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Top Microsoft Executives to Take Center Stage at PASS Summit Unite 2009

Keynotes by Microsoft SQL Server Executives Bob Muglia, Ted Kummert, Tom Casey, and David DeWitt will look to the future of SQL Server, BI

CHICAGO, IL – August 12, 2009 – Four top Microsoft SQL Server executives will take center stage in a series of can’t-miss keynote addresses at the Professional Association for SQL Server’s PASS Summit Unite 2009 conference, Nov. 2-5.

Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB), and Ted Kummert, senior vice president of the Business Platform Division, will kick off the conference with an inside look at the future of Microsoft’s data platform. In addition, General Manager for SQL Server Business Intelligence Tom Casey and Technical Fellow David J. DeWitt of the Data and Storage Platform Division return to PASS Summit by popular demand to deliver keynotes on the next generation of BI and the latest innovations from the Jim Gray Systems Lab.

“PASS is thrilled to have Bob Muglia and Ted Kummert kick off our 2009 Summit—together, they provide unrivalled insight into where Microsoft’s data platform is going,” said SQL Server MVP and PASS VP of Marketing Bill Graziano. “Tom Casey’s keynote is sure to be popular given all the BI features in the upcoming SQL Server 2008 R2. And David DeWitt’s session last year was a huge hit, and we expect the same again this year, with his research background giving him a very different take on the future of technology.”

In the opening keynote on Nov. 3, Muglia will outline Microsoft’s key technical investments across the datacenter and cloud, exploring how they support the evolving role of database professionals around the world. Kummert will then deep-dive into the upcoming release of SQL Server 2008 R2, which delivers on Microsoft’s vision of enabling data platform customers to be more efficient through integrated tools.

On Nov. 4, Casey will showcase real-life scenarios from customers using the latest BI advances within the data platform to make better business decisions. And DeWitt will take the stage on Nov. 5 to share cutting-edge developments from the Jim Gray Systems Lab.

“PASS is our largest user group worldwide, and PASS Summit is an incredible event that Microsoft is once again very excited to be a part of – we get so much value out of our direct interactions with this community,” said Kummert, who is responsible for SQL Server, storage, the Application Server, and Cloud Services. “Bob, Tom, David, and I are looking forward to presenting at the event and talking about the data platform today and where we are headed in the future.”

Microsoft’s strong participation at PASS Summit Unite 2009 also includes:

  • 60 intensive, technical sessions—including eight best-practices presentations from the SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (SQLCAT) and four deep dives by Customer Service and Support (CSS)—as well as three full-day pre/post-conference seminars
  • The “Ask the Experts” Lounge and SQL Server Clinic with top Microsoft CSS engineers to troubleshoot issues and SQLCAT to help design/architect new SQL Server applications
  • Hands-on labs supported by experienced Technical Learning Guides (TLGs), including SQL Server development team members
  • The Microsoft Technical Learning Center, featuring more than 100 SQL Server developers leading chalk-talk sessions, panel discussions, technical drilldowns, and product demonstrations

The largest SQL Server event in the world, PASS Summit will bring a record 168 technical sessions and unmatched networking opportunities to the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA. The conference will also feature 2 full days of pre/post-conference seminars, Nov. 2 and Nov. 6.

Attendees who register for PASS Summit Unite 2009 by Sept. 15 can take advantage of the advance rate of $1,395. Organizations that register a group of 5 or more by Sept. 15 pay only $1,195 per person. To learn more, visit the PASS Summit Web site at www.PASSsummit.com.

About the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS)
Co-founded by Microsoft Corporation and CA, Inc., the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the Microsoft SQL Server community. http://www.sqlpass.org.

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