Tech.Ed North America 2011–Marvelous Event’ Trip Report

Tech.Ed started on May 16th, 2011 and over on May 19, 2011 and overall experience was really interesting, awesome. I was expecting lot of sessions on SQL Server “Denali” and SQL Azure and my expectations were met.

Day-Long Bus service from Hotels to Conference center, Vendor Expo, Numerous sessions, Hands on labs, Totally Excellent !!!

I am putting up this post to share my experiences and the sessions I attended in Tech.Ed 2011, Most of the sessions are available online at Channel 9 for viewing at no cost and also available for download (MP4, WMV, High Quality WMV)

To easily download the videos which you want, you can use this nice Silverlight tool available in (Thanks to Yuriy Lyeshchenko for putting together this nice useful tool)

Day 1:

Tech-Ed kicked off with great opening Key note session by Robert Wahbe and Jason Zander – View Online

Foundational Session – The Microsoft Web Platform – View Online

Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" Always On Series,Part 1: Introducing the Next Generation High Availability Solution – View Online

Building Scalable Database Solutions Using Microsoft SQL Azure Database Federations – View Online

Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Developer Tools,Code-Named "Juneau": An Introduction to Doing Database Development in a Modern Way – View Online

Services Made Easy with WCF 4,Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Server AppFabric – View Online

I got the wonderful chance to meet Eric Hanson in person and had lunch with him and discussed about Column Store Indexes, OPTION RECOMPILE and other performance tuning suggestions for data warehouse related topics.

The Vendor Reception in the evening was awesome, able to meet the Microsoft SQL Server and SQL Azure team members in person and discuss with them.

Day 2:

ColumnStore Indexes Unveiled – View Online

The Future of Parallel Programming in the Microsoft .NET Framework – View Online

What’s New in Manageability for Microsoft SQL Server Code-Named "Denali" – View Online

Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus: New Capabilities – View Online

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 for Developers – View Online

After the last session, I went to Hand On Lab center and attended the SQL Server “Denali” – Juneau lab

Day 3:

HTML5 and CSS3 Techniques You Can Use Today – View Online

NuGet: Microsoft .NET Package Management for the Enterprise – View Online

Demystifying Debugging with Microsoft Visual Studio Ultimate and IntelliTrace – View Online

Extending Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Applications – View Online

Apart from the above break out session, I attended a Interactive Session “What to Use and When”, the session is about what business intelligence tool to use and when to use (PowerPivot, PowerPoint,  Report Builder, BIDS, SharePoint, PerformancePoint, Excel and Excel Services)

I also attended the Tech.Ed 2011 Focus Group Panel discussion to give feedback about Tech.Ed 2011 conducted by Mind Wave Research group on behalf of Microsoft

Day 4:

Using Microsoft SQL Azure with On-Premises Data: Migration and Synchronization Strategies and Practices – View Online

Microsoft Visual Studio IDE Futures – View Online

Busy Microsoft .NET Developer’s Guide to the Microsoft Cloud – View Online

After I attended a wonderful Interactive Session “Ask Scott Hanselman”, unfortunately this session is not available online.

In the evening, We had a wonderful Closing Party at Atlanta Aquarium and World of Coco Cola

Whole TechEd  Experience is unforgettable…Count down already started for Tech.Ed 2012 in Orlando, FL (June 11 – 14, 2012)

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