• Dates October 15-18, 2018
  • Venue Fairmont Dallas
  • Location Dallas


4 Technical Tracks and 1 Sponsor Track with Great Content from Industry Experts and Solutions Providers.

The IT/Dev Connections teams work hard in the background to bring a seamless and valuable experience each year so all you have to do is show-up.

One of those teams is responsible for the content. Called Track Chairs, these individuals sift through the submitted session proposals to hand-select just the right content and just the right speakers. There’s no question that the content provided at IT/Dev Connections is just right. Our content provides deep technical education without even a hint of marketing or keynote fluff. Developing great and valuable content like we have each year for IT/Dev Connections takes a lot of work, but the effort gets a lot easier when we have the right people on the content team.

IT/Dev Connections 2018 Track Descriptions

Technical Tracks

CLOUD PLATFORM - The Cloud Platform track provides IT Pros and datacenter managers with a view into the skills and tools needed to manage a hybrid cloud infrastructure. Delivering a reliable and secure that spans on-premises and public cloud requires a new way of thinking about IT. Our speakers understand the importance of threading cloud technologies into the existing infrastructure to ensure a reliable, and scalable platform that meets current and future needs. In these sessions, attendees will learn when to incorporate public cloud services and when not to, ensuring the best mix for the business needs, and end-users wants. In addition to diving deep into the available cloud-based technologies, attendees will learn how to troubleshoot and resolve problems from the most common to the most frustrating.

Examples of topics included in the Cloud Platform track:

  • Collaboration tools and services (such as: Office 365, SharePoint, Google G Suite, and Exchange)
  • Identity Management
  • InterCloud development
  • Refactoring Applications for Scale
  • Application Migration Planning 
  • Desktop Migration
  • Corporate Asset Management (MDM and Enterprise Products such as SCCM and Intune)
  • Monitoring
  • Redundancy and Disaster Recovery
  • Containers
  • Corporate Data Storage
  • Multi-cloud Strategies (including: AWS, Azure, Google, others)
  • Backup

DATA PLATFORM – Our data track focuses on the needs of data management professionals who are tasked with delivering business-actionable insights from the growing mass of data all organizations now have. Sessions offered in the Data Platform track provide these professionals with the insights required to manage large amounts of data, and data services able to meet the needs of many users across multiple clouds. Attendees will learn how to scale, manage, secure, and monitor database resources to ensure data integrity, business functionality, and accessibility from anywhere. Data is the cornerstone of today’s technologies. It supplies insights to corporations, health service providers and governments alike. The Data Platform track delivers deep-dives into approaches to today’s challenges and provides insights into the trends that will be business differentiators in coming years.

Examples of topics included in the Data Platform track:

  • Cloud and on-premises database (such as: Azure SQL, SQL Server, mySQL)
  • App Migration
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Understanding AWS and its alternatives
  • User Access Management (cross-device)
  • IoT and its effect on data management
  • Data security configurations
  • Big Data trends
  • Multi-cloud Strategies (including: AWS, Azure, Google, and others)

DEVELOPER PLATFORM - The developer track covers a mix of the latest and greatest development technologies, tools, and frameworks. Our speakers are well-versed in solutions that work across different OS and cloud platforms and that help deliver conduits to data and functionality available in the cloud. Our Developer Platform track continues to be one of the most popular tracks at IT/Dev Connections. It offers deep and instructive insight into current developer tools with a focus on those that aid in solving today’s cross-platform problems. Our sessions are designed to help developers keep abreast of the latest trends in tools and coding.

Examples of topics included in the Developer Platform track:

  • Next gen user experience including voice and adaptive UI
  • IoT
  • Cross-platform development
  • Languages and tools (such as: HTML5, .NET, Java, Node.js, JavaScript)
  • Freeform entry point
  • Big Data
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality
  • Security strategy
  • Containers and app scalability
  • Cross-cloud app development (such as: AWS, Azure, Google, others)

SECURITY PLATFORM - Through development, training, outsourcing and implementation of technology, companies are continually working to secure their infrastructure, software, and data. While security threads throughout all IT/Dev Connections sessions, the Security track focuses on the methods and technologies available to better secure operations against intrusions and attacks. We highlight the security topics that are most important to hybrid infrastructures, allowing security engineers to go deeper, and general administrators to develop a more well-rounded understanding of security strategies. Our instructors understand that pervasive access to company data and applications is the lifeblood of today’s business. They’ll help security professionals understand how keep users and customers productive while keeping data safe.

Examples of topics included in the Security Platform track:

  • Threat assessment
  • Monitoring
  • Enterprise, Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and Datacenter Best Practices (including AWS, Azure, Google and others)
  • Mitigation
  • Malware
  • Corporate Policy (privacy, education, and communication)
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Mobile Security
  • Sandboxing
  • Hosted desktop
  • DevOps 

Sponsor Track

Solutions – The Solutions track showcases our sponsors’ offerings through interactive, solutions-based sessions. Not your normal board-room sales pitch, our sponsors understand your woes and deliver deep-dive content to show how their solutions can solve your toughest problems quickly and efficiently. In these educational sessions, expect to get the same deep-dives as our technical tracks, but with an additional focus on how to utilize existing suites of solutions and products to solve problems.

Community Track

Community – The Community track allows attendees to formally schedule time to interact with peers for various like-minded topics that are still critical to technical education. This track includes panels, Q&A sessions, Birds of a Feather sessions, and more.

Professional – Born out of attendee requests and recommendations, this abbreviated track delivers information about how to improve profession status through tips, tricks, and learning how to speak to business leaders.

Daily Debrief Panel

Don't forget! At the end of each conference day we set aside 2 complete hours for a Daily Debrief. There's a Daily Debrief for each track which consists of the day's speakers setup in a panel format where attendees can ask questions directly. This is your chance to make sure you understand the technical information that was delivered during the content-packed day, and also to solve the most difficult problems facing your organization. Make sure to take notes during every session you attend to use as a script for your questions.