Yes, it's that time again. We're just about to have the Fall show so its time to start planning for the Spring 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 Spring 2012 SQL Connections conference, to be held in Las Vegas, March 26th – 29th, 2012. Pre-cons will be March 25th, post-cons on March 30th.

The conference will focus heavily on SQL Server 2012. Abstracts are still welcome on best practices for SQL Server 2005 – 2008 R2 and how to upgrade and migrate applications from SQL Server 200x to SQL Server 2008/2008R2. 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 2005-2008 R2 materials and for SQL Server 2012 we'll consider any level – especially depending on the newness of the release.

The themes to consider for your abstracts are:

  • Design & Architecture
  • 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?)

For submitting session abstracts, please use this URL:

The tool will be open from now until to November 1st, 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

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. Please do not submit abstracts for sessions that you have previously presented at the Spring 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.)
  • 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!

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

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