Rod Trent

Rod
Trent

Rod Trent is the owner of myITforum.com, a Microsoft BackOffice administrators’ Web site and training company. He is an enterprise systems management expert for SearchSystemsManagement.com and a freelance technology author. His most recent book is Admin911:SMS (Osborne/McGraw-Hill).

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ITDC 2016 Prep: Modern Microsoft BI for BI Professionals and Architects with Jen Underwood
Jen Underwood is a brilliant speaker and notable evangelist for SQL Server and Business Intelligence. Jen’s sessions are always rated extremely favorable at IT/Dev Connections. I’m positive this year will be no different.
How to Prepare for IT/Dev Connections 2016 Sessions
If you’re just getting started with a specific technology we have a few suggestions for how to prepare yourself for the sessions presented at IT/Dev Connections 2016.
IT/Dev Connections 2016 – the Anti-Keynote Conference
Imagine that – a community conference that is blatantly driven by, and created for, the community.
Looking ahead to 2016: IT Generalist versus IT Specialist
While IT Specialists still exist today, the IT Generalist is making a strong comeback.
Save the Date! IT/Dev Connections 2016 Web Site Goes Live!
The IT/Dev Connections 2016 web site was unveiled today, along with the official conference date, a blog, and a way to sign-up to be notified of event news.
PSA: SQL Server 2005 Reaches End-of-Life April 12, 2016
SQL Server 2005 is set to be retired next year. You have less than 6 months to migrate.
Microsoft Ignite: Data is Sexy
Microsoft is investing significant resources to develop concepts and technologies to manage the massive amounts of accumulating data.
Big Data Speaks a New Language as Microsoft's Revolution Acquisition Completes
Microsoft today has confirmed it has finalized the acquisition of Revolution, bringing the R language to Big Data and to SQL Server.
IT/Dev Connections 2015 is a Deeply Technical, Community-Driven Conference

If you can only attend one technology conference this year, IT/Dev Connections 2015 could possibly your best bet.

IT/Dev Connections 2015 Call for Sessions Now Open!
The call for session proposals is now open for IT/Dev Connections 2015!
Rackspace Extends SQL Server 2014 to its Managed Private Cloud
Rackspace has announced that it is making SQL Server 2014 available as part of its Managed Private Cloud.
Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2012 SP2 Now Available
The latest cumulative update is available for SQL Server 2012 SP2.
Manage MDS Data for SQL 2014 Inside Excel with This New Add-in
A new add-in for Microsoft Excel users provides MDS access and functionality within the Office product.
Microsoft Connects Power BI to On-Premises SQL with Preview Tool
A new client connects SQL Server Analysis Services instance directly with Power BI Analysis Services.
CU5 for SQL Server 2014 Brings Fixes and Enhanced Support for Azure SQL Database 1
CU5 has released and amid the accumulated updates Microsoft is providing some useful functions for Azure SQL Database management.

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