Up through 2008, TEC was known as DEC (the Directory Experts Conference) and it focused exclusively on Active Directory (AD) and Identity Management (IdM). It was definitely the conference to go to for gurus in AD and IdM and it has a huge representation from the Microsoft Directory Services Product Team.
Beginning in 2009, DEC is adding another track on Exchange Server. Originally, there was some discussion about running two separate conferences side-by-side: DEC and GEEC (Great Experts Exchange Conference), but eventually the decision was made to rename the conference and run two tracks: one on Directory Services and one on Exchange Server.
I am privileged to be one of the Exchange Server speakers at the inauguration of TEC. Originally presented by NetPro (for seven years) and now presented by Quest (who purchased NetPro in the second half of 2008), the conference is still being organized and hosted by Gil Kirkpatrick (a long-time Directory Services MVP).
The American presentation of the conference is in Las Vegas, NV; March 22 – 25, 2009. The European presentation of the conference is in Berlin, Germany; September 14 – 16, 2009.
For the American Exchange Server agenda, please click here.
For the bios of all the Exchange Server speakers (including me!), please click here.
For the abstracts of all the Exchange Server sessions, please click here.
It is the goal of TEC’2009 for the Exchange Server presentations to be as high quality and as technical as those they have always had for Directory Services. Thus, if you want in-depth Exchange Server knowledge from some true experts – TEC’2009 is the place to be. In tight economic times, you have to carefully pick and choose which conferences and technical events you want to attend. TEC’2009 should be your #1 choice. As you can see from the American agenda and biographies, there is a very strong representation from the Exchange Server product team as well as from the Directory Services product team.
I hope that you will join me at TEC’2009. It is a worthwhile investment for you and your company.
Until next time…
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