Catching Up and PDC’09: So many sessions; so little time

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I’ve been busy.  For the past 5 months or so I’ve been working on something completely different.  I moved out of the Dynamics world Sad and into the Azure world Smiley .

In July I was asked to help out with the PDC planning.  David Aiken’s team was doing a great job with technical evangelism so I was mainly responsible for supporting the Microsoft field evangelists by engaging with key projects, helping to recruit target customers/partners, engaging customers and partners with feedback on business models and managing the all-up engagement pipeline across the TAPs, Metro and Bizspark.  As you can imagine with a mandate that wide I did a lot of cross-group work.  One of the key tasks was helping with partners in the PDC day 1 keynote (see my video of backstage PDC).  Another was helping with the partner-specific sessions (i.e. the Lunch sessions).

PDC was a blast.  I spent so much time with partners that in the end I only had time to get to 2 sessions (and that includes the one where I was speaker).  The time I spent meeting with partners was fantastic.  I shot almost 17GB of video for a Channel 9 series I’m putting together (more on that soon). 

Here’s a video I shot of a discussion I had with a couple of partners (Rob Fraser of Risk Metrics Group and Richard Prodger of Active Web Solutions) about what they found interesting about PDC this year.

Since I didn’t get a chance to get to many of the sessions I’ll be watching them online.  All the sessions include full streaming or downloadable video and slide decks.  Here’s the complete list of Windows Azure Platform sessions:

Getting Started

Windows Azure

Codename “Dallas”

SQL Azure

Identity

Customer & Partner Showcases

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