Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring DevConnections 2012

Hello Dear Reader, this week finds me in beautiful Miami FL.  Next week I’ll be in Vegas, for one night only.  Next week the SQL Server Conference schedule for 2012 kicks off, and how better to do it than in Las Vegas with DevConnections.  Connections could not come at a better time, with SQL 2012 RTM being available for MSDN download and available everywhere else April 1st, (yes I know April Fool’s day you can’t make this stuff up).

Joining the long list of experts speaking at DevConnections is ME!  I’m thrilled to be participating in the Launch Party for SQL Server 2012.  I was honored to be invited to present at SQL DevConnections.  For those of you not familiar with DevConnections it is a twice yearly conference that cover’s Visual Studio, ASP.NET, Sharepoint, SQL Server, Silverlight, HTML 5, Cloud, Exchange, and Windows technologies.

And it doesn’t just cover them, each technology stack is its own conference.  So literally there are 9 conferences for Microsoft Related technologies all happening in one place!   Under one roof!   Technogeeks of the World UNITE, I have found your mecca and it is called Vegas.

“So Balls,” you say “What will you be presenting on? When will it be?”

Excellent question Dear Reader and away we go.


Since joining Pragmatic Works, see Pragmatic Works has Balls….SQLBalls, I have been very busy with client work, and this will mark my first presentation of the new year!  My subject will be Transparent Data Encryption in SQL 2012!  The When Dear Reader is next Thursday 3/29, 9:45 am.

I will be presenting on Transparent Data Encryption Inside and Out in SQL 2012.  Here is the abstract.

Security is a very important part of your job and in how data is utilized.  We have many tools to make data more secure, and starting in SQL 2008 we were able to add Transparent Data Encryption to that list.  Find out What it does and What it doesn’t do, How it effects Read-Only Filegroups, Performance, Compression (Backup and Row/Page), What the X.509 Encryption Standard is and Why you should be careful of what you store and where, and other Advance Features as well as some tips on how to manage it.

This is a great subject and I’m kicking off the new year by walking through the process, talking about what TDE impacts and changes (not just in your database but in your Disaster Recovery Planning), and taking a quick peak at the internals of an MDF file.


DevConnections units so many technologies in the Windows stack, it brings out some of the best in the business on all fronts, and the people presenting are amazing.   Paul Randal (Blog|@PaulRandal) and Kimberly Tripp (Blog|@KimberlyLTripp) co-chair the conference, with the level of quality that Paul & Kimberly put into everything you know that this is going to be good.

The people presenting back that up you have Aarron Bertrand (Blog|@AaronBertrand), Steve Jones (Blog|@Way0utwest), Jonathan Kehayias (Blog|@SQLPoolboy), Brent Ozar (Blog|@BrentO), Mike Walsh (Blog|@mike_walsh), Glenn Berry(Blog|@GlennAlanBerry), Grant Fritchey(Blog|@GFritchey), and many many more, to see the full list click here.  When you get speakers this good you know that the content will be amazing and it is,click here for a list of sessions.

And as if that isn’t enough it’s VEGAS!


My time in Vegas will be brief, I’m a one night only, kind of show.  Right now I’m booked to the gills with client commitments so I will be flying in Wednesday night, and back out Thursday after the presentation.

So if you get a chance in passing feel free to yell out “HI Balls”, you’ll turn a few heads but hey it is Vegas, and I’ll make sure to come over and say Hi right back.

See you there!



1 comment:

  1. Dear Mr. Ball,

    My name is Sean Meeds and I am an editorial intern for Penton Media which operates DevConnections. I am reaching out to make sure you have the most recent information for the IT/Dev Connections conference this fall. The information for the conference is as follows:

    September 30 - October 4, 2013

    Mandalay Bay
    3950 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
    Las Vegas, NV 89119

    Event URL:
    Phone: 888-899-0130
    Fax: 800-766-5367

    Event description:
    The #1 in-person training event for Microsoft IT professionals and developers - offers more than 175 sessions, access to top industry experts and the best practical, usable tips to help make you a rock star for your organization!

    We would ask that this information be updated in your website so that we can reach a larger audience.

    Thank you for your help and cooperation!


    Sean Meeds