My last post, essentially thanking Readify for their involvement in TechEd08 caused a little bit of a stir :-) to the point of being reported in the press, not once, but twice.

I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight all of the influencers whom committed time and effort at TechEd. So I caught up with various other members of the TechEd08 Core Team, asked for the names of all of those non-Microsoft personnel they worked with in a non-paying capacity during the conference and related activities (Deep Dive training, pre-conference summits etc).

Here’s what they came back with.

First, those that delivered a Breakout session Instructor Led Lab, and/or Chalk Talk:

Name

Surname

Organisation

Session/s

James

Crisp

ThoughtWorks

ARC306

Kevin

Francis

Object Consulting

ARC204

Richard

Banks

Readify

ARC304; MCT215

Tatham

Oddie

Fuel Advance

TOT352; ARC402

Jason

Clarke

Dimension Data Learning Solutions

CLM319

Ray

Cockshell

CalibreONE

CLMILL01

Richard

Lees

EasternMining

BIN308

Scott

Hartley

E*Trade Australia

DAT286

Elvin

Slavik

MapTel

DAT285

Michael

Coyle

Decision Resources

BIN282

Glyn

LLewellyn

Angry Koala

DAT282a

Nick

Barclay

B(iQ)

BIN311

Dean

Corcoran

Dimension Data Learning Solutions

DBIILL01

Peter

Randle

Intellimax Solutions

BIN402

Peter

Myers

SolidQ Australia Pty Ltd

BIN285

Geoff

Orr

Angry Koala

BIN284

Victor

Isakov

SQL Server Solutions

DAT355

Rob

Farley

SQLskills

DAT283

Grant

Paisley

Angry Koala

BIN252; CT205

James

McCutcheon

nSquared Solutions

DEV215; SEC310; BIN281

Geoff

Black

IT Training Solutions

DEVILL01; DEVILL02

Martin

Millar

 

CT220

Leon

Bambrick

Paradigm Logic

CT200

Guy

Riddle

Praxa Limited

DEV380; DEV385

Joel

Pobar

 

DEV415; CT300

Joseph

Cooney

Paradigm Logic

DEV345

William

Bartholomew

Technology One Limited

CT232; DEV360

Mahesh

Krishnan

Readify Pty Ltd

DEV210

Paul

Stovell

Readify

DEV210; DEV375

Craig

Bailey

Elcom

DEV320

Anthony

Borton

AB Training Pty Ltd

DEV365; DEV360; DEVILL03

Paul

Turner

SDM

OFC399; DEVILL04

Mitch

Denny

Readify

SVR307; DEV210; SOACT301

Adrian

Floate

 

OFCCT202

Nick

Carr

Allette

OFC404

Rick

Jelliffe

Allette

OFC404

David

Wells

Pcubed Australia

OFC342

Ishai

Sagi

Unique World

OFC405

Brian

Cook

OBS/Nintex

OFC375

Marc

Soester

SDM

OFC310

Steve

Smith

Combined Knowledge

OFC380

Ben

Walters

SDM

OFC310; OFC301

Ivan

Wilson

SharePoint Gurus

OFC315; OFC301

Craig

Harrowfield

Nintex

OFC303

Jonathan

Ruckert

Oconics Pty Ltd

OFC203

Mark

Griffith

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

OFC250

Kathy

Hughes

Combined Knowledge Asia Pacific

OFC380

Gil

Kirkpatrick

NetPro

SEC314

Aleks

Lubiejewski

stratsec

SEC309

Pete

Calvert

KAZ Group

SECILL01; SVRILL01

Brad

Engstrom

 

SVR259

Erdal

Ozkaya

CEO IT Training & Solutions

CT210

Jeff

Headley

Acclaim Communications

SVRILL05

Ray

Trattles

Renardisa

CT255; SVRILL02

Wayne

Small

SBSfaq.com Pty Ltd

SVR306; SVRCT201; SVR303

Ken

Schaefer

Avanade

SVR315

Freddie

Louwrens

StratBits

SVRILL03

Kyle

Rosenthal

 

SVR402; TOT360; SVRILL04

Gordon

Ryan

Longneck Consulting Pty. Ltd.

SVR317; UNCILL01

Stephen

Russell

 

SOAILL01

Bill

Chesnut

Stargate Global Consulting

SOA303; SOA307

Paul

Glavich

readify

SOA315

Mick

Badran

Breeze

TOT344; SOA305

Fatih

Colgar

Microsoft

TOT332

Ken

Wilde

Hewlett Packard Australia

TOT332

Kyle

Rosenthal

Spider Consulting Pty Ltd

SVR402; TOT360

Derrick

Buckley

Gen-i Australasia

UNC316

Craig

Pringle

Gen-i

UNC316

Susan

Wolfe

Optimal Experience

WEB312; WEB304

Greg

Low

SolidQ Australia

DAT321; DAT364; DAT355

Peter

Ward

WARDY IT Solutions

DAT352; DAT352; DAT361

Amanda

Jackson

Fronde Systems Group Ltd

GEN101; ARC206; ARC206

Scott

Cate

myKB.com, Inc.

WEB315; WEB316; WEB315

Nick

Randolph

nsquared solutions

DEV370; DEV215; DEV335; DEV215; DEV335; DAT284

Todd

Bleeker, PhD.

Mindsharp

OFC405; OFC405

Neil

Roodyn

nsquared

DEV215; ARC202; DEV250; DEV215; GEN001; UNC219; ARC202; DEV250

Corneliu I.

Tusnea

Readify

DEV314; DEV410; MCT235; SEC314; SEC307; CT225

Jonas

Follesø

Capgemini

WEB309; WEB304; DEV210; WEB309; WEB304

Orin

Thomas

Orin Thomas

SEC304; SEC303

Michael

Noel

Convergent Computing

OFC305; OFC305

Ben

Curry

Mindsharp

OFC373; OFC373; OFC315; OFC315

Adam

Cogan

SSW

DEV420; BIN352; DEV210; DEV325; DEV420

Joel

Oleson

Nintex

OFC375; OFC373; OFC373; OFC375

Then, Roseanne Stamell, who runs our Microsoft Valued Professional program provided the following list of MVP’s who participated:

NAME

COMPANY

INVOLVEMENT

Ed Richard

Software Objectives Consulting

- HOLS
- Sharepoint session in MVP Theatre

 

George Doubinski

Alexanders

3 sessions in MVP theatre

Nick Barclay

B(iQ)

Session in MVP Theatre

Mick Badran

Breeze Training and Consulting

RFID Experience for TechEd
Session in MVP Thetare on RFID

Anthony Borton

AB Training

2 sessions on Rosario

2 sessions in MVP Theatre on VSTS

Judy Gleeson

Desk Doctor

4 sessions in MVP Theatre

Kasim Wirama

Astra International

1 session in MVP Theatre

Marc Soester

SDM

1 session in MVP theatre

Ed Ferrero

Ferrero Consulting

3 sessions in MVP Theatre

Peter Myers

Solid Q

1 MVP Theatre session
Speaker session

Angel Hernandez

Uniqueworld

2 speaker session in MVP theatre

Ivan Wilson

Sharepoint Gurus

2 speaker sessions
1 MVP Theatre session

Alan Cuthbertson

Syspro

1 MVP Theatre session

12 hours in HOL

Kieran Block

Block Networks

12 hours in the HOLS

Kathy Hughes

INdependant Sharepoint consultant

12 hours in the HOLS

Tony Murray

activedir.org

1 session in MVP theatre (which he came from NZ for)

1 Session at Tech Ed NZ

Darren Gosbell

James & Monroe

1 session at MVP Theatre

I then expanded my query a little to the Product Managers to ensure that I hadn’t missed anyone. I’m only including two here, as everyone else was included in the Session list above. However, the SQL Server Group ran a two day SQL Architecture event prior to TechEd, and there were many Mobility partners who didn’t take part in the sessions.

From Christine Bishop for SQL Server and BI:

Hi Rog

The following MVP’s helped on my APO /BI Stand

  • Nick Barclay – B(iq)
  • Peter Ward – Wardy IT
  • Darren Gosbell – James & Monroe
  • Grant Paisley – Angry Koala
  • Geoff Orr – Angry Koala
  • Rob Farley – works with Greg Linwood at SQL Servants

Hope this helps

CB

From Don Kerr for Mobility:

Rog,

The Mobility stream had participation from the following partners;

Presenters

Apart from those mentioned above, we hosted a session called: “Office on the Beach,” a Mobility panel session included:

  • Robin Simpson (Gartner),
  • Aleks Lubiejeweski (stratsec),
  • Hugo Ortega (tegatech),
  • Dr Neil Roodyn (nSquared),
  • Scott Taylor (Telstra),
  • Brian Walshe (Dimension Data),
  • Rajeev Govinnage (Samsung – who had to pull out at last minute due to family emergency, but was full prepped to participate). No payment made to the participants.

On the Showcase we had;

  • Mobilise IT & Brightpoint on the Windows Mobile stand, showing how Windows Mobile integrates with our Business Productivity applications & showing off some cool devices. Thanks to Roman Surkis, Deepak Dhankhar & George Deligiannoudis from MobiliseIT, Mil Kotigama & Adam Faludi from Brightpoint. (no payment made to these resources, but MS did fund the stand)
  •  nSquared provided Luis Catarino, Andrew Stone and Pierce Bizzaca,  mobile developers to assist on the Dev & BI stands in the App Plat area (no payment made to nSquared)
  • Airloom provided the full demo infrastructure to showcase System Center Mobile Device Manager. There was no payment made to Airloom, MS provided the stand. Airloom manned this area for the full duration of TechEd including the delivery of two 10min chalk talk demos– a special mention to Wayne Phillips from Airloom. Along with Wayne, Glenn Patrakis, Chris Haggios & David Creedy assisted.
  • Intermec (Dr Nick Nicoloudis) who spent all TechEd on the showcase floor at the SCMDM stand, and provided a ruggedized device to give away @ Smackdown. No payment was made to Intermec.

We also had Motorola, Samsung, Palm, HTC, Jabra and Intermec provide prizes for Smackdown (hooohahhh).

Mobility is a broad area, and we had a broad range of partners assisting us. My personal thanks to the individuals cannot be overstated for their energy and passion.

Don

Then some other favourable mentions from Nigel Watson, our Architecture Track owner:

    • Kevin Ramsey, TheOnlineWorkshop – Keynote Demo
    • Justin Adler, StreetAdvisor – Keynote Demo

Wow!

 

And finally to all of those (mostly unnamed developers) whom worked on the UNICEF Community Project, ably project managed by Mitch Denny, and those whom delivered ad hoc Chalk Talk sessions, coordinated by Damian Edwards. Both Mitch and Damian, of course, do work for Readify. However, they simply coordinated various work streams which any delegate could provide input to, and every delegate was invited to.

I do also need to highlight that the UNICEF Community Project was inspired by a Sunday evening IM conversation between myself and Rob Farley, SQL Solutions; and directed by Dave Glover, one of the MS Evangelists.

So, a personal thank-you to everyone in our community of Partners and Customers, who worked hard to make this such a great event.

Of course TechEd is but one event in our calendar, and we work with over 14,000 partners in Australia on a very wide range of projects and opportunities. I, and my team, put a lot of effort into building and maintaining strong relationships with influencers in our community, whether from Partners, our Customers, Academia, or just passionate hobbyists, as you can see from all of those who took part above.

As I mentioned to Nick in my initial response, I’d love to talk to him about his experience. I'm passionate about and committed to improving our engagement with the community, and we can only do that by listening to feedback and engaging in meaningful conversation.

Feel free to contact me at the MS office in North Ryde, by email or by Twitter.

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