SQL SERVER – Free Entry to SQLPASS 2014 is Possible

The other day, I received an email from Dell and I was extremely delighted to read it. It contained details how one can go for FREE to SQLPASS.

What is SQLPASS?

The three-day event will be marked by a lot of learningsharing, and networking, which will help me increase both my knowledge and contacts. PASS Summit provides me a golden opportunity to build my network as well as to identify and meet potential customers or employees. If I am a consultant or vendor who is looking for better career opportunities, PASS Summit is the perfect platform to meet and show my skills to my new potential customers and employers. Further, breakfasts, lunches, and evening receptions, which are included with registration, are meant to provide more and more networking opportunities.

At PASS Summit, I gain not only new ideas, but also inspire myself from top professionals and experts. Learning new things about SQL Server, interacting with different kinds of professionals, and sharing issues and solutions will definitely improve my understanding and turn me into a better SQL Server professional who can leverage and optimize SQL Server to improve business.

I am once again going to SQLPASS. You can join me as well for FREE.

How to Get FREE Entry?

Dell is running a contest. The contest will begin July 17 and run until August 18. To enter, all you have to do is download a free 30-day trial of Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise or LiteSpeed for SQL Server from this download page. The cost of SQLPASS regular entry is USD 1800 but you can get in for free if you take part in the contest.

About Products

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-  Ensure high-speed, storage-efficient backup and restore for SQL Server databases with up to 85 percent savings in backup size, storage costs, and restore times. LiteSpeed for SQL Server makes it possible, with minimal effort and risk. Delivering a wide variety of recovery options, LiteSpeed ensures the right SQL Server data is restored and available as quickly as possible.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – #SQLPASS 2012 Book Signing Photos

I am at SQLPASS 2012 and the event is going great. Here are few of the random photos and random news.

We had participated in three different book signing event today.

  1. SQL Queries 2012 Joes 2 Pros Book 1 Launch and Book Signing
  2. SQL 2012 Functions Book Launch at Embarcadero
  3. SQL Backup and Recovery Book Launch at Idera

Rick Morelan and I authored the first two books 1) SQL 2012 Functions and 2) SQL Queries 2012 Joes 2 Pros Volume 1. Our dear friend Tim Randney authored SQL Backup and Recovery Book. In the book signing event of Tim Radney I went ahead of the time and stood in the line. I was fortunate to receive the very first copy of the autographed book from Tim Radney.

We have one more book signing event of the book SQL Backup and Recovery by Tim Randey on Friday 9, 2012 between 12 to 1 PM at Joes 2 Pros booth #117. This is your last chance to shake hands with us and meet us in person.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)


SQLAuthority News – Learning, Community and Book Signing at #SQLPASS 2012

SQLPASS event is going excellent we are having great great fun! We are having book signing events and the response is overwhelmingly positive. I am glad that all of you love our books and I totally appreciate your support. Rick and I both are feeling very motivated to write more books in future. Here is our schedule for book signing.

SQL Queries 2012 Joes 2 Pros Volume1

Finally a book for the true SQL Server beginner! Whether you are brand new to databases and are thinking of getting your 70-461 certification or already a semi-pro working in the field and need some fingertip support, this is this is the book for you. Joes 2 Pros does not assume you already know anything about databases or SQL server.  This book builds on the success of the previous series and will help anyone transform themselves from a beginner “Joe” into a SQL 2012 “Pro”.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
12pm-1pm – Book Signing at Exhibit Hall Joes Pros booth#117 (FREE BOOK)

Rest all the time – I will be at Exhibition Hall Joes 2 Pros Booth #117. Stop by for the goodies!

This book is also available on Amazon.

SQL 2012 Functions Joes 2 Pros

Functions have been around for many years to make our lives easier. Because of them, thousands of lines of valuable programming can be done with one statement. When we know what functions are offered in SQL Server we can get powerful projects done very quickly. Often times, the functions you wished you had are released in the next version.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7pm-8pm – Embarcadero Booth Book Signing (FREE BOOK)

Thursday, November 8, 2012
12pm-1pm – Embarcadero Booth Book Signing (FREE BOOK)

This book is also available on Amazon.

If you are at SQLPASS stop by Booth #117 – I will be there and many be you can get one of my signed book!

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – 2 New Books – FREE Books and Book Signing at #SQLPASS 2012

As an author the most interesting task is to participate in Book Signing Events. If you are at SQLPASS – we are going to have a lot of book signing events. Here is the good news!


SQL 2012 Functions Limited Edition

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This book is a very special edition book. Our current plans is to run this book for the limited edition. You can avail this book from Amazon and it will soon come to India. Join following book signing events where you will get this book for free.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
7pm-8pm – Embarcadero Booth Book Signing (FREE BOOK)

Thursday, November 8, 2012
12pm-1pm – Embarcadero Booth Book Signing (FREE BOOK)

SQL Queries 2012 Joes 2 Pros Volume1

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This is my first book this year which will be available in bookstores. Last Year I published 3 books and this year this is my first book. This book is available on Amazon over here and it will come to India very soon. Join following book signing events where you will get this book for free.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
12pm-1pm – Book Signing at Exhibit Hall Joes Pros booth#117 (FREE BOOK)

If you are attending SQLPASS you may get this book’s Autographed Special Edition for FREE if you attend following book signing events.

Rest all the time – I will be at Exhibition Hall Joes 2 Pros Booth #117. Stop by for the goodies!

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)

SQLAuthority News – #SQLPASS 2012 Schedule – Where can You Find Me

Yesterday I wrote about my memory lane with SQLPASS. It has been a fantastic experience and I am very confident that this year the same excellent experience is going to be repeated. Before I start for #SQLPASS every year, I plan where I want to be and what I will be doing. As I travel from India to attend this event (22+ hours flying time and door to door travel time around 36 hours), it is very crucial that I plan things in advance.

This year here is my quick note where I will be during the SQLPASS event. If you can stop with me, I would like to meet you, shake your hand and will archive memories as a photograph.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

6:30pm-8:00pm PASS Summit 2012 Welcome Reception

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

12pm-1pm – Book Signing at Exhibit Hall Joes Pros booth#117 (FREE BOOK)
5:30pm-6:30pm – Idera Reception at Fox Sports Grill
7pm-8pm – Embarcadero Booth Book Signing (FREE BOOK)
8pm onwards – Exhibitor Reception

Thursday, November 8, 2012

12pm-1pm – Embarcadero Booth Book Signing (FREE BOOK)
7pm-10pm – Community Appreciation Party

Friday, November 9, 2012

12pm-1pm – Joes 2 Pros Book Signing at Exhibit Hall Joes Pros booth#117
11:30pm-1pm – Birds of a Feather Luncheon

Rest of the Time!

Exhibition Hall Joes 2 Pros Booth #117. Stop by for the goodies!

Lots of people have already sent me email asking if we can meet for a cup of coffee to discuss SQL. Absolutely! I like cafe mocha with skim milk and whip cream and I do not get tired of it.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)


SQLAuthority News – #SQLPASS 2012 Seattle Update – Memorylane 2009, 2010, 2011

Today is the first day of the SQLPASS 2012 and I will be soon posting SQL Server 2012 experience over here. Today when I landed in Seattle, I got the nostalgia feeling. I used to stay in the USA. I stayed here for more than 7 years – I studied here and I worked in USA. I had lots of friends in Seattle when I used to stay in the USA. I always wanted to visit Seattle because it is THE place. I remember once I purchased a ticket to travel to Seattle through Priceline (well it was the cheapest option and I was a student) but could not fly because of an interesting issue. I used to be Teaching Assistant of an advanced course and the professor asked me to build a pop-quiz for the course. I unfortunately had to cancel the trip.

Before I returned to India – I pretty much covered every city existed in my list to must visit, except one – Seattle. It was so interesting that I never made it to Seattle even though I wanted to visit, when I was in USA. After that one time I never got a chance to travel to Seattle. After a few years I also returned to India for good. Once on Television I saw “Sleepless in Seattle” movie playing and I immediately changed the channel as it reminded me that I never made it to Seattle before.

However, destiny has its own way to handle decisions. After I returned to India – I visited Seattle total of 5 times and this is my 6th visit to Seattle in less than 3 years. I was here for 3 previous SQLPASS events – 2009, 2010, and 2011 as well two Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Summit in 2009 and 2010. During these five trips I tried to catch up with all of my all friends but I realize that time has its own way of doing things. Many moved out of Seattle and many were too busy revive the old friendship but there were few who always make a point to meet me when I travel to the city.

During the course of my visits I have made few fantastic new friends – Rick Morelan (Joes 2 Prosand Greg Lynch. Every time I meet them I feel that I know them for years. I think city of Seattle has played very important part in our relationship that I got these fantastic friends. SQLPASS is the event where I find all of my SQL Friends and I look for this event for an entire year.

This year’s my goal is to meet as many as new friends I can meet. If you are going to be at SQLPASSFIND ME. I want to have a photo with you. I want to remember each name as I believe this is very important part of our life – making new friends and sustaining new friendship.

Here are few of the pointers where you can find me.

  • All Keynotes – Blogger’s Table
  • Exhibition Booth Joes 2 Pros Booth #117 – Do not forget to stop by at the booth – I might have goodies for you – limited editions.
  • Book Signing Events – Check details in tomorrow’s blog or stop by Booth #117
  • Evening Parties 6th Nov – Welcome Reception
  • Evening Parties 7th Nov – Exhibitor Reception – Do not miss Booth #117
  • Evening Parties 8th Nov – Community Appreciation Party
  • Additionally at few other locations -Embarcadero Booth
  • In Coffee shops in Convention Center

If you are SQLPASS – make sure that I find an opportunity to meet you at the event. Reserve a little time and lets have a coffee together. I will be continuously tweeting about my where about on twitter so let us stay connected on twitter.

Here is my experience of my earlier experience of attending SQLPASS.

Let us meet!

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)


SQLAuthority News – A Conversation with an Old Friend – Sri Sridharan

Sri Sridharan is my old friend and we often talk on GTalk. The subject varies from Life in India/USA, movies, musics, and of course SQL. We have our differences when we talk about food or movie but we always agree when we talk about SQL. Yesterday while chatting with him we talked about SQLPASS and the conversation lasted for a long time. Here is the conversation between us on GTalk. I have removed a few of the personal talks and formatted into paragraphs as GTalk often shows stuff out of formatting.

Pinal: Sri, Congrats on running for the PASS BoD again. You were so close last year. What made you decide to run again this year?
Sri: Thank you Pinal for your leadership in the PASS India Community and all the things you do out there. After coming so close last year, there was no doubt in my mind that I will run again. I was truly humbled by the support I got from the community. Growing up in India for over 25 years, you are brought up in a very competitive part of the world. Right from the pressure of staying in the top of the class from kindergarten to your graduation, the relentless push from your parents about studying and getting good grades (and nothing else matters), you land up essentially living in a pressure cooker. To survive that relentless pressure, you need to have a thick skin, ability to stand up for who you really are , what you want to accomplish and in the process stay true those values.

I am striving for a greater cause, to make PASS an organization that can help people with their SQL Server careers, to make PASS relevant to its chapter members, to make PASS an organization that every SQL professional in the world wants to be connected with. Just because I did not get elected or appointed last year does not mean that these causes are not worth fighting. Giving up upon failing the first time is simply not in me. If I did that, what message would I send to those who voted for me? What message would I send to my kids?

Pinal: As someone who has such strong roots in India, what can the Indian PASS Community expect from you?
Sri: First of all, I think fostering a regional leadership is something PASS must encourage as part of its global growth plan. For PASS global being able to understand all the issues in a region of the world and make sound decisions will be a tough thing to do on a continuous basis. I expect people like you, chapter leaders, regional mentors, MVPs of the region start playing a bigger role in shaping the next generation of PASS. That is something I said in my campaign and I still stand by it.

I would like to see growth in the number of chapters in India. The current count does not truly represent the full potential of that region. I was pretty thrilled to see the Bangalore SQLSaturday happen early this year. I would like to see more of SQLSaturday events, at least in the major metro cities. I know the issues in India are very different from the rest of the world. So the formula needs to be tweaked a little for it to work better in India.

Once the SQLSaturday model is vetted out, maybe there could be enough justification to have SQLRally India. PASS needs to have a premier SQL event in that region. Going to USA or Europe for that matter is incredibly hard due to VISA issues etc. So this could be a case of where PASS comes closer to where the community is.

Pinal: What portfolio would take on if you are elected to the PASS Board?
Sri: There are some very strong folks on the PASS Board today. The President discusses the portfolios with the group and makes the final call on the portfolios. I am also a fan of having a team associated with the portfolios. In that case, one person is the primary for a portfolio but secondary on a couple of other portfolios. This way people on the board have a direct vested interest in a few portfolios.

Personally, I know I would these portfolios good justice – Chapters, Global Growth and Events (SQLSat, SQLRally). I would try to see if we can get a director to focus on Volunteers.  To me that is very critical for growth in the international regions.

Pinal: This is an interesting conversation with you Sri. I know you so long time but this is indeed inspiring to many. India is a big country and we appreciate your thoughts.

Sri: Thank you very much for taking time to chat with me today. Cheers.

There are pretty strong candidates for SQLPASS Board of Elections this year. I know all of them in person and honestly it is going to be extremely difficult to not to vote for anybody. I am indeed in a crunch right now how to pick one over another. Though the choice is difficult, I encourage you to vote for them. I am extremely confident that the new board of directors will all have the same goal – Better SQL Server Community.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.sqlauthority.com)