Tracking the tracks at Tech Ed New Zealand


Quick tour around the Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 Marketplace and Microsoft MSDN discount tip

, posted: 13-Aug-2007 22:44

I am just going through the contents of my bag of goodies (well, more paper than goodies really), and I found this leaflet offering 20% discount on MSDN subscriptions.

All you have to do is buy Visual Studio 2005 with an MSDN Premium or MSDN Professional to get this discount. This is valid from 1st September 2007 through 30 November 2007.

Visit microsoft.co.nz/visualstudio from 1st September for details.

Back to the swag...

During my walk around the Marketplace today I got to talk to a lot of people, put faces to names and in general have a great deal of networking. What an incredible day it was.

I also heard someone from Unisys being called three times - he won an Xbox 360... But I think he didn't show up, because they then proceeded to call another name. Unlucky for one, lucky for another.

I stopped to talk to the guys at the Double-Take stand. I found this software a few months ago when investigating alternatives to keep the Geekzone SQL Server database up during a disaster, if needed. I forgot about it for a while, and just last week I was looking for the software again - I couldn't remember the name!

Today I was looking through the stands at the Tech Ed Marketplace, and here it was! I got a very good explanation on how it works, replicating MS SQL data and transaction logs, how it performs the failover and failback, and other fine features.

I also had a good insight into Content Beamer, a server printing solution that works with mobile devices and laptops.

Cheryl and Keith at Hyro gave me some of her time explaining their mobile capabilities.

And the coffee (thanks Ace!) was great!



Lou Carbone at Tech Ed New Zealand 2007: the best keynote ever

, posted: 13-Aug-2007 16:56

The Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 keynote was earlier today, and I was blogging live about it - hence the "timeline" feel in my previous post.

The Keynote for this year's Tech Ed New Zealand was delivered by Lou Carbone. I had the opportunity to chat with Lou about his keynote afterwards in the media room and I was as impressed with him after the keynote as during.

It was in my opinion the most interesting keynote I have ever attended. I have been to International CES, Microsoft MVP Summit. I've seen Bill Gates three times already (twice at International CES, once at Microsoft MVP Summit), I have seen Steve Ballmer, and numerours other people.

But Lou delivered a great message - about user experiences. About emotional experiences and how companies fail at delivering those, and how companies who succeed in doing this do so well in the marketplace.



He had the right visual support at the right time, his voice, and most importantly the content were right on the mark.

I bet many of the technical people present there today didn't realise, until now, the impact of their contributions. I hope they do now.

Lou Carbone also authored the book "Clued In: How to Keep Customers Coming Back Again and Again" (Amazon link). If you are attending the Tech Ed, look for a discount voucher in your swag bag!

I am not the only one impressed. Kev Dally liked it too. And Nigel has posted a "behind the scenes" story about this keynote.



Always connected at Tech Ed

, posted: 13-Aug-2007 14:01

I found there's wireless Internet here in the event centre, but just in case (click picture for larger version):




Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 pictures on Flickr

, posted: 13-Aug-2007 13:55

I am uploading some of the pictures now to a Flickr picture set called TechEdNZ07. This my set, but you should also find pictures from other users tagged TechEdNZ07 on flickr.



The Tech Ed New Zealand 2007 keynote session is on

, posted: 13-Aug-2007 08:52

And the Tech Ed started at the Skycity with Ron Jacobs, host of ARCast.tv and Microsoft Architect giving the welcome to the crowd here and acting as the MC for this event. Helen Robinson, Managing Director Microsoft New Zealand and Sean McBreen, Director, Developer & Platform Group did the welcome speech on behalf of Microsoft. Of special note is Helen's pitching OpenXML and asking people to support the proposal to make OpenXML a standard, which would guarantee future compatibility for Office documents across applications and platforms. Ron is then back on stage introducing the next speaker, Michael Platt, Director Web Architecture, Microsoft Corporation. Platt talked about Software as a Services (SaaS) and examples of services "in the cloud" starting with e-mail - frrom self-hosted to hosted services... He pointed the relation of OS and Windows Live, and Office with Office Live. Lou Carbone now takes the stage to talk about experiences. He starts by talking about the beautiful "experience" of winter in New Zealand, compared with hi experience of winter in Minnesota. Lou then talked about his work with Howard Johnson's (this a clueless company and now out of business) and Disney (this a clued in company) . The Disney experience means people keep coming back - almost like printing their money. Lou also pointed out that satisfied customers are not an indication of customer loyalty. Lou also talked about how companies worry so much about creating the great ads but fail providing the great experience - using Telecom New Zealand as an example. Note: I will be updating this post frequently, live from the keynote... Keep refreshing the page!





Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand is a technology event run by Microsoft New Zealand. The Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 is happening in Auckland (New Zealand), 30th August - 1st September 2010, at the SkyCity Convention Centre. If you are attending the Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand 2010 and would like to contribute with stories, profiles, and feedback please contact us. This blog is written by Mauricio Freitas and published by Geekzone.



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