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Tech Ed 2013: "Birds of a Feather" Sessions

Posted by Meryll Moreau on Wed, May 01, 2013

birds of a feather sessions tech ed 2013 gsx solutionsTechEd 2013 is only a few weeks away and, as always, we are excited to attend the Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) sessions.

These sessions are really interesting because they involve various open discussions of mutual interest for both technical and end-user perspectives. 

In my opinion, attending the BOF sessions is an essential 'must-do' at Tech ED 2013. You will be able to meet with people who have similar interests and challenges as you in an open-forum environment that promotes great discussions and interactions. Everyone enjoys the free-flowing dialog about products, technologies, and solutions, as it is a way to discuss pains with your peers and find the best solutions to cure them. It helps to avoid the impression of feeling isolated in a far, far away island, which many in our industry can feel from time to time. 

To ensure that the BOF sessions cover today’s hot topics, the organizers have invited registered
attendees to vote and help determine the topics that will be presented. The voting is open from April 24 to May 3. Click here to cast your vote! 

This year we would like to discuss three major topics:  

  • Microsoft System Center Reporting: System Center provides automatic reports that are limited and unlimited through SQL reporting services and the report builder. Are the System Center teams happy with these tools? Do they need to interact with the SQL teams to get their reports? What are their needs and constraints regarding reporting on system management?
  • System Management for Specific Applications: How are Multiple Teams Working Together? How are teams organized? How is the Exchange team communicating with the mobile one? What are the impacts in terms of Application Performance in these human processes? How is the SQL team communicating and working with the System Center team or the SharePoint team to provide reporting on services?
  • The Ever Expanding Roles and Responsibilities of an Exchange AdministratorWhat are teams doing to manage the never ending amount of user requests, performance issues and service improvements? What can we do to set expectations and justify additional resources? How can we organize for success?

These are the HOT topics that we have been seeing in our industry and community of users. The entire list of topics can be viewed here. 

You can help decide the selection of these conversation-style sessions by nominating topics and voting for what will be presented. Go for it! Let your voice be heard. Votes will be accepted from April 24 to May 3, 2013. 

It seems like there’s a lot of interest in these topics already, so I am sure no matter what topics are chosen, the sessions will most definitely be informative as well as compelling. If you’re going to TechEd US 2013, I look forward to seeing you there.

Do you have any other sessions you would like to see? Leave us a comment about what you voted for!

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Have you heard about "I Wish...Microsoft" yet? If you are attending TechED North America (GSX booth #417) or TechED Europe (GSX booth #34), make sure to stop by to enter for a chance to win some really great prizes!


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