, 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!
, posted: 12-Aug-2007 23:44
If you see me
around the Marketplace or during a session come and say hello... The first three people to mention this blog will receive a US$25 Amazon Gift Certificate each.
, posted: 12-Aug-2007 21:27
I arrived in Auckland about 6:45pm and after a (surprisingly, but it's Sunday) quick ride from the airport to the hotel I walked to the SKYCITY Convention Centre to register and get my Tech Ed badge...
I got my badge (tagged as MEDIA), but didn't have a roll-on bag for me - apparently the "media" people get one after the keynote in the press room.
I walked around, checking out the hands-on lab room - almost empty, but again it was Sunday almost 8pm... The MarketPlace is empty, except for the crews working on their stands. I had a chance to met a couple of Microsoft New Zealand guys, Mabode's Jay Templeton, and the Provoke
crew preparing their stand for the Provoke Carnival
After this quick tour I walked to a restaurant nearby to catch the .Net user group leaders and some of the folks who participated in today's .Net Dev Code Camp 2007
. Everyone in good form, ready for tomorrow's start.
The SKYCITY Convention Centre is a great venue, and it is interesting to see the Marketplace empty - it will be more interesting to see it tomorrow buzzing with 2,300 people going around this place.
, posted: 12-Aug-2007 21:23
’s Chief Operating Office Alastair Grigg and Chief Technology Officer Craig Walker are hosting the 9am Wednesday ‘Voice of the Customer’ session during the Tech Ed New Zealand 2007. They will talk about Xero - "who we are and what we do" - and why the company has selected Microsoft as the provider of their core technology platform to get them to this point and beyond.
They will look at Xero from a business perspective as well as provide insights into Xero’s underlying technology.
Also at 1.40pm Tuesday Alastair Grigg will be part of a lunchtime debate ‘Software as a Service? Yeah, Right’ hosted by Fronde
’s Jim Donovan. Alastair is on the team arguing for the opportunities that SaaS offers with Gavin Lennox from Healthphone; while arguing for the challenges that SaaS faces are Andrew Connor from Auckland University of Technology and Ron Jacobs from Microsoft.
There will be a team of about nine Xeroes at Tech Ed... They will be distinguishable in their black and blue Xero t-shirts. Stop them for a chat!
, posted: 11-Aug-2007 13:59
Just a heads up that we are arranging an interview with Microsoft New Zealand General Manager, Helen Robinson... It looks like we will have some time for a quick chat this Tuesday, and I will be posting here in the Unofficial Tech Ed blog soon after.