What is PASS Summit?

The most simple answer is “family.”

Good morning from the  #PASSSummit keynote blogger table!

Today, PASS President,  Grant Fritchey opened the first day of #PASSSummit #V20 with a rousing “Good Morning!” to all in attendance for the keynote.  With this being the 20th celebration of Pass Summit, a lot of focus has been placed on memories and stories from past years.  As we look back, we look forward.  I love hearing how attendees have grown and changed with each passing Summit.  Last night I met a number of first timers and I hope to hear their stories in the coming years.  The common theme I hear in the stories is one of community.  In today’s (sometimes very harsh) social climate, the stories of community and friendship are a sweet song that play upon my heart.

As this wonderful week at PASS Summit progresses, I hope that each of you have the chance to make new friends, reconnect with old, and learn many new ways to enrich your life and career. To my new #FirstTimers friends, remember to take these three things with you:

  1. You are never alone
  2. We are stronger together
  3. Lift as you rise

Your Models are Only As Good as Your Data

Along with family and networking, we learn A LOT at PASS Summit. There many fantastic announcements by Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, Microsoft regarding innovations and the release of SQLServer 2019.  As my interests mainly lie in the Analytics realm, today was mind blowing!  I see that my recent decision to go forth and learn #DataScience was a great decision.  SQLServer 2019 promises to be an all-in-one tool for the busy data professional.  I am very excited to get in and start playing with all the new analytics and ML features.

If you missed Patrick LeBlanc’s first time on the “big stage”, you missed the intro of some amazing PowerBI things, and the introduction of a new standard on the heat scale….hot as wasabi mustard sauce!  Great job, Patrick!

Have a great day at Summit, everyone and make some new friends, meet your data heroes, and make memories that will last a lifetime!

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Angela Tidwell

I am a constant student, a proud wife and mom, and I love to tell a good story. I also love hockey, car dancing, and singing!

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