I have to admit that the end of March and all of April was a pretty busy time for the team. Considering that EnergizeIT 2009 included events in 16 cities from Victoria to St. John's in a short six week period - it was a bit of a whirlwind... and a really exciting time!
We were able to connect with you and share the Future of the Microsoft Windows-based Platform, show you how you can extend your infrastructure from the Client to the Cloud and increase agility and scalability. We asked you to bring your old and new machines to Windows 7 InstallFests and experience Windows 7 for yourself - and you did!
In fact, I think we were all amazed at the variety of hardware people brought to the InstallFests. From a six year-old notebook with 256MB of RAM to the latest quad-core machines with high-end graphics, as well as few MacBooks, Windows 7 installed on almost all of them. In fact, we had a 98% success rate with the Windows 7 beta out-of-the box with the only exceptions being machines that needed to upgrade the BIOS to provide Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) support.
Now, EnergizeIT 2009 is a wrap and we look forward to seeing you again at TechDays 2009, which will kick off September 14 in Vancouver. My colleague, Rodney Buike provided some insight on the Canadian IT Pro Connection Blog regarding what the 40 technical readiness sessions at TechDays 2009 will be covering when he introduced your peers who are helping us to nail down the content for TechDays 2009. Stay tuned to the blogs for more details on TechDays 2009 in the coming weeks.
PowerPoint slide decks and additional resources for the three key EnergizeIT sessions are now available. You can find the English language resources here while the French language resources are located here. We are currently finalizing the recordings of the EnergizeIT: The Future of the Microsoft Windows-based Platform and EnergizeIT: From the Client to the Cloud sessions and should have those posted in the next few weeks.
Thanks to all of you that came out to attend the various EnergizeIT 2009 events. We hope that you found them useful and insightful. We look forward to seeing you in the fall at TechDays 2009!