Goodbye PASS LA Data Platform and Hello LA Data Platform

Just in case you haven’t heard the latest news – PASS is ceasing it’s all regular operations, effective January 15, 2021 (read more here – The Future of PASS). That means that both and assets are no longer available.

However, while PASS is shutting its doors, LA Data Platform is here to stay. While we would need to implement a few changes, we are a complete and separate legal entity and will remain here to server our local Data community.

To keep our communication going and keep you up to date on all current and future events, we would need to update our mailing list. Please follow this link to register –

Events –

Social Media – #LADataPlatform

Our new web site –

Our new email address – ladataplatform @

A new home for sponsoring multiple SQL Saturday events

With the conclusion of Virtual 2020 SQL Saturday in Los Angeles event organized by Data Driven Technologies Inc (“DDT”), a local 501.c.3 non-profit, we realized that we had one unanticipated sponsor that signed up last-minute – Google Cloud Platform (“GCP”) with $100. You can of course rightfully say, don’t look at a gift horse in the mouth – you have a sponsor and money, be thankful.

While we are thankful for every sponsor dollar spent, it’s hard to see why $100 would buy a sponsorship at our event since our tiers are starting at $250. Additionally, it would be hard to explain to our lower tier event sponsors (the insurance agency and car dealership) how Google can spend only $100 while receiving the same benefits. Somehow Google sponsoring with just $100 doesn’t click for me. I’m sure Google can afford more than that for a technical event, especially since we had a session on Google Big Query ML. Ironically, this is not about Google, but rather the ill-fated PASS new sponsorship tier – Global SQLSaturday Supporting Sponsor starting at $22K (read more here). 

We at the DDT decided to step up and provide sponsors with options, lower-cost alternative to PASS. While PASS is charging about 50% for it’s overhead, we will do it at cost, i.e. 5% (we just need you to cover any PayPal/credit card fees).

What is there for you as a sponsor? You get the same job done cheaper and we are confident that we will do a better job.

What is there for us you would ask? We truly think that community events such SQL Saturday should have more sponsors and virtually every dollar from sponsor needs to reach the organizers.

What do I need to do as a sponsor? You as a sponsor decide how many and which SQL Saturday events you would like to sponsor (we can provide you with a list), send us the money, and we will take care of everything else. We can provide you with the same Branding Benefits that PASS has to offer (excluding SQLSaturday website that we have no control of) and more.

DDT offerings for SQL Saturday sponsors:

  • Provide you with data, so you target specific events (historical event attendee numbers, titles, locations, employers)
  • Money disbursement (we will sign up on your behalf and pay the invoice)
  • Logistics (we will contact the organizers and provide them with your marketing) materials
  • Brand presence (we will try to source local speakers for your sponsor session and ask organizers to man the table)
  • Provide you with post-event numbers

Questions, feedback, comments? Please feel free to reach us out –

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Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription

We are happy to announce that through our application on and subsequent application to Microsoft for non-profits program, we are now the owners of Microsoft 365 Business Premium subscription.

What does it take?

Determination letter from IRS on the status of your 501.c.3 non-profit charity organization

How much does it cost?

$0 (excluding few hours of an opportunity cost)

What’s included?

Up-to 25 users subscription to a Microsoft 365 Business Premium

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What are the main benefits?

Exchange – we can take advantage of custom domain emails and keep our personal email addresses private while looking more professionally to our business partners

OneDrive – we can utilize OneDrive for Business and move all the files related to DDT into one centralized place

Teams + Stream – we can now administer and record online/remote meetings

Power Automate/PowerApps – we can build process automations

Welcome to Data Driven Technologies, Inc.

Data Driven Technologies is a registered 501.c.3 non-profit organization focused on supporting the database technologist community in the Greater Los Angeles area.

We organize free community events on Microsoft Data Platform and related topics.  Those events include workshops, boot-camps and a once a year we put on a “mega” event known as SQL Saturday in Los Angeles.

If you are just starting out in the data world or are a seasoned data professional, we would love to be a resource for you.

Los Angeles Data Platform

The Los Angeles Data Platform (f.k.a. SQL Malibu) User Group is affiliated with PASS and meets on every third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  We bring in amazing speakers from all around the United States and the World to discuss Microsoft Data Platform/SQL Server related topic, as well as spend time learning from each other and sharing our experiences (we are meeting remotely). If you are interested in joining us for our monthly User Group meeting, please follow this link or Contact Us and let us know you are interested in joining.

Please visit for more information

SQL Saturday LA

SQL Saturday in LA is a free, full day annual event held in the Greater Los Angeles area where we offer great database related training by some of the top industry professionals.  Multiple, parallel tracks are available, offering sessions for DBAs, Developers, Business Analysts and other industry professionals.  This is also a great opportunity to network and learn from your pears.  If you are looking to improve your skills, share you knowledge, or just make new friends, this is the place to be.

Please visit for more information

Follow Us

If you would like to find out about future boot-camp events, please follow us at #LASQLBootCamp.

To keep up with the latest on our user group, please follow us at #LADataPlatform.

To stay on top of the latest news about our annual SQL Saturday in LA event, please follow us at #SQLSatLA.  We will be sharing all the latest and greatest news about the upcoming event, our speaker lineup and our wonderful sponsors. To see event pictures from prior events please visit us on Instagram. To see event sponsors and, raffle and swag, please visit us on Pinterest. To see recorded sessions from our past events, please visit us on YouTube.