I've had a couple of weeks' silence on the blog, for which I apologise. TechEd was such a full-on experience that it took me a full week's vacation to recover!
Overall, we were delighted with the success of the conference. I've browsed through the online feedback for a good proportion of the 290 sessions and the overall evaluation form, which was an endeavour itself given the number of attendees and quantity of feedback. The breakout sessions scored an overall average of 7.16 / 9.0, which is a decent improvement on last year. I need to update the table I posted earlier in the week with the final top 10 sessions: if you ever get a chance to hear any of these speakers, you can be assured that you will be both entertained and informed.
|MBL348||Performance Optimization for SQL Server CE v2.0||Kevin Collins||8.90|
|WIN392||Overview of IPv6||Rafal Lukawiecki||8.57|
|MBL312||Writing Secure Mobile Applications for Windows Mobile Pocket PCs and Smartphones||Marcus Perryman||8.53|
|SEC353||Anatomy of a Hack: How to Get Your Network Hacked in 10 Easy Steps||Jesper Johansson||8.45|
|DAT361||Logging and Recovery: Understand How Your Transactions Impact System Recovery and Performance||Kimberly L Tripp||8.39|
|SEC460||Encryption in Detail: The Inner Workings||Rafal Lukawiecki||8.37|
|SEC495||Windows Passwords: Everything You Need to Know||Jesper Johansson||8.37|
|DAT348||SQL Server 2000 Indexing Best Practices||Kimberly L Tripp||8.36|
|CTS308||Building Proseware, Inc. – a Non-Trivial Service-Oriented System||Clemens Vasters||8.35|
So what's next? Well TechEd Europe 2005 of course takes place between 5th-8th July in Amsterdam. In the meantime systems administrators and infrastructure experts might be interested in IT Forum, a conference focused on operating and managing Microsoft server and client systems; this takes place in Copenhagen between 16th-19th November.