Jun 21

TechEd 2012: Community

This past week I was privileged to attend TechEd 2012 in Orlando, Florida. For those who don’t know, TechEd is Microsoft’s big conference for IT and Development Professionals. This event is something I look forward to as it brings together almost every piece of technology I work with. The organization I work for provides SaaS (Software as a Service) applications for K-12 school districts. We are a 100% Microsoft shop, so going to TechEd allows us to know the direction and new technology Microsoft is developing. Three years ago I was able to attend my first TechEd in LA. It was fun and exciting, and I came home with an energy to implement all this new stuff in a month. Reality set in and all that energy had to be directed to other places. It was fun and a huge learning experience, and the plan was to build on that experience at this years TechEd if a few different ways.

Three years ago I didn’t do much other than go to sessions with content that I was interested in or going to implement. This year the plan was a little different. I was to still planning to attend sessions, but I also wanted to meet other IT Pros like me and get involved with the PowerShell community. Back in April I competed in the 2012 Scripting Games. I did better than I anticipated. During this event I had lots of questions and one of the best way to ask them was through Twitter. Doing this connected me to both @scriptingGuys and @scriptingWife, Ed Willson orchestrated the event, and his wife competed and gave helpful hints. They both were at TechEd, and I had a great opportunity to meet them and other PowerShell super stars. In talking with Ed, he ask if he could interview me about my experience in the scripting games, I obliged and the interview is now on YouTube.

Getting to interact with those at Microsoft is one of the major benefits of going to this conference. This community is the No. 1 reason I took so much away from this years TechEd. Being a part of a community initiates improvement and camaraderie, and also becomes a reliable information resource. The PowerShell  community, I believe, provides these in may different ways, and TechEd 2012 proved it.



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