IT/Dev Connections, the premiere annual professional development and networking event for the Microsoft technology community announced its 2013 speaker line-up, and it features the most knowledgeable and accomplished developers, technology experts and strategists in the industry.

Early bird pricing though July 17, 2013 (extended).

SQL Server Connections Track

The SQL Server Connections track features over 50 sessions/workshops delivered by the industry's top experts. A few examples:

  • "Efficient Interval Management in SQL Server" by Itzik Ben-Gan
  • "SQL Server 2012 in a Highly Available World" by Denny Cherry
  • "From Zero to Hero: A Case Study in Reducing Extremely High I/O on a SQL Server System"s by Tim Ford
  • "BI Security Best Practices" by Stacia Misner

 Complete list with session descriptions.

Conference a Natural Extension of Our Online Communities

The roster for the event, which will be held Sept. 30 through Oct. 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., is a "who's who" of thought leaders behind the industry's most popular information and professional education brands, including:

  • Paul Thurrott
  • Mary Jo Foley
  • Mark Russinovich
  • Miguel de Icaza
  • Mark Minasi
  • Rod Trent
  • Tony Redmond
  • Sean Deuby
  • Michael Otey
  • Chander Dhall
  • Scott Hillier
  • Dan Holme
  • Johan Arwidmark
  • Tim Ford

"Our 2013 IT/Dev Connections program is the strongest we have ever presented," said Penton Technology Market Leader Peg Miller. "The conference is a natural extension of our online communities and allows our customers in-person access to the industry's experts. It capitalizes on the comprehensive scope of our information and education portfolio—Windows IT Pro, Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows, SQL Server Pro, Dev Pro, SharePoint Pro and myITforum—to connect the Microsoft IT and developer community face-to-face in a focused learning and networking environment."

IT/Dev Connections attracts systems administrators, network administrators, database administrators, software architects, systems analysts and developers of all types from across the globe with training they need to do their jobs better. Event educational sessions take attendees through the entire implementation process, looking at Microsoft technologies from all perspectives.

The conference features all new content programming in today's most relevant topic areas, including:

  • SQL Server
  • HTML5
  • ASP.NET
  • Exchange
  • Windows
  • Windows Server
  • Visual Studio
  • Windows Azure
  • SharePoint
  • Cloud
  • Office 365

Conference programming is for three days October 1-3, 2013. Pre-conference workshops are Sept 30, 2013 and post-conference workshops are October 4, 2013. For more information visit www.devconnections.com.