‘People’s Choice’ SQL Server Speakers Back by Popular Demand for PASS Summit 2009 Spotlight Sessions

Chicago, IL, June 12, 2009 --(PR.com)-- Some of the most dynamic and knowledgeable speakers in the SQL Server industry—including Adam Machanic, Paul Randal, Erik Veerman, and Joe Webb—will be taking the stage in 23 Spotlight sessions at the Professional Association for SQL Server’s PASS Summit 2009 conference in Seattle, WA, Nov. 2-5, 2009.

The by-invitation-only Spotlight sessions highlight top presenters who have received high speaker ratings at past PASS Summits. Spotlight sessions are 90 minutes long, enabling speakers to 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.”

The PASS Summit 2009 Spotlight sessions are spread across the conference’s four technical tracks, as follows:

Application and Database Development
- T-SQL Tips & Tricks, Itzik Ben-Gan (Solid Quality Mentors)
- Best Practices for Working with Execution Plans, Grant Fritchey (FM Global)
- Building FILESTREAM Solutions with SQL Server 2008, Klaus Aschenbrenner (Klaus Aschenbrenner)
- Managing Hierarchies in SQL Server 2008 with HIERARCHYID, Peter DeBetta (SQLblog)
- Nordic - Turn SQL Server into an Object Db, Paul Nielsen (www.SQLServerBible.com)
- Making Effective Use of the Plan Cache, Greg Low (SolidQ Australia Pty Ltd)

BI Architecture, Development, and Administration
- Automating Your Data Warehouse, Erin Welker (ENF Consulting)
- Loading a Data Warehouse with SSIS, Brian Knight (Pragmatic Works)
- Data Profiling and Cleansing with Integration Services 2008, Erik Veerman (Solid Quality Mentors)
- Applied SSIS Design Patterns, Andy Leonard (Unisys Corporation)
- Kimball Approach Dimensional Modeling Across SQL Server and SSAS, Warren Thornthwaite (Kimball Group)

BI Client Reporting and Delivery
- Creating Data-Driven Subscriptions in SSRS, Joe Webb (WebbTech Solutions, LLC)
- SSRS in the Enterprise - How to Survive with a Smile, Wayne Snyder (Mariner)

Enterprise Database Administration and Deployment
- SQL Server Consolidation and Virtualization: Myths, Realities and Best Practices, Joe Yong (Scalability Experts)
- SQL Server Covering: Concepts, Concerns, & Costs, Kimberly Tripp (SQLskills.com)
- Dude, Where Is My Memory? Understanding Microsoft SQL Server Memory Usage and Management, Maciej Pilecki (Project Botticelli)
- Understanding Logging and Recovery in SQL Server, Paul Randal (SQLskills.com)
- SQL Server 2008 Manageability Features, Peter Ward (WARDY IT Solutions)
- SQL Server 2008 Extended Events: Performance Profiling and Troubleshooting Techniques, Adam Machanic (SQLblog.com)
- Sizing SQL Servers for (Unknown) Workload, Thomas Grohser (bwin Interactive Entertainment AG)
- Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics, Gail Shaw (XpertEase)
- Inside the Management Data Warehouse, Kalen Delaney (SQLearning)
- Capturing and Analyzing File & Wait Stats, Andrew Kelly (Solid Quality Mentors)

“I’ve always enjoyed attending Spotlight sessions because they are run by seasoned presenters who are also experts in their field,” says SQL Server MVP and Spotlight presenter Erik Veerman. “They bring a lot of experience and know-how to the topics they share with the audience.”

For more information about these sessions, which are available as part of the standard PASS Summit 2009 registration, see the PASS Summit 2009 Spotlight Sessions page at http://summit2009.sqlpass.org/Agenda/SpotlightSessions.aspx.

PASS Summit 2009 will also feature:
- A record 168 regular technical sessions and 14 pre/post-conference seminars, many presented by Spotlight speakers
- 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 www.PASSsummit.com.

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 http://www.sqlpass.org.

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Kathy Blomstrom