TechEd 2011 day 2

Day 2.   It just amazes me all the smart people brought together to share knowledge.   This is the 19th annual US/North America version of TechEd.  I think if I am counting right this is my 17th.  I think I have only missed 2 of them in 19 years.

This year my focus was to attend. Learn more about all this new Private and Public cloud stuff.  But it’s always more.

I have been filling in at the Microsoft Innovation booth showing  it’s a really cool application written in Silverlight.  Go check it out if you are a news person like me.

Yesterday I also did a hands on lab with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, what an amazing product.  This is our next “Private Cloud” offering.  it will change the way IT runs data centers.  Even if you have VMware, this is a great way to manage your virtual work loads.

This world is so big and small all a the same time.  Attendance is back over 10,000 this year. It had been down a couple of years with the economy.  Now it’s back to a normal level. Even this giant convention center seems crowded at times.   But I can’t go 10 minutes without seeing someone I know. Some of these are people I haven’t seen in a very long time. Some even before working at Microsoft.  It is a blast to re-connect with friends from the past.   Twitter has been around Teched for a couple of years. but the volume and great sharing of information is just amazing. From learning that Moon pies are the afternoon snack, to where are all the parties tonight, what are great sessions, to product announcements from Microsoft all flowing on the hast tag #msteched

Many of the sessions are being streamed live on this year. That’s great, especially for the people that can’t get here. Some might say people will not come and just watch it online. I don’t think that will happen to most people. They like the human interaction.  So many things to do, people to see, things to learn, and fun to have.


Check Mitch Garvis perspective on working a booth here:

I worked that booth last year.

also check out  they are recording a bunch of interviews that will be posted over the next few weeks.

Are you here? I would really like to hear from you, what’s your take on this year’s TechEd?

If you aren’t here, watch on line at

and put next year on your calendar  Orlando, FL  June 11-14, 2012

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Robert Wahbe (Corporate Vice President, Server and Tools)

Jason Zander (Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio)

Norm Judah (Chief Technology Officer, Services)

Cameron Skinner (General Manager, Visual Studio)

Eron Kelly (General Manager, Visual Studio)

Mike Schutz (Senior Director, Windows Server)

Burley Kawasaki (Director of Product Management, SQL Azure)

Garth Fort (General Manager, Management and Security)

Jeff Woolsey (Principal Program Manager, Virtualization)

Michael Leworthy (Senior Product Manager, Windows Server)

Stuart Kwan (Principal Group Program Manager, Directory)

Jason Buffington (Senior Technical Product Manager, System Center)

Paul Bryan (Senior Director, Windows Phone )

Career Factor Reunion

Ed Wilson (The Scripting Guy)

Ann Vu (Product Manager, Exchange)

Ronald Beekelaar

Greg Leake (Senior Director, SQL Azure), Jeff Derstadt (Senior Development Lead, Entity Framework), Bill Gibson (Principal Architect)

Mike Chan (Senior product manager, ForeFront)

Adam Hall (Senior Technical Product Manager, System Center)

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