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The Program Committee has reviewed hundreds of session submissions for this year’s conference. Sessions were evaluated based on topic relevancy and appeal, speaker experience, past evaluations, and, most important, were in response to what you, the SQL Server community, have told us you want out of Summit.

Check out the Pre/Post-Conference seminars, Spotlight sessions, and Community sessions.

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Pre/Post-Conference Seminars

PASS Summit 2009 has assembled an impressive roster of leading SQL Server and BI experts for 14 full-day, deep-dive pre/post-conference seminars on Monday, Nov. 2, and Friday, Nov. 6, 2009. These in-depth, hands-on seminars, which bookend the main conference program, let SQL Server pros really dig into a topic.

“With the full-day format, we can bring concepts to life for attendees,” says SQL Server MVP and internals expert Kalen Delaney, who returns to PASS Summit to present her pre-conference seminar, “Care and Feeding of the Transaction Log.” “We’re able to work through concrete code examples, explore practical demos, and present many aspects of the technology to help attendees make the best decisions about how to implement the tips and techniques in their own environments.”

This year, PASS Summit also features a special 2-hour pre-conference workshop on business networking by Don Gabor, career coach and best-selling author of How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends.

The pre/post-conference seminars and networking workshop are available for an additional fee.

Spotlight Sessions

Some of the most dynamic and knowledgeable speakers in the SQL Server industry are returning to PASS Summit by popular demand for 23 special Spotlight sessions. The by-invitation-only Spotlight sessions highlight top presenters who have received high speaker ratings at past PASS Summits. The Spotlight sessions—spread across the conference’s four technical tracks and available as part of the standard PASS Summit 2009 registration—are 90 minutes long, letting speakers drill more deeply into their technical topics.

“Spotlight sessions give speakers more time to go under the covers and delve into intricacies and edge cases,” notes SQL Server MVP Adam Machanic, whose session explores using SQL Server 2008 extended events for performance profiling and troubleshooting. “Attendees will walk away from these sessions with a more complete picture of the subject area and the ability to really hit the ground running when applying the techniques to real-world projects.”

Program Sessions

A Who’s Who of SQL Server and BI gurus will be sharing their expertise with colleagues in a record 168 PASS Summit 2009 program sessions, hand-picked to help SQL Server pros get the most out of their database implementations and foster their technical careers. This year’s 75-minute program sessions, spread across 5 tracks, have an even stronger focus on helping community members return to work with skills that they can turn into immediate solutions. Currently, 85 of the industry’s leading authorities—including SQL Server Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), authors, trainers, and consultants—will be sharing best practices, tips and tricks, and in-depth looks at current and future technologies. And sessions from Microsoft’s leading experts will be added soon.


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PASS Summit 2009 Tracks

Enterprise Database Administration and Deployment

Database & Application Development

BI Platform Architecture, Development and Administration (New)

BI Information Delivery (New)

Professional Development



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