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Is The PASS Summit Worth It?

By Steve Jones,

It's been another week of the PASS Summit for me, and one that I've enjoyed once again. This is my 8th or 9th Summit over the years, and once again I think it's been worth the and the expense to send me here for my company.

I think most of you that are at the Summit in Seattle this week have felt the same way, but I wanted to get your opinions. This has been a tough econonmic year for many companies, and it's a large expense to send someone to the Summit for a week. It's Friday, and for this week's poll:

Do You Think the PASS Summit is worth it?

If you came this week, or have attended in the past please give us your thoughts. Is it worth the time and money to your company. What did you learn, or what ideas did you get? How will this help you in your job? Did you get some specific answer to a problem this week? Did meeting the Microsoft developers help you? I have a few comments from people in the podcast.

For me, in the job of running SQLServerCentral, it's a mixed answer. I meet a lot of people, shake hands, and give away a lot of prizes at the party. That alone is valuable in spreading the word about the site.

However I also make a lot of contacts with Microsoft and other companies. People I can talk to later, or that give me ideas about how SQL Server is being used, and why things might interest the rest of the SQL Server community. I get a lot of notes, and I'll be writing about things I learned at the Summit for weeks.

Hopefully you feel the same way, and those of you that attended can give some good ideas and reasons that other SQL Server professionals can present to their managers next year.

Steve Jones

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Today's podcast features music by Everyday Jones. No relation, but I stumbled on to them and really like the music. Support this great duo at www.everydayjones.com.

I really appreciate and value feedback on the podcasts. Let us know what you like, don't like, or even send in ideas for the show. If you'd like to comment, post something here. The boss will be sure to read it.

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