PASS Summit Day 2

Wake up, Seattle!

Good morning from the blogger table on day 2 of PASS Summit!  Yesterday was an amazing, wonderful, jam-packed day for sure!  Did you meet tons of new people?  Did you meet your #DataHero?  I met so many amazing, wonderful people!  Honestly, that is my most favorite part of any convention and my #SQLFamily make PASS Summit the best ever!


As I sit here waiting for the keynote to begin, I am getting the opportunity to chat with other bloggers and all the awesome attendees who come say hello.  It is quite amazing being here with my data heroes like Brent Ozar, Kellyn Pot’vin-Gorman, Tim Mitchell, Kendra Little and Kevin Kline (among so many others!).  Take a look at their blogs, they are sincerely amazing people with amazing amounts of knowledge!

I Will Survive!

Wendy Pastrick starts us off today with a great reminder that COMMUNITY is what makes us awesome! She broke into song when she had to break down the finances.  She was amazing and received a well-deserved round of applause.  Seriously, if you have never heard her sing, you should do #SQLKaraoke with her!

First Timers, Diversity, Awesomeness

Next up Tim Ford lets us know that 40% of our attendees are First Timers!  How amazing and wonderful!  16 years ago he was a shy first timer, I cannot even imagine Tim ever being shy!  Tim also spoke to PASS Summit diversity.  I can attest to this being the most diverse tech group I have ever seen!  As a woman in tech, I feel more welcome and appreciated than I could ever describe.  And as I look around, I see such a diverse group of beautiful, wonderful people in the audience.

25 years of SQL Server

What an amazing treat!  We were introduced to some great stories from the past with SQL Server heavy hitters and past and current VPs: Ron Soukup, (1989-1995), Paul Flessner, (1995-2005), Ted Kummert, (2005-2014), Rohan Kumar (2016-present).  Surely 25 years of hard work and leadership!


Raghu Ramakrishnan

Raghu Ramakrishnan, CTO for Data Microsoft, shared “The cloud changes how we think about building a database, data is elastic, on demand.”   I had not stopped to think about how the cloud has changed the landscape of data.  We often think of data as mere numbers and letters, something static that gathers and sits until we are ready to use it.  However, data is something much larger, it is a living, breathing, ever-growing, changing life force of information that needs to be nurtured.  This gives me more of a personal insight in the way I need to address my projects.  Mind blown!

SQL Hyperscale

Photo Cred: Kellyn

Project Name: Socrates (Socrates was a data guy!) “The unexamined database is not worth writing”

If you missed the quote Raghu posted, I found it.  I laughed a lot, apparently not much has changed!

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

Truly, this keynote is full of so much great information, I am lost in it all.  I will go back and review the keynote as many times as possible to better take in what all was covered.  Such a testament to the hard work put in by the teams at Microsoft.







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