Back to China…

I leave tomorrow morning about 3am, headed back to China for a while.  Thanks to all of your prayers and thoughts.  I’ll see you when I return – closer to MMS 2009!

iPhone 3.0 will put the iPhone years ahead of the competition?

"The new iPhone OS 3.0 is a major software release packed with incredible new features and innovations for iPhone customers and developers alike," said Apple Senior Vice President Philip Schiller. "It will keep us years ahead of the competition."

Uh…so what’s the major, killer features?  Here’s a few:

  • Cut-and-paste
  • Phone-to-phone wireless connection
  • Push-notification system
  • Landscape view for email
  • Phone tethering (maybe)
  • Flash support (maybe)


Years ahead of competition?  Gimme a break.  Windows Mobile has been doing this for years.  Apple is just catching up – not releasing breakthrough features.

MMS 2009 – Early Bird Registration Closes on April 3rd!

Register by April 3rd and save over $300!

Reserve your place now at the premiere technical event of the year for IT Management Professionals. Register before April 3rd 2009 and you’ll save more than $300 on the regular price.

Early-bird registration for MMS 2009 is still open, and can be accessed from the event web site at  The site provides an overview of the event as well as the complete event schedule.

Event Agenda
MMS 2009 will offer more deep technical breakout sessions than ever before, covering a broad range of IT Management topics and technologies. Daily Q&A slots also allow attendees to meet the presenters of that day’s sessions and discuss specific session content informally in a 1:1 format. In addition, the event will provide over 9,000 Hands-On Lab places during the week, including more Instructor-led Lab topics than in any previous year, as well as the usual “walk-up” self-paced lab area.  All of Microsoft’s management solutions, together with those provided by Partners, will be on show at the MMS 2009 Expo where you’ll have the opportunity to review the latest solutions and discuss your specific requirements with leading industry experts and your peers within the IT industry.

Session Schedule
Full details of the Breakout, Self-paced and Instructor-led Lab sessions are provided on the event web site Sessions Page and in a downloadable Session Details PDF. In addition a grid view of all the Breakout and ILL schedules is available in two page formats: Week on a page (11”x17”) and Day on a page (Legal).

Deep Technical Content
Only at MMS 2009 can you find both the breadth and the depth of information you need on current IT Management issues and solutions. Topics covering areas such as "Systems Management", "Operations Management", "Virtualization" and "Solution Accelerators" quickly drill from overviews of the latest features and solutions into detailed troubleshooting and performance optimization topics. Whether you need to optimize IT service availability or plan cost-effective OS and software deployments for your organization, you'll find everything you need to know at MMS 2009.

This year the summit is returning to The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  You may choose to purchase accommodation separately from your registration or during the on-line registration process.  The MMS 2009 Event Team has negotiated a special rate at the Venetian Hotel, available only through the registration web site. Details of the accommodation on offer are provided on the MMS 2009 Registration Page.

Don’t miss out on the top IT management event of 2009.  Register now!

Free version of Live Maps for OpsMgr 2007

The Netherlands – Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Savision B.V., the leader in Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager visualization, today announced the availability of a free version of Live Maps for Microsoft Operations Manager 2007. Microsoft Operations Manager administrators everywhere can now benefit from the extraordinary visualization capabilities of Live Maps v3. The free version is fully functional and allows IT organizations to create three maps of any type.


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1E, a leading provider of Windows management software and services designed to reduce costs within the business environment, today announces that the US Department of Veterans Affairs has licensed PC Power Management software from 1E. The Department is currently deploying 220,000 seats of the Power and Patch Management Pack as part of its major Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager rollout. The deal will ensure costs savings throughout the organization and will also mean that the Department will be able to enjoy a reduction in its carbon footprint.


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As a vendor who wants to get noticed by the System Center community, do you wonder how to interact on a daily basis with customers and potential customers?  Wonder no more!

Today, has unleashed new Partnership levels, featuring tiered levels designed to work with marketing budgets and your needs and requirements.

In this day and age, it’s tough to know if your message is being heard. makes it easy to understand and simple to know through our completely interactive service.  Advertising on the web has become a daunting task.  Some web sites offer banner placement, and then you are left wondering (hoping) if someone even sees your message. takes your message and blasts it out to a highly targeted group of customers and potential customers who actually WANT to hear your message.  That group, by the way, includes close to 60,000 people in varying company sizes, different management levels, and a huge number of countries.  And, not only do we work within the System Center community to get your message out, but one email or one phone call gets your message out to the world through our direct interaction in today’s social media outlets. 

Stop worrying about how to get the best return for you marketing dollars, jump out here and download the Full Media Kit to get started:

Let us take care of your marketing and get back to building your business.

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