Speaking at 24 Hours of PASS: Summit Preview 2019!

With PASS Summit 2019 quickly approaching, PASS is organizing a sneak peek at some of the sessions presented at Summit in a 24 Hours of PASS event coming up on September 10-11. I'm very happy to be delivering a brand new session entitled Dipping Your Toes In: Azure Data Lake for DBAs. If you've worked with data or have DBA experience, but aren't really familiar with what a data lake is or how you would use it, this is the session for you! Abstract As a data professional, you know what data is, and hopefully know what a lake is…
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The New SQL Saturday Logo: I’m Not A Fan

At last month's SQL Saturday in Chicago, we¬†had two great distinctions: We were SQL Saturday #600, a milestone! (But weren't SQL Saturday numbers going away?) We also were the first SQL Saturday to use the new logo, which is just one part of the major rebranding project undertaken by PASS last year. At PASS Summit 2016, PASS announced several new logos as part of it's rebranding campaign. There were new logos for PASS as a whole, SQL Saturday, 24 Hours of PASS, PASS Summit, and Business Analytics. In general they're not terrible. I actually really like the new PASS logo.…
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Changing the PASS NomCom Process

Recently, PASS Immediate Past President Tom LaRock posted on the PASS blog about changes to the process by which members of the PASS Nomination Committee (NomCom) are chosen. Previously, NomCom membership has been an elected position, which has necessitated another election each year prior to the PASS Board of Directors election. I very much agree that this generates "additional noise" in the PASS election cycle, and could also contribute to lower voter turnout during the Board of Directors election. There apparently is also a perception that the NomCom is seen as "a private club". I can't say I've ever felt…
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I’m Running for the PASS NomCom!

I'm happy to announce I am running for the PASS Nomination Committee! Please check out my candidate profile. I also have an election page here on my blog with more information which I will be updating frequently. What is the NomCom? Per the Nomination Committee page: The Nomination Committee (NomCom) administers the election process for the annual PASS Board of Directors election. The primary role of the NomCom is to measure each candidate against a set of criteria set by the Board of Directors. The NomCom evaluates the answers to a questionnaire returned by each Board applicant. In addition, the…
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