Session Tracks

PASS Summit 2013 will feature 190+ sessions across 6 technical tracks designed to meet the needs of SQL Server administrators, database and application developers, and BI professionals. To view a description, 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 focused on building and supporting successful applications using SQL Server and related technologies. This track provides in-depth knowledge from industry experts 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 business users and enable self-service BI. It will cover concepts and implementation, best practices, and lessons learned. Specific technologies include SQL Server Reporting Services, SharePoint Server, Performance Point 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. Technical content will cover SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Integration Services, SQL Server Master Data Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, and troubleshooting and administration of SharePoint Server. Focus will be on best practices and lessons learned, upgrading and migration, scale-up and scale-out strategies, 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 Windows Azure Data Services. It focuses on concepts and application design, best practices, and lessons learned - whether attendees are looking to develop directly in the cloud, utilize a private cloud solution, or extend their 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, application integration, web integration, capacity planning, data warehousing, and security.

Professional Development

This track offers something for every data professional, whether they are a SQL Server administrator or developer or a BI specialist. It includes sessions to help attendees further their career, with focus on technical writing, speaking, project management, career planning, interviewing for a new job, making the move into management, and more.