A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

September, 2008

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    TechDays Registration Is Live – Get The Early Bird Price While You Can

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    From the Dev Connection Blog, John writes:

    Hello Everyone! 

    While we don’t have all the speakers listed as there are over 60 across the country (most should be there for the end of the week), we do have the sessions and you can sign up for the early bird price right now.  We are going out to the masses later this week and given we’ve limited attendance to 5000 across the country…please take advantage of this as soon as you can.   As you participate in our community connection blogs, I feel it’s important that we give you an advance heads up in order to miss the rush.

    Again, Thanks for all your comments and keep them coming.  My hope is that this type of subsided conference is one that is worthwhile to each of you and you vote with your feet to attend. 

    I look forward to seeing you there!

    take care,

    John

     

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    TechDays Is Here! TechDays Is Here! TechDays Is Here!

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    I am extremely pleased to announce that the TechDays 2008 registration site is now open.  What is TechDays you ask?!  Check it out here.

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    Don’t want to miss the IT conference of the year?  Ready to register?  Head over to the TechDays site.

     

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    We Are Hiring: ISV Platform Evangelist (Contract)

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    ISV Tele-Developer Evangelist (1 Year Contract)


    Job Number: J0808-0069 - Contract

    Category: Developer & Platform Evangelism

    City: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada


    The ISV (Independent Software Vendor) Tele-Developer Evangelist is a member of the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team whose overall mission is to secure platform adoption and revenue growth through evangelism, community engagement, relationship marketing and a vibrant ISV ecosystem.
    DPE focuses on promotion and adoption of Microsoft platform technologies, which leads to current and future revenue.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Driving Broad Customer Connection across the Developer, Architect and IT Pro audiences through an integrated approach to evangelism, communities and intelligent audience marketing
    • Marketing of the broad Microsoft platform and developer tools
    • Engaging ISVs through online based technical evangelism activities and providing strategic leadership on ISVs across the subsidiary/district
    • Driving highly visible design wins with Microsoft partners that lead to compelling evidence and customer references; this includes scaling design wins on the Microsoft platform enabling services partners to architect and win business-critical applications based on the Microsoft platform

    In summary, DPE is committed to broad platform adoption and a vibrant ecosystem of customers, partners and developers. Through evangelism, marketing and sales, DPE helps secure the Microsoft platform, now and in the future.

    The ISV Tele-DE role is a technical one, with the mission of driving ISV adoption of the Microsoft platform. The concept of high-touch technical enablement with strategic ISVs is crucial to understanding the goal of the ISV Tele-DE role.

    This position has an impact across Canada by directly working with strategic ISVs to enable them to build applications on the Microsoft platform. By acting as a trusted technical advisor with ISVs, ISV tele-DEs will also increase ISV developer satisfaction. ISV tele-DEs contribute directly to the ISV adoption of .NET related technologies WW and the establishment of a healthy ISV developer eco-system

    The ISV Tele-DE relies on the following colleagues:
    • ISV Tele-PAM for guidance on which ISVs the ISV Tele-DE should engage with, and to pass off ISV program questions to.
    • Premier support for architecture reviews, break fix support, online chats and other on-line presence.
    • Other field roles (DSS, DE, DA, AE) for sharing technical information and best practices, sometimes around specific ISV accounts.
    • Their DPE regional ISV lead for localized guidance on how to execute companywide ISV strategies.

    Responsibilities:
    • Act as a “trusted advisor” by providing high-touch tech enablement to 140 Tele-PAM managed Microsoft ISV Partners.
    • Present technical platform and product overview sessions to ISVs via telephone and online based communication.
    • Engage ISVs that are currently not utilizing Microsoft technology to either add a new Microsoft application, or to migrate their apps entirely from a variety of technologies (e.g. OracleSQL, *.nixWindows, J2EE.NET)
    • Increase satisfaction in the ISV ecosystem by connecting with ISVs thru online and offline communities.
    • Regular reporting and updating of partner profiles to internal CRM systems.
    • Assisting all approved partners in gaining access to core technology adoption portals.
    • Regular analysis of the ISV market space in Canada to ensure we are engaging the right partners.
    • Key Metrics that you will be evaluated on includes design wins, competitive wins, ISV satisfaction and event satisfaction.

    Qualifications:
    • A passion for Technology and the Microsoft platform (including .NET, Windows Server, Office Business Applications, Business Solutions, etc).
    • Knowledge in two or more core Microsoft development technologies, such as .NET Framework 3.x (including WPF, WCF and WF), ASP.NET, IIS, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Office Development including SharePoint.
    • Background working with Independent Software Vendors would be a key benefit
    • Technical credibility, skill set and background.
    • Excellent presentation skills with strong verbal and written skills.
    • The ability to speak with influence, impact and explain complex technical solutions cleanly.
    • Strong teamwork and cross-group skills are essential.
    • Ability to prioritize with the scope of go-to-market strategies. Make decisions on the fly as to utilization of time and resources.
    • Comfort with working independently.
    • Four year degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline.
    • 2-5 years of experience developing software applications on the Microsoft platform.
    • Solid knowledge of J2EE software development tools and programming models a plus.
    • Current programming/modeling skills a strong advantage.
    • This position is telephone based and does not require travel.

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    We Are Hiring – Architect Evangelist

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    Want to join the absolutely best team at Microsoft Canada?  We are hiring!

     

    Architect Evangelist

    The Challenge:

    The mission of the Architect Evangelist (AE) is to demonstrate the value of new innovative Microsoft platform technologies by engaging with senior technical decision makers (TDMs) at both enterprises customers and partners. The AE is also responsible for general platform evangelism towards the architect audience.

     

    The Role:

    The goal of an Architect Evangelist is to accelerate the adoption of the Microsoft Platform in the Enterprise. The Architect Evangelist (AE) has two key sets of responsibilities, the first with Customers, the second with the Technical Decision Maker Audience. 

    With customers the AEs are chartered to deliver strategic and referenceable enterprise wins involving architectural battles. These wins should clearly demonstrate the value of our platform, as well as technical and  Architectural thought leadership; with a focus on early adoption. Additionally, the AE is charged with working with specific influential accounts on strategic projects. 

    From an Audience perspective, the AE is chartered with Technical and general Thought Leadership in the area of Architecture towards Technical Decision Maker’s; with a focus on influentials, managed architects and reaching out to the masses (both architects and those interested in architecture).

     

    Key responsibilities include:

    ·         Build Trusted Advisor relationships with customer architects and architectural decision makers

    ·         Strategic Vision & Architectural Design Sessions

    ·         Working with Partner architects to integrate solutions on Microsoft platform technology

    ·         Drive key Enterprise Wins & Early Adoption

    ·         Broad reach advocacy events for architect community

     

    The Fit:

    • A passion for Technology and the Microsoft platform (including .NET, Windows/SQL Server, Vista, Office System etc)

    • Background working with Enterprise customers would be a key benefit

    • Technical credibility, skill set and background

    • Deep knowledge of Architectural concepts, issues and trends.

    • Excellent presentation skills.  The ability to speak with influence and impact.

    • Strong Organizational Awareness and Business Acumen

    • Clear understanding / expertise in Microsoft technologies, architectural vision and roadmap.

    • Well-versed in the way in which these conceptual ideas can be mapped to the problems one encounters in the Enterprise space. (e.g. Service Oriented Architecture).

    • Excellent knowledge and experience of competitive platforms, products, companies and philosophies, and ideally will have a similar background for Microsoft Experience and expertise in large scale system design and implementation. 

    • Strong teamwork and cross-group skills are essential

    • Make decisions on the fly as to utilization of time and resources

    • Comfort with working independently, but within fiscal strategy

    • Four year degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related discipline

    • 7+ years of customer interaction in a technical role

    • Solid knowledge of J2EE software development tools and programming models a plus.

    • Current programming/modeling skills a strong advantage

    • Travel required

    • Ability to fit into a dynamic, high performance team and have fun!

     

    About The Group:

    The Architect Evangelist is a member of the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) team whose overall mission is to secure platform adoption and revenue growth through evangelism, community engagement, relationship marketing and a vibrant solutions ecosystem.  DPE focuses on promotion and adoption of Microsoft platform technologies, which leads to current and future revenue. 

    Responsibilities include:

    • Driving Broad Customer Connection across the Developer, Architect and IT Pro audiences through an integrated approach to evangelism, communities and intelligent audience marketing

    • Marketing of the broad Microsoft platform and developer tools

    • Engaging ISVs through depth and breadth technical evangelism activities and providing strategic leadership on ISVs across the subsidiary/district

    • Driving highly visible design wins in enterprise accounts that lead to compelling evidence and customer references; this includes scaling design wins on the Microsoft platform enabling services partners to architect and win business-critical applications based on the Microsoft platform

    • Selling developer tools to enterprise accounts, partners and through the channel

    • Engaging students and faculty in universities and high schools in order to win mindshare of nascent developers

     

    In summary, DPE is committed to broad platform adoption and a vibrant ecosystem of customers, partners and developers.  Through evangelism, marketing and sales, DPE helps secure the Microsoft platform, now and in the future.

     

    Want to apply?  Go to:  http://www.microsoft.com/canada/employment/default.mspx

    Search for role: J0908-0221

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    Are You A Student? Going To Explore Design? We Are.

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    Qixing has outlined our involvement at Explore Design.  This is a major investment for us this year and our team is looking forward to seeing everyone at the show.  Probably the coolest part it that we have a Surface unit to show off.  If you are a student and attending the show, please stop by and say hello to our team.

     

    From our UX Connection Blog:

     

    Explore Design is less than a week! Last year I went to the conference as an attendee and had a blast. It was great to talk to high school students who were interested in Design and connecting with design professors from colleges and universities around the country. I was really impressed by the creativity on the show floor and inspired by many keynotes and design seminars which conveyed the value and excitement of design. More importantly, I was thrilled to see there are so many students who were hungry to be the next greatest Interaction, Game, Fashion, Industrial, ... Designer! I wish there was an education fair like this when I was in high school. ;-)

    This year , we are participating in the conference in a big way this year. In addition to title sponsor the conference, we along with our partners are bringing the following content:

    Two Keynotes

    Oct. 1 @ 12:00pm: A Design Vision for Microsoft Surface: Predicting the Past
    Lisa Anderson, Director, Microsoft Surface UX Team

    A new inflection point in human-computer interaction is upon us. Along with other technologies, Microsoft Surface marks a departure from graphical user interface (GUI) into the world of Natural User Interface (NUI.) This talk focuses a lens on how one design team is thinking about designing for a new era in which intuitive interaction is the imperative. Using theoretical models drawn from a mix of history, science, philosophy, and even video game design, this presentation reveals some principles behind experience design for Microsoft Surface and beyond.

    lisander005 Lisa C. Anderson is currently the Microsoft Surface User Experience Director. Previous to this role, she held similar positions at Intuit and Autodesk in the Bay Area. In years past, Lisa acted as User Experience Director for several other teams at Microsoft: Windows XP, MSN, Real Time Collaboration. She was also Executive Producer at Corbis for several years, where she produced award-winning, high-end documentaries on CD-ROM (Leonardo da Vinci;  Critical Mass: America’s Race to Create the Atomic Bomb; FDR; The Barnes Collection). Her background and education are in Design, Art History, English Literature, Writing, Editing, Publishing.

    Oct. 2 @ 1:30pm: The Story of the Ribbon
    Jensen Harris, Principal Group Program Manager, Microsoft Office UX Team

    Farewell, menus and toolbars! In this talk, you'll hear the behind-the-scenes stories of how the Microsoft Office 2007 Ribbon user interface was imagined, designed, and validated. You'll see never-before-shown early prototypes, hear about the mistakes we learned from during the design process, and find out the principles of user experience design we used each step of the way in creating the first totally new user interface for Microsoft Office.

    clip_image001Jensen Harris is the Group Program Manager of the Microsoft Office User Experience team and was one of the key designers behind the new Ribbon user interface introduced in Office 2007. Jensen joined Microsoft in 1998, and has focused on the overall user interface of Microsoft Office since late 2003. Prior to working at Microsoft, Jensen graduated with degrees in music composition from Yale University and Interlochen Arts Academy. He publishes his thoughts on software and user interface design on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh.

    Two Seminars

    Oct. 1 @12:30pm: Designing Magical User Interfaces

    Susan Greenfield, UX Designer, Infusion Development
    Qixing Zheng, UX Advisor, Microsoft Canada

    Experience the no-holds-barred creativity and killer apps that are leaving the web as you know it in the dust. We'll introduce you to the interaction designer's new best friend - Microsoft Expression - the one tool for designing stunning and immersive user experiences.

    Oct. 2 @ 11:00am: Form follows Fun: Player-Centred Design in Games

    Julian Spillane & Douglas Gregory, Frozen North Productions, Inc.

    The types of people who play games and the expectations they bring to the medium are diversifying at an incredible rate. Julian Spillane and Douglas Gregory of Canadian game development studio Frozen North Productions talk about the challenges in designing games for new types of player, and strategies for creating good, accessible fun.

    Design for the Greater Good Talk from Canadian Imagine Cup Winners

    Oct. 1 @ 11:30am: GreeNet and Imagine Cup
    Jin Fan and Kevin Muise, Simon Fraser University, School of Interactive Arts & Technology

    The Design Story Behind a Sustainable Interaction Design Application. Kevin and Jin will discuss GreeNet and the design story behind it and their tales from the Imagine Cup competition in Paris. They developed a prototype Facebook application that they hope will raise awareness of unnecessary energy consumption in daily life.

    Microsoft Design Showcase Booth

    Come and play our innovative designs firsthand with Surface, Expression Studio, XBOX, Zune, Home Server, Silverlight, and a big surprise that you don't want to miss!

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    Lastly, you don't have to be a student or teacher to attend. If something at the conference interests you, just drop by the conference to attend one of the talks or play at our booth. Individual ticket is only $15.

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    Reach out to new Canadians to battle tech talent crunch

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    Sharif, our HR VP, is featured in this article in Itbusiness.ca.  He talks about ways to address the talent crunch in Canada.

     

    Reach out to new Canadians to battle tech talent crunch, urges Microsoft exec.  9/25/2008 5:00:00 AM By: Kavita Gosyne

    The tech talent crunch is very real but a Microsoft Canada executive offers a strategy to tackle it head on. It involves harnessing the potential of new Canadians, women and Gen Y.

    Fact: Canadian graduates with computer science, math and engineering degrees are rapidly declining.

    If this trend continues there will be more than 90,000 unfilled positions in the next three to five years, cautions Sharif Khan, vice-president,  human resources at Mississauga, Ont.-based Microsoft Canada Co.

    Our inability to fill these jobs will cost us around $125,000 per year, he says.

    "I don't think this [talent shortage] was anticipated," said Khan in his keynote address at TorontoTech Week on Wednesday.

    TechWeek is a multi-day conference that provides a forum for technology professionals in the Greater Toronto Area to share insights, challenges, and best practices.

    Khan did all of these in his presentation.

    He emphasized the importance of equipping the workforce – especially certain segments – with the skills they need to succeed.

    This, he said, is a priority for Microsoft, which is proactively reaching out to three key groups: new Canadians, women, and Gen Y. 

    "We need to go find them, we can't wait for people to come to us anymore." 

     

    You can find the rest of the article here.

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    PDC News – Killer Keynotes

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    http://microsoftpdc.com/View.aspx?post=91d46819-8472-40ad-a661-2c78acb4018c:8963599&tag=PDC2008

    In our first keynote at PDC2008 Ray Ozzie will talk about the new world of Software Plus Services, with Bob Muglia joining him, to unveil our new Cloud Computing platform.

    In a second keynote, Ray will return to talk about building immersive user experiences and introduce Steven Sinofsky, who will give developers a first look at the next version of Windows, Windows 7. Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell will join Ray and Steven to dive deep on the latest Win32 and .NET platform advances that enable a next generation of user experiences spanning multiple devices, including a look at the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, “Live Mesh”, and the rest of the client platform.

    In keynote three, we turn the microphone over to coders extraordinaire Don Box and Chris Anderson, who will look at Microsoft’s latest technologies through the eyes of working developers.

    And finally, in our fourth keynote, Rick Rashid will talk about how Microsoft research is helping to shape the future of computing.

    Are you a Canadian heading to PDC?  Let us know and keep an eye on the blogs for announcements detailing our Canadian specific plans at the Conference.

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    Ignite Your Career

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    If you haven’t noticed, we have a bit of a theme behind our events and programs this year – developing your skills and career.  A major hit last year was our “Ignite Your Career” series.  These webcasts, featuring a great line-up of experts (both MSFT and not), focus strictly on skills and career.  We actually exceeded our record for attendees on a single webcast during one of the Ignite Your Career webcasts.

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    Christian explains on the Developer Connection Blog:

    “One of my proudest moments last year was when we launched the Ignite your Career webcast series. My worries at the time were around attendance and questions. Would there be enough people? Would there be enough questions to keep the conversation going? Well. You got involved for sure. We had the best turnout at a webcast series and the questions poured in. It was so good that our buddies on the IT Pro side (TechNet) went ahead and did a similar one later on. Well this year it's back and better. We've combined our efforts and bringing you a bigger and better series that will help you with your career and your technical skills. So if you're an architect or a developer, an IT manager or an IT Professional, join us for this cool webcast series. After all, we're all part of the big ICT family.”

    You can watch live or on-demand.  It’s worth checking out.

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    MSR Releases The Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE)

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    I’ve been using ICE for a while.  It rocks – the best way to build panoramic or composite images from a group of photos.  Try it out.

    From the site:

    Screenshot2-480“Microsoft Image Composite Editor is an advanced panoramic image stitcher. You shoot a set of overlapping photographs of a scene from a single location, and Image Composite Editor creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all your images at full resolution. Then save your stitched panorama in a wide variety of formats, from common formats like JPEG and TIFF to multi-resolution tiled formats like HD View and Silverlight Deep Zoom.”

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    PDC – Wow, 160GB hard drives for all!

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    Go to PDC, get all the bits on your very own hard drive… that’s good swag.  http://www.microsoftpdc.com/


    Countdown to PDC 2008: This is the Software + Services PDC, Plus a Hard Drive Chock Full o’Bits is a PDC Attendee’s Dream Come True!

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    TechDays – Some Q&A

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    John Oxley has received a lot of email on Techdays and he responds to some of it here.

    “Hello Everyone! 

    Your feedback on TechDays has been great and I really want to thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments with me.  I thought, as there has been three major themes in all the questions, I’d share my answers both broadly and individually via direct email.

    Firstly, thanks for all the positive comments on bringing the technical conference series to Canada.  It is an exciting time. The team is pretty jazzed about doing what we can to support your development and passionate about being a positive contributor to the ICT industry.  We can’t wait until you attend and experience the event, so we can get your feedback to make it better….for next year.

    Secondly, I’ve had some comments on if there is a discount for students and user groups.  Short answer is no as this is an already subsidized conference.  Long answer: It costs a lot to bring this level of technical conference to Canada and since we wanted this type of training to be accessible to all, we’ve invested quite a bit to make the early bird price as low as it is.   Our cost to deliver this conference series on a per per person level is well over the full costs of $499.99 (2 Day event) and $249.99 (1 day event).    To that point we are committed to supporting you and your development/skills growth.....So, please take advantage of the early bird price as soon as you can.

    Thirdly, While I’m sorry that the Toronto date is the same time as the professional developers conference we did have to think about the broad audience.  We tried to get a different date and were limited in the availability due to our short booking time (I guess you need about a years notice).  On a positive note, for those not able to go to PDC, now they have the opportunity to attend a  technical conference with similar depth of content in Canada.

    Again, Thanks for all your comments and keep them coming.  Personally this is an important challenge and a needed conference that I’m excited about being a part in bringing to Canada.  Your support has been wonderful and I’m going to make it a point to be at most if not all the cities to do a listening tour in order to gain more of your feedback to make this even better next year.   So when you come, hunt me down and share your thoughts.

    The team also reminded me that…….It’s all about the BLING and if you what to show your excitement, please check out the the “badge / bling” page use it as you like to share your passion and download/use the TechDays Countdown gadget if you’re a real geek like me.

    As always, please get engaged, enjoy your journey and reach out to share your experiences.  You can connect directly to me or my team via our blogs or please don’t hesitate to email me at john.oxley@microsoft.com.

    John”

    Rick Claus is also getting questions and he answers them here.

    “John Oxley’s 2nd post on TechDays has raised a couple of questions in his personal email (yes, that email is his personal email). I thought it best if they came in the form of a quick Monday morning post – the week the registration site goes live.

    Here they are..

    1) “To that point we are committed to supporting you and your development/skills growth.....So, please take advantage of the early bird price as soon as you can.” Where is the url to register so I can take advantage of this price?

    a. URL coming early next week......just putting the finishing touches on it this weekend. – Keep your eyes on the blog as it will go up there first

    2) At HHH Toronto they had many screens so people at the back could see and hear.

    a. We’re trying to make the rooms more intimate with enough screens and there won’t be a big keynote room like there was a HHH....I think the biggest room holds just about 450.... this is really about technical content

    3) I need to wake up early and drive to Toronto so having energy drinks like Bawls guarana and full throttle would be great

    a. I’m not sure about the energy drinks....yet I will look into it (NOTE: Rodney and Rick are known to have Energy Drinks. Track down the shoes or Hat)

    4) A breakfast would also be great because I usually don’t have time if I need to rush to Toronto to be there on time

    a. We will have a breakfast on both days, morning snacks and coffee at breaks,  lunch and afternoon snacks and coffee at breaks

    Any more questions? you can keep them coming here in the comments section or use the email link. It drops into 4 mailboxes directly – not just John Oxley’s… Be sure to include your real email address if you wish a direct reply.”

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    Introducing TechDays – Canada’s Premier Technology Conference Series

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    I am behind several people on our team and in the community who have already posted information about TechDays, but I wanted to share the news here as well.  Each year our team strives to deliver the best experience to Canada’s Technical Professionals that we possibly can.  This includes thinking about how to change and innovate our programs to ensure that are meeting your expectations.  You told us that you wanted an event that focuses on helping to build your skills.  You expect a world-class event experience and you expect it in more places than just Toronto.  The team has been working hard for months to respond to your feedback and TechDays in the culmination of that effort. 

    I am really excited.  Techdays represents a shift in how we think about the programs and events we run for Canada’s Technical Professionals.  This is a conference not to be missed.  I will talk more about the philosophy behind the TechDays (including the cost, the content and our approach) in a future post, so for now let’s focus on the details:

    TechDays 2008 is our largest technical education conference series for IT Professionals and Developers in Canada EVER. With more than thirty 200+ level sessions in each city there truly is something for everyone.  This is not a “marketing event”.  You can choose from tracks and sessions including: Windows Development, Web Development, SQL Server 2008, Infrastructure or our first large scale deep dive into Microsoft’s Virtualization solution.  The broad technical education at TechDays is delivered by Microsoft staff, our Partners, and a variety of industry experts.  The technical sessions and onsite experiences combined with the TechDays learning kit are designed to help you grow your skills, give you the tools to learn, to share best practices and build connections in the industry.

    Dates

    • Toronto: Oct 29th and 30th
    • Montreal: Nov 6th and 7th
    • Vancouver: Jan 21st and 22nd
    • Calgary Dec 10th and 11th
    • Ottawa: Nov 27th
    • Winnipeg: Dec 4th
    • Halifax: Dec 17th

    Cost

    2 Day Conference:
    Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver
    Early Bird Price: $ 249.99 (By Oct 15th)
    Regular Price: $ 499.99 (After Oct 15th)

    1 Day Conference:
    Winnipeg, Halifax, Ottawa
    Early Bird Price: $ 124.99 (By Oct 15th)
    Regular Price: $ 249.99 (After Oct 15th)
    Space is limited to: 5,000 IT Pros. & Developers

    Attendee Benefits

    • 6-month TechNet Plus Subscription
    • Visual Studio 2008 Professional – Full Package Product
    • Expression Web – Full Package Product
    • Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite – Evaluation Software
    • Expression Studio – Evaluation Software
    • Virtualization Resource Kit
    • 30% off certification voucher – Applicable to All MS Certification Exams
    • TechEd 2008 DVD Set
    • $100 Discount Coupon for DevTeach/SQLTeach

    TechDays in the wild:

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    Explore Design Conference

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    From our UX Connection Blog

     

    Oct. 1- 2: Explore Design presented by Microsoft, Toronto

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    It's the first North America design education fair for youth. A consortium of educational institutions, associations, professional groups, and companies will provide 2 days of interactive exhibits, seminars, hands-on workshops. Keynote  presentations will be provided by internationally recognized design professionals. Explore Design explores a wide range of design disciplines such as industrial, fashion, graphics, game, and digital design.

    We are participating heavily in this year's conference including presenting two keynotes, two seminars, and showcasing the latest innovation technology from Microsoft. I'll talk about the details in a separate post.

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    Stereotype

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    Not Alone

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    I Am A PC

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    Maps.ca quietly appears…and I’m impressed.

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    Our friends at Yellowpages launched a new site quietly called Maps.ca – now we will talk more about this site in the future (especially the great traffic data I hope)….. but for now head over and check it out.

    MAPS.CA with Virtual Earth

     

    So, if I count right the number of sites using our mapping technology is growing:

    • Canada411.com
    • Maps.ca
    • Yellowpages.ca
    • Remax.ca
    • Realtor.ca
    • CIBC.com (for ABM locations)

    If you are thinking about using maps in your web app, let us know – we are happy to help out.

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    RE/MAX No Longer Using Google Maps

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    RE/MAX has switched to Virtual Earth on their site.  It’s a really great implementation with custom controls and pushpins for the MLS listings.

    Congrats to RE/MAX.

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    The Microsoft Canada Development Centre Opens In Vancouver

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    The grand opening of the centre happened this past week.  It’s a unique facility because it is an extension of the product teams in Redmond.  Microsoft Canada is already an organization of 800+ people and we are really excited to have a facility like this north of the border.  Par, who runs the MCDC is a great guy and has big plans for the future.

    2 articles I noticed:

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    Cutting the Cord: Zune 3.0 Offers Downloads From the Airwaves

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    I just updated our 3 Zunes at home – I’ll let you know, but the early indications look very promising.  I definitely like the concept of “channels” in the marketplace software.  See the press release below.

     

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/sep08/09-16zune.mspx

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    Back In The Swing Of Things

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    I’ve been out of touch for a long while.  In fact, I’ve been on parental leave all summer!  I am back now and ready to reconnect.  Stay tuned.

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