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Good Bye San Diego I am packing to leave sunny (yes-at last) Southern California.  As I pack, I remember that I had an action item from the Women In Technlogoy Luncheon. At the end of the event I met Esther Schindler, Site Editor from Ziff Davis Media and she echoed the thoughts of the panelists in that a great way to get known in the industry is to write articles. So ladies and gentleman, if you're interested in submitting , please send Esther articles:  esther@bitranch.com

Wrap-up  I spent yesterday working on post TechEd surveys for the track owners. I've got a long list of notes from attendees and bloggers to start planning the “cabanas” V2.0 and the breakout sessions. Here's an interesting chart that shows the growth in TechEd. It also highlights the fact that the free DVD is going to be huge. I will be working on that with a team that has already begun to finish it and let you know when it gets mailed.  :)

Number of Breakout Sessions
Track 2004 2003 2002
Architecture 20 NA NA
Business Productivity Solutions 54 28 NA
Connected Systems 16 19 26
Data Management 65 64 34
Developer Tools and Technologies 66 96 78
E-Business 14 29 20
Management 15 22 NA
Messaging 39 47 26
Microsoft Business Solutions 22 NA NA
Mobile PC and Devices 17 19 16
Security 31 24 18
Windows Infrastructure Solutions 66 28 16
Planning and Deployment NA 24 26
TOTALS 425 400 260

As of Friday, the top sessions by attendance were: 

Attendance Code Title Speaker Name
1890 WIN330 Group Policy (Part 1): Best Practices and Tips and Tricks Mark Williams
1815 WIN495 Windows Passwords: Everything You Need to Know Mike Danseglio; Jesper Johansson
1525 MSG343 Exchange Server Sizing Stephen Tramack
1264 WIN260 Introduction to Windows Update Services (WUS) Gary Henderson; Josh Vincent
1254 WIN337 Best Practices in Managing Windows Platform via Script (Part 1) Sasha Nosov; Barry Shilmover
1254 WIN338 Best Practices in Managing Windows Platform via Script (Part 2) Sasha Nosov; Barry Shilmover
1104 SEC466 Wireless LAN Security with 802.1X, PEAP and WPA Steve Riley
1084 WIN303 Active Directory Performance Measurement and Troubleshooting Nate Muggli; Mei Wang
1004 SEC300 Securing Microsoft: How Microsoft Does IT Michael Sharp
1003 MSG323 The Life of an E-mail Message: Tracking and Troubleshooting from Creation to Delivery Kevin Laahs; Donald Livengood

The top 10 speakers for Tech•Ed 2004:  

With the exception of Patrick Paludan-Müller, all of the top speakers are return speakers from Tech•Ed 2003 and Tech•Ed 2002.

Rank

Code

Title

Score

# of evals

1.

MBS341

Navision Developer: Build Complete Vertical Solution(s) On Top of Business Suite Patrick Paludan-Müller

8.84

5

2.

DAT349

Preserving SQL Server Performance through Index Maintenance Kimberly L. Tripp

8.81

120

3.

SEC285

Defending Against Layer 8: How to Recognize and Combat Social Engineering Steve Riley

8.80

193

4.

DAT351

The Clustered Index Debate Kimberly L. Tripp

8.79

90

5.

SEC466

Wireless LAN Security with 802.1X, PEAP and WPA Steve Riley

8.77

261

6.

DEV314

ASP.NET 2.0: Overview (Part 2) Scott Guthrie

8.76

175

7.

MSG308

Securing Access to Exchange Server from the Internet Using ISA Steve Riley

8.76

211

8.

SEC475

Network Threat Modeling Jesper Johansson

8.74

101

9.

WIN495

Windows Passwords: Everything You Need to Know Mike Danseglio; Jesper Johansson

8.74

287

10.

DEV313

ASP.NET 2.0: Overview (Part 1) Scott Guthrie

8.72

236

 

Posted on Sunday, May 30, 2004 1:21 PM | Back to top


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The most popular sessions (WINXYZ - 6 out of top 10) do NOT seem to enjoy high evaluations on speakers except WIN495. Pretty interesting.
Left by Kevin on May 31, 2004 1:56 AM

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I'd give my vote for Jeff Prosise and his ASP.NET Threats and Threat Modelling breakout. While some of it was a rehash of the Dev Days speech, there was still a lot of great stuff to be had. He's also an excellent speaker.

Your stats are interesting, specifically the drop in Developer related talks by 35%. Where did these sessions go, I wonder?
Left by Elliot Rodriguez on May 31, 2004 7:45 AM

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I'd give my vote for Jeff Prosise and his ASP.NET Threats and Threat Modelling breakout. While some of it was a rehash of the Dev Days speech, there was still a lot of great stuff to be had. He's also an excellent speaker.

Your stats are interesting, specifically the drop in Developer related talks by 35%. Where did these sessions go, I wonder?
Left by Elliot Rodriguez on May 31, 2004 7:45 AM

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hmm - not sure how the double post occurred... sorry.
Left by Elliot Rodriguez on May 31, 2004 7:47 AM

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I was hoping to submit evaluations of some the sessions once I got home, but a return to www.msteched.com no longer had a link to the evaluation page. The last day of the conference was a bit hectic, and with travel and all, I never got to evaluate one of the most useful conference sessions of the week (and one of the few that focussed on Content Management Server.) I'd hate for that presenter not to be asked back because of a lack of feedback.
Left by Rob Rohr on Jun 14, 2004 6:45 PM

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