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Pass Community Summit 2008: ROI Justification for Attending

Are you a SQL Server user looking to attend PASS Community Summit 2008 but need help justifying the costs to your manager? We've assembled a list of ideas that you can customize to meet your specific situation.

The PASS Community Summit is not just about training. It's about providing you with an experience that will offer your organization a return on their investment. At PASS Summit 2008, you will have the ability to network with your peers, hear from community and Microsoft experts first hand, and you’ll be able to discuss relevant and common SQL Server issues and mistakes with all these groups and determine how to avoid them - this can save your organization time and money.

Here are some ideas for you to implement that will help justify the cost of attending PASS Community Summit 2008:

  • Match list of session topics and hall of solutions participants to specific challenges that your company is facing
  • Compare the cost of an outside or on-site consultant versus the conference fee
  • Highlight ways you will network with other SQL Server users and experts at PASS Summit and link this to company areas of interest, specific projects or implementations
  • Focus on the user efficiency and education cost savings that the hands-on interactive lab sessions or Ask the Experts sessions with a Microsoft expert will provide
  • Mention how you will implement at least one performance change you'll learn at the conference
  • Document or highlight company savings associated with what you learned if you attended previously
  • Form execution teams after the event, distribute the information, act on it, and follow up
  • Train others and give a presentation to co-workers on what you learned
  • Make professional contacts that you can consult long after the conference ends
  • Calculate the cost of your independent research vs. getting real-time solutions at the conference that can be implemented immediately