Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Microsoft TECH.ED SEA 2008 - A Success Story

A great event is when Microsoft holds the TECH.ED SEA conference and sees participants from throughout the region. But it became a Success Story when it is held back to back consecutively in Malaysia for the past few years and especially when over 3,000 developers and IT Pros converge to be a part of the experience last 11th August 2008.

The doors opened at the KLCC Convention Center giving entry to participants from 41 countries throughout the region and speakers from various different entities. Imagine what can you learn or find at this convention if you're a technopreneur, IT administrator, software developer, software architect. With so much you can learn and share the future might just be here for you.

I was there for a few days, the keynote speech was amazing! This was my first Microsoft TECH.ED SEA conference that i've been to, i have always wanted to go to the previous ones but failed to do so. But believe me i've learnt so much from the opening ceremony, the speeches shared by the speakers and not forgetting mingling around with the pros!

So if you missed out on this one, and you are one of the above or just a student! (Yess...students too are there to have a feel of what TECH.ED is all about and to learn stuffs), yes one of my friends Wen Loong (from Taylors College Subang Jaya) was there for the event and he gained so much from the conference as he was part of the experience during this 4-day event - Well, only one thing can be said if you missed out. Be sure to come to next year's TECH.ED SEA 2009.

Tech.Ed SEA 2008 featured more than 100 breakout sessions across 12 key tracks, namely Architecture, Database platform, Developer tools, and languages. Not forgetting Office & Sharepoint, Management, Security, SOA and Business Processes. Web and User Experience, Windows Client, Windows Mobile and Embedded, Windows Server Infrastructure and Unified Communications.

If you're an IT student and are studying any parts of these components you will simply love this conference as it helps to share with you the current innovation and technology across the platforms and programs.

Now, if that's not enough! During the press conference it was mentioned by Tyson Dowd (Senior Director, Malaysian Software Economy @ Microsoft Malaysia) that there's even Instructor-Led labs and Hands-on Lab sessions where you are able to evaluate products, smart technologies and computing practices from both Microsoft and a number of its most important industry partners.

Awesome innit!!! - Well over the four days conference, key speakers from Microsoft's top executives and product team members were there to share with attendees of the conference. Who are they you may ask! Haha, none other than Ward Ralston (this guy is funny! Really made the conference hall LIVELY), Steve Riley, Joel Oleson, Tony Krijnen and Loke Uei Tan.

All-in-all, i am pretty much sure those of you who are in college have heard of Microsoft Tech.Ed before as Microsoft did some small based seminars, hands-on lab sessions and exhibitions in several colleges in Malaysia to educate students on some of its products and technology. Most of these are conducted by Microsoft and helped by students from participating colleges / Uni and best of all is that it's FREE!

See you next year for Microsoft TECH.ED SEA 2009 :-)
Below are pictures from the Microsoft TECH.ED SEA 2008 - Opening Ceremony & Press Conference.

(From L ? R)

  • Tyson Dowd, Senior Director, Malaysian Software Economy, Microsoft Malaysia
  • Saw Ken Wye, Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific
  • Dato’ Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer, Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia (MDeC)
  • Yasmin Mahmood, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia
  • Saiful Shamlan, Vice President, Multimedia Development Corporation of Malaysia (MDeC)

Over 3000 IT pros gathered for the Microsoft Tech.Ed Southeast Asia 2008 conference

Ward Ralston of Microsoft


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