Tuesday, December 3, 2013

SQL PASS 2014 Early Bird

Next year, the PASS Summit will be held in Seattle on November 4th through the 7th. The full price is $2295. However, if you register early, you can get it for as little as $1095. That amounts to a discount of $1200, or a 52% discount.

This year, I am registering for PASS now to get the Early Bird Price. And, I encourage many of you to do the same thing. Act now, don't delay. The Early Bird Price is only good until December 6th. Then, the price starts creeping up every couple of months.

The primary reason I am doing this is to take control of my career and my learning. While I have had employers agree to send me to PASS in years past, it was never a sure thing. Sometimes yes, sometimes no.

And to be fair, your job doesn't really owe you that, either. However, I feel PASS is important enough to my career, that I am willing to pay the costs myself to ensure that I am able to attend.

Of course, the best option is if your employer covers the costs. And what better way to convince your boss than to make it cheaper for her? By paying for the registration myself, I'm doing two things. One, I've cut the costs in half. That's enough to pay for most of my travel costs. And two, I have helped with budget planning. The training budget for 2014 may not be approved or funded yet. If your company is on a fiscal calendar, and most are, any training money for next November probably won't be available until after the summer.

Hopefully, this will demonstrate some things to your employer. You are serious about SQL Server and your career. If you are willing to spend your own money for training, then they should recognize that you will be a good steward in spending their money. You are the one keeping up with current trends in technology. When it is time to help steer the company's technology vision, you will be the one they call on.

Here are a few links to some other brave (or foolish) souls who have done the same thing:
"The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay." - Henry Ford


  1. I am right there with you Steve. I went to Summit for the first time in 2012 and I was lucky enough to have my employer pay my way. This last Summit they weren't able to help me and I didn't get to go (which I completely understand). The week of the Summit watching twitter made me really wish I could have been there.

    So this year I am doing the same thing I am getting in on the early bird because it is at a price I can personally afford a lot easier than the full price.

    If I get reimbursed by my employer great. If not I won't regret spending the money on something that I feel is very beneficial for my advancing my skills and career.

  2. Hi Lance, sorry to hear you weren't able to make it this year. It's been the same for me; sometimes yes, sometimes no.

    Glad to hear I'm in good company for taking the initiative. I figure by buying it early, I won't miss the money as much by the time PASS rolls around.

    If I get reimbursed, so much the better.

    I just checked out your blog and Dallas SQL Saturday was my only event this year, too.

    Here's to 2014 being a little better...

  3. Heh, you can add me to that list of early-birders! I attended Summit for the very first time & see how valuable it is, not just to my job, but to my long-term career!

    I'm just waiting till tomorrow because I do happen to have a formal request in, and am hoping they'll approve it in time. :-)

  4. Hi Andy, I hope you're able to get approval. That's definitely the best way.

    Either way, I hope to see you there next year.