Top SQL Server Experts Headline PASS Summit 2009 Pre/Post-Conference Seminars

The Professional Association for SQL Server’s PASS Summit 2009 conference will feature an impressive roster of top SQL Server experts--including Itzik Ben-Gan, Kalen Delaney, Brian Knight, and Kimberly Tripp--for 2 full days of deep-dive Pre/Post-Conference Seminars on Nov. 2 and Nov. 6, 2009.

Chicago, IL, June 12, 2009 --( The Professional Association for SQL Server’s PASS Summit 2009 conference will feature an impressive roster of top SQL Server experts for 2 full days of deep-dive Pre/Post-Conference Seminars on Nov. 2 and Nov. 6, 2009.

The single largest gathering of Microsoft SQL Server professionals in the world, PASS Summit returns this fall to the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, WA – bookending the Nov. 2-5 conference with 14 in-depth seminars by industry leaders and Microsoft experts.

Top-rated speaker and SQL Server internals expert Kalen Delaney returns to PASS Summit to present her Pre-Conference Seminar, “Care and Feeding of the Transaction Log.” “With the full-day format, we can bring concepts to life for attendees,” Delaney asserts. “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.”

“I really appreciate both the regular technical sessions at PASS as well as the full-day seminars—they are a great complement to each other,” notes veteran PASS speaker Itzik Ben-Gan, who is delivering a Post-Conference Seminar on query and index tuning. “The main event’s breakout sessions are short and let you quickly gain information about many different subjects. But the full-day Pre/Post-Conference Seminars really give you that deep dive into a certain subject area as well as more personal interaction with the speaker.”

PASS has scheduled its first 10 Pre/Post-Conference Seminars, listed below, as well as 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:

Monday, Nov. 2:
- SQLCLR from Beginner to Expert, Adam Machanic,
- Building a Microsoft Data Warehousing Platform, Brian Knight, Pragmatic Works
- Delivering Business Intelligence to the Masses, Peter Myers, Solid Quality Mentors
- Care and Feeding of the Transaction Log, Kalen Delaney, SQLearning
- SQL Server 2005/2008: Indexing for Performance, Kimberly Tripp,
- 2-hour Workshop: Networking to Build Business Contacts, Don Gabor

Friday, Nov. 6:
- Query and Index Tuning for SQL Server 2005 and 2008, Itzik Ben-Gan, Solid Quality Mentors
- Advanced Relational Database Design, Paul Nielsen,, and Louis Davidson, CBN
- Data Warehouse Dimensional Design and Architecture Planning, Erik Veerman, Solid Quality Mentors
- Practical Performance Monitoring and Troubleshooting, Andrew Kelly, Solid Quality Mentors
- Disaster Recovery: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques, Paul Randal and Kimberly Tripp,

PASS will be offering four more day-long seminars by Microsoft and Microsoft Customer Service and Support (CSS) to the Pre/Post-Conference lineup. See the PASS Summit 2009 Pre/Post-Conference Seminars page ( for details as they are finalized.

“The ability that a day-long workshop gives you to walk through a complete business intelligence design solution with attendees is invaluable,” says Brian Knight, whose Pre-Conference Seminar will step attendees through the process of building a data warehouse platform using the entire BI stack. “We have time to cover the topic end-to-end, see how different concepts build on each other, and interact with and learn from each other.”

Registration cost for each technical seminar is $395; the networking workshop registration fee is $60 per person. Visit the PASS Summit Web site at to view the full list of Pre/Post-Conference Seminars.

PASS Summit 2009 will also feature:
- A record 168 regular technical sessions
- Direct access to more than 200 Microsoft engineers, experts, and Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) in the “Ask the Experts” Lounge and at the CSS First Aid Station
- Opportunities to connect, share, and learn with thousands of MVPs, peers, and industry experts
- Top SQL Server and Business Intelligence tools and services, giving attendees access to hands-on demos and information that would otherwise take days or weeks of research to collect.

Attendees who register for PASS Summit 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

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. From local user groups and special interest groups (SIGs) to Webcasts and the annual PASS Summit—the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world—PASS enables knowledge sharing, in-depth learning, access to the Microsoft SQL Server team, and the ability to influence the direction of SQL Server technologies. The PASS mission is to empower the global SQL Server community to connect, share, learn, and be inspired through knowledge sharing and peer-based learning. For more information about PASS and the benefits of becoming a member, visit the PASS Web site at

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