Definitions

Be sure to thoroughly read the following information before you complete your abstract submission(s).

Session Types | Abstract Information | Content | Experience Levels | Tracks Selection Process

Session Types

  • Regular sessions (60 - 75 minutes). These may be submitted by any PASS member.
  • Pre-Conference sessions (7 hours). These may be submitted by any PASS member who did not present a pre-conference session at PASS Summit 2011.

Session Abstract Information

  • 150 word limit for regular sessions; 250 word limit for pre-conference sessions
  • Abstract must contain at least 3 concrete take-aways for the attendees.

Session Content

  • With the exception of professional development sessions, please ensure that your session abstract contains at least 50% SQL Server content.

Session Experience Levels
It's important your session content matches one of the skill levels below. 400 and 500 level session submissions are highly encouraged.

  • 100 Level (Beginner): Assumes some knowledge of the concepts/features, but not coding skills; 1 year experience
  • 200 Level (Intermediate): Assumes comfort with technical concepts and basic coding skills; 1-3 years experience
  • 300 Level (Advanced): Assumes solid knowledge of technology, strong coding skills; 4-6 years experience
  • 400 Level (Expert): Assumes advanced understanding of technology; 6+ years experience
  • 500 Level (Deep Dive): Assumes deep technical knowledge of the technology; 8+ years experience

Session Tracks
Five core regular session tracks are planned. Be sure your session abstracts fall into one of these categories. Click on track for detailed description.

  • Business Intelligence: Designed for BI architects, developers and administrators, this track focuses on BI infrastructure, administration, architecture and development on the Microsoft BI Platform. Specific technologies include Analysis Services, Integration Services, Master Data Services, Master Data Management, Reporting Services, SharePoint, PowerPivot, Excel, Visio and .NET. Designed for BI architects, application developers, as well as BI analysts, this track addresses the implementation and use of both the backend infrastructure and front-end technologies for Business Intelligence
     
  • Development: Developers and database administrators who are focused on building and supporting successful applications using SQL Server and related technologies are the primary audience for this track. The track is designed to cover all aspects of SQL Server and related application development such as architectural design, coding, testing troubleshooting, data access methods, optimization etc.
     
  • Database Administration: This track addresses the diverse range of topics that Database Administrators face when working on a production database environment. Topics also include application integration, web integration, capacity planning, database warehousing and security.
     
  • Professional Development: This track offers something for every SQL Server and BI professional, whether they are an administrator, developer, or BI expert. It includes sessions to help further your career, including technical writing, speaking, project management, career advice, interviewing, and career progression among others.
     
  • SQLServer 2012 and Beyond: This track focuses specifically on SQL Server 2012 technologies.

Session Selection
The event organizing team will eliminate any submissions that do not meet the requirements listed above. Session abstracts will then be given two separate scores based on topic appeal and speaker rating. Approximately 75% of the general sessions will be chosen by the Program Committee based on the highest combined scores. After seleting the initial sessions as identified above, any of the remaining submissions that duplicate a topic or speaker that has already been chosen twice will be removed from further consideration. The remaining abstracts will be put to a community vote.

The community vote will be a one-time event to be performed within a specified time window. The remaining 25% session slots will be chosen from the top vote-getters. In the event of topic or speaker duplication, the top vote-getter for the topic/speaker will be chosen and duplicates will be eliminated.

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