Thursday, 17 March 2011

Upcoming DevConnections London conference


What: IT&DevCONNECTIONS Conference
Where: ExCel Conference Centre, London
When: 13th - 15th June 2011

Here's the summary on the event, which gives a good overview of what you can expect from it. Hold on to your hat for some very impressive name-dropping!
Penton, publishers of SharePointPro Connections, DevPro Connections, Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazines are excited to announce the IT&DevCONNECTIONS powered by Microsoft conference to be held at the ExCeL conference centre in London. This technical conference and pre con workshop brings together experts from Microsoft and leading independent industry presenters to deliver in-depth presentations and cutting edge sessions to help you succeed with the Microsoft technology stack – SharePoint, Windows, SQL Server, Silverlight, ASP.Net, Virtualisation, Cloud and Azure. Learn about new product features and the future direction for Microsoft delivered by MSVP’s Scott Guthrie, Dave Mendlen and Steve Fox. Dive deep into the latest Microsoft products and technologies with no-hype in-depth sessions delivered by top independent speakers Dan Holme, Kim Tripp, Paul Randal and Scot Hillier. Get your questions answered, your strategies defined, network with the experts and build relationships with your peers at this premier UK event! Register today to take advantage of the early bird offers : www.devconnections.com/uk

The super early bird offer ends on 31st March, with the early bird offer then ending on 13th May so get registering soon to make the biggest savings. You can save an extra 20% by quoting discount code: UG230 during the registration process, and if you're looking for hotels nearby then you can get preferential rates via here.

Pre-cons and conference sessions
Info on the pre-cons (13th June) can be found here. In terms of the SQL Server space, Simon Sabin (recently joined the elite ranks of becoming a Microsoft Certified Master - Twitter | Blog) is doing one on Advanced Reporting Services, and Paul Randal (Twitter | Blog) and Kimberly Tripp (Twitter | Blog) are doing one on SQL Server Performance Tuning from A to Z.

Info on the conference sessions (14th & 15th June) can be found here. (SQL Server track, SqlServerCentral.com track)

Why should I go?
The real question is, why not?! It looks like an awesome line-up. Having attended the SQL Server MasterClass by Kimberly Tripp and Paul Randal last year, I've experienced at first hand the amount and quality of information that they have to offer so that makes the SQL Server track extremely appealing. And that's before I mention Simon Sabin's sessions from past SqlBits conferences. Need I say more?

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