I've got to figure out how to get to the PASS Summit every year! It was AWESOME!
It was great to meet more of the tweeps I follow and reconnect with those that I've met before.
It was my first time to Seattle also. The weather was better than expected. I had a great time walking around the city when time allowed. I also had the opportunity to try the local restaurants and visit the Space Needle. Everything was great. Especially the coffee at Top Pot Doughnuts.
Every time slot had several sessions I wanted to attend. You can't get to all the sessions you would like so buying the Conference DVDs is a must.
Participating in my local PASS user group, SQL Saturdays, and Twitter made being a FIRST TIMER at this year's PASS Summit a non-issue. I did not feel like a FIRST TIMER. I knew a lot of people because of participating locally. I just blended right in, had fun, and learned a ton.
Being a FIRST TIMER, I didn't realize I could download the slide decks before the DVDs arrive. A prompt from a co-worker made me aware of this benefit. I downloaded over a dozen decks so far and reviewed them. Great benefit. Still tons more to go through.
So, the most significant takeaways for me:
- Meeting Ola Hallengren and Paul Randal. Talking to them about Ola's Maintenance Solution was invaluable.
- The changes to the MCM programming have me thinking about making it a 2011 New Year's resolution. I'll have a post on that later.
- The Separation of Duties Framework that Lara Rubbelke and ll Sung Lee debuted has me thinking how to use it back in the real world.
- Any possibility of getting Youtube videos on the conference DVDs for the Top 10 highest rated sessions?
- Put Twitter handles on the conference badges.
- Select one of my speaker abstracts. ;-)
I had a great time at my First PASS Summit!