The official MMS 2009 – Call for Industry Sessions



As a past Industry speaker at the Microsoft Management Summit we’d like to invite you to submit session proposals for the MMS 2009 event in Las Vegas next April.  We are again hoping to include session content from Industry speakers, particularly this year when attendees are looking to learn as much as possible from their peers.  Your sessions have helped to bring the “Real World” to past events, which is always much appreciated by the event attendees.


As in previous years we are offering a Speaker Package to all Industry Speakers who are selected to present at the event, which provides:


  • Free speaker registration for the event

  • 4 nights accommodation during the event

  • Access to the on-site speaker lounge at the event

  • An opportunity to take Speaker Training on-site with top professional speaker coach Richard Klees

Content Goals

We are seeking session topics from Industry speakers which cover:


  • Real-world experience in the Windows management space

  • Best practices developed through actual deployments

  • Tips and tricks developed from real life experience


This year we are looking for particular emphasis on how to reduce costs and operate IT deployments more efficiently, in response to the widespread needs of our attendees in the current economic climate.


The audience at MMS works primarily in the Windows IT Management space, though an increasing number of attendees are responsible for management of heterogeneous environments. Consequently topics covering management of Windows as well as mixed-OS environments will be considered for the 2009 event.


The attendees generally have a strong background in Microsoft products, including System Center products and Microsoft SQL Server. Many have strong Systems Management skills and over 30% have experience managing Active Directory and Exchange infrastructures.

Session Content

All Session slots will be 75 minutes, and should be pitched at a 300-400 (technical to deep technical) level for this audience.


The theme of this year’s Microsoft Management Summit is Physical – Virtual – Powerful, reflecting the powerful management solutions available to deploy and control both physical and virtual environments in the Datacenter and on the desktop.


Sessions should focus on best practices, procedures, processes and experiences from real-world deployments.  Unfortunately we can only accept session proposals from management customers and independent industry consultants – not from employees representing ISVs and IHVs in the IT Management industry.

Session Proposal Process

This year we are using a new web interface to accept Session Topic proposals.  The system allows you to first create your own speaker profile and then submit one or more session topics.  The “Call for Sessions” entry page is located here




The first time you access this page, you will need to enter the following RSVP code, which will enable you to create your profile as a Past Industry Speaker:


·         RSVP Access Code: •   MMSA9WPS


You will then be prompted to create your speaker profile, including the email address and password you may use to return to the tool.  Once you have submitted the profile, you can then enter a topic proposal.  Scroll down below the “Tips for Successful Submissions” to reach the “Session Information” description fields where the session details should be entered.


When you return to the tool to submit further topics or review your submissions, follow the link above but log in using your email address and password, and not the RSVP code.


The closing date for topic proposals from Industry speakers is midnight PST on December 14th 2008.  The topic selection process will take place during December and selected speakers will be notified by early January.


If you have any questions about this process, please send email to

Attendee Content Survey

We are currently running an on-line MMS 2009 Content Survey asking potential attendees what content they would like to see at this year’s event.  We will be using the results of this survey to help select the final sessions.  If you wish to receive a preview of the survey results, please let me know in email and I will send you a copy of the latest survey results.



Many thanks for your support in the past.  I look forward to working with you again at MMS 2009.


Best wishes




Martin Dey

Director, Product Marketing

Windows & Enterprise Management Division

Microsoft Corp.



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