Session Tracks

PASS Summit 2012 features a record 195 sessions across 6 technical tracks designed to meet the needs of SQL Server administrators, database and application developers, and BI professionals. To view the current sessions in each track, simply click the track name below.

Note: Sessions subject to change. 


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Application & Database Development

The primary audience for this track is developers and database administrators who build and support successful applications using Microsoft SQL Server and related technologies. This track provides in-depth knowledge from industry experts and developers who have successfully used the technologies to solve complex tasks and build real solutions. The track is designed to cover all aspects of SQL Server and related application development, including architectural design, coding, testing, troubleshooting, data access methods, and optimization.

BI Information Delivery

Designed for BI architects, application developers, and BI analysts, this track addresses the implementation and use of front-end technologies that deliver BI to end users and enable self-service BI. It will cover concepts and implementation, best practices, and lessons learned. Specific technologies include SharePoint Server, PerformancePoint Services, PowerPivot for Excel and SharePoint, Power View, Report Builder, Excel and Excel Services, Visio, and .NET. Topics will include scorecards, dashboards, and self-service BI.

BI Platform Architecture, Development & Administration

Designed for BI architects, developers, and administrators, this track focuses on BI infrastructure, administration, architecture, and development on the Microsoft BI Platform. It will cover technical content about SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Master Data Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, and troubleshooting and administration of Microsoft SharePoint. The track will focus on best practices and lessons learned, integration with Hadoop and other Big Data sources, upgrading and migration, data modeling, scale-up and scale-out, and new capabilities to consider for rollout and deployment.

Cloud Application Development & Deployment

This track is for developers and IT professionals interested in leveraging their existing SQL Server skills to take advantage of the benefits of Microsoft SQL Server Azure. It focuses on concepts and application design, best practices, and lessons learned – whether you are looking to develop directly in the cloud, utilize a private cloud solution, or extend your existing environment for a hybrid solution.

Enterprise Database Administration & Deployment

This track is designed to equip IT professionals for the challenges inherent in the ever-changing database environment and to prepare them to work efficiently with other professionals involved in enterprise database systems. It addresses the diverse range of topics that DBAs face when working in a production database environment, including consolidation and virtualization, Big Data architecture and implementation, capacity planning, data warehousing, and security.

Professional Development

This track offers something for every professional DBA, whether they are an administrator, developer, or BI expert. It includes sessions to help further your career, with focus on technical writing, speaking, project management, career planning, interviewing for a new job, making the move into management, and more.offers six technical session tracks.