Yes, it's that time again. We're just about to have the Spring show so its time to start planning for the Fall 2012 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 2012 SQL Connections conference, to be held in Las Vegas, October 29th – November 1st, 2012. Pre-cons will be October 28th, post-cons on November 2nd.

The conference will focus heavily on SQL Server 2012. Abstracts are still welcome on best practices for SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 and how to upgrade and migrate applications from SQL Server 200x to SQL Server 2012. However, we will consider all topics – from design to performance to troubleshooting to architectures to programming. You should aim for the intermediate to advanced audience for any SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 materials and for SQL Server 2012 we'll consider any level – especially because of the newness of the release.

The themes to consider for your abstracts are:

  • Design & Architecture
  • Availability
  • Performance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Monitoring
  • Best Practices
  • Myths and Misconceptions
  • Understanding/Introduction To…

For the session level, use the following examples as a guideline:

  • 100 – Beginner (e.g. what does 'corruption' mean?
  • 200 – Intermediate (e.g. what do I do when corruption is detected?)
  • 300 – Advanced (e.g. how do I do take advantage of partial database availability and online piecemeal restore?)
  • 400 – Master (e.g. how can I fix broken system tables using the DAC and server single-user mode?)
  • 500 – SQL Server Internals (e.g. how does the read-ahead in DBCC CHECKDB differ from regular adaptive range-scan read-ahead?)

Please restrict your sessions to the 200-400 level.

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

The tool will be open from now until midnight PST April 3rd, 2012, after which we won't accept any abstracts – no exceptions. If you have used this site before and have forgotten your password, you can have your password emailed 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.

If you work for Microsoft, you must go through the Microsoft speaker manager for sessions on Microsoft Day – send me email for details.

If you're interested in submitting a full-day workshop abstract, I'll be honest and say you will not be chosen for a workshop unless I've seen you speak at SQL PASS or SQL Connections.

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 more abstracts. Please do not submit abstracts for sessions that you have previously presented at the Fall 2011 show. We must accept a minimum of three of your abstracts for you to be considered as one of the speakers – there are 7 open speaker slots, not including Kimberly and myself.

What you will get if selected:

  • $500 per conference talk. (Additional compensation for pre/post conference workshops.)
  • Workshop compensation varies from $500-$2500 depending on attendee count
  • Coach airfare and hotel stay paid by the conference
  • Free admission to all of the co-located conferences
  • The adoration of attendees
  • etc.

You will receive an email by the end of April letting you know if you have been accepted for the conference or not.

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