I was pleased to get the email yesterday confirming that I was selected to speak at SQLSaturday #362 on January 31, 2015. I think the last time I was in Austin was 2004 or so when I was at Dell for a week for SAN and cluster training. It was a memorable trip for a […]Read more "SQLSaturday Austin"
This is a follow up to a thought I voiced on Twitter last week – the value of a once a year “state of the chapter” message from each chapter (or at least the Orlando ones!). Before we cover that, some background. I’ve never been terribly happy with how PASS measures Chapters. Around 2007-2009 the […]Read more "Thoughts On A State of the Chapter Statement (and Doing More)"
After wrapping up my part of SQLSaturday Orlando this year I’ve been thinking on what if anything we might do to increase attendance at oPASS & MagicPASS. Attendance at both is reasonable right now, this is just me looking and thinking about what we could add to what we have now. Is more better? I’ll […]Read more "Thoughts on Speakers and Topics for PASS Chapters"
Based on limited but practical experience I believe chapters typically work hardest to find speakers and sponsors, the latter being the main (often only) way that funds are raised for the chapter. Sometimes the sponsors give cash, sometimes they just provide the food. Many chapters have close to zero cash on hand, in part due […]Read more "Thoughts On Raising Funds and Spending Funds for PASS Chapters"
Looking for a reason to show up at the 2015 PASS Summit on Monday, or just want something fun to do on Monday night? Steve Jones and I are organizing the sixth annual networking dinner on Monday night, October 26, 2015. It’s a low key event. Show up and we’ll get you seated with some […]Read more "Super Early Bird Registration for the Networking Dinner at the 2015 PASS Summit"
I missed the Summit this year, but tried to follow along remotely via Twitter, PASSTV, and the blog posts I could find (look for a summary of those on Monday via PASSWatch). As someone who had attended every year since 2002 it was interesting. I know the Seattle Convention Center, I know what it feels […]Read more "Thoughts on the 2014 PASS Summit From A Non-Attendee"
Each year for the past few years the PASS Board of Directors has conducted a Q&A session with members at the PASS Summit. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I thought it was important to hear and answer questions when I served on the Board, and it’s useful as a member to ask […]Read more "Questions for the Board Q&A"