[Hong Kong] Microsoft Server Championships 2007 for IT Professional (apply before 2007.01.29 Mon)

Microsoft Server Championships 2007 (for IT Professional) is here again. By paying HK$ 100 for a competition track, you can attend a skills enhancement seminar that is delivered by a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and be provided with white papers and supporting technical information. A hands-on lab training will also be given if you are being chosen as one of the 100 participants of the competition. The ultimate winner will receive free admission and accommodation to Microsoft TechEd 2007 in Orlando, HK$10,000 cash award, O2 Atom Exec, TechNet Subscription, admission to Microsoft TechEd Hong Kong 2007, a trip to Microsoft Shanghai R&D Center, and a trophy! Another good news is that your registration fee will be donated to Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth, together with an additional matching fund provided by Microsoft. Registration will end on 2007.01.29 (Mon). Act now!

The following 3 different tracks are available for the IT Professional Challenge.

Track 1: The new collaboration platform: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Track 2: Business Intelligence: Connect people, process and information with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
Track 3: Take control of your IT infrastructure: Infrastructure optimization using Microsoft System Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

===== For more information
– Microsoft Server Championships 2007

– Hong Kong Federation of Handicapped Youth

Bob Beauchemin @ TechEd Hong Kong 2006 – ADO.NET vNext

Bob Beauchemin has just spent a few days in TechEd Hong Kong, giving a few talks on various aspects of SQL Server 2005 and some topics related to .NET development. He has also offered a full-day pre-conference seminar on SQL Server 2005 features like T-SQL enhancements, T-SQL vs SQLCLR, tuning, etc.

To me, the topic about "Next generation data access in .NET application with ADO.NET vNext" is exciting, while Bob has just offered a summary of ADO.NET vNext on his blog "What is ADO.NET vNext anyway?" right after his talk! [;)] More information about ADO.NET vNext can also be found at MSDN "Next-generation data access: making the conceptual level real", while Community Technology Preview is available for download at ADO.NET vNext CTP August 2006.