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One of the things we’re introducing this year to deepen community engagement at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas (April 19-23, 2010) is something we’re calling “Experts Encounters.”
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Community Lounge (adjacent to Registration and the Hands-on Labs area), experts from Microsoft and the community will cycle in to talk informally about their areas of expertise, and chat/connect with folks in attendance for 30 minutes at a time. Anticipate a five- to ten-minute “here’s what I’m passionate about” introduction, followed by open discussion. In some cases, presenters will have things to demo or show on a plasma we’ll have on hand; in others, it will be an informal meet-and-greet-and-gab session. Intentionally, we don’t want to over-structure it, because the point is to encourage open dialogue, free of the usual constraints and conventions of the formal event program. We of course hope it will be useful to attendees and presenters alike.
In addition to the experts who will be talking shop in the Lounge, each day at noon System Center execs will be on hand to talk about the business from their vantage points. Meet the likes of Vij Rajarajan, GM of the product group; Garth Fort and Ryan O’Hara, who run the marketing organization; and Brad Anderson himself, the VP of MSD, the Day 2 keynoter, and all-around good guy. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up real close to the big picture.
We’re still working on the schedule, but here’s the first draft ready for public viewing. This will be finalized by April 14 or so, and we’ll update you. This schedule is now final (as of 4.13.10), This re-re-revised schedule now takes into account some glaring conflicts and omissions we saw at the last minute, and is now FINAL FINAL (though it is still likely to change during the event due to unforeseen contingencies). Attendees will also find this schedule posted on CommNet (the onsite intranet site) and in the Lounge itself. We will also be regularly tweeting announcements to remind the community about incoming experts and any changes to the program. Look for tweets marked with the #clounge hashtag together with the event’s hashtag, #mms2010.
Tuesday, April 20
Wednesday, April 21
Thursday, April 22
09:00 – 09:30
8:30 – 9:45, Main Hall & Online: DAY 1 KEYNOTE, Bob Muglia
“Managing Systems from the Datacenter to the Cloud”
8:30 – 9:45, Main Hall & Online: DAY 2 KEYNOTE, Brad Anderson
“Managing Clients in a User Centered World”
Jeremy Winter, Olof Mases, David Armour
“Hybrid Cloud Management”
09:30 – 10:00
NEW: Lidiane Souza
“Application Virtualization (App-V)”
10:00 – 10:30
“SQL Reporting in Configuration Manager 2007”
Travis Wright, Ketan Ghelani, Marc Umeno
10:30 – 11:00
Steve Kaczmarek, Dionysia Sofos
“System Center Content Architecture, Innovation, and the Information Experience”
“Migrating from MOM to SCOM”
UPDATED: Kerim Hanif
“Virtualization Management (VMM)”
11:00 – 11:30
Ganesh Babu gnana Sundaram, Michael Jacquet, Rob Davies
“System Center Support”
“Virtualization Management (VMM)” (cont’d)
11:30 – 12:00
Peirong Liu, Robert Hearn, Rehan Jaddi, Larry Steinberg, Jeff Coffler
Josh Pointer, Mike Cureton
Asim Mitra, Prabu Ambravaneswaran, Michael Jacquet
“DPM 2010 & Hyper-V Protection”
12:00 – 12:30
GM, System Center product group
Sr. Director, System Center Marketing
GM, System Center Marketing
CVP, Management and Services Division
12:30 – 13:00
Matthew Hudson “Queries and Collections”
UPDATED: Steve Wilson
“Configuration Manager Supportability”
13:00 – 13:30
“Service Manager: Data Warehouse and Reporting”
13:30 – 14:00
UPDATED: Jason Sandys
“Configuration Manager Operating System Deployment”
“Azure-based Applications Monitoring & Operations Manager”
NEW: Jason Githens, Chris Adams
“Branch Cache & Virtualization with Configuration Manager at Microsoft”
“Overview of Operations Manager Next & Future Plans”
NEW: Brian Copps
“Managing Microsoft.com Using Operations Manager”
UPDATED: Jason Lewis
“SC Updates Publisher (SCUP)”
UPDATED: Larry Steinberg, Rehan Jaddi, GP De Ciantis, Kaj Wierda
15:00 – 15:30
UPDATED: Vlad Joanovic
“Management Pack Authoring with Operations Manager”
UPDATED: Meet and Greet with Kerrie Meyler, Cameron Fuller, John Joyner, Andy Dominey, authors of “System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed”
UPDATED: Dan Rogers
“Management Pack State of the Business”
NEW: Paul Thomsen, Shitanshu Verma
“Configuration Manager at Microsoft”
16:00 – 17:00
Service Manager TAP Customer Meet-up
A little bit of insider info for you, and a burning question:
We originally envisioned this mini, super-informal, conference-within-a-conference as a morning gig from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Tu-Thur. In putting it together, it seems that more and more experts wanted to participate and, basically, choose our venue, too, as a place to connect more immediately with attendees. Before you knew it, we had a pretty full schedule to coordinate in mornings and afternoons. Now, the big question: will attendees, with their multiple obligations and distractions (including the main show itself), flock to our little corner of the event for the opportunity to meet stars in their fields?
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