The call for content has officially closed on this year's IT/Dev Connections conference, which is coming your way at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, September 14-17, 2015. Now comes the hard part for me: trying to narrow down the 181 submissions across the Data Platform and Business Intelligence track to (40) 75-minute sessions with three full-day workshops.
I hate data cleansing!
This will now be my third year managing the Data track at IT/Dev Connections and my job seems to get harder every year. I remember my first year in this position and the session submission counts were about 60% of where they are now. It was hard then to pare down the abstracts into a final set of sessions. What complicates the matter is that I have very good relationships - friendships in many cases - with the submitters. No one hates to tell a friend "No," but I can only accept a small number of the available sessions.
Overall the track leaders have to pare down more than 750 submissions into a total of roughly 190 sessions across five tracks:
- Cloud and Data Center
- Data Platform and BI
- Enterprise Collaboration
- Enterprise Management and Mobility
While I can't give away all my secrets on who I'm picking, I can tell you that attendees at this year's IT/Dev Connections will be sitting in sessions about the following topics:
- Microsoft Azure
- Best Practices for DBAs (and Developers too!)
- High Availability (with a heavy emphasis on Availability Groups)
- Service Broker
- tempDB Tuning
- Neural Networks
- Data Compression
- Consolidation Best Practices
- Power BI
- Power Query
- Execution Plans
- and More!
We expect selections to be finalized the week of March 16 and we'll be sure to update you here at sqlmag.com as sessions are announced.