IT Forum 2005: Just some pictures

by Sander Gerz November 16, 2005 18:17

The wireless network connection is not really reliable, which is amazing on a conference full of network and system specialists. It doesn't help in trying to update this blog. But I did manage to upload some pictures I have taken in the last couple of days. Check out the gallery. There's one picture worth posting here.

Spot the misprint?

Can anyone spot the mistake on this poster, which is displayed all over the area?

 

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IT Forum: pre-conference day

by Sander Gerz November 14, 2005 18:49

How is IT Forum different from Tech-Ed? Well, I don't know about the US (or other) version, but Tech-Ed Europe is more developer focused, because there is a seperate event for IT professionals. So while at Tech-Ed you will see both developers and IT pros, IT Forum will atract mostly system and network administrators, operations management people. Nevertheless, on the surface, just by looking at the people, you cannot tell the difference. Now, this is only the first day, and the conference will officially start tomorrow, so I may get back on this premature analysis.

I haven't been able to take pictures, because I forgot my camera (left it at the hotel), but I'll try to make up for that in the coming days.

So far, the sessions have been quite interesting. Kimberly Tripp shows her expertise on everything SQL Server and she's a good presenter. Same applies for Mark Raskino from Gartner research. Gartner's analysis shows that the future IT professional (and this is not the Microsoft definition, just anyone involved in information technology) need to be versatile. This is going to be a tough challenge, since you need to be proficient in technology, understand the business, be communicative, design for change etc. etc. He made a nice comment where an employee ask his boss after the latest reorganization “what's the end target to be at?” And the boss replies: “there is not end target, we will change continuously.” As a developer we, at least I, welcome change. But from my experience as an administrator myself, and dealing with them, the goal of infrastructure management has always meant “stability”. And operating a stable environment usually means trying to change as little as possible. And if something needs to change, it's scheduled, planned, tested and well-documented and reversible. So how to combine change and stability? Let's see if we can get some guidance in the coming days as I'm curious.

If anyone at IT Forum 2005 is reading this blog, please stop by the Windows 2003 RMS stand in the ATE area. I'll also spend some time in the Microsoft partner pavillion. In between sessions of course.    

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Arrived in Barcelona

by Sander Gerz November 13, 2005 16:19

Today I arrived in Barcelona to attend IT Forum. Now, what's a developer doing at an IT Management conference? Well, trying to bridge the gap perhaps. Besides, I was a system administrator for about 3 years, and I still maintain the application infrastructure for our company, so I will certainly not feel out of place.
I'll also be working on the ATE stands for Rights Management Services, which is indeed a facinating technology from both the development as well as the management side.
First thing you do when you arrive somewhere? Try to get an Internet connection of course. While Telefonica offers a good connection, at a price, it appears they're not the only one offering Wireless access. Here's my setup:

Wireless in Barcelona

Notice the strategically placed rubbish bin? It helps maintain the low quality connection on an open WAP. It's still a bit unstable, if anyone has a suggestion on how to improve a wireless connection from a client's perspective, I'm open to suggestions.

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Visual Studio 2005 launch event

by Sander Gerz November 08, 2005 10:20
Here are some pictures taken at the Visual Studio 2005 Launch Event in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Oh yeah, this was the SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 launch event also of course.

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