If you’ve not yet heard, the annual PASS Summit is less than 2 weeks away. This is the largest SQL Server and Business Intelligence conference _in the world_, sponsored by Microsoft and Dell. The return on investment of attending this conference is pretty huge, and I highly recommend you attend if you can swing it.
I am once more fortunate to be attending and presenting at the Summit. Here’s where you can find me speaking throughout the week:
Tuesday at 3PM
Lightning Talk – Page Compression
This year, PASS has decided to try something new. A daily Lightning Talk session will be held where speakers present for 5 quick minutes on interesting SQL topics. I’ll be presenting on Tuesday with 6 amazingly talented speakers. My topic is page compression — what is it, how to do it, and (most importantly, of course) how it affects performance.
Wednesday at 11:30am in the ballroom
Women-In-Technology (WIT) Luncheon
I’ll be speaking on this year’s WIT luncheon panel, which is sponsored by GoDaddy.com. Contrary to common misconception, the luncheon is NOT just for women. In fact, men are encouraged to attend! If memory serves, last year’s luncheon had about 300 attendees, with a good mix of both genders. This year’s topic is focused on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of WIT. If you’re worried that this event will end up being a feminist bitch-fest, rest assured that’s most definitely not the case. I’ve always found the WIT events I’ve attended to be informative and thought-provoking. Plus, free lunch!
Thursday at 2:30PM (room 3AB)
Heaps of Trouble, Clusters of Glory – A Look At Index Internals
You can click the link above to read my abstract, but in short, I’ll be taking attendees on a journey through indexes. You’ll come away with a much better understanding of the internal structures of indexes, which should help DBA’s with database design and performance tuning.
If you’re not able to attend in person, Summit does sell DVD’s of the event afterwards, which are well worth the investment. But this year, to make the event more accessible to the community, PASS and Dell have teamed up to present live streaming of the keynotes and WIT luncheon sessions.
Here’s details of the keynotes from the PASS press release:
Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President of the Business Platform Division at Microsoft Corp., will kick off PASS Summit on November 9 by highlighting the continued innovation across Microsoft’s business and information platform. Kummert will explore Microsoft’s key technical investments, as well as Mission Critical applications and the accessibility of Business Intelligence.
Quentin Clark, General Manager of Database Systems Group at Microsoft Corp., will showcase the next version of SQL Server on November 10 and will share how features in this upcoming product milestone continue to deliver on Microsoft’s Information Platform vision. Clark will also demonstrate how developers can leverage new industry-leading tools with powerful features for data developers and a unified database development experience.
David DeWitt, Technical Fellow, Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft Corp., will be discussing SQL query optimization and address why it is difficult to always execute good plans in his highly anticipated technical keynote. DeWitt will also cover new technologies that offer the promise of better plans in future releases of SQL Server.
While all of the keynotes are interesting and definitely worth watching, I cannot recommend the David DeWitt keynote more highly. His keynote last Summit was outstanding. It was technical, thought provoking, and one of the best things of last year’s Summit.
You can find more information and register for the PASS Summit 2010 live streaming events at their website, www.sqlpass.org/LiveKeynotes
If you ARE attending Summit, make sure to swing by and say “hi” or message me via Twitter to see if there’s a time we can meet up. Meeting people is one of my favorite things about Summit.