Just two days from now, I’ll be traveling to San Francisco to begin preparation to kick-off IT/Dev Connections 2017. When I took over this conference just a few years back, the event was struggling with its identity. Since then, the conference has become a must-attend event for both Developers and IT Pros who are dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and professional status through our deep-dive educational sessions. IT/Dev Connections is different than the rest and we’ll always strive to not only be different – but be better.

For those attending next week, I can’t wait to show you what we have planned. For those not attending this year, I hope you’ll use the following resources to get a glimpse into what you’re missing and then plan to join us in 2018.

Official Hashtag

The official hashtag for IT/Dev Connections 2017 is: #ITDevConnections

You can follow this hashtag on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook.

Live Streaming

All of the sessions for IT/Dev Connections are recorded. The replays are available to our All-access Pass attendees for an entire year. And, we also bundle sessions by topic and make them available in our Online Education catalog.

This year we are planning to deliver our Ask the Experts (ATEs) sessions over Facebook live. The sessions will be live streamed from both the ITPro Facebook page and the IT/Dev Connections Facebook page. You’ll need to Like and Follow each page to be notified when the live stream is available.


After the live stream is over for the ATEs, you can find them as replays on those Facebook pages, or wait a bit and watch them on our YouTube channel. And, incidentally, by the time IT/Dev Connections kicks off next week, you’ll also be able to watch our videos using our new Fire TV channel – allowing you to watch IT/Dev Connections news and activity on your Amazon Fire TV system and on Fire tablets.


You might think we have a thing for Alexa, considering we’ve already developed an Alexa skill and our Hackathon this year involves developing an Enterprise security skill for Amazon’s voice speaker, but you can get daily news about IT/Dev Connections using your Alexa device. To stay up-to-date using Alexa get this skill: IT/Dev Connections News

Oh, and by the way — we have some new Alexa skills coming soon. Stay tuned…!

People Accounts

And, lastly, in addition to just sticking close to this blog, there are couple people that you should be aware of and be determined to follow next week: Rich Hay (@winobs) and Harjit Dhaliwal (@hoorge). Both are pretty prolific with their Twitter sharing.

Oh…and you can follow me, too. 🙂  But, be warned – I post quite a bit about running. I’m pretty much a running freak: @rodtrent