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SQLAndy

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.

PASS Connector Editorial for April 22, 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. I'm cross posting those editorials here as well as to the main PASS blog

We’ve made some minor updates to the PASS web site recently. None that are amazing, but represent attempts to fill gaps that we think will be useful to members, and more often, to prospective members. Here’s a list of recent additions:

  • Top 10 Lists. We’ve already got a few posted, why not become mildly famous by building your own list and adding it to the collection?
  • Online Communities. PASS isn’t the only SQL Server community, and we want to make sure our members can find all the resources that are out there – and its part of us being good citizens in the online community too.

Waiting for deployment are pages about SQL MVP’s, the history of PASS (terrific read!), the history of SQL Server, and some great information on certifications. All of them contributed by volunteers, and we hope you find them useful. But if you find a typo, or an omission, or a page we should have but don’t – drop me a note at andy.warren@sqlpass.org. Eventually PASS should become a great career resource for you, and when someone asks you ‘should I get certified’ or ‘what is an MVP’, you’ll have a place to point them to!

Changing subjects, we recently extended our call for speakers for the 2009 Summit, but at the time we didn’t explain why, which in turn lead to speculation. Microsoft had let us know that the BI conference that runs in the same time frame was being canceled, and we decided to extend the call for speakers so that the speakers from that event would have an opportunity to submit sessions for the Summit. Our plan is to add capacity so that as we add BI sessions we don’t detract at all from the DBA market, but for many of us it’s no longer DBA or BI, most of us do a little bit of both. I’m looking forward to taking in a great BI session or two to expand my own horizons.

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