I recently held a poll on my blog, asking people if they had attended any SQL Server events in the past year. As you can see from the results on the right, just over 90% of the poll takers attended one or more SQL Server events in 2010, which I think is a great number.
The most attended events, included:
24 Hours of PASS
User Group Meetings
2010 SQL PASS Summit
PASS Virtual Chapter Events
All the other events listed in the poll were much smaller. Some of these had fewer attendees because they were smaller, regional events, which is to be expected.
What was a little surprising was how few of the poll takers attended Microsoft TechEd (a huge event), and DevConnections/SQL Server Connections (also a large event). Of course, both of these events cover a of topics besides SQL Server, but both offer many SQL Server sessions.
At 2011 is now upon us, hopefully you have begun to consider what events you will attend this year. If not, begin researching potential events, as there are many to choose from. And even if you can’t attend an event in-person, there are still many virtual events you can attend. If you have any suggestions for events to attend that are not included in this poll, please add them below in the comments section.