Roger and I sat in the overflow room to watch the keynote. I took stream of consciousness notes and have annotated them to some extent. My overall impression was that the demos were slick and well rehearsed, but that the keynote was more of a formality than a necessity. You can view the recording of the keynote on the Virtual TechEd site.
Bob Muglia (Senior VP, Server and Tools) opened with a cool Back to the Future sketch with Christopher Lloyd.
Started talking about the optimization models. Recognizing where your org is in the standard models helps you know what to do next to become more effective.
The models tie into initiatives
Case Study - Energizer
Used to be 2 years in arrears in IT as a policy - going towards dynamic lets them concentrate on solving the business problems.
Tom Bittman - Gartner
Connections becoming pervasive
Response time expectations are shrinking
Relationships are online and short-lived - so Windows of opportunity are getting smaller - more frequent and smaller
Agility means that some are able to take advantage of this and other not
Agility requires us to take technology and apply it to itself
Agility is balance between speed and operational efficiency - Sense and respond to change
Agility needs to be system-wide including the interfaces
Need a variable cost model - S+S? Certainly pay-per-use, not up-front investment.
Focus on process, technology and organization.
Windows Server 2008 Demo
Virtual Machine Manager
Add Microsoft System Centre for a great fit
SML - industry agreement on modelling
Domain specific models now being developed
Cool Outlook extension from Brian Goldfarb
Roadmap and Summary
Mention as many product names as possible, including VS2008, Windows Server 2008 (both shipping this year) and SQL Server 2008 (shipping next year)
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