Session Categories

  • General Sessions are 75 minutes long.
  • Half-Day Sessions are 3 hours long and contain content at a skill level of 400-500.
  • Lightning Talk Sessions are 75-minute sessions that feature six 10-minute talks by various speakers on a variety of topics.
  • Pre-Conference Sessions are full-day, deep-dive sessions available at an additional cost of $495 each. 

Session Skill Levels

  • 100 Level (Novice)
    Assumes some knowledge of the technical concepts/features, but not necessarily coding skills; 1 year experience
  • 200 Level (Intermediate)
    Assumes comfort with technical concepts and basic coding skills; 1-3 years' experience
  • 300 Level (Advanced)
    Assumes solid knowledge of technology and strong coding skills; 4-6 years' experience
  • 400 Level (Expert)
    Assumes advanced understanding of technology; 6+ years' experience
  • 500 Level (Advanced Expert)
    Assumes deep technical knowledge of the technology; 8+ years' experience

Session Tracks

  • Application & Database Development: This track, designed for developers and database administrators, focuses on building and supporting successful applications using SQL Server and related technologies. Providing in-depth knowledge from industry experts who have successfully used the technologies to solve complex tasks and build real solutions, this track will cover all aspects of SQL Server and related application development, including architectural design, coding, testing, troubleshooting, data access methods, and optimization.
  • BI Information Delivery: Designed for BI architects, application developers, and BI analysts, this track addresses the implementation and use of front-end technologies that deliver BI to business users and enable self-service BI. It will cover concepts and implementation, best practices, and lessons learned. Specific technologies include SQL Server Reporting Services, SharePoint Server, Performance Point Services, Power Pivot for Excel and SharePoint, Power View, Report Builder, Excel and Excel Services, Visio, and .NET. Topics will include scorecards, dashboards, and self-service BI.
  • BI Platform Architecture, Development & Administration: Designed for BI architects, developers, and administrators, this track focuses on BI infrastructure, administration, architecture, and development on the Microsoft BI Platform. Technical content will cover SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Master Data Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, and troubleshooting and administration of SharePoint Server. Focus will be on best practices and lessons learned, upgrading and migration, scale-up and scale-out strategies, and new capabilities to consider for rollout and deployment.
  • Enterprise Database Administration & Deployment: This track is designed to equip IT professionals for the challenges inherent in the ever-changing database environment and to prepare them to work efficiently with other professionals involved in enterprise database systems. It addresses the diverse range of topics that DBAs face when working in a production database environment, including consolidation and virtualization, application integration, web integration, capacity planning, data warehousing, and security.
    • Professional Development: This track offers something for every data professional, whether they are a SQL Server administrator, a developer, or a BI specialist. It includes sessions to help attendees further their career, with focus on technical writing, speaking, project management, career planning, interviewing for a new job, making the move into management, and more.