Exchange Connections 2012 – Your chance to present


Following on from my recent post about the three major U.S.-based conferences that feature a lot of content about Microsoft Exchange Server, I note that the nice people at Penton Media have issued a call for papers for the Exchange Connections 2012 event, which is due to take place in Las Vegas, NV from October 29 through November 1. I’ve included the complete text of the Penton communication below. Exchange Connections is co-located with a number of other conferences and I’ve also included the text of the call for papers for Windows Connections, just in case some are more interested in talking about Windows infrastructure components such as Active Directory

The important points I take from this call are:

  1. A focus on practical sessions. I like this because these sessions convey immediate value to attendees
  2. A note that presenters should come with content that hasn’t appeared elsewhere. In other words, they shouldn’t be busy applying a new slide template to their deck in the speaker room shortly before they get up to present. This happens far too often at conferences and becomes obvious when color palettes don’t quite match or you see logos leaking into white space. Or simply that you’ve heard the presentation a couple/many times before!
  3. High availability remains a key focus for administrators. I also see that Penton is looking for someone to deliver a one-day pre-conference session on the Exchange Management Shell, something that indicates a demand from attendees to get to grips with the shell.

In any case, to get your name into the speaker selection process, you need to come up with ideas for three sessions and send them off to Penton by April 30. I wouldn’t worry too much if you can’t come up with ideas for three good sessions – all conference organizers put this kind of thing into their call for papers as they like to have speakers do multiple sessions. If you have really compelling content but can only do one or two sessions, I’d still submit on the basis that you at least force the organizers to make a choice – and you never know.

Presenting at a major conference can be stressful. However, it’s a great experience that helps you to understand the material you present better than ever before and is a wonderful addition to any CV. Try it… you might just enjoy the experience!

- Tony (follow my ramblings on Twitter)

Exchange Connections 2012 Call for Papers

The Fall Exchange Connections conference provides Exchange Server administrators with an in-depth training opportunity in which they can learn about features and techniques that they can implement in their current Exchange environments. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the latest Microsoft technologies, including Lync, Office 365, and Exchange 15.

Exchange Connections is collocated with Windows Connections, SharePoint Connections, SQL Server Connections, and DevConnections.

Audience

  • Exchange Administrators
  • IT Professionals (Systems Administrators, Architects, Network Administrators)
  • IT Managers and Business Decision Makers

Topics

We are looking for sessions that offer practical advice and walk attendees step-by-step through features, techniques, and troubleshooting in Exchange 2010 and 2007. Sessions should not be recycled from past Exchange Connections shows.

We are looking for breakout sessions of 60-75 minutes in the following topic areas:

  • Exchange Architecture & Infrastructure
  • High Availability/DAGs
  • Exchange Security Features, such as Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and retention policies
  • Interoperability (with SharePoint, Office 365, other versions of Exchange, etc.)
  • Exchange Management Shell (EMS)

Suggestions for additional topics are welcome.

We are also interested in proposals for deep-dive pre-conference and post-conferences workshops (either half day or full day) on the following topics:

  • Getting Started with PowerShell for Exchange

Suggestions for additional pre-conference and post-conference sessions are welcome.

Submissions Guidelines

We expect each speaker to present three breakout sessions at the show. Please submit the following information about each of your sessions to Megan Keller, Editorial Director, Penton Media Technology Group: megan.keller@penton.com.

  • An active session title that describes exactly what attendees will learn from your session
  • An 1-2 paragraph abstract that describes in detail what you will discuss during your session and the value the attendee will get out of attending that specific session
  • A biographical statement

Deadline

Submissions are due by Monday, April 30th. Final session selections will be made in early May.

Windows sessions wanted also

Windows Connections is collocated with Exchange Connections, SharePoint Connections, SQL Server Connections, and DevConnections.

Topics

We are looking for sessions that offer practical advice and walk attendees step-by-step through features, techniques, and troubleshooting in Windows Server and Windows OS. Sessions should not be recycled from past Windows Connections shows.

We are looking for breakout sessions of 60-75 minutes in the following topic areas:

  • ¬†Active Directory
  • Group Policy
  • DNS
  • Virtualization (including both Hyper-V and VMware)
  • System Center
  • Storage
  • Networking
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2 Responses to Exchange Connections 2012 – Your chance to present

  1. mdrooij says:

    A “deep-dive” workshops on “Getting Started with PowerShell for Exchange” sounds like a contradiction :)

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