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PASS Connector Editorial for March 11, 2009

I currently write the editorial for the PASS Connector which is published every two weeks as part of my role on the Board of Directors. Beginning this issue I'll be cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog.

One of things that we promised at the 2008 PASS Summit was that we would begin posting minutes of board meetings beginning this year. I’m pleased to announce that the minutes of the January 2009 meeting have been posted and I hope you’ll review them – it will give you a sense of the kind and amount of business we conduct as well as our current focus. We’re already reviewing the minutes for the February 2009 board meeting that was done via conference call, and those should be available by the next Connector.

We’re also launching a new segment in the Connector this week that will be highlighting books of interest to our profession.  Most will be technical, but occasionally we may add in a book about something that is just career focused. The intent is simple; show you a resource that might help you get your job done. We’re still looking at what our strategy should be on book reviews, and we would appreciate your input – do you rely on Amazon reviews or would you find value in a review written and posted here by a PASS member?

If you’ve been to the PASS Summit before you may have noticed our PASS Ambassadors; volunteers in red vests that roam the hallways to provide directions and help to those that need it. We’re going to expand the role of the Ambassadors this year to help promote real networking.  Putting everyone in a room with food is a start, but we want to do more, and we welcome some ideas. Have you been to an event that had a particularly effective networking strategy that would work for the less outgoing professional?  Do you want to meet people in your area, or in your area of interest, or maybe someone ‘famous’?

Also beginning this week editorials from the Connector will be cross posted to the PASS Blog, providing a way for you to comment and see other comments on editorial ideas. As always you can contact me at andywarren@sqlpass.org if you have a question or comment.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by tjaybelt on 3 April 2009

i've always wanted a way to connect with individuals from my region, area or state.  In my case, Utah, it'd be nice to know who else is from there, and connect with them.  Somehow, see where they work, get in touch.  

With all the social networking going on this year, it'd be nice to have a way to exchange information with the real individual you have been following on Twitter, LinkedIn, FaceBook, Blogs, and so on.  Some way to quickly see who's who.  

Funny suggestion would be to use t-shirts like BrentO sells that has all your twitter data on it.  i know its unreasonable, but something along that line.  

Or it makes me think of the little tear offs you would find on college bulletin boards for info.

i know im rambling, but i wanted to ramble some ideas to ya.

Posted by Andy Warren on 7 April 2009

I don't know if t-shirts will scale. It's not a bad idea, but I think I groan at the idea of 2000 attendees all wearing their own personal billboard!

Maybe ad hoc business cards printed on site with the info?

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