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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

PASS Summit 2013

Not much news came out of the PASS Summit 2013 from last week, but boy did I have a blast!  I met over 100 people who were presenters or bloggers (I counted).  I made an effort to find them as I wondered around the halls.  I also had a lot of people come up to me while I was standing around, which was great.

Here are those few items that were announced during the week:

  • 3,533 delegates and 1,726 pre-conference registrations across 52 countries for a total of 5,259 registrations.  That was about a 7% drop from the last summit
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 2 was released
  • Announced was the ability to back up databases with compression and encryption to the Azure Cloud
  • PASS Summit 2014 will be held at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle from Nov 4-7, with two days of Pre-Conference Sessions beginning Nov. 3, 2014
  • Announced a Fast Track Data Warehouse image for Windows Azure

More info:

PASS Summit 2013-Almost Final Thoughts

PASS Summit 2013-The Entire List of Posts

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