Have you registered for the IT/Dev Connections Conference taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas September 30 - October 4, 2013? Don't miss the opportunity to network with your SQL Server colleagues at a 4-star resort and attend a variety of technical sessions delivered by renowned SQL experts.  

Join thousands of Microsoft developers, DBAs, and IT professional and stay on top of the latest IT and SQL Server trends.

The SQL Server Connections track of the conference offers over 50 comprehensive sessions that:

  • Demonstrate how to get the most out of your SQL Server installations
  • Avoid common SQL Server problems with emphasis on real-world lessons
  • Are delivered by the industry’s best experts with proven, real-world experience

Attend this year and immediately see the impact on your SQL Server, your stress, and your personal performance!

Pre-Conference Workshops
Monday, Sept. 30 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

From Reporting Services Rookie to Rock Star
Speaker: Stacia Misner
This session provides an introduction to SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) for report developers who have no prior experience with the product. We explain how to use the development tools effectively, how to present and enhance data in a report, and how to create dynamic reports....

Practical Performance Monitoring in SQL Server
Speaker: Andrew Kelly
Do you know what counters, statistics, events, and other information you should be collecting on a regular basis to properly monitor your SQL Server instances? Do you know where your current bottlenecks really are or how to even look for them? Are you proactive or reactive when it comes to performance? In this session, we will cover the key areas to monitor regarding the database, server, and hardware to get the biggest bang for your buck....

T-SQL Querying and Query tuning Enhancements in the Latest Major Release of SQL Server
Speaker: Itzik Ben-Gan
As a DBA or database developer, you typically undergo a number of learning phases when it comes to new T-SQL features. You usually start by learning the logical aspects of the feature, then practical uses and optimization. With time, you identify best practices, discover more advanced aspects of optimization, and find more creative ways to use the feature....

SQL Server Connections Sessions
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Thursday, Oct. 3

Here's just a small sample of sessions to select from to expand your skills and enhance your career.

Manage SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server Core with PowerShell
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Speaker: Allen White

Shortcuts to Productivity in SQL Server Management Studio
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Speaker: Tim Ford

Managing SQL Server Performance with Extended Events
Thursday, Oct. 3, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Speaker: Jason Strate


Post-Conference Workshops
Friday, October 4th (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

SQL Server 2012 in a Highly Available World
Speaker: Denny Cherry
In this day-long session, we will explore the various high availability options within SQL Server 2012, including how to configure these options. We'll look at Windows and SQL Server clustering (including what's needed for a geographically dispersed cluster), database mirroring, SQL Server 2012's AlwaysOn feature, and SQL Server log shipping.

SSIS Design Patterns
Speaker: Andy Leonard
Andy Leonard discusses and demonstrates many SSIS design patterns, from his book SQL Server 2012 Integration Services Design Patterns. Topics include execution patterns, scripting in SSIS, designing custom tasks, connection and configuration management, events and event listeners, data integration instrumentation, change detection patterns, lookup patterns, and data integration automation.

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Attended by industry professionals from across the globe, Connections has a 13-year reputation as the premier in-person conference for developers and IT professionals. We hope to see you there.

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