I know a lot of you still have your MEC attendee badges hanging on your bulletin boards (full disclosure – so do I) and miss the opportunity MEC provided to get to know the Exchange team, face-to-face. We love having the opportunity to see you all in person as well and a bunch of us are going to The Experts Conference (TEC) in Las Vegas this year with the hopes of seeing many of you there.
For those of you that do not know about the event, TEC is not quite the return of MEC, but it is possibly the next best thing. Quest has put on TEC for Exchange for the last two years and its third iteration is taking place April 17-20 at the Red Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. I attended, for the first time, last year and the event provided an incredibly deep amount of technical training focused on advancing the skills of the most experienced Exchange admins. So this year, a few more of us Exchange team folks are heading down to support the event, the content and to participate in the great community discussions that take place at TEC. Kevin Allison, the fearless leader of our Customer Experience Team, will be keynoting day 2 of the event after the legendary Tony Redmond keynotes day 1. I will be there for a panel discussion with a group of three people who have a combined 50 years at Microsoft and 30 years working on Exchange at the company. In addition to Kevin, speakers include Ross Smith, Scott Schnoll, Greg Taylor, Dmitry Gavrilov, Jim Lucey and Paul Bowden along with a slew of Exchange MVPs including Nicolas Blank, Lee Mackey, Paul Robichaux, David Sengupta and Michael B. Smith.
You can get more details about TEC for Exchange here. If you want to get a discounted registration rate of $1,300 vs. the list price, send email to TEC2011@quest.com and mention this EHLO blog post.
We hope to see you down there. It should be a great event and, given I am looking out my office window at clouds and rain here in Seattle, I am looking forward to the Las Vegas sun.