Rod Trent


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

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Session Catalog is Live!
With much fanfare, we’re ready to announce the official 2016 version of the IT/Dev Connections session catalog! To review the 221 sessions currently posted (more are coming!), jump out to the IT/Dev Connections web site (, tap or click the Our Content menu item, and then choose Session Catalog
Quickshot: SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition Free for Dev Essentials
Microsoft is making the developer edition of SQL Server 2014 and 2016 available for free to those part of the Developer Essentials program.
Win a Free Conference Pass to IT/Dev Connections 2016!
Starting today, if you sign-on as a Penton Tech IdeaXchange author and start contributing content across any of our tech sites (WindowsITPro, DevPro, SharePoint Pro, and SQL Server Pro), you’ll be entered to win a free conference pass to IT/Dev Connections 2016.
SQL Server Will Love Linux in 2017 1
Microsoft is working with partners to bring the full capabilities of SQL Server to Linux.
IT/Dev Connections Teams with Microsoft to Deliver TechNet Virtual Conference 2016
Partnering on this effort makes a lot of sense for both us and Microsoft. Here at IT/Dev Connections we agree with much of what Microsoft will propose, which is why we deliver the conference content that we do – and in the manner we offer it. For Microsoft, IT/Dev Connections is the perfect next step for TechNet Virtual Conference attendees so they can get deep-dive, technical solutions to current issues but also to expand their expertise on the topics Microsoft presents in its online event.
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!

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Using BI Office Together with Microsoft Power BI Desktop to Unlock Business Insights

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Jul 6, 2016

Why It’s Important to Unlock Business Insights Trapped on Individual Desktops

To become a truly data-driven enterprise, many business leaders recognize that they must extend the capabilities of self-service business intelligence (BI) and analytics to more of their business users. Many BI tools tackle part of this need, but they don’t offer a complete enterprise solution....More
May 12, 2016

The 7 C's of Data Quality

Data quality is really important. Why? Because it helps you save money while increasing profits because of accurate contact data. It’s important to understand what data quality is and why it is important....More
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