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Halifax Stop of TechNet Innovations Tour

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The dual city launch of the TechNet Innovations tour has come and gone with great success. I wrote this on the plane ride back, but just now getting around to posting it after spending a great weekend with the family. My goal is to post these closer to the event itself so that you have something to comment against.

Bruce Cowper was out west covering Victoria, I was down east in Halifax kicking off the tour to a large and diverse crowd of IT Professionals.  This tour is unlike anything we've done before. How's that you say? It's two things really - we're wrapping together an information session about all the benefits, features and resources available to Canadian IT professionals under the TechNet program as well as giving you some early glimpses at some awesome technology in the form of Windows Vista and Window Mobile.

From my perspective - It's a very fun event to deliver.  Why? I usually spend my time talking about existing technology and how you can leverage your investments in what you have already deployed or are planning to deploy in the near future. Delivering this kind of content is challenging because it's in either beta or pre-release form. Talk about living on the edge. I'm up there working with beta software builds and finicky hardware that could have some quirks that rear their ugly head while trying to complete some of the demonstrations. But judging form the reactions and follow up Q and A in the crowd from the Halifax show - it didn't matter, it was worth it.

A couple of points I wanted to raise after finishing the first tour stop:

  • Feedback: Your feedback is extremely important to us, the TechnNet program and to Microsoft as a whole. What you write on an eval when you attend an in person event, what you post as comments to my blog and what you tell me or any other "blue shirted' TechNet person while at an event is how we gauge what you want to see, what we can do to improve and what you need as resources to get your job done.
  • Community: It is your lifeline to helping you solve problems and enrich your professional and personal life. Without community, we'd be in a very bad state of affairs. But don't forget - community is a two way street and is dependant on individuals contributing back into the community in the form of support, knowledge and best practices sharing.  What have you done to contribute back into your local community?

So - what did you think? Did you like this new format to kick off the tour season? Did you find value in the TechNet overview? How about the sessions that looked ahead into Windows Vista and Mobile 5?

Leave me some feedback - I'll make sure it gets into the right peoples hands…  :)

Comments
  • Great show. I loved the seeing the new products coming down the pipe. I am a Technet Plus subscriber but hadn't had a chance to try out Vista yet so it was nice to see. I am very much looking forward to seeing the Windows Mobile in Full force in February. I hope you guys are coming to Halifax for that show!

    Keep up the great work with Less Slides and More hands-on Demonstations. I learn so much faster and can determine the product's usefullness to my work environment much quicker.

    Thanks again.

  • The VISTA review was great to see. I love additional features - it keeps me in business. I look forward to the release on '06.

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