PASS Summit 2015: What to look for

PASS Summit 2015 is almost upon us, and this year will be bigger than ever, over 240 technical sessions, 18 pre-conference seminars, and over 70 hours of dedicated networking time. Here's what to keep an eye on.

PASS Summit 2015 is almost upon us, and this year will be bigger than ever, over 240 technical sessions, 18 pre-conference seminars, and over 70 hours of dedicated networking time.

Keynotes This year, T.K 'Ranga' Rengarajan is helping kick things off on day one and David DeWitt and Rimma Nehme are the keynotes for day two.

Rengarajan, Microsoft's vice president of data platform, will be giving a broad-ranging overview of putting data bases and Business Intelligence tools to work, with a specific focus on predictive intelligence.

DeWitt, a Microsoft technical fellow, and Nehme, a principal research engineer at Microsoft, will be diving into the Internet of Things, promising to cover the "what", "why" and "how" of IoT and discussing the challenges of adoption and management in business.

Also of note is the Women in Technology Lunch Thursday, at which Angie Chang of Hackbright Academy will speak, covering reducing the gender gap and how to empower women to be engaged in education, mentorship and community.

If this is your first PASS, maybe I'll see you at First Timer's Orientation Tuesday evening at 5:15 pm in Room 6E. The PASS Summit website has a great database of sessions to browse through by topic, experience level, and length. If you're going, check it out and let me know in the comments what not to miss, and follow @WindowsITPro on Twitter for coverage throughout the week.

If you can't make it this year, we'll be posting updates on everything we learn, so keep checking out Windows IT Pro, and be sure to check out SQL Saturdays, coming soon to a city near you for intensive, one-day courses on everything you need to know.

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