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November 2008 Blog Posts

Here's we go again - PASS Keynote Day 2

As I type this, I've just sat down at the Press/Bloggers table in the General Session are waiting for the keynote address. The lights have dimmed and the smoke machine has begun pumping fog onto the stage. Once again, "Born to be Wild" is blaring on the PA System. The curtain drops and Rushabh Mehta, PASS' current Executive Vice President of Finance and Technology is on a Vespa motor scooter! It's great to see PASS folks having fun! It's professional yet with humor. Rushabh is sharing the PASS financials. Although details really can't be provided in such a setting, it's good...

posted @ Thursday, November 20, 2008 12:36 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Born to be Wild! - PASS Keynote Day 1

Wayne Snyder, the president of PASS, entered the stage on a Harley-Davidson Fat-Boy. "Welcome to the world's biggest conference for the world's biggest database!" he yells as "Born to be Wild" blares over the PA system. This is going to be an excited event; you can feel it in the air. "PASS is a live conference for a live community." said Wayne. As the member of the PASS Community, Wayne is a fantastic speaker. He's a passionate and enthusiastic champion for the SQL Server Community. PASS is in it's 10th year. And this is the most explosive year yet. Attendance increased...

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Feedback (5) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

PASS Volunteer Training Day

Yesterday I attended the PASS Volunteer Training Day; a concept that started a couple of years ago. It's a day when all of the volunteers that make PASS work throughout the year come together for training, discussions, brainstorming, and education. There were chapter leaders from around the world, people that work tirelessly to create a program for the Summit and European events, and Special Interest Group leaders - to name but a few. This year's training day was marked by a first, and it's been a long time coming. (I'm not sitting on the outside pointing fingers either; I've been...

posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:40 AM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Make your voice heard in the SQL Community

I just voted in the PASS 2008 Board of Directors elections. I can tell you the decision was not an easy one. And I'm glad! The SQL Server community is a rather close knit group of people. By that I don't mean that it's some kind of "old boy" network. I'm not even talking about an organization like PASS that attempts to represent or to serve the community. No, I'm talking about the community as a whole. Although the installations of SQL Server are vast and its use is broad, the community of professionals that actively seek out to...

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2008 8:00 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Blogging PASS

The 2008 PASS Community Summit begins next week. It's probably one of the best weeks of my professional year. There is, of course, lots and lots and lots of great technical training. Multiple sessions (usually 9 or 10) happening simultaneously so I can choose from hearing one of the product managers from Microsoft explain where the product is going in the future. Or if I prefer I can sit in on one of the PSS (Premier Services and Support) sessions to learn how to troubleshoot my instances better. Of course there's the CAT (Customer Advisory Team) sessions that are always...

posted @ Saturday, November 15, 2008 9:41 AM | Feedback (1) | Filed Under [ Current Events Community ]

Exporting a report to multiple Excel tabs

Sometimes, SQL Server Reporting Services users like to see what could be considered multiple reports in a single SSRS report. In most cases we can easily accomplish this using more than one data region in the report. If not, we can always use a subreport. Let's say we have a report called the Top 10 Report. In it, we wish to see the top ten products sold by order quantity. We'd also like to see the top 10 resellers of our products, again by order quantity. This could be accomplished using multiple data regions or using two subreports. We'll use two...

posted @ Wednesday, November 12, 2008 5:06 PM | Feedback (22) | Filed Under [ Reporting Services ]

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