Wow! After months of planning the Microsoft stand, finding presenters and schools to share their success stories, hunting down staff to work on the demo pods and theatre stand and even down to the colour of the Microsoft Education polo shirts, my first BETT (and my first BETT experience) is now done and dusted. And what a successful year it was – if I may say so myself!
Microsoft gave 66 presentations in total broken down to 16 presentations per day from Wednesday through to Friday and 12 presentations on Saturday. On average 1200 customers each day stopped at our theatre stand to watch our presenters from schools and Microsoft and giving insight on how we are positioning our technology for the education market. According to BESA a total of 27000 customers passed through both the theatre stand and the demo pod stand over four days.
We also had a number of key announcements made at BETT this year which caused quite a buzz among our partners and customers:
It was also with great sadness (well for the majority) that this was also Ray Fleming’s final BETT as on Saturday afternoon, Ray jetted off to join Microsoft Australia to work in the Education team, taking his family with him.
Ray has been part of the Public Sector team for the past 4 years however has been involved with 25 BETTS from his days at RM and Capita. Ray has played a huge part in the Education team, bringing about the cost saving and innovation for free stories with schools, as well as regularly blogging on both the education blog pages as well as his own. Ray will be missed however I’m pretty sure this won’t be the last we hear from him.