Nov 012018

I don’t know where the last year went, but it’s once again time for PASS Summit. It really doesn’t feel like a year has passed! This will be my seventh PASS Summit as an attendee and my sixth as a speaker. I know I’m extremely fortunate to have been able to attend and present so many times, and am looking to the incredibly fun – and exhausting – week ahead! Be sure to follow me on Twitter as I will have plenty of updates throughout the week. Here’s what I’ll be up to:

SQL Saturday Portland

My first stop is Portland, Oregon, where I’m delivering a session on Azure Cosmos DB at their SQL Saturday. I know I’ve said this before, but SQL Saturday Portland really is an incredible event. It’s also one of my tips for getting the most out of PASS Summit. If you’re ever able to swing by Portland on your way to Seattle for summit, I highly recommend it.

On Sunday, I’ll be catching the SQLTrain to Seattle. This year our crew is bigger than ever, and we have two private train cars rented out! Keep an eye on the #SQLTrain hashtag on Twitter for updates on all of our adventures.


Once in Seattle, I’m very happy to be attending a full day pre-conference session this year. I’m really looking forward to soaking up all the knowledge I can in Modernize Your SQL Server with Bob Ward, the Tiger Team, and CSS Escalation Engineers. This session is led by some of the best of the best, and several of my heroes on the SQL Server engineering team. I am absolutely stoked for this one.


I’m presenting not one but two sessions this year, so I will most definitely be present for those! I’ve blogged about this previously, so you can find out all the details in my post: Presenting Two Sessions at PASS Summit 2018!

Live Blogs

I’m very lucky to have a seat at the official blogger table this year, and will be live blogging the keynotes taking place on Wednesday and Thursday. If you can’t be present at the convention center, come to my website and I will make sure you know everything that’s happening. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity!

…And Everything Else

Aside from all the things I just mentioned, for the few hours per day that I’m not sleeping I will be out and about catching up with old friends, hopefully making new ones, attending sessions, playing hooky, hanging out in the community zone, and attending a wide variety of after-hours events. Here’s the ones I’m currently planning to be at, though I’m sure I will end up at others as well:

And on top of all this I’ll also be trying to squeeze in some sightseeing and grab food from my favorite places. It also wouldn’t be PASS Summit without at least one pilgrimage to Bush Garden, the (former) restaurant and (still) karaoke bar with an incredible history.

It’s going to be an exhausting but extremely rewarding week! If you’re going to be at PASS Summit 2018, I really hope to see you at some point! Please come find me, or drop me a line on Twitter and I’ll let you know where I’m at!

Oct 302018

PASS Summit is now approaching really quickly, so this will be my final tip for the year. I’ve mentioned in previous posts about the tremendous networking opportunities you will find at Summit, and I’m going to bring that up again, because I really feel it’s that important.

There is a ton that goes on during the day at PASS Summit, and even more happening in the evenings. Once the sessions are done for the day, there are so many ways to meet and connect with people. You will find official PASS activities, like the v.20 Celebration (formerly the “Welcome Reception”), and the Exhibitor Reception. (Hint: These events involve food – at the very least you should stop by and grab a bite to eat!) You will also find official community hosted events such as game night, the networking dinner, SQL Karaoke, and the WIT Happy Hour, just to name a few.

And if all those official things aren’t enough for you, you’ll find many more unofficial events, which is my blanket term for “people just hanging out”. One place you’re almost guaranteed to find attendees at is the Tap House Grill, right near the Convention Center. But an even better way to figure out where people are at is Twitter! Really. If you don’t have a Twitter account already, sign up now. Check the #PASSsummit or #sqlfamily hashtags, and see where people are at. If you see something that looks fun, go join them.

In short, please don’t just go back to your hotel at the end of the day. There will be MANY fun things going on in the evenings – leverage them to meet new people and make new friends and connections. Some of my best friends are people that I’ve met randomly after-hours at PASS Summit, and I bet that can be true for you too. I really hope to see you out and about at Summit!

Karaoke Unicorn says: “Go out and meet people!”

Oct 222018

I’m very proud to once again be speaking at SQL Saturday in Portland, Oregon, coming up on November 3!

Portland is one of my favorite cities and has long been one of my favorite SQL Saturday events. It also a wonderful way to ease in to a great week at PASS Summit, and the start point of the SQLTrain, both of which I mentioned in my PASS Summit Tips!

As always, Portland’s organizers have a top-notch schedule lined up, with an awesome array of speakers. My presentation is entitled “Select Stars: A SQL DBA’s Introduction to Azure Cosmos DB”. I’ve been working with Azure Cosmos DB for a while now, and it’s really an incredible product. It’s been generating lots of buzz as of late, but there are still plenty of DBAs out there who have yet to use it. This is an introductory-level session that focuses on explaining what Azure Cosmos DB is, how it works, what its strengths are, and how they can be leveraged. To anyone curious about Azure Cosmos DB, this is the session for you!

SQL Saturday Portland is going to be awesome, and I really hope you can join us! Please consider registering, and I hope to see you there!