IT/Dev Connections 2014 Call for Speakers Now Open!

The IT/Dev Connections 2014 Call for Speakers is now open. This year’s conference is taking place Monday, September 15 – Friday, September 19 at the ARIA Hotel in Las Vegas, with pre-conference workshops on Monday, 75-minute sessions Tuesday through Thursday, and post-conference workshops on Friday. 

We are looking for 75-minute in-depth technical sessions and full-day, deep-dive pre- and post-conference workshops that offer practical advice and walk attendees step-by-step through features, techniques, and troubleshooting in the following tracks:

  • Development
  • Exchange
  • SharePoint
  • SQL Server
  • Windows 

    Below is a list of broad topics this year’s conference will cover by track for your reference as you plan out your session proposals.


    You are welcome to submit as many session proposals as you would like; however, we ask that each speaker present a minimum of two 75-minute sessions at IT/Dev Connections 2014. Please note that sessions should be original and should not be recycled from past IT/Dev Connections shows.


Instructions for Submitting Your Session Proposals

It is easier than ever to submit your session proposals and bio/photo. Simply go to and fill out the required fields. Please make sure to provide the following information on the Add New Presenter form:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Title
  • Organization
  • Biography
  • Primary email address


If you spoke at or submitted sessions for IT/Dev Connections 2013, you will receive an email with a Speaker Portal login information reminder within the next 48 hours. On the Add Presenters tab of the Session Proposal form, you will then search by your last name and select your name from the list that’s displayed. Please make sure to update your information before submitting your proposal.



Submissions are due by Monday, March 31. Final session selections will be made by Wednesday, April 30. If your sessions are chosen, you will be notified by email.


IT/Dev Connections 2014 Topics


  • DevOps/Agile
  • HTML5/JavaScript/JQuery/Typescript
    • SignalR
  • Visual Studio
  • Cloud & Datacenter Development (e.g., Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services, Office 365 apps)
  • Mobile development
    • Bootstrap 

      SQL Server:

  • SQL Server Database Development
  • SQL Server Database Administration
    • In-Memory OLTP
    • AlwaysOn
    • Performance Monitoring & Tuning
    • Security
    • Virtualization (Hyper-V, VMware)
    • And more
  • SQL Server Business Intelligence
    • SQL Server Reporting Services
    • SQL Server Integration Services
    • SQL Server Analysis Services
    • Data visualization and Power BI tools
    • PowerPivot
    • SharePoint Integration
  • Windows Azure SQL Database
  • Big Data and SQL Server 


  • Windows Server Management (Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008/R2)
  • Windows Systems Management (Active Directory & Group Policy, Networking, Storage)
  • System Center
    • Configuration Manager
    • Data Protection Manager
    • Endpoint Protection
    • Operations Manager
    • Orchestrator
    • Service Manager
    • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Windows Intune
  • Windows Virtualization (Hyper-V, VMware)
  • Windows Deployment (Windows 8, Windows 7)
  • Cloud & Datacenter Management (e.g., Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services)
  • PowerShell 

    Exchange/Office 365/Lync:

  • Exchange
    • Exchange Architecture & Infrastructure
    • High Availability/DAGs
    • Exchange Security Features, such as Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and retention policies
    • Interoperability (with SharePoint, Office 365, other versions of Exchange, etc.)
    • Exchange Management Shell (EMS)
  • Lync
  • Office 365 


  • Administering SharePoint
  • Developing for SharePoint
  • Office 365, Power BI
  • Social collaboration
  • Customizing and integrating SharePoint into your business
  • Branding
  • Fine-tuning your deployment
  • Making SharePoint work for your end-users’ needs
  • Plus SQL Server and SharePoint integration, SharePoint and Visual Studio, SharePoint performance, and search in SharePoint

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