Archive for May, 2011
This year we decided to try something new and allow any PASS member input into the Summit session selections. Hopefully it will provide good info for the session reviewers to use. They always have a very tough job choosing sessions since there are so many good choices. For instance the DBA review team will have looked over 200 different abstracts when they are done! I hope that the preference results will give them a little more info when deciding between 2 equally good sessions.
Use of the tool ends today so hurry and log in to the Preferencing site and chose as many sessions as you’d like. There is no limit but, beware choosing too many isn’t exactly helping the situation 🙂
Ill put out an update once the selections are over on how helpful the preferencing info turned out to be.
Always on the lookout for ways to promote our best speakers from within, I stumbled into an idea the other day that was so brilliant I dont know why we havent done it before. Actually I know why but thats for a different blog post on a different day.
Promoting top speakers from within
PASS has many different types of events, these days, everything from a single chapter meeting with 5-10 people all the way up to the annual summit where I’d guess we top out over 3000 this year. I think as speakers hone their craft It should be our goal to reward them in any way we can. To that end, Im pleased to announce a couple of what I think are exciting things.
Spring 24 Hours of PASS
The Spring 2011 24 Hours of PASS was a great success with many great speakers and topics highlighted. We decided to pull the top 3 speakers (within some guidelines) and give them automatic session spots at the annual Summit that is being held in Seattle this year. These speakers will be given the opportunity to give a session on the same topic that was so successful at the 24hours of pass event. In addition, these abstracts will be in the running for one of the coveted Spotlight sessions at this years Summit.
The Guidelines for selecting top 3 were pretty simple, we used the session evaluations and removed the “rate the quality of livemeeting” question. The only additional eliminating factor was that we required the attendance number to have been in the top 75%, that is to say if a session was in the bottom 1/4 of attendance it was excluded.
Are you a presenter at this years Rally? If so, Id encourage you to bring your best presentation because we’re going to do the same thing for the Rally. The top 3 Sessions will get automatic sessions at the Summit and the ability to be selected as a spotlight. I havent decided on the exact guildelines for the selection yet but, I expect it will be very similar to the guidelines we used to select who received the spotlight invitations this year.
Just in case the top three 24 hours of PASS presenters want to know early, or you want to congratulate them! (their emails will be going out shortly)
Gail Shaw — Bad Plan! Sit!
Audrey Hammonds — T-SQL Awesomeness: 3 ways to Write Cool SQL
Edited to clarify the fact the top 3 were chosen based on 24hop session evals
Its Meme Monday again and this time Tom has picked an interesting topic.
How many problems do we all see in our shops that arent related to disks? Since disk related issues would normally be my #1-10 I guess Ill have to start at #11
11. ESX misconfigurations
12. Old DBMS Version requirements from vendors
13. Bad DB design
14. Active Directory
15. Network connectivity/configuration
17. Security architecture & design
18. Vendor Code…
19. Overly complex solutions to satisfy edge cases
This is my list of 9, What are yours?
Ill go out on a limb and tag 3 people
Lori Edwards, you havent written a blog post lately, consider this your invitation