Are you encouraging data professionals to move from doing repairs to being innovators?

If you’re a business or IT decision-maker, when you send IT staff to a technical conference you’re probably thinking about the value of having well-trained technologists to make sure your infrastructure keeps running smoothly. But an interesting point came to light during a recent conversation with some database experts who were preparing to speak at… Read more

Thomas LaRock Invites You to Attend the PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015

This is a guest blog post from Thomas LaRock, the President of PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) It’s no secret that the role of data in the IT industry, in business, and in the world at large is changing at a rapid pace. As technology continues to become a more integrated and integral part… Read more

Microsoft sessions at PASS Summit 2014

Got SQL Server 2005 running on Windows Server 2003?  We have fantastic pre-con and general sessions to help you plan your upgrade and migration strategies. Interested in the new Azure data services like Azure DocumentDB, Azure ML, and Azure Search?  We have awesome people lined up to give you all the details. Want know the… Read more

#SQLHaikusweeps – We have a winner!

Thank you for participating in our Twitter sweepstakes. As always, the creativity of our community never fails to amaze.  Congratulations to @dragonfurther for the winning haiku.   Notable mentions include entries from @John_Deardurff and @sdevanny       We look forward to seeing everyone at PASS Summit 2014.  Can’t make it in person?  Don’t miss… Read more

2014 PASS Summit Haiku Contest Rules

Contest time! Need a pass to PASS Summit? Tell us why with 140 characters in the form of a HAIKU. Contest starts Friday October 3, 2014. Read the official rules below.   COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES: These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft “Why I should win a pass to… Read more

3 reasons to get certified at PASS Summit 2014!

PASS Summit 2014 is right around the corner!  Register by September 26th 2014 to take advantage of the PASS Summit discounted pricing.  PASS Summit is not only a great opportunity to attend the highest rated technical sessions but it’s also one of the best times to get certified. Why should you get certified at PASS… Read more

2014 winners: 24 Hours of PASS

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the contest #pass24hop Challenge!  As always, we had a great time listening to such passionate community speakers. Congratulations to all the winners!  You will be notified via a Direct Message (DM) with details on how to redeem your free Microsoft Certification Exam. So without further… Read more

Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge

Calling all data junkies! How smart are you?  Want to get smarter? Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher!  Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning of each 24… Read more

PASS Summit 2014 – Don’t miss the largest conference for SQL Server Professionals

Do you have the “Data Gene”?  Preparations for PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle, Washington are well underway.  We are very excited to have this year’s event back in Seattle and look forward to bringing you some great sessions and activities throughout the event.     Tune in to this week’s TechNet Radio special to listen to… Read more

Microsoft adds forecasting capabilities to Power BI for O365

The PASS Business Analytics Conference — the event where big data meets business analytics – kicked off today in San Jose. Microsoft Technical Fellow Amir Netz and Microsoft Partner Director Kamal Hathi delivered the opening keynote, where they highlighted our customer momentum, showcased business analytics capabilities including a new feature update to Power BI for… Read more