Thursday, August 15, 2013

I’ll be at TechEd Australia will you?

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During the first week in September I’ll be up on the Gold Coast participating in Microsoft Tech Ed Australia. While I’m there I’ll be giving the following sessions:

Managing Microsoft Office 365

Date:Wednesday, September 4
Time:9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Room:Theatre 2
Session Type:Instructor-Led Lab (ILL)
Technical Level:300

During this lab, tour the Microsoft Office 365 admin and user portal. Throughout the lab, review areas of the user interface and perform tasks highlighting administration features of Office 365 Technical Preview. You are encouraged to explore all areas of the portal covered and not covered in the lab in order to become familiar with Office 365.

http://techedsessions.cloudapp.net/SessionDetail.aspx?id=6977

Administering Office 365 for Small Business - 74-324

Date:Wednesday, September 4
Time:3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Room:Exam Cram
Technical Level:100

The Administering Office 365 for Small Business Exam Cram session will prepare you to take the 74-324 Certification exam through a mixture of course work and real world exam questions. These skills are key to administering Office 365 for Small Business clients and are especially designed for Microsoft partners looking to achieve a Small Business Competency. This session will also provide you with a greater insight on the capabilities and opportunities around the Office 365 product for SMB customers.

http://techedsessions.cloudapp.net/SessionDetail.aspx?id=6986

Deploying Microsoft Office as a Service

Date:Friday, September 6
Time:9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Room:Theatre 3
Session Type:Instructor-Led Lab (ILL)
Technical Level:300

During this lab, you prepare for, deploy, and manage a Microsoft Office 365 Professional Plus deployment.

http://techedsessions.cloudapp.net/SessionDetail.aspx?id=7010

So if you are also attending TechEd please let me know (director@ciaops.com) and we can catch up. Even if you are not going but will be in the area I’d love to hear from you. So again get in touch.

I get a lot of questions from SMB resellers about whether TechEd is worth attending. So my initial response to that is to go and have a look at the session content. From there you’ll probably see that much of it is enterprise focused. That doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant for SMB but you should be aware that it is more ‘M’ than ‘S’ here.

There are still heaps of sessions that are totally relevant and anyone who works in IT field will learn something. However, from a business side you need to factor in the cost of attendance, travel, accommodation, meals and finally time away from your business. That can be tough for a smaller reseller to justify.

Finally, I would also tell you that many of the sessions (especially from other TechEd’s around the world) are recorded and made available online for free after the fact. So if you like the content just keep an eye for when the presentations are posted online.

However, the major benefit in my experience is business networking, the people you meet and the relationships you build during the event have the greatest value. If you are keen to build and you’ll be in the vicinity during the first week in September, let me know, I am always keen to catch up with people. If you are attending TechEd I hope I’ll see you in one of my sessions.