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PASS Summit 2016: world’s biggest SQL Server event

PASS Summit 2016 is nearly upon us. With only 4 weeks until the big event, now is the time to register!

PASS Summit 2016 is community-driven event with three days of technical sessions, networking, and professional development. Don’t miss your chance to stay up to date on the latest and greatest Microsoft data solutions along with 4,000 of your data professional and developer peers.

What’s new this year?  So many things!

• PASS Summit is not just for DBAs.  With nearly 1,000 developers attending the event, Microsoft has increased the number of sessions focused on application development and developer tools by 60%.

• While many people attend PASS Summit to grow fundamental database skills, we know that many attendees are very experienced, senior data professionals so we increased the number of deep technical sessions by half.

• We have also added a new type of session called a Chalk Talk. These are Level 500 sessions with Microsoft senior program management hosting open Q&A in a collegiate style setting.  Seating is limited to 50 so you’ll want to get there early to claim your spot.

In addition to these enhancements, Microsoft has also increased investment in sending employees onsite to talk with attendees.  They’ll be easy to spot – all 500 Microsoftees will be wearing bright fuchsia t-shirts.  You can find them in big numbers the Day 1 keynote, Microsoft booth, SQL Clinic, Wednesday’s Birds of a Feather luncheon, Thursday’s WIT luncheon, and of course in our big booth in the Expo Hall.

Have a technical challenge or need architecture advice?

SQL Clinic is the place to be. SQL Clinic is the hub of technical experts from SQLCAT, Tiger Team, CSS, and others. Whether you are looking for SQL Server deployment support, have a troublesome technical issue, or developing an application the experts at SQL Clinic will have the right advice for you.

Are you a member of a PASS chapter or virtual chapter?  If so, remember to take advantage of the $150 discount code.  Contact your chapter leader for details.

Sending your whole team? There is also a great group discount for companies sending five or more employees.

Once you get a taste for the learning and networking waiting for you at PASS Summit, we invite you to join the conversation by following @SQLServer on Twitter as well as @SQLPASS and #sqlsummit. We’re looking forward to an amazing event, and can’t wait to see everyone there!

Stay tuned for regular updates and highlights on Microsoft and PASS activities planned for this year’s conference.