TechEd North America and TechEd Europe – my speaker preparation, thoughts and my screensaver!

I’m delighted to say that I’m presenting at both TechEd North America, and TechEd Europe in June 2012!  I will be giving my talks on Business Intelligence and Data Visualisation in SQL Server 2012.  I’m looking forward to these events.
It is particularly special for me, since I’d always dreamed of going to TechEd one day, and now I’m attending both conferences as a speaker! This is a dream come true for me. I’m flying out to Orlando, back for one week, and then heading out to Amsterdam.
There is a real sense of occasion in preparations for both events. The level and detail of organisation has been absolutely incredible, right down to the finest detail of logistics. There has been teams of people making sure that everything is going right, and from the speaker perspective, I’ve been repeatedly awed by the care and attention given to making the event a success. There are too many people to name (and I haven’t asked permission to name people!) but I’d like to thank everyone who’s helped me in my preparation for TechEd North America and TechEd Europe.
If you’re coming along to TechEd North America and/or TechEd Europe, then please do stop by and say hello. I’m speaking, and I will also be helping out at the booths so bring your questions along and get help from us!    

My TechEd North America session – I will be presenting on Monday 11th June at 4:45pm, or 16:45 if you prefer your numbers in 24 hour clock! The Agenda Builder for TechEd North America is here, and I recommend that you use it. There are so many great sessions, it is hard to keep track.

My TechEd Europe sessionI will be presenting on Thursday 28th June at 10:15am. To build your agenda for TechEd Europe, please visit this link.

At these events, it can be difficult to find time to go and visit the sponsors, but I always find that it is worth the effort. Remember that these people love Microsoft technologies as much as you do, and they are accustomed to getting the technology to work in customer environments. They might be able to provide you with advice to solve a business problem, or to foresee a business problem which you didn’t know existed. For TechEd North America, the Partners and Sponsors (TechEd North America) link can be found here. For TechEd Europe, the Sponsors and Exhibitors (Europe) list can be found here.

Social Events – there are social events at TechEd. For example, at TechEd Europe, there are a number of social events. For example, on Tuesday 26th June, there is a Welcome Reception, and on Wednesday 27th there is a Delegate Party.

At TechEd North America, there is a Women in IT Luncheon with awesome speaker Catherine Kaputa and I’ll be there to hear the ‘people’ perspective in Technology. I help to organise SQLPass events for ‘Women in Technology’ in Europe as part of the SQLPass organisation, so I’ll be very interested to see the TechEd perspective too.

At TechEd North America, the closing party will involve a visit to Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme park. That will be lots of fun!

My only (unsolicited) piece of advice: make the most of TechEd, don’t be shy! I love my subject, and I love the challenge of fitting technology to the business need.

The SQL Server 2012 motto of ‘further, faster, forward’ applies across the Microsoft technologies, and TechEd is the right place to pick everyone’s brains!

And if you’re wondering what my screensaver is going to be….

I love this song, this video and IE9. So it has to be done, although I will have it on ‘silent’!

Ilook forward to seeing you there.

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