Our last day of the event was started with an awesome keynote by Jim Gray, a distinguished engineer at Microsoft and head of the Bay Area Research Center (BARC).  The thing I always enjoy about hearing Jim's thoughts is that he's way ahead of the curve.  Talking to Jim (or hearing a keynote from Jim) is like looking two or three years down the road.

One of the cool things that Jim talked about is the explosion of data were going to experience.  It's now fairly common for a computer-friendly family (where mom, dad, and one or more kids has their own PC) to have a terabyte of disk space.  Extrapolated out, that means that businesses will collect more and more information that they weren't able to in the past.  Data warehousing and smart data mining will be more important in the future because of the copious amounts of data that businesses can retain.

Also, a big congratulations to Lynda Rab for winning the PASSion award.  Lynda has led the DBA SIG for quite a while now and has transformed the group into a powerful and influential group within PASS.  On top of that Lynda and another volunteer, Louis Davidson, were instrumental in developing and deploying the new SIG infrastructure at PASS.  Check out http://sigs.sqlpass.org to see the fruit of their labor.

We also heard great supplementary keynotes from HP and Dell (on Thursday and Friday, respectively) about where they are headed in the future.

And on a final note, we finally completed the board of director elections for the next term (Jan 2006 to Dec 2007).  The 2006 board is:

Executive Positions
   Kevin Kline (me!) - President
   Trey Johnson - Executive Vice President
   Joe Webb - Vice President of Marketing

At-Large Positions
   Randy Dyess
   Rick Heigis
   Paul Neilsen
   Bill Graziano
   Christoph Stotz
   Rushabh Mehta
   Wayne Snyder

Congratulations team!  I think 2006 will be an exciting and groundbreaking year for the SQL Server community, with PASS leading the charge.

And I can't overemphasize how much we need your help.  Please think about volunteering your time if you've ever even fleetingly considered acting as a volunteer, either at the local chapter level in your home town or at the national level with PASS.  Drop me an email at kevin_kline@sqlpass.org if you'd like to get involved in volunteering.

Best regards,

-Kevin