posted this post about the need for Volunteers for SUMMIT 2011.  I submitted my application to volunteer.  This past week I got word back concerning that application.  I am pretty happy that I have the opportunity once again to serve on a subcommittee for the upcoming SUMMIT.

What does this mean?  Well, I am really looking forward to participating and helping with the event in any way I can.  It also means that I will not be submitting any abstracts this year.  I have a goal in the back of my mind to some day submit an abstract for Summit as well as simply speak at more and more events where possible / feasible.

The restriction on submitting an abstract comes from the subcommittee on which I will be serving.  I foresee this as being an exciting assignment as well as an opportunity to get to know many people a little better.

Here’s looking forward to an Exceptional Summit in 2011.

PASS Summit Volunteers Needed

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Published on: February 16, 2011

Well, we are coming around into a new year.  With this new year there is once again PASS Summit preparations that are well under way.  Time has come again for people to volunteer to help with PASS Summit.  The call has gone out!!  Allen Kinsel has blogged about it here.

For those that haven’t volunteered or helped in the past, it doesn’t require too much and there are many ways in which you can help.  Assistance is needed from abstract review to speaker ratings to some database work to being an usher during the Summit.  PASS has put together a little survey to help you in volunteering for the Summit 2011.  You can find the survey here.

So what do you get by volunteering to help at PASS?  You get a sense of accomplishment for having helped, in whatever miniscule way, to put on a pretty big Conference for the best Community out there – the SQL Server Community.  I liked helping out last year and have volunteered again.  I hope to be selected and wouldn’t mind doing something different this year.  On the flip-side, I wouldn’t mind doing the same things I did last year.

I know, this wasn’t much of a motivational speech.  Hopefully this works better for you – JUST DO IT.

Leaving on a Jet Plane

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Published on: January 17, 2010

Ok, so it’s not until November – but I am leaving on a Jet Plane nonetheless.  It will have been four years since the last time I attended PASS Summit.  This year, my ticket is already punched.

Missing this Conference each of the last few years has stung quite a bit.  I really enjoyed the Summit I was able to attend, and I learned a lot.  Getting to Summit 2010 has not been an easy task.  It took a lot of persuasion, negotiating, and begging (sort of).

Attending PASS Summit is an expense worth the effort to attend, and the effort to get the employer to help foot the bill.  Not only will the attendee benefit from this conference, but the employer stands to gain substantially from it as well.  The 2009 Summit published an ROI chart to help explain some of the benefits (2010 ROI is here).

There are quite a few people I look forward to meeting (Steve Jones, Grant Fritchey, Gail Shaw, Jeff Moden, Paul Randall, Bob Hovious and other SSCites to name a few).  I hope that they will be in attendance.  There is a great deal that can be learned from these people and this conference.

Between now and then, I will be watching for the schedule and speaker lineup.  I want to get a feel for the topics that will be presented and have my seminar preferences nailed down well in advance.

After the Summit, I hope to be able to share enough knowledge at work to prove the ROI.  I also intend to take what I will learn back to my local PASS User Group, so they would be able to benefit from it as well.

I hope to see you there (at PASS Summit 2010).

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