A recap of this week's news on SQL Server Pro that's dedicated to the Microsoft TechEd 2014 show that's taking place in Houston next week.

The Microsoft TechEd 2014 conference is quickly approaching, and the SQL Server Pro editors are making preparations to cover the event live in Houston next week. We've created a Microsoft TechEd essential guide for readers to help you get the most out of your conference, including top sources to follow on Twitter during the show, in addition to outlining our personal recommendations on SQL Server sessions that are well-worth your time.

We've also pulled together a first and second round of SQL Server vendors that will be attending the show. Furthermore, we'll also be meeting individually with the Best of TechEd award finalists in the database and backup and recovery categories to determine who our winners will be based on strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and overall value to customers. If you're attending the show, you'll want to make sure to visit us at booth 315 in the lounge area in Hall C, where you can vote for your favorite products for the Attendees' Pick award!

Also, keep your eyes peeled for analysis and commentary prior to the show and continue following SQL Server Pro for live updates from Houston!