TechEd this week was a great experience and I wanted to wrap it up with a summary post.
First let me say a thank you to John and Jeff from GWB for supplying power, connectivity and a place to work in between sessions. The blogging hub was a great experience in itself. Getting to talk with other bloggers and other conference goers turned into a series of interesting conversations. And where else can you almost end up in the day 1 highlights video?
The sessions at TechEd were a mixed bag of value. The Keynotes rocked, both figuratively and literally and most of the sessions that I want to were a good experience and had gems of information to take away. There were a few exceptions though. A couple of the sessions turned out to be sales jobs. Nothing turns me off more than that (there will be some really honest comments on those surveys).
TechEd re-enforced for me that much of the value is not in the sessions, but in the networking opportunities. I got to talk with several Microsoft team members and MVPs as well as some of the vendor representative for companies like Inrule and ComponentOne. Also got to expand both my local and extended community with discussions at meal times and waiting for sessions to start. I think this is one of the benefits that a lot of people don’t take advantage of in these conferences that should be a bigger part of the advertising.
Exposure to a wide variety of topics, many of which I had not been able to make time for up to this point was envigorating. The list of topic includes: Office 365, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, Metro, Azure. I can’t wait to get back to work and dig into these subjects in more depth.
The one complaint that I had and heard from other attendees was that there weren’t enough sessions that were actually about development. I realize that TechEd started as an event for IT Pros, but there needs to be more value for the Devs.
It all went by too fast and it will take a couple more days to digest the material, but the batteries are and I’m ready to leverage what I’ve learned. Hopefully we will do it again next year.