This week I am heading out to Vancouver for the Canadian Strategic Architect Forum. This is our premier event for software and enterprise Architects and I believe it is a unique event in Canada (it's also invite-only). Solid agenda and great speakers. 40 breakouts in 4 tracks: Solution Architecture, Infrastructure Architecture, Roundtable Sessions, and a Technology Track.
It is a terrific event which started as a skunk works project 4 years ago and has grown in popularity since then. The best part of the conference are the conversations that take place between the attendees. It is also a great chance for us to get feedback from some of our key customers on our Enterprise technology roadmap and strategies.
There are a few key changes this year, all driven by the feedback from the community:
- Canadian Architect Forum should be held in Canada
- (However) Continue to feature speakers from Redmond
- Add more topics in the technology track
- Add more sessions on security, web and virtualization
- Provide more opportunities for networking with peers
- Record sessions and make them available to us
- Provide note taking during sessions
- Continue to have the ‘table of books’
With those changes in mind, the team has been working REALLY hard to put together a first class event again this year. Mohammad Akif is the big brain behind the event, thanks in advance to him and the rest of the team. (Mohammad has a great architect blog here)
Based on what the community told us over the last year, our content will focus on:
- User experience - Technology must serve business
- Web – Realizing the potential of Software + Services
- Productivity – Reduce plumbing, virtualization
- Services – Easily produce and consume services
- Tools - Finishing software projects on-time, on-budget
- Security – Application, network, intranet and internet
- Interoperability – Between MS technologies and with major vendors
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If you are going to be at the event in Vancouver, please let me know or track me down. If you can't make it, watch the blogs for the follow-up content, webcasts and podcasts.