Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community

Update: In January 2021, Microsoft publicly launched the new Azure Data Community webpage, began onboarding qualified user groups to the new Azure Data Meetup network, and began providing Microsoft Teams access to qualified user groups. The blog post below has been updated accordingly. If you are a leader who is interested in adding your existing user group to our network, sign up here.

This past year has been marked by a combination of challenges and change. Like so many people and organizations across the globe, we have all faced uncertainly and the need to adapt.

Recently, the PASS organization, formerly known as the Professional Association for SQL Server, announced that it ceased operations on January 15, 2021. We would like to thank PASS for its work to grow and support our SQL family over the last two decades.

Although Microsoft built SQL Server, it’s clear that the passion and dedication from each of you is what makes it thrive.

To empower the community, we are providing you with some resources to help you continue to connect with one another, learn and develop your skills, and grow in your careers.

  • Community – We have built a community landing page for local user groups to increase visibility and discover communities and resources. The site showcases local user groups to help grow their membership and share upcoming meetings and events. This web presence points to new and existing training and resources covering SQL Server and Azure Data.
  • Empowerment – We are providing the space and tools for local user group leaders to establish and nurture their user groups. You will be able to manage your groups, including membership lists and your content.
  • Connections – We want you to keep and deepen the connections that are at the heart of our community. To do so, we are inviting qualified user groups to join our Meetup Pro network, which will provide tools for you to organize and grow. We are also providing access for qualified user groups to Microsoft Teams so you can meet virtually. For those interested in more details, please fill out a survey.

Check out the Azure Data Community landing page today to join local user groups and access SQL Server and Azure Data content.

If you are a user group leader interested in finding out more about how to access and use these resources, or if you have additional feedback on how we can best support the SQL community, please let us know.