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Enterprise IT, News - Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:32 - 12 Comments
news Software giant Microsoft is considering a radical overhaul to its giant TechEd event in Australia that would essentially spell the end of the iconic conference in its traditional mega-format, with the company instead believed to be considering a series of smaller conferences around Australia in its place.
For those IT professionals who work closely with Microsoft software, and especially the company’s widespread developer community, the trek to the company’s annual TechEd conference has become something of a global pilgrimage.
The local event is typically held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in September each year (as well as locations in other countries on a rolling basis), and features a bevy of imported technical leaders giving keynotes about Microsoft products and wider trends, as well as dedicated training and education sessions on virtually every topic possible to discuss about Microsoft products. Microsoft’s extensive partner ecosystem also attends and presents, and there are numerous parties, dinners, networking events and giveaways (including the iconic TechEd bags, seen above) each year.
However, over the past month speculation has increasingly focused in Australia’s technical community about whether Microsoft is still planning to hold its annual TechEd conference in Australia. The dates for TechEd New Zealand 2014 have been announced (9 to 12 September), but Microsoft has not confirmed the Australian dates for the local event.
Delimiter has received unverified information to the effect that squabbles between Microsoft Australia’s internal divisions about how the event would be funded have meant the event is likely to be drastically reshaped in Australia this year and may end up being organised as a series of smaller events rather than the one large mega-conference over several days. Continue…
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