PASS Summit Submission Tips

Last week it was announced that the PASS Summit 2015 call for speakers will be open from February 18 to March 15. For those who are hoping to present there in October, it's time to start getting those submissions ready! If the past few years are any indicator, this year will see more submissions than ever before, probably over 1,000. While this will translate to tremendous variety in terms of speakers and topics, it also means some very tough decisions will have to be made by the members of the PASS Summit Program Committee, which is charged with selecting which sessions make…
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Red Gate SQL in the City Seattle 2014 Wrap-Up

My marathon week of #SQLFamily is through, and that means it's time to start writing about it! First up is Red Gate's SQL in the City in Seattle. Having been an attendee when they came to Chicago back in 2012, I was especially honored to be able to return as a presenter! SQL in the City was held at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, a cavernous performing arts hall and the home of the Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet. It's located at Seattle Center, which conveniently happens to be the terminus of the Seattle Monorail. Even more conveniently, my hotel…
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Planes, Trains, and #SQLFamily

It's my favorite time of year again - Autumn. It gets colder, the days get shorter, leaves change colors, and there's that little annual event called PASS Summit. This year I have even more reasons to love it because I was able to work 2 more events into my trip: SQL Saturday Oregon and Red Gate's SQL in the City in Seattle. It's going to be an amazing week (which also means I'm going to be running around like crazy)! Here's a partial list of things I'll be up to and places I'll be! Friday 31 October Flying to my 2nd…
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Apply for the PASS Summit 2014 Program Committee!

With over 40 weeks to go, PASS Summit 2014 may seem like the distant future, however the planning phase is already well underway. An event like the Summit is only possible because of the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, and opportunities to help this year are already starting to pop up. One such opportunity is the Program Committee. It's a wonderful way to help out, even if you can't attend PASS Summit. That's right, you can be part of the Program Committee without ever leaving the comfort of your home office, balcony, back porch, or wherever else you can get an…
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My PASS Summit Submission

Quick thought: I first posted to this blog a year ago today. Since then there have been 62 more posts, hundreds of comments and some readership numbers I'm proud of. My sincere thanks to all of you who have stopped by to read or have offered support here or on Twitter. I love the SQL Server community! This year I decided to take the plunge and submit my session on backups & recovery for the PASS Summit. Here's the abstract: Baby got Backup (and Restore): an In-depth Look BACKUP and RESTORE are the most important commands for DBAs, and you…
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