PASS Summit Closing Session

Andy Warren mentions in his Closing Out PASS 2009 post, that he “almost wish[es] for a closing session”.  I agree that it would be nice to have some sort of wrap-up session, because it does feel a bit awkward to just fade back to normal life after such a fantastic event.

Oh sure, I take part in what appears to be turning into an annual tradition with a few folks where we are sure to get together for dinner on the last night of the main conference, and I want to keep doing that, but just walking out of the last breakout session at the convention center still feels like a bit of a let-down.  Maybe a closing session could include some highlight video from the main conference, and perhaps this is where the new board members are introduced and there is some sort of passing of the baton from the outgoing board, or at least the executive committee to the incoming board or executive committee.  Or maybe that’s too awkward since several people will be on both sides, it could be just the board members who are no longer serving handing over portfolios to those who are newly coming aboard.  Or maybe just outgoing President to Incoming President.  You get the idea.  Do something that is symbolic of the changing of the guard.  This would even be a great time for the incoming President to give a brief talk about what the Board hopes to accomplish the next year.

To add value and keep people from just disappearing early, maybe there could be an appearance by some special guest.  In the past, I would have lobbied for Bill Gates.  Maybe it should be Ballmer.  Heck, this is the largest gathering of people around SQL Server, which is a major product for Microsoft, you’d think he might want to come by and say, “Thanks” to the community.  Maybe this could also be the time when the winners of some of the vendor-sponsored drawings would occur rather than trying to squeeze them into a 15-minute coffee-break between sessions held two floors away.

The Summit starts off with a decent Welcome Reception to get people in the mood, and then Microsoft brings out a big name the next morning for the opening Keynote.  It doesn’t need to be long; people are tired from a full week, and many want to get on with their dinner plans, so maybe it’s just a 30-minute deal.  Don’t make it another full reception that competes with attendees’ own social plans, but make it more than a “That’s all folks…”.  There has to be something that could be done to put a nice cap on things at the end.

And we might even find that with something like that to keep people around and interested to the very end, that attendance at the last breakout session on the last day may be stronger, too.

posted @ Saturday, December 12, 2009 10:41 PM

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# re: PASS Summit Closing Session

Left by Andy Warren at 12/14/2009 5:44 AM
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Mark, I think it may take some time to grow this, but I hope we can! The convention at conventions seems to be to end quietly, so it may take some time to grow interest.

# ERROR on linked server

Left by kartheesh at 12/16/2009 11:27 PM
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hi all,

i linked oracle through sql server 2005(oracle provider for oledb) . both in same system (windows 2003 )
please help me out with the below error when we execute the procedure (inside the procedure we have to use "begin tran" and "end tran")

when we execute the linked server query independly it's working fine
but on executing the procedure following error is occured on client end (windows 2003 enterprise edition and sql server 2005 standard edition) is the platform installed on client end.

"operation could not be performed because oladb provider oraoladb.oracle for linked server unable to begin a distributed transaction"

"New transaction cannot enlist in the specified transaction coordinator"
Pls help me out with solving the above error..

thnx in advance

# re: PASS Summit Closing Session

Left by AjarnMark at 12/17/2009 11:08 PM
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Andy, I understand that changing something like this may take a while, but hopefully my ideas about how to add extra value to that closing session will help out.

# re: PASS Summit Closing Session

Left by AjarnMark at 12/17/2009 11:10 PM
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Kartheesh, I suggest you post your question on the SQLTeam FORUM rather than in the comments of an unrelated blog post. You will get much more assistance that way.

# re: PASS Summit Closing Session

Left by research paper at 3/9/2010 12:05 AM
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I absolutely agree: It was a great event! I did better than previous years on networking, but still have a long way to go. My goal for next Summit: 25 additions to my network.

My vote for a closing session. I Think that would be well received considering the number of people that stays for the post conference and have late flights.
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