Denise McInerney Blog

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PASS Debut

I've attended every PASS Summit since 2002. While there is always a lot of quality technical content presented, I particularly admire the speakers who really make their sessions interesting and engaging. Read more →

PASS 2008 Women In Tech Panel

The PASS Community Summit will be site of the 6th Annual Women in Tech Luncheon and Panel Discussion. Speakers include: Billie Jo Murray, General Manager SQL Central Services, Microsoft Crystal Robinson-Pipersburgh, Sr. Read more →

PASS Women in Tech Survey

The PASS Women in Tech SIG is starting to plan the WIT event for the 2007 PASS Community Summit. In the past those of us planning this event have relied on informal feedback and the evaluations completed by participants at previous events when making decisions. Read more →

PASS launches Women in Tech SIG

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) has launched a new special interest group dedicated to the interests of women working in hi-tech. The Women in Technology SIG is a way for women in PASS to meet, network and learn from one another. Read more →

Women in Tech @ PASS 2006

The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) 2006 Community Summit is less than two months away. As Program Committee manager for this year's conference, I'm very pleased with how our schedule of speakers and sessions has shaped up. Read more →

New MS Certifications (and more acronyms to learn)

Microsoft recently published changes to their certifications. The entire program has been revamped, though if you are already certified, your credentials are still considered valid. New products (e.g. SQL Server 2005) will follow the new framework for certification. Read more →

Women in Tech @ PASS

One of the highlights of the PASS Summit for me the past few years has been the Women in Technology lunch and panel discussion. As a female member of PASS and woman working in IT, I'm encouraged that this event is included as part of the Summit. Read more →

The Interrupt Driven Life

Last week someone asked me if I was easily distracted at work. I told him that I thought the modern workplace made it impossible not to be easily distracted. Email, IM, over-the-cubicle conversations, the day is often just a string of interruptions that keep real work from being done. Read more →

Worth the price of admission

This year I attended the PASS Community Summit for the 4th time. Every year, there is at least one session, or one moment in a session when I think "that alone was worth the price of admission. Read more →

Databases as a force for good

One year during a keynote address at a PASS conference, Bill Baker (GM for SQL Server Business Intelligence) talked about the "goodness of databases." The idea appealed to me; as DBAs a big part of our job is to do our best to guarantee the accuracy of the data we manage. Read more →