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Competition: How to convince your boss to send you to TechEd?

Competition: How to convince your boss to send you to TechEd?

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I remember when I was a developer (yes I really was!!!!) and it came round to TechEd and I ALWAYS wanted to go.  Eventually I did manage to persuade my boss to let me go, I actually went twice and it was one of my best conference experiences.  What has this got to do with me you're thinking. Well, it's come back round to that time of year and tickets are now available to purchase.  Your boss isn't sure about whether to send you or not and you are trying to put together a business case for them sending you. 

We thought it might be a nice and quite fun idea to create a competition with the opportunity for you to win a place at TechEd Europe or a range of prizes that could help you expand your knowledge of Microsoft tools and technologies.

What do you have to do?

  1. Write how you would convince your boss to send you to TechEd Europe in the comments (please use the same name and email address for both parts of your entry so that we can easily identify your entry)
  2. Sign up to Microsoft Virtual Academy between 14th March and 16th April 2012 and redeem your voucher using the voucher code:MVAUKTECHNET. (You can redeem your voucher by clicking on the Redeem your MVA Voucher link which is found on your dashboard, underneath the accumulated points. Or by using this link when logged in: )

Remember to tell your friends about your competition entry by Tweeting: "I've just submitted my top tip to convince my boss to send me to TechEd Europe #technetuk"

The deadline for this competition is 11am 16th April 2012 and then all entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges.

The prize list is as follows:

  • First Prize - 1 x Ticket to TechEd Europe, excluding flights & accommodation and all other costs.
  • Second Prize -1 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone
  • Third Prize - 1 x Microsoft Branded camp bag (red) containing a Win 7 Resource Kit & Windows Server Resource Kit & some additional surprises!

We will announce the winner by 26th April 2012 on the TechNet Blog.

Terms & Conditions

1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to any person resident in the UK who is 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).

2. TO ENTER: Entry into this competition is by response to the question posed by Microsoft on the TechNet UK Blog. The entry to this competition is by:

1. Leave a response on the TechNet UK Blog against this post.

2. Register on the MVA website.

You must complete both parts of the entry process in order to be eligible for this competition.

Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft reserve the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

3. TIMING: This competition runs from 10.00:00 am GMT on 14 March 2012 until 11.00:00 am BST on 16 April 2012 (inclusive) (The “Competition Period”).

4. USE OF DATA: Personal data which you provide when you enter this competition shall be used for the purposes of this competition only.

5. SELECTION OF WINNERS: The competition winners will be determined by a panel of 3 judges within five (5) working days of the close of the Competition Period. The panel of judges will include at least one independent member.

The judges will evaluate the entries based on the following criteria ("Criteria"):
- The clarity and relevance of the response to the question;
- The likelihood that the advice given would result in a manager sending an employee to TechEd Europe;.
- The creativity shown through the response.

The winners will be notified within ten (10) working days of the close of the Competition Period. Entrants submitting written responses will be contacted through the forum messaging system. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, through no fault of Microsoft, within 5 days after the first attempt, an alternative winner will be selected. The winner may be required to become involved in further publicity or advertising, including but not limited to the use of winning answers in Microsoft publications.


Prizes may consist of more than one item, where more than one item is shown they are combined and treated as a single prize. There will be a maximum of One (1) prize per person. There are Three (3) best response prizes are available for this competition :

– First Prize       1 x Ticket to TechEd Europe, excluding flights & accommodation and all other costs.

- Second Prize  1 x Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone

- Third Prize      1 x Microsoft Branded camp bag (red) containing a Win 7 Resource Kit & Windows Server Resource Kit & some additional surprises!

All responses that meet the entry criteria will be entered into the competition for best answer.

Prizes as stated and non-transferable. No cash or other alternatives available. Microsoft reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The prizes will be sent by 16 May 2012. If no entries are received or the received entries are not deemed to meet the Criteria, the prize will be retained by Microsoft. Prizes may be considered a taxable benefit and winners will be directly responsible for accounting for any tax liability arising on their prize.

7. WINNERS LIST: The winner consents to their first name and surname being made publicly available. The winner’s surnames will be available for a period of 30 days after the end of the Entry Period by emailing Sarah Lamb at

8. OTHER: No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this competition or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this competition at any time without notice.

9. Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party. Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, costs, damage or disappointment of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or arising out of fraud.

Promoter: Microsoft Limited, Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG, England

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  • As we're a small IT solution provider whose customers are mostly on the various versions of SBS, it's easy to become complacent and think we don't need to take a serious look at Hyper-V & the cloud in general. Unfortunately, sometimes it's easy to think cloud solutions like Office 365 aren't relevant for our small clients. However, my boss' interest in persuing cloud solutions began to change not only when one of our clients (though one we didn't mind losing) switched providers in favour of a cloud solution but also when he received an unexpected cheque in the mail for being the Partner on record for an Office 365 client I set up! Surprise!

    Today, I'm at a Microsoft IT Pro Camp showcasing Hyper-V, SCVMM and other virtualisation solutions and realising just how many tools Microsoft has out there to make creating and managing VMs so much easier, efficient and flexible. Tools such as the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target and other remote management tools either built into Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7, or readily available and free from Microsoft online.

    When I get back to the office tomorrow and show the boss some of the things we can do with Microsoft tools to make our jobs easier and cut down on time spent on the phone with client issues, he'll have to send me to Microsoft Tech Ed. Maybe this would be a good time to get another client up and running on Office 365 so he gets another [surprise] cheque in the mail! :-)

  • My employer is a large Learning Partner and the technologies being showcased on ITCamps and at events like TechEd will form major parts of our business as thousands flock to the cloud and need training and certifying On these market leading solutions such as System Center 2012, SQL Server 2012, and all the interconnecting cloud solutions, Office 365 Azure etc. The boss is bound to send me to Tech Ed!

  • As I work for a small business justifying any time out of the office is difficult, however based on the last two days that I have spent at the UK IT Camp in Birmingham, this time it is going to be easy. I would simply explain that the last two days have most likely lead not only to significant savings for our business but also many potential sales opportunities. I would add that is that can be attached to two days think what can be achieved in four at TechEd Europe? And if that failed, I guess I would have to resort to begging!

  • I'd just tell my employer to look at the opportunities of Windows 8 and how things are progressing into the future. New skills and technologies are going to become entirely necessary and attending TechEd will be the best way to be up to date and to stay relevant. You only have to look at the big changes with touch screens, full screen apps, developing in HTML/JS and using Metro UI to see that learning will be imperative, and going to TechEd will be the best and most complete way to find out the latest right from the horse's mouth: Microsoft itself.

  • Tech Ed or my resignation!

  • After solving a really difficult Server/Virtual Server issue( like i usually do) and every other Administrator(including my Boss) asks, "how did you do it and how did u know what to do?", i'l just say "Send me and others to TechEd and we would definitely spend less time troubleshooting our client's server and virtualization issues and we'd be at the forefront of driving Microsoft technologies and implementation in Nigeria and Africa" ...and if he asks me how to convinve  "non techie" management, then i'l get on office 365 and create a presentation with statistics as to how knowlege gleaned from attendees of Teched has helped in solving problems and introducing products with true business value

  • My employer has just moved from Lotus Notes to the Microsoft Platform. I would use the sense of unease with the technology and simply advise them of the benefits of TechEd. Complete immersion in MS technologies that would provide the starting point for building fantastic solutions with the product suite.

    Failing that the Christmas office party photo's may be used as leverage. Let's hope it doesn't come to that....

  • what i would do to convince my boss that teched is a good show to go to is to show him what i have learnt at the free microsoft camp and tell him that this would be more enthusiasm to the work.

  • As a self employed IT Pro, I have the hardest time winning over my boss!  I might just have to let him go with me.

  • I don’t want Salary hike!!! I am not interested in Yearly Bonus too!!!

    “Be the Leader in futuristic technology” - is our company motto.

    To be a leader we need to have the skillset in the latest products, technologies & technology trends, tools & solutions and services & future challenges.

    It would be really nourishing if we get a chance to meet and interact with the subject experts directly and get their views in all the latest developments, technology and technology trends.

    Even if we can meet, meeting all technology leaders from different places under one roof is next to impossible thing……

    But in TechEd we can achieve all the above things exceeding to our expectations – So help me to achieve our company motto by preparing the right skills for the future by sending me to attend the Microsoft TechEd 2012 conference.

    As I am the program manager in mobile application development, I am really expecting to get more insight from this conference to build all our software as per the futuristic technology trends - especially in the integration and consumption of OData on the web in our mobile Banking.

    If cost is the criteria for you then you have my options to adjust on my salary hike and bonus as per the first line of this mail.

  • I am fortunate to have been to Tech-Ed twice, and both times I came back very motivated and full of ideas that can help us move things forward!  If you have any good MS contacts it's also worth getting them to have "a word" on your behalf! ;-)

  • Being a contractor means I am my own boss. When justifying training I have to not only think of the cost of the course but the lost income if I attend one. So I would convince myself by saying it is one of the best IT related networking and training events in the world. One that will enable me not only to learn about a wide range of products but understand the vendor space that helps fill the gaps. Also I will able to discuss challenges with likeminded people who may have been in my position.

  • I have spend my whole life to work in Microsoft Products and visited almost all Open Door events in Pakistan and wish to visit TechEd Europe and try to convince my boss. We are using Dynamics GP in our company and planning to go for Cloud Computing.

  • My boss always wants us to do more for less, including less training budget  >:/  

    Well I say to him that, same as in previous years, attending TechEd means I can do lots more for much less as a week spent at TechEd is worth at least two weeks spent in more traditional classroom environments. The event format enables me to pick & choose the content relevant to my/our business needs and interests, as well as providing access to a unique combination of Microsoft & industry experts, interactive sessions and hands-on labs.

    On top of this, the location means it makes economic sense as well (MMS being in Vegas does stretch credibility a bit ;)

    Besides, I can still be productive while I'm there as it'll be a perfect opportunity to prove our upcoming DirectAccess implementation!

  • Being an international graduate and recently starting a new job I would use this as an opportunity to make as many as possible contacts and build the knowledge to quickly progress in my career.  

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