After a few months of inactivity, I’m back to blogging – this time with a purpose. By now, there have been a lot of blog posts about the upcoming PASS Community Summit 2010 in Seattle, WA on the 9th-11th November 2010. This, in particular, has been announced earlier this month but I need to confirm my attendance even before I can blog about it. So, now that my plane tickets and hotel reservations are set, I guess I can say that I am indeed going to PASS this year. And while I am not doing a regular session this time around, I will be at the MVP Birds of a Feather Lunch on the 10th. Keeping up with my commitment to do professional development sessions at PASS (although I will be at the Ask-the-Experts booth on High Availability and Disaster Recovery as well), my topic for the lunch session will be about why you need to distinguish yourself from the rest.

If you’re attending the PASS Summit this year, drop by my area and I’ll have something for you. For the next couple of days, I will be posting some secret messages on Twitter that give instructions on what you need to bring with you when you drop by. And I’m definitely sure that you’ll enjoy having lunch with me because it’s all about YOU.

Below is the list of topics for the Birds of a Feather Lunch for the PASS Summit 2010. I got it off Mike Walsh’s post on SQLServerPedia so be sure to check out that site as well if there are any changes, although, I’m pretty sure there won’t be any at this time.

Allan Hirt SQL Server Manageability Tips for the DBA
Ami Levin Performance Management Tools
Andy Leonard SSIS Frameworks (or design patterns or getting started)
Andy Warren Statistics
Arnie Rowland Community – TechNet Wiki
Brad Schulz Interpretting Query Plans
Bruce Loehle-Conger SSRS Lessons Learned
Chris Webb Performance Tuning SSAS
Christian Bolton Hyper-V with SQL Server
Christopher Shaw Professional Development for the Data Professional
Darren Gosbell SSAS Triple A – Administration, Automation and APIs
Davide Mauri SQL Server & NoSQL Alternatives
Dean Vitner Write-Ahead Logging & The Transaction Log
Denny Cherry SQL Service Broker
Eduardo Castro HA In Virtualized Environments
Edwin Sarmiento Why you need to distinguish yourself from the rest
Erland Sommarskog Practical T-SQL Programming
Geoff Hiten Advanced SQL Clustering
Gianluca Hotz Oracle to SQL Server DBA
Glenn Berry Database Mirroring
Grant Fritchey T-SQL Tuning & Optimization
Greg Galloway What’s the Coolest Business Problem You’ve Solved with a Cube?
Jason Strate Querying The Procedure Cache
Jeff Moden Black Arts T-SQL (Like the Tally Table)
Jessica Moss Fixing Bad Data Using SSIS
Jesus Gil Geo-Spatial Data on SSRS (en espanol)
Jonathan Kehayias VMWare With SQL Server
Justing Langford SQL Server Consolidation
Kevin Boles Performance Tuning
Kevin Kline Help for the involuntary DBA
Louis Davidson Database Design
Michael Coles SQL Encryption (pending ATE schedule question)
Michael Steineke High Performance DBs on Shared Storage
Patrick LeBlanc CDC
Paul Turley BI Tool & Visualization Choices
Peter Ward SQL Server Migration and Upgrade Planning
Plamen Ratchev Implementing Hierarchies in SQL
Rafael Salas PowerPivot: Where/How Are You Using It?
Rob Farley Tables don’t exist, so join me at my index
Scott Klein Data Development in SQL Azure
Sean McCown PowerShell For the SQL Server DBA
Ted Krueger Cheapest DR/HA Options on SQL Server
Tim Chapman SQL Security Best Practices
Tim Mitchell Care and Feeding of your SSIS Infrastructure
Tim Ford DMVs
Todd McDermid Data Warehouse ETL with SSIS
Tomislav Piasevoli The Past, Present and Future of Microsoft BI

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