PASS Summit 2015, Speaker Idol Is Back!

PASSLogoBW I’m pleased to announce that Speaker Idol is back for the PASS Summit in 2015. We’re using the same format as last year. There will be three opening rounds, followed by the final round. Each of the three opening rounds will have 4 people competing. In each of these three rounds a winner and a runner-up will be selected. In the final round the three winners will present again along with a wildcard who will be selected by the judges from the three runners up. The sessions should be 5 minutes long, and can be on any topic (preferably something SQL related).

The goal of this years Speaker Idol competition is the same as last years, to give speakers who are known in their region a chance to be seen at the international level so that they can improve their chances of being selected to speak in future years, to get some real time feedback from other speakers about their presentation style, and so that they can improve as speakers.

  1. You have spoken at a SQL Saturday or SQL Rally event (or other large non-pass event, such as SQL Bits, a TechEd Conference, etc.).
  2. You have not spoken at the PASS Summit or PASS Business Analytics Conference for a breakout, spotlight or pre-con session. (If you gave a lightning talk and no other session you are eligible.)
  3. You will be in Seattle during the PASS Summit (attending PASS isn’t needed, and if you aren’t attending PASS we will get you to the session room for Speaker Idol).
  4. You are available to attend which ever speaker idol session you are assigned to.
  5. You have a 5 minute technical presentation which you can give.
  6. You sign up on the registration form before September 31st30th, 2015 at 11:59:59pm (23:59:59) Pacific time according to Denny Cherry’s Verizon Cell Phone. (Corrected the date on 2015-09-23 as September 31st doesn’t exist.)

In order to enter the 2015 Speaker Idol you’ll need to fill out this handy form. The big difference from last year’s Speaker Idol is that in addition to being able to submit yourself, session attendees can submit speakers that they have seen at prior events that they really liked. Just fill out the same form, just put the speaker’s name (and email address if you have it) and we’ll contact them and let them know that they’ve been nominated to present at this years speaker idol.

Thanks to PASS for allowing me to run with this again.


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Silver Was Good, Gold Is Better

Normally it takes some time for a Microsoft Partner to change from the Silver partner status to the Gold partner status. We are no different in that respect. The amount of time that it took for us to change from Silver partner to Gold partner is probably a little shorter than most. As it took us 5 days (which included a weekend, so actually only 3 business days) to change from Silver Cloud Partner to Gold Cloud Partner with Microsoft.

What this means to our customers is that Microsoft has done an even more in depth review of our customer successes and found that we are delivering the kinds of solutions that Microsoft and their customers want to see. Most importantly Microsoft and our customers want to see successfully implemented solutions using the Windows Azure platform, which are have been able to deliver time and time again for our customers. If you’d like to discuss your Azure migration plans, please contact us at

You’ll see our Gold Cloud Platform logo proudly displayed on our website, along with our Silver Data Platform logo (which will hopefully be getting changed out soon as well).

We thank our current customers for giving us the chance to help with their Azure migrations, we couldn’t have gotten this recognition from Microsoft without you. And to our future customers we look forward to working with you on your upcoming projects.


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Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting Becomes a Microsoft Silver Partner Again

I’m pleased to be able to announce that Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting has become a Microsoft Silver Partner for Cloud Platform (also known as Azure). This is an important milestone for DC&AC because it shows that Microsoft puts trust in us as a company, and that Microsoft has vetted us through our projects which we have completed for our clients.

This also means that we can do something that we haven’t been able to do before for our clients until now, we can assist those doing migrations to Azure in getting funding from Microsoft to assist with their migrations to the Azure platform.

You’ll see that Microsoft Partner logo that we’ve earned displayed proudly on our website, and we hope that you’ll let us help you with your Cloud Platform needs.

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Recommended reading from mrdenny for May 29, 2015

This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.

This weeks SQL Server person to follow on Twitter is: heigesr2 also known as Rick Heiges

Hopefully you find these articles as useful as I did.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter where my username is @mrdenny.


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