Microsofts Tech Ed 2006 gets underway this Sunday, June 11,
2006, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, MA. Ill
be among the thousands of IT professionals, vendors, and media personnel
attending the conference. With the recent public release betas for Office 2007,
Windows Vista, and Windows Longhorn Server, Im expecting this years Ted Ed to
be a particularly informative event.
As I attend the keynote, briefing sessions, labs, and roam
the exhibit hall, Ill be filing daily blog reports, photo galleries, and
possibly a few podcasts, on my experiences, observations, and any breaking
technology news. If you there are particular technologies, events or vendors
you would like me to write about, please make a request via my blog.
Heres a brief rundown on my conference schedule so far:
- Travel to Boston and check in to the Omni Parker House
hotelI assume this is where all press are staying as it was the only hotel
option available when I registered
- Check in at Tech Ed registration at the BCEC
- Attend the press reception at 5:30
- Attend the keynote at 7:00 – Join Ray Ozzie, Microsoft Chief
Technology Officer, Bob Muglia, MS Senior VP, Server & Tools Business, and
Chris Capossela, Corporate VP, IW PMG, will be sharing their vision for IT.
I dont really understand the logic behind a Sunday keynote.
I assume Microsoft wanted to give attendees more time to attend the
presentations, labs, briefings, and exhibit hall, but a 2-hour keynote after
traveling all day is not something I look forward to. It also seems strange
that Microsoft wont have a major release announcement to make during the show.
Having already released the public betas for Office 2007, Windows Vista and
Windows Longhorn Server at WinHec in May. Perhaps Ozzie still has a surprise up
his sleeve. I can only wait and see.
- OFC201 – The 2007 Microsoft Office System: Clients –
Overview and What’s New
Ive been working with the Office 2007 Beta 2 for about two
weeks and it shows a lot of promise, but I want to hear Microsoft explain why
organizations and consumers should switch. As it stands now, I dont think
there is a compelling reason to deploy Office 2007 immediately after release.
The changes to the GUI and new XML document format are significant changes that
IT departments will have to prepare for.
- CLI304 – Deploying Windows Vista: Everything You Need in One
versions and deployment will be a significant undertaking for IT departments.
This sessions promises to tell me everything I need to know about Vista
deployment in 1 hourwell see.
- MGTTLC01 – Overview of Systems Management Server (version 4)
Having used SMS to monitor and manage a large IT network, I
know its power and am very interested in seeing what version 4 will offer.
- OFC311 – Introducing New Tools for Migrating to the 2007
Microsoft Office System: Document Analysis and Migration
Office 2007 will support existing Office documents, but the
new XML file structure offers several advantages to the current format–smaller
file size, easy of corruption recovery, better integration with external
sources. As organizations deploy Office 2007 these will need to consider
document migration and compatibility.
- SVR219 – Ten Reasons to Prepare for Windows Server Code
With Windows Server Longhorn in public beta, is now the time
to prepare? Well have to wait and see.
- SEC406 – Is That Application Really Safe?
Are your third party, or even internal, applications safe?
During this presentation, Jesper Johansson, who Ive interviewed for
TechRepublic, shares some red flags that IT organizations should look out for
when testing application security.
- CLI314 – Image Engineering: Creating Your Perfect Windows
I know very IT shops that dont image their machines. But, building
an efficient, reliable image can be a challenge. Im interested to know if
Windows Vista will simplify or complicate the process.
Along with the sessions mentioned here, Ill also be roaming
the exhibit hall, meeting with vendors, publishers, industry experts, speakers,
and attending IT pros. Again, if you have a particular technology, vendor, or
topic you would like to see me cover, please post a comment to this blog. I cant
promise that I can meet everyones request but I will try. And if youre
attending Tech Ed 2006, dont hesitate to look me up. Id love to hear the
experiences and impressions of TechRepublic members.
See you at Tech Ed 2006!