SQL Connections Spring 2012: Call for Abstracts

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: http://www.deeptraining.com/devconnections/abstracts

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 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. 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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