TechEd Europe 2004 Data Track

[Updated: This is the final list of sessions, based on some of the suggestions in the comments below...]

I want to do something which I don't think has ever happened before: invite open peer feedback on one of the TechEd Europe tracks before it's completely finalised. We've been working hard to come up with the best sessions we can create or find on SQL Server and ADO.NET, and finally we're at a list which is more or less complete. There are 35 sessions in the data track (there are eight other tracks as well), covering a mixture of SQL Server 2000 and 2005 ("Yukon") content: I've missed one off the list below for reasons that will become clear at the event.

Here, then, is the current list (I'll update it as and when any changes occur):

  • Monitoring SQL Server with Microsoft Operations Manager 2004
  • SQL Server Performance Toolbox
  • SQL Server 2000 Indexing Best Practices
  • SQL Server & Distributed Transactions: Architecture and Internals
  • Hidden Transact-SQL Features in SQL Server 2000
  • Standby Technology: Log Shipping and Database Mirroring
  • Logging and Recovery: Understand How Your Transactions Impact System Recovery and Performance
  • SQL Server 2000: Bringing the Best of Reporting Services and Analysis Services Together
  • Business Intelligence using SQL Server Analysis Services and Office System 2003
  • Analysis Services: Solving Business Problems using MDX
  • Data Mining in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005
  • Extreme SqlXml
  • SQL Replication Methods: A Comparison of Models
  • Inside Merge Replication
  • Building Reporting Services Applications
  • Deploying & Managing Reporting Services
  • SQL Server 2005: Management Tools
  • SQL Server 2005: T-SQL Enhancements
  • SQL Server 2005: .NET Framework-Based Programming in the Database
  • SQL Server 2005: What's New in Replication
  • SQL Server 2005: XML Support
  • SQL Server 2005: Web Services
  • SQL Server 2005: Inside Analysis Services
  • SQL Server 2005: DTS
  • SQL Server 2005: Security Model
  • SQL Server 2005: SQL Service Broker
  • Migrating ADO to ADO.NET
  • Understanding and Optimising ADO.NET Performance
  • What's New in ADO.NET 2.0?
  • Notes from the Field: ADO.NET
  • Notification Services in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005
  • High Availability Technologies in SQL Server 2000 and SQL Server 2005: A Comparative Study
  • Evolving MSDE: Helping non-professional developers harness the power of SQL Server 2005
  • Intelligent BI – Integrating Data Mining into OLAP, Reporting Services and DTS in SQL Server 2005
  • SQL Server 2005 Applied to Scientific and Spatial Databases

So what do you think? Are we missing any significant technologies or issues that you're really keen to hear about? Is there anything here that just seems irrelevant or badly weighted? If you're not attending yet, is there something that would swing you towards coming if we included it (not that I can customise the schedule for each of the 7000 attendees, of course)? Also note that there aren't any more session slots available so if I add a new session, I'll have to remove something else.

Please give me your honest feedback: I'm really keen to hear your thoughts. If you don't want to give public feedback, you can also drop me a line privately.

Comments (10)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I like it. I think that there is a good mix between Sql 2k and 2k5.

  2. Anonymous says:

    When will we start getting MBF training? ISVs are being told to adopt MBF but there is no training.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Less sql 2000 content and more on yukon, web services WSE 2.0, and as much whidbey as humanly possible.

    p.s. Pity I wont be there.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My only feedback is that only 2 sessions about Business Intelligence in SQL Server 2005 are too few.

    The BI part of Yukon is a great improvement and I would change the "Data Mining Algorithms and Usage" in a "SQL Server 2005 Data Mining" session.

    You could also inject some SQL Server 2005 content in the "SQL Server 2000: Bringing the Best of Reporting Services and Analysis Services Together" just to cover the change we could expect in Reporting Services for the MDX support.

    Another change I would made is to compact the SQL Service Broker inside another session, just to have a free slot to put more SQL Server 2005 BI content.

    There is a lack of the Unified Dimensional Model concept. There is a potential in that, but very few explanations available by now.

  5. Anonymous says:

    How about a few sessions focussing on the Objectspaces development experience as well as MBF ( unveiled at the PDC)?

  6. Anonymous says:

    While we’re on this – what about some architecture based streams looking at choices between often competing approaches. How should I prepare for objectspaces or SQL request broker for instance ? What about some prescriptive guidance for creating data layers today that fit in well with Yukon and Indigo ?

    ( an example is Rich Turner who does a similar kind of thing for people moving to indigo re: use of remoting , enterprise services , asmx etc

    Basically architectural and migration related issues when moving to the new stuff that is going to be available in Whidbey , Yukon and beyond.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Thanks everyone so far for your comments: there’s some great ideas there that I’m currently trying to work into the session list. I just wanted to address a few points specifically:

    MBF/ObjectSpaces. These technologies are still a little way out; there was only one session on MBF at the PDC for example, which is traditionally the "blue sky" conference. We’re just starting the very earliest stages of pre-alpha programs (see for more details) – so it’s unlikely that ISVs are actually being told to adopt MBF today beyond such programme participation.

    Whidbey/WSE. This is being covered very comprehensively in the Developer Tools & Technologies track; check out for an early draft of this track.

    Architecture. We’re trying to get lots of architectural content in: this year for the first time we’ve got a track exclusively dedicated to it. But this is mostly really high-level stuff. Let me see what I can do about the kind of material that Piyush is talking about.

    BI. Some great points here. The data mining algorithms session is really a description of the 6 or 7 algorithms supported in Yukon, but at a more general level than "this is the button to click to do x". But putting some more BI material – I think you’re right, and I’ll try and find an extra slot here.

    Keep the comments coming – I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear this kind of useful stuff! Tim

  8. Anonymous says:

    best practices for VLDBs > 1 TB for both MSSQL2K and 2K5

  9. Anonymous says:


    This is a great start to what looks like a great stream.

    I’d like to see some IT Pro content here with a session on best practices on installing, deploying and managing SQL Server 2000. An Operations Guide Overview, in MOF terms.

    And also for IT-Pros, how about an Overview to SQL 2005. A 200-level look at SQL2005, and some things that might impact operations.

    Keep up the great work Tim!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well I think you have done enough to sell it to me! Looks like a good mix of deep 2000 and 2005 preview. I think my head will be spinning sufficiently enough after getting through that list.

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