For many years the PASS Summit program committee has enforced a bright line rule – no sponsor content in the educational tracks. I always thought it was a good rule because it was easy to enforce and it made sure that sessions were educational (that is, not a veiled or not-so-veiled sales pitch). If you […]Read more "Should We Allow Paid Sponsor Presentations at PASS Summit?"
Major sponsors in our space get hundreds of emails from us each year, all asking for money. Those are all interesting and potentially valuable invitations, but the sheer volume can be overwhelming. Beyond that, sponsors struggle to find the ROI, from picking the swag that draws people to the table to identifying venues most likely […]Read more "Why we need a PASS Sponsor Portal"
One of the topics I forgot to mention from the Roundtable was a swell of dissatisfaction with the GAP. Not all understood it, and it’s clearly not “global” from the perspective of the non North American events. I don’t know if GAP is a good idea or not, but it started to help sponsors (and […]Read more "The PASS Global Alliance Program (GAP)"
Following up on my notes about the 2016 SQLSaturday Roundtable I wanted to write more about the ROI of SQLSaturday. I suppose there are many ways to measure it, but I think it boils down to two views: How many people did we train/hours we deliver to our members? That’s what we’re in business to […]Read more "The ROI of SQLSaturday"
Each year PASS holds a meeting for SQLSaturday event leaders and key players on Tuesday morning. It’s a valuable meeting, though I have some criticisms about both format and content this year, more on that in a minute. Watching and listening, I appreciate more than ever that while it’s useful for the audience, it’s an […]Read more "Notes from the 2016 SQLSaturday Roundtable Meeting"
I’ll have several more posts this week on specific activities at the Summit, but wanted to start with how the trip went personally: I flew out Monday instead of Sunday. Whether it just that or my pacing for the week, I wasn’t wiped out on Friday afternoon I didn’t take the direct flight to Seattle […]Read more "Thoughts on the 2016 PASS Summit"
If you’re at the PASS Summit and would like to meet some new people, come see us from 5:30 to 6:30! Take the convention center escalator to the first floor and turn left, you’ll see us and some volunteers. Here’s the plan: We’ll give you a large card and a marker. Write (clearly!) three topics you’d […]Read more "SQLDinner/Meetup Tonight at PASS Summit"