It’s that time of year again.  Time to head south to the great city of New Orleans for TechEd North America 2013.  TechEd takes place June 3-6.  TechEd is the place to go to explore and learn about new technologies, connect with your peers, and eat some of the unique food the New Orleans area has to offer.

This year promises to deliver a whole new experience for attendees. You’ll see more products and technologies on display in the TechExpo with Partner Solutions and the Microsoft Solution Experience.  Check it out, ask questions, and have fun.

Another area that has seen some change is the way we think about the scenarios you deliver, and the content we need to create to support the learning experience around them.  This year, after the opening keynote from Brad Anderson, you’ll see the remaining sessions segmented into seven key areas.  Each of those areas will have a Foundational Session to lay the groundwork for subsequent presentations, chalk talks, and hands on labs.  Here are the descriptions for the four Server·Cloud·Tools Foundational Sessions:

Lay the groundwork for your TechEd North America Experience by Attending Foundational Sessions

• Transform the Datacenter with Server and Management Innovations from Microsoft - Cloud computing models are changing the technology landscape and providing more opportunity than ever for IT to deliver impact to the business. This Foundational Session will dive into the new Microsoft datacenter technologies and demonstrate how you can be the best provider of technology for your organization. Learn how Windows Server, System Center, Windows Azure, and other new technologies work together to help you provision and manage cloud and datacenter infrastructure, provide business continuity, deliver services, and manage applications. This includes breakthrough capabilities in the areas of storage, networking, virtualization, management, and automation. You will also learn how the latest innovations bring together on-premises approaches and cloud-based technologies to deliver hybrid cloud solutions leveraging your existing resources.

Join Jeffrey Snover and Jeff Woolsey on June 3rd at 11am for what promises to be a great session. Unable to attend in person?  No problem.  We’ll have on-demand playback of the session on our Channel 9 video portal at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/FDN06

• Enabling People-Centric IT - The rapid growth in use of smart devices combined with ubiquitous access to cloud services online is changing the way that people use their personal technology to get work done. The Consumerization of IT mega-trend brings with it a rich set of opportunities for organizations, as well as challenges to protect corporate information and other assets. In this Foundational Session learn how Microsoft’s approach to delivering people-centric IT is helping customers enable users to work on devices of their choosing with consistent experiences, and providing IT a unified infrastructure for managing and delivering applications and other resources, all while helping organizations protect what is important to them. See how innovations in Windows Server, System Center, and Windows Intune are providing IT with the necessary capabilities to enable people-centric IT.

Join Andrew Conway on June 3rd at 11am for a great session.  If you are attending another track and Foundational Session, no need to worry about being in two places at the same time.  You can watch this session later via the on-demand recording at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/FDN03.

• Big Data. Small Data. All Data - Attend this session and dive into the buzz around Big Data, business analytics, and In-memory technologies—the new frontier for the data platform. Learn about unlocking insights on any data, big or small, via new tools which streamline finding and combining all types of data, powerful tools to analyze and refine insights, and a complete data platform for IT to operationalize processes and learnings. Also, learn how SQL Server In-memory technology will light up the new data platform frontier with blazing-fast performance across analytics, data warehousing querying, and transaction processing all backed by a platform that offers flexibility and choice across on-premises and cloud.

Join Shawn Bice on June 3rd at 11am. If you are attending another track and Foundational Session, no need to worry about being in two places at the same time.  You can watch this session later via the on-demand recording at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/FDN01.

• Building Modern Business Applications - A revolution is taking place—it's impacting the speed at which applications need to be built, and the jaw dropping capabilities they need to deliver. Modern business applications contextualize data from many sources, span multiple devices, are rapidly built and deployed, receive constant updates, and are always available. Come see how to take advantage of a breadth of application development technologies including Visual Studio, .NET, SQL and Windows Azure to deliver your next great modern business application.

Join Scott Woodgate on June 3rd at 11am for this foundation session. If you are attending another track and Foundation Session, no need to worry about being in two places at the same time.  You can watch this session later via the on-demand recording at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2013/FDN02.

We hope you’ll enjoy the way we organized the sessions and labs this year.  If we missed the mark, by all means let us know.  Until then, get lots of rest because there is a lot of new information coming at you.  Enjoy TechEd 2013, and stay tuned for more information to come on TechEd North America 2013.