Tour Day 2 – Calgary

Well, I am almost sad that my first city is nearly over. I am sure that this will not be the last contact I have with you all.. I will admit that is a challenge talking for over 6 hours, but I hope you all found it useful. We had over 330 people today and the amazing thing was that most were still there at the end. I am not sure if they came to hear me speak or win the XBox. But hey, I would like to think the former. I really do appreciate the encouragement you have given me..

Anyway, the feedback I have had from you all is amazing. It will take me a while to go through all the forms, but just talking to you all outside the presentations has made me realise how worth while coming here is. I certainly hope that you are finding the same thing. We have had lots of request to come back (amazing considering how long I was talking for!).

I will be honest and say that in the fun of the day, I am not sure if I write down all of your questions.. I will be following up on those I did manage to jot down shortly, but would really appreciate it if you could post anything else you can think of on my blog here.

I certainly look forward to seeing you all and speaking to you very soon.

Comments (3)

  1. Alec says:

    You did a good job today. All the topics are easy to understand and I learned many things that very useful on my daily work. Keep up the good job and hope to see TechNet Tour come again in next year.

  2. David says:

    Bruce – Great job today. I enjoyed the XP SP2 session – and learned a lot.


  3. Chris says:

    Enjoyed the event – you did a great job despite glitchy demos and a long day.

    I was awake enough during the security quantitative presentation to come to the conclusion that even though we’re building numbers, the criteria we’re building them on are still pretty arbitrary – assigning a ‘3’ or a ‘4’ to several categories and then multiplying them by an asset value that is also fairly unclear certainly gives you a number – but is that number really an accurate portrayal of the risk? At least qualitatively you can honestly say "no firewall means we get hacked and go down, and that’s bad – give me money"

    I mentioned it to you at the show, but it bears repeating – we need some big-brother support for our efforts in the very small business market. Sure, Small Business Server is super for 20 users and 1 server, but it really doesn’t cover everything we need to be talking about in this market segment. Volume licensing would be super, but companies this size only buy OEM due to costs – and it’s a licensing nightmare. This is just one example of an important demographic that is getting a raw deal because of enterprise-favored programs. Is there a Microsoft small and micro business team working on these issues, or is there a resource on the web we can look into?

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