IT Pro TOWNHALL recap

April 18th I was invited to Microsoft http://msmvps.com/blogs/clustering/archive/2007/03/27/it-pro-townhall-with-steve-ballmer.aspx for the first every IT Pro Townhall event. We were not allowed to take pictures, so I don’t have any of those, but we could take notes. Here are my random notes and thoughts:


 We started the daily with an early breakfast. Looking around the room everyone had one thing on their mind, how did I make the cut with all these smart people? It was a who-is-who of the IT industry.


Panel Discussion #1 – Next generation of the Web and its implications on IT Professionals; both as consumers and in the enterprise


First up was a session on Web 2.0 with Bill Veghie (Microsoft), Chris Jones (Microsoft) and Craig Barnes (Attensa)


 


·         Chris Jones @ Microsoft – does not know what it means. Applications are more interactive.


·         RSS, dash boards, combination of data that was simply not possible before, integration, blogging, Google/Yahoo are bringing spreadsheet content to the web, both online/offline, AJAX, face book


·         Stating Wikipedia as fact, not a great Web 2.0 idea.


·         Collaboration


·         Interoperation and credentials


·         Tracking data back to an original source, audit


·         Community, social networking, social information tagging – Richer


·         Reputation based system – Mark Minasi


·         Data is not information – Jesper Johnanson


Panel Discussion #2 – The Evolution of the IT Professional Community


The second session had a panel with Dave Sanders (Culminis), Beth Quinlan (BQ), Kevin Kline (PASS), Lee Benjamin (Exchange Guy Consulting).


 


·         Hands on lab, virtualization, connecting people and products


·         Relationships – ties it all together


·         User Groups


·         Developers and IT Pro are the real community


Panel Discussion #3 – Data Center trends, Virtualization and Managed Services


This session had an interesting panel – Bob Muglia (Microsoft), Ron Markezich (Microsoft), Dan Holme (Intelllliem), Mark Minasi (MR&D) 


 


·         Smaller amount of IT professionals, more people running core business


·         Consolidation of storage, pooling resources


·         Microsoft is living all the products in Dog Food


·         Everything can be virtualized – Bob Muglia we will hit that point in the future


·         Check Alert to Ticket ratio, Microsoft using MOM is 1.5


·         Virtualized another egg shell – Jesper


·         IPSec & Server Roles – powerful security


·         Microsoft does this for Energizer – LCS, Exchange, etc.


·         Microsoft should dog food its own licenses


·         Does this phase our IT Pros? No, it empowers them to fix issues and solve problems


·         Assumption was 5 years ago 100% of IT Pro would be off shore, that is not the case today


·         Slimmer product suites, maybe limit Exchange features just calendaring and Internet email


Keynote – Steve Ballmer


·         What is Microsoft?


o   Broad horizontal technologies


§  Desktop


§  Enterprise


§  Online information and commerce


§  Modern consumer electronics


o   Two classes of people   


§  Have an IT department


§  They count on Yahoo or Hosted Services


·         Web 2.0 – CRM, like the Xbox live – PC live and what that means to us


·         Vista slow adoption and any lessoned learn that would help with future products like Longhorn – “it has meet my expectations”


·         What do you think about User Groups – do not under invest in user groups, that would be a mistake and should be rectified.


·         “If you don’t have world class email, you are sorta dead!”


·         SteveB@Microsoft.com email me, I will try and get back with you in a week


We are supposed to get a Podcast of the day’s events, if we do I will share (if I am allowed).


 

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