Technical Tracks

With a wide range of learning opportunities available at TechEd, the wealth of education offered can be a lot to take in. Technical Tracks help you navigate the sessions and labs best suited to your learning needs and interests. Below is a detailed description of what will be covered in each Technical Track, along with the primary Microsoft products and technologies that will be discussed.

Cloud and Datacenter Platform

The Cloud and Datacenter Platform track dives into evolving enterprise datacenter concepts built on cloud technologies with Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, Windows Azure Pack, and Microsoft Azure. This track empowers IT professionals, technical decision makers, and business decision makers to understand how our technologies come together as a solution to help them take advantage of their current investments to enhance their datacenter while transitioning to the cloud where it makes sense. Our core solution areas for this track include: Compute, Networking, Storage, Managing Workloads, Service Delivery, Business Continuity through Disaster Recovery, and Security & Assurance. Attendees also learn how the latest innovations bring together on-premises approaches and cloud-based technologies to deliver hybrid solutions that span multiple products and leverage existing resources. Trustworthy Computing helps Microsoft deliver a secure, private, reliable, and accessible computing experience in a mobile-first, cloud-first world to protect our customers and the industry using a combination of policies and technologies, and by sharing best practices. Our goal is a safer, more trusted devices and services experience for all of our customers and consumers. Architectural sessions are presented to provide enterprise and cloud service provider architects and designers with conceptual frameworks, principles, concepts, and patterns that will enable them to envision and design cloud-scale service delivery infrastructures and applications.

Data Platform and Business Intelligence

The Data Platform and Business Intelligence track offers the knowledge you need to maximize your SQL Server investments and easily integrate, analyze, and report on all of your corporate data, using HDInsight and Power BI to get fast big-data insights. Learn how the Microsoft data platform can help your organization manage any data, any place, at any time, with the security, reliability, and scalability that your mission-critical applications require on premises and in the public cloud. Hear from experts about how they implement Data Platform and Business Analytics solutions that seamlessly enable Hybrid IT Scenarios. Improve your professional and technical skills in the development, support, and implementation of Microsoft Business Intelligence and analytical solutions, and learn how to seamlessly run a mission-critical environment.

Developer Platform and Tools

The Developer Platform and Tools track presents all developer-focused sessions offered at TechEd. Learn how to build applications in the mobile-first and cloud-first world using technologies that span the breadth of the Microsoft platform including: Windows 8.1, ASP.NET, Microsoft Azure, Windows Phone, Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server, HDInsight, using Microsoft .NET, HTML5, JavaScript, and C++. Learn how to take advantage of Microsoft Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online, and Team Foundation Server across the application lifecycle, including advancements in developer productivity, team collaboration, and DevOps practices. Whether you are building consumer facing applications, line-of-business applications, or mission-critical applications, this track provides what you need to move your projects and your career forward.

Enterprise Mobility

The proliferation of consumer devices is driving the enterprise away from a device-centric model based on corporate-owned and provisioned devices to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model in which employees use their own devices to access corporate applications and data. People expect consistent access to corporate tools and data regardless of the type of device they're using. Microsoft is uniquely positioned to help customers enable users to be productive, to unify their infrastructure, and protect their data across all devices on premises and in the cloud. We look at this in four ways:

Mobile Device Management (MDM) delivers a unique management experience through Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Intune for both on-premises PCs and laptops as well as internet-connected tablets and phones to deliver consistent experiences for user-centric application delivery and device management. Desktop Virtualization provides rich user experiences to deliver applications and desktop experiences to devices across Remote Desktop Services (RDS) for Session Host and Windows Server based RemoteApp, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for the delivery of the Windows Client, and new capability to deliver applications running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform with Azure RemoteApp. Access and Information Protection (AIP) focuses on new capabilities within Windows Server 2012 R2 (Active Directory, Workplace Join, Work Folders, Web Application Proxy, Active Directory Federation Services v3) and Microsoft Azure IAM services to enable users to be productive while enabling customers to protect their data. Hybrid Identity allows our customers to provide their users each with a single identity for accessing all of their resources, on premises and in the cloud, while remaining in control of who can access specific resources with Identity and Access Management capabilities in the cloud with Azure Active Directory. Trustworthy Computing helps Microsoft deliver a secure, private, reliable, and accessible computing experience in a mobile-first, cloud-first world to protect our customers and the industry using a combination of policies and technologies, and by sharing best practices. Our goal is a safer, more trusted devices and services experience for all of our customers and consumers.

Office 365

The Office 365 track combines all familiar Microsoft Office related server, services, and clients into one. Products covered include: Office 365, Office client apps, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Yammer, and Microsoft Lync. Gain a deeper understanding of new features, deployment, management, and administration across all of these productivity tools—whether in the cloud, on premises, or in hybrid scenarios. Developers can learn how to leverage our new applications platform and marketplace to create custom solutions for their own organizations or wide distribution. Attendees can also look forward to up-to-date information on the Lync platform, and a unified communications roadmap that includes IM/presence, conferencing, and voice.

Windows, Phone and Devices

The Windows, Phone and Devices track provides the knowledge IT professionals need to understand the capabilities that Windows and Windows Phone devices have to offer, and how to deploy and manage them in organizations large and small, while securely integrating them within their existing Microsoft infrastructure. For developers, we provide guidance for developing line-of-business applications for Windows and Windows Phone, and for publishing applications to the Windows and Windows Phone Stores. For this new devices and services world, we include deep technical content for enabling on-premises and cloud-based solutions, while also providing the key information to understand Windows operating systems architectures, technologies, and usage scenarios. Trustworthy Computing helps Microsoft deliver a secure, private, reliable, and accessible computing experience in a mobile-first, cloud-first world to protect our customers and the industry using a combination of policies and technologies, and by sharing best practices. Our goal is a safer, more trusted devices and services experience for all our customers and consumers.