Reason #11 To Attend TechDays–The Data Platform Content Area

We’ve revealed the keynotes, the Windows Client and Phone Track, the Developer Tools, Languages and Framework track, the Developer Practices & Architecture, and the Cloud Computing and Online Services track, but the one thing that all of these have in common is the need to access, store, and manipulate data. 

Organizations rely on IT to help ensure that corporate data is safe and secure allowing business continuity. The ability to gain insight from the mountains of data most organizations possess is also a key requirement for most IT departments. You will learn how to take advantage of the capabilities of current and upcoming releases of SQL Server, to help provide a secure well-managed data platform that easily extends to the Cloud to help enable unparalleled scalability for your organization. You will also learn how to take advantage of business intelligence tools built into SQL Server, as well as offered as an appliance, to help provide the key business insight that can allow an enterprise to make the right business decision with a solid data-based foundation. Developers will learn how to take advantage of the Microsoft Data Platform to create compelling business applications taking advantage of the capabilities of the current and upcoming releases of SQL Server.

If you don’t believe me, ask Susan Ibach.  If that’s not enough, keep reading to discover some of the sessions you can check out this year at TechDays.


DAT271 – Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali: Ramping up for RTM

In this session we will explore some key tangible benefits of Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named “Denali” from the perspective of the developers and the DBA. This is not a marketing campaign for your boss; it’s for YOU to understand what you can deliver with the upcoming version of SQL Server.

DAT274 - A Lap around Microsoft Business Intelligence (Part 1)

If you are familiar with Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office or Microsoft SharePoint Server, but you have not had the chance to explore the broad and integrated Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities offered by across these products, then this two-part presentation will guide you through an end-to-end walkthrough of how these products come together to provide a complete platform to build powerful BI solutions. The focus of Part 1 will be the core BI concepts, SQL Server Reporting Services and PerformancePoint Services.

DAT275 - A Lap around Microsoft Business Intelligence (Part 2)

In part 2, we will continue to review other Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities offered by Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint Server. You will learn about Excel Services, and PowerPivot V2 with the inclusion of Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali”. Finally, we will discuss the architecture viewpoint of how these products should be used to provide a robust platform that can help proactive decision making and business performance monitoring.

DAT279 - New Business Intelligence Functionality in Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali"

In this session we dive into some of the new Business Intelligence capabilities that are being introduced in SQL Server code-named "Denali". We’ll start with the new Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM) and shown how BI developer scenarios are enhanced in Visual Studio 2010 and deployed to the new Tabular version of Analysis Services. You will then learn about the new self-service BI scenarios leveraging the BISM along with Project Crescent, a new interactive web based authoring and data visualization tool that is tightly integrated into SharePoint 2010.

DAT302 - Introducing the Next Generation High Availability Solution: Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" AlwaysOn

In this session we talk about the new high availability solution that is being introduced in SQL Server code-named "Denali". The session provides an overview of AlwaysOn and introduces the key new features and capabilities that will help businesses achieve the high availability SLA for mission critical applications. The session is the first part of a three-part series. It is highly recommended that you attend both the sessions to get a complete understanding of how your business can benefit from AlwaysOn.

DAT304 - What's New in Manageability for Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali"

Microsoft SQL Server "Denali" has many new features and enhancements. With a focus on manageability, this session tours new features including Contained Databases, Distributed Replay Utility, User Defined Roles, SQL Management Studio enhancements, and PowerShell. The session is demo-intensive and is designed to provide clear guidance and help you define a strategy to implement the upcoming release of SQL Server.

DAT318 - The T-SQL Cookbook: What's Cool in Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and New in SQL Server Code-Named “Denali”

In this session you will learn about the new T-SQL-related features that are being delivered in the next version of SQL Server code-named “Denali” as well as review some of the cool features that already exist in SQL Server 2008R2 but you may not yet be using. We show off some cool demos as well as outline when these language features can be used to help you solve various coding issues.

DAT319 - Upgrading to Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server Code-Named "Denali": A Comprehensive Look

This session provides an in-depth look at how to upgrade to SQL Server 2008 R2 or how to upgrade to the next major release of SQL Server called SQL Server "Denali". The session covers the essential phases and steps involved in upgrading from SQL Server 2000, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008 to SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server "Denali" by using best practices and available resources. We cover the complete upgrade cycle, including the preparation tasks, upgrade tasks and post-upgrade tasks. This session covers upgrading a stand-alone instance, upgrading a clustered instance, upgrading instances involved in mirroring, log shipping, and replication, feature-specific considerations and recommended tools for a successful upgrade. Several demos are given covering the process and the available tools. The new feature of SQL Server "Denali" called “Product Update”, the next version of SQL Server slipstream is also covered showing you how to discover critical updates that you should include when installing or upgrading to SQL Server "Denali".


Two days of fantastic content to help you do your job more effectively! Come to TechDays, listen, ask questions, learn from the experts! Register today and join us in Toronto October 25,26th, Vancouver November 15,16th, or Montreal November 29,30th. If you register now you can take advantage of the EarlyBird discounts.  Get your ticket today before the Early Bird pricing ends in your city:

  • Toronto -  Oct 11th 2011
  • Vancouver -  Oct 25th 2011
  • Montreal  - Nov 8th 2011


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