The PASS Summit is now behind us and it was both an exciting and exhausting week of learning from some of the best and brightest people in the SQL Server community. Not only did I pick up a number of new skills that I know will make me a better DBA, I have number of new tools to add to my toolkit and some new practices that I’m going to look into implementing into our daily operations. It was also nice bonus to learn that many of the things I already have on my TODO list are similar to what others have successfully implemented on their own work and their environments. Obviously I’ve been on right track, if not always, at least most of the time 🙂
Unfortunately the long days (I pretty much had sessions running from 8AM to 6PM almost every day) and the time difference to back home made me hit the sack rather early every evening. Because of this I missed some of the evening networking activities and the opportunities to better explore Seattle. The only official social event I did attend to was the Community Appreciation party held in the EMP Museum and even then our groups was back at the hotel by 10PM. That museum was awesome though, especially for a nerd like me! If you’re ever in Seattle, I encourage you to check it out.
It’s been three hectic days of learning more about SQL Server in Seattle and we’re now in the first day of the main event. Both the monday and tuesday were reserved for the day long pre-conference sessions. Mine were “Performance Troubleshooting Using Waits and Latches” by Paul Randal from SQLSkills and “Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Extended Events” by Erin Stellato and Jonathan Kehayias, also from SQLSkills. Both sessions were top quality and I left them with a bunch of new ideas and added knowledge. To quickly list the best takeout from each session:
I’m lucky enough to take part in the largest SQL Server conference in the world, the PASS Summit 2014 held in Seattle. This will be my second Summit, first one being the 2013 one held in Charlotte. While I’ve had the privilege of attending quite a few training sessions during my career, none have been even close to the level of learning offered in PASS Summit. The knowledge of the speakers, many of who are renown experts in their own fields, and the quality of the sessions is nothing short of awe inspiring. In 2013 Summit I remember being quite impressed how well things were organized. I was even more impressed when I learned that the amount of volunteer work hours for it was over 500,000.
That is a lot of hours and I believe it tells about the kind of commitment the SQL Server community has for making this event a reality.
And so it is that PASS Summit 2013 has come to an end. And I have to say that for a first timer like me, it was truly an eye-opener to what SQL Server Community is all about. The quality of the sessions and the deep knowledge of SQL Server internals, virtualization and dozens of other subjects the speakers possessed was just astounding, but also expected.
Last two days have been really hectic here at Charlotte. Most of the day have been spend there at the conference center and last night we went out with couple of other Finns to participate in a traditional Finnish Eve. On thursday there was the Community Appreciation Party held at the Nascar Hall of Fame.
The second day in Charlotte at the PASS Summit 2013 has come to an end. I spend the whole day in a Failover Clustering pre-conference session held by Allan Hirt and it was both educating and exciting. I was pleased to realize that many of the things I have spoken in our company were also addressed and confirmed by Allan. He also reminded me of some the things I had forgotten and taught me quite a few new things as well.
First day in Charlotte started earlier than we had planned due the time difference. We also had some misfortune with us, as two from our group we delayed due mechanical failure on the plane that was supposed to bring them to Helsinki. We had no pre-con sessions for today so we had time to get to know the area around the Convention Center and the Uptown area. We did drop by the Convention Center to do our registration and to get our kit 🙂