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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

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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