“In addition to our immediate goals of building interest and membership, we’d love to bring a SQLSaturday event to downtown Buffalo in 2014”
Buffalo, NY (PRWEB) July 03, 2013
Algonquin Studios is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the newly formed chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server in Buffalo, New York.
The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is an independent, not-for-profit association dedicated to supporting, educating, and promoting the global Microsoft SQL Server community. Co-founded by Microsoft and CA in 1999, PASS was created to help educate and connect millions of SQL Server users around the world.
Local PASS chapters are communities of dedicated SQL Server and Business Intelligence professionals that meet regularly in person to connect, share, and learn in cities and towns around the world. The Buffalo Chapter was recently formed after members of Algonquin Studios’ software development team attended a one-day SQLSaturday event in Rochester, NY.
“We all really enjoyed the SQLSaturday event we went to last month,” says Dan Griggs, a Senior Developer at Algonquin Studios and President of Buffalo’s new Chapter. “None of us are SQL experts—we’re developers who use SQL— but the SQL family is open, engaging, and willing to help out and the free training that PASS events provide really made an impression on us. Once we realized the value offered by PASS and SQLSaturday, the idea of starting a Buffalo Chapter became very appealing to a number of us who’d attended the event.”
The idea of a local Chapter of PASS in Buffalo also appealed to the management team at Algonquin Studios. “Algonquin Studios is thrilled to sponsor a group that so many of our team members are involved in,” says Donald F. Lee III, Director of Software Development at Algonquin Studios. “SQL Server is at the heart of every system we build at Algonquin and this group will help to strengthen our developers’ skills. Even more important than that, we’re excited that they’ll be getting out in the Buffalo Tech community, networking, and helping to build a stronger technology base in downtown Buffalo.”
“In addition to our immediate goals of building interest and membership, we’d love to bring a SQLSaturday event to downtown Buffalo in 2014,” says Griggs. “Hosting an annual event like that obviously requires the support of excellent community and corporate sponsors, which is why we’re so glad to have Algonquin Studios on our team.”
The founders of the new Buffalo Chapter will be required to host monthly meetings or “user groups” that offer educational and networking opportunities to their membership. They’re currently looking for additional corporate sponsors, event locations, and speakers to present at their meetings, either in person or via the web. If you’d like more information about joining the group, becoming a sponsor, or presenting at a meeting, please visit the Chapter’s web site.
About PASS - PASS is run by and for the community, made up of database administrators and developers, application developers, Business Intelligence and IT professionals, executives, consultants, educators, instructors, students, vendors, and many others who work with or use Microsoft SQL Server and Business Intelligence technologies.
With a global membership of more than 100,000 PASS facilitates member networking and the exchange of information through its local and virtual Chapters, free web events, local and regional events, and the annual PASS Summit – the largest gathering of SQL Server professionals in the world. PASS delivers high-quality, up-to-date, technical content, presentations, and other educational material for in-depth learning and professional development and works with Microsoft to influence the evolution of SQL Server technologies.
About Algonquin Studios: Algonquin Studios is a professional services firm providing world-class software development, business and technology consulting, and web design and web content management systems, and since 1998. Algonquin Studios provides expert business solutions for organizations in many industries including health care, legal, financial, and not-for-profit.