|[November 07, 2012]
PASS Summit 2012 Kicks off with Record 5,600+ Registrations
SEATTLE --(Business Wire)--
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) opened its annual
PASS Summit today at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in
Seattle with a record 5,611 registrations and a live-streaming keynote
to SQL Server professionals around the world by senior Microsoft (News - Alert)
executive Ted Kummert.
As of this morning, PASS Summit 2012 had 3,894 delegates - up 13% from
last year's previous record attendance - and 1,717 pre-conference
registrations across 57 countries for a total of 5,611 registrations.
The event's sold-out Exhibit Hall features 18 companies new to Summit.
"When we look at the success of PASS Summit - record attendance, a
packed Expo Hall, people connecting at a great First-Timers Orientation
and the Welcome Reception last night - it really speaks to the success
of the community," said PASS President Bill Graziano. "Everything we do
at Summit is a reflection of countless hours of work by our dedicated
volunteers and a global community passionate about connecting, sharing,
and learning from each other."
PASS Summit, organized by SQL Server users for SQL Server users, is the
largest SQL Server event in the world, delivering a record 190+
technical sessions, 14 full-day pre-conference sessions, and unmatched
networking opportunities with the industry's top SQL Server andbusiness
Microsoft is committing its top resources to the week-long event,
including two executive keynotes and a special Spotlight Session on "Big
Data Meets SQL Server" by Microsoft Technical Fellow David DeWitt - all
of which will be streamed live to community members around the globe as
part of PASS TV's 12 hours of programming a day, with overnight replay.
Over 300 hundred Microsoft SQL Server engineers will be on hand in
technical sessions, the CSS (News - Alert) and SQLCAT SQL Server Clinic, Chalk Talks,
Hands-On Labs, and the Expo Hall to share best practices, explain the
latest solutions, and answer questions to help attendees get the most
out of their SQL Server and BI investments-and their time at PASS
Summit. Microsoft Learning is also onsite to provide easy access to
Microsoft Certification exams at a 50% discount.
In today's opening keynote, Kummert - Microsoft Corporate Vice
President, Data Platform Group - will be joined by the technical
minds behind Microsoft's data platform solutions and services as he
shares details about what Microsoft is doing to help organizations
accelerate insight on any data.
PASS Summit 2012 runs through Friday, November 9. For the latest updates
and access to the PASS TV live stream and programming schedule, see http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2012.
PASS is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to
supporting, educating, and promoting the global Microsoft SQL Server and
Business Intelligence community. From local user groups and virtual
chapters to webcasts and the annual PASS Summit, PASS enables knowledge
sharing, in-depth learning, access to the Microsoft SQL Server team, and
the ability to influence the direction of SQL Server technologies. For
more information, visit the PASS website at http://www.sqlpass.org.
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