(Cross-posted on Paul and Kimberly’s blogs)


With the Spring SQL Server Connections show coming up next month, it’s time to start planning for the Fall show. Once again, Kimberly and I will be co-Chairs of the Conference and we’d like to invite you to submit abstracts for the Fall 2008 SQL Connections conference, to be held in Las Vegas, November 10-14th, 2008.


The conference will take place shortly after the SQL Server 2008 launch (when it actually RTMs, not the ‘launch’ that happened February 27th), and will focus heavily on SQL Server 2008. Abstracts are still welcome on best practices for SQL Server 2005 and how to upgrade and migrate applications from SQL Server 200x to SQL Server 2008. However, we will consider all topics – from design to performance to troubleshooting to architectures to programming. Also, we’re likely to closely follow our past conference format with three primary themes/tracks: Infrastructure and Scalability, Programming, and Business Intelligence. You should aim for the intermediate to advanced audience for any SQL Server 2005 materials and for SQL Server 2008 we’ll consider any level – especially depending on the newness of the release.


Note: You will not be able to speak at a DevConnections show if you are also presenting at a competitor’s show, in the same state, within 30 days of the DevConnections show. To be more specific, if you wish to speak at SQL Connections or any other DevConnections show this Fall in Las Vegas, you are precluded from speaking at any competing conferences in the state of Nevada between October 10, 2008 and December 13, 2008.


For submitting session abstracts, please use this URL:  http://www.deeptraining.com/devconnections/abstracts


The tool will be open from March 10th to midnight EST April 9th, after which we won’t accept any abstracts. If you have used this site before and have forgotten your password, you can have your secret word mailed to you. It’s better to do this then to create a new account. Please keep the abstracts under 200 words each and in one paragraph. Please do not use bulleted items or line breaks, and please use a spell-checker. If you have an issue with the site, please follow up with an email to paul@sqlskills.com.


Please create a new speaker record (if you haven’t submitted before) and submit at least 3 abstracts; however, it will help your chances of being selected if you submit 5 or 6 abstracts. There’s one slight change for this conference only – we won’t have a fourth track for speakers just delivering a single conference session, so if you only submit a single session abstract, you’re unlikely to be picked.


What you will get if selected:



  • $500 per conference talk. (Additional compensation for pre/post conference workshops.)
  • Coach airfare and hotel stay paid by the conference
  • Free admission to all of the co-located conferences
  • Speaker party
  • The adoration of attendees :-)
  • etc.

Thanks for your continued support for our SQL Connections conference and we look forward to seeing your bright and shiny new abstracts!


Thanks,
Kimberly L. Tripp & Paul S. Randal
SQL Connections Conference Chairs