Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tech·Ed North America 2010 Call for Content invitation

TechEd North America 2010 is just around the corner (well in June). If you are interested in speaking at TechEd, and have an interesting topic you would like to discuss, please follow the instructions below for submitting content and if chosen, we would love to hear about it.

Tech·Ed North America 2010 Call for Content invitation

We have begun the planning for Tech·Ed North America 2010, which takes place in New Orleans from June 7-10, 2010, and the first step is to request Breakout Session topic ideas from product experts like yourself for the Virtualization track.

Virtualization Track (VIR)

This track will cover all aspects of Virtualization to address the current demands on IT Pros looking to virtualize their environment.  Understand the overall Microsoft Virtualization strategy and where the future of virtualization is heading: in the datacenter, from the client, all the way to the cloud.  Learn about Microsoft products in this space, including Windows Server Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server, App-V, MED-V, System Center Suite of tools (including System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Operations Manager), Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services), and our new Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit for Enterprises. Beyond just understanding the current product capabilities, the attendees will also learn about the future directions and plans, and what we think the market and the other platforms will do over the next few years.

Steps for Call for Content submissions:

  1. Go to: https://northamerica.msteched.com/CFT
  2. Enter RSVP Access Code : RSVP10-VIR
  3. Complete all the fields and submit the topic/s you’re interested in presenting
  4. When returning to the Call for Content site, use the e-mail alias and password you entered when creating your Call for Content profile to review or edit your submission, or to submit another topic.

Deadline for Submissions:  January 15, 2010

Breakout Sessions are the primary way Tech·Ed attendees receive Microsoft content. These sessions are lecture-style presentations held in rooms seating anywhere from 200-1,200 people. Breakouts are 75-minutes in length and speakers use PowerPoint slides and demos; leaving 10-15 minutes at the end to answer questions. These sessions are recorded and available at Tech·Ed Online to all paid attendees from the 10 Tech·Ed conferences held around the world during the 12 months following Tech·Ed North America.

Additional conference information

The following information will be helpful as you think about the session/s you are going to submit and, if selected, present at Tech·Ed.

Tech·Ed is Microsoft's premier global conference designed to provide developers and IT professionals with the technical education, product information and community resources they need to design, develop, manage, secure, and mobilize state-of-the-art software solutions for a connected enterprise. Content focuses on current and soon-to-release (before June 2011) Microsoft products, technologies and services.

At Tech·Ed North America 2009, 70 percent of Tech·Ed attendees were IT professionals with the majority being Infrastructure Managers (48%) and IT Mangers (28%). They were interested in the best ways to plan, design, deploy, manage and secure connected enterprise systems. The remaining 30% of attendees were developers -- programmers (41%), architects (28%), designers (20%), and developer managers (12%) -- who wanted to dive deeper into the latest enterprise development solutions using Microsoft's developer tools, frameworks, and platforms. 

Review and notification

· Session submissions are reviewed to determine which best meet the needs of the Tech·Ed audience, adhere to the Track framework and content focus, and fulfill the messaging requirements of the product groups. 

· Session selections will be made and you will be notified by e-mail in February 2010.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing your Breakout Session ideas. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the submission process or would like to discuss topic ideas.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Blogging on Because it’s everybody’s business Site

IT isn't the easiest thing in the world, but it may be one of the most fun. It is amazing how folks see a challenge and then overcome it. Microsoft has created a place to help folks get through these challenges. Because it's everybody's business is your one stop shop for finding out about how we can help you face and surpass the challenges you come across everyday. It also shows how IT folks just like yourselves are becoming more efficient and saving money with Microsoft Technology. Why am I writing about it here? Well, they have asked me to be a Virtualization Expert on the site, blogging about the challenges customers face and how Microsoft Virtualization can help. I kicked off the blog with the following entry, and will continue to post on a regular basis.

Check it out.