PASS Summit Key Note Day 2 – Recap


As I sit here in an offshoot of the convention center, I started reflecting back to this morning’s keynote for various reasons. It got me thinking about 3 key words for myself when it comes to this conference:

  1. Impact
  2. SQL Family
  3. Dedication

How did I come to these three key words for myself? I’m not sure I can do them justice or at this time even provide detailed thoughts as my mind is in overdrive right now. I don’t like blogging anything without a good proof read by a second pair of eyes, but in this case I’ll type now and ask for forgiveness later.


I’ve seen this all week thus far from the SQL Saturday meeting I attended on Monday, the after parties I have the fortunate opportunity to attend, to the keynote shared today and the PASSion Award winner. Stop a minute, look around you. The hustle and bustle of the conference is everywhere around you. From first timers being overwhelmed, yes we were all in that situation at some point in time, to the speakers heading to their sessions, to the vendors spending all day at their booths. You may ask how is that related to impact? Believe it or not each person here at the PASS Summit has impacted someone or somebody in their career whether you know you have or not. The Keynote given today did just that, each speaker today spoke to someone in that room. If it wasn’t you then they reached someone else.

SQL Family

I’ve had numerous conversations with friends, SQL Family members, people I have no clue who they are,  and people who came up to me and knew me and introduced themselves. As I sat at the bloggers table this year I stood up and looked back at the audience and was amazed that we do in fact have a close-knit technical community who enjoys learning immensely. That’s evident by everyone being here. As a SQL Family there will be times when people are struggling, and yet I see from all over this convention people encouraging each other. It will not always be easy; it wasn’t meant to be easy. Hard work and dedication goes into one’s career and I iterate that it is an awesome sight for me to see people in careers bond together to forge new relationships, expand existing ones, and help encourage where they can.


Today I had goose bumps as Dr. Nehme and Dr. Dewitt announced that this would be their last Keynote. First of all what an inspiration these two individuals have been for our community. As I looked at them I thought about some others in terms of dedication:

  1. Volunteers – have you thanked anyone today?
  2. Speakers – do you know how much work goes into preparing to speak?
  3. Attendees – you are dedicated; if you weren’t then you wouldn’t be here
  4. Vendors – vendors are interacting all day long along with setting up their booths etc. Job well done this year.
  5. Sponsors – if it wasn’t for these fine folks then we wouldn’t be able to attend what is being put on for us.

**Humbled to be here….thankful for the opportunity….and looking forward to moving this community forward.

Live Blog – Pass Summit Key Note – Day 1

Security as been invested more in SQL Server 2016 than any other.

Protecting your data at rest and in motion with no impact on database performance. Always Encrypted in 2016 will make it a more simpler task to protect your data. This is huge for the data professionals out there that struggle day in and day out with how to protect their data.

When you are using Always Encrypted you can instinctively choose which columns you would like to encrypt (keep in mind the size of the table does matter when  you build it).

Moving on to Stretch Database….

Cutting the storage costs with stretch database and yes…you can utilize Always Encrypted into Azure.

Live Blog – Pass Summit Key Note – Day 1

PASS_2015_200x200Joseph Sirosh, Corporate VP of Data Group Microsoft talks about zigabytes….what!!!!!! Predominately in the cloud is where data will be moving; yes folks let’s get used to this now.

Age of Hardware and Automation to Age of the Software and digitization we have grown profoundly over the last 50 years. Guess what, Joseph goes into depth about the thew new age…the Age of Data and Intelligence about the customer experience.

Truly amazing how data in everyday life from healthcare with Cortana is all driven in the new Age of Software that improves patient outcomes and this is just one of the avenues that data is being used.

DocuSign has 50 million users with over 50k users joining every day; guess who drives the back end to DocuSign…….SQL Server. Eric Fleischman from, DocuSign, is the Chief Architect and VP of Platform Engineering talks about how the company can start to scale and answer deeper questions and good to hear of the newer technology that they have moved to.

A mission critical OLTP system is important for companies such as DocuSign with high performance data analytics along with end to end mobile BI. SQL Server 2016 is meant to be the method to support all of these methods with the Cloud first approach.

Shawn Bice, “companies who embrace data”…really got me thinking…does your company embrace data?

SQL Server 2016….let’s roll

  • Everything is built in
    • Industry leader in Mission Critical OLTP
    • Most Secure database
    • Highest performing data warehouse
    • end to end mobile BI on any device
    • in-database Advanced Analytics
      • R + in-memory
  • Dramatically simplify HA and DR
    • Enhanced AlwaysOn
      • Easy Setup – of on -premises and hybrid cloud HA and HR
      • Load balancing – of readable secondaries
      • Fast fail over – on-premises or to cloud
  • Remove the complexity of big data – T-SQL over Hadoop
  • Real-Time operational analytics
    • R built-in to your T-SQL
    • Real-Time operational analytics without moving data
    • Open source R with in memory and massive scale – multi threading and massive parallel processing

As you can see SQL 2016 has some phenomenal features on the way.

Live Blog – Pass Summit Key Note – 1

PASS_2015_200x200PASS Summit Key note is off the ground and running…..

President Thomas LaRock talks about the 16th annual meeting that is taking place and the #sqlfamily. This event is really like a family reunion with over 58 countries and 2,000 companies that are here to get this party started.


One of the points Thomas made that I found it to be really good is that PASS needs to hear from you and wants to hear from you; that is part of being a family. Data professionals have a desire to grow and build out your professional network, because of that be that voice; be the difference maker.

Being part of PASS; things are rapidly changing; providing thoughts of where you came from and where we will be in 15 years. One reason for this, and a great point, is the community and the countless of volunteers. Consistently looking at ways to help others is what has made this community great and securing the future for additional growth and members as we move forward.

GET INVOLVED – Connect, Share, Learn – let’s keep moving the community forward

With over 200 Technical Sessions this will shape up to be one of the best yet; plenty of topics ranging from WIT, Speaker Idol, SQL Server Clinic, and please don’t forget to utilize #sqlpass and #summit15

Amazes me the sponsors that help make the community events take place; big applause should be directed to them and as you go through week talk to them; thank them, and yes as Thomas said, you can hug them IT IS OK!!!

Proud to be a member of the #sqlfamily…..let’s roll