My Pacific North West US tour earlier this month officially concluded on 11 Nov 2012. I am very honoured and grateful that I met new friends, caught up with old friends and delivered 4 presentations too. The greatest thing about this trip is the community and networking, especially at SQL Saturday 172 in Portland, PASS Summit 2012 in Seattle, and SQL Saturday 166 in Olympia. The sessions delivered in these two SQL Saturday events were superb and attendees were so eager in learning.
Last year, I was just a book-worm (or a session worm?) where I went to every single session slot, as I had two very specific aims; i.e. learning SSAS performance tuning and finding out more about SQL Server 2012. I achieved what I wanted and was really happy to find a gateway to learning. I met lots of new people during the sessions too.
This year, I decided to take a different approach. Throughout 2012, I have talked to people from other parts of the world via twitter, LinkedIn and emails. So, it was important during PASS Summit 2012 for me to meet them, and to thank them in person for sharing their thoughts and opinions. The result is, throughout my US trip, I met more people, from different parts of Australia, United States (outside of Seattle), United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Denmark, Slovenia, Philippines, Netherland, Norway, Brazil, New Zealand, to name a few.
One thing that I realise is that we are a family, #SQLFamily; we are diverse in knowledge, expertise and other aspects of life, but we are one that we share passion in knowledge sharing and learning. So, I am proud to be part of #SQLFamily and that every time I am around my #SQLFamily, I feel home.
As an Alumni Mentor for the First Timers group at PASS Summit 2012, I sent a few tips. One of them was that everyone’s experience for PASS Summit would be unique. You are entitled to have different experience from your peers. The most important thing is that you are having a good time and learning. I had a blast! So, I’d like to thank the sponsors, organisers, volunteers, speakers and #SQLFamily in making PASS Summit 2012 happen. The feedback that I have received from other speakers, my First Timers group and attendees have been nothing but positive. So, once again, many thanks.
How do you rate your PASS Summit 2012 experience? Share your thoughts here and let PASS know!
Last but not least, I would also like to extend my thank you to SQL Saturday 172 and SQL Saturday 166 organisers, sponsors, volunteers and attendees.
Highlights from PASS Summit 2012
WIT Luncheon – PASS Summit 2012 by Sarah Strate
PASS 2012 Keynote and Mobile BI Announcement by Marco Russo
PASS 2012 Announcements by James Serra