TEC: Cloud Conference for Enterprise IT

Posted on: March 11, 2011

There’s yet another cloud conference coming our way this April – but this one is special.

So far most of the cloud tradeshows have either been heavily developer- and investor-/analyst-oriented, or simply cloud tracks and sessions on vendor events. The Experts Conference (TEC) is different with its heavy focus on IT professionals.

Full disclosure: I have been involved helping the conference organizers set up the cloud track – and I am pretty proud of the line-up of speakers and sessions we managed to come up with.

TEC is actually a very established technology conference. They started 10 years ago as a very technical (level 400+) and practical Directory conference by the experts for the experts. I believe that with all the marketing hype about the cloud which we are getting these days, its about right time for the event to expand to the cloud. After all, IT professionals who want to be on the cutting edge today actually need to know how to set up federation, deploy Office 365, Google Apps, Amazon or, what is the state of private cloud technology, what SAMLOAuth and OpenID are and how to use them, and much more.

And to give you that information we got folks from product teams, system integrators, and just practitioners with vast experience in all these technologies!

You can find the full agenda of the Cloud and Virtualization Track here. Below are just some of the highlights:

Joey Snow will be talking about Windows Azure (Microsoft’s platform as a service) from IT pro perspective – this will be quite unique considering that Microsoft’s official Azure message is very much developer-oriented!

There will be multiple sessions about Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and other components of the BPOS/Office 365 suite from Microsoft: ranging from real-world experience on when these work and when on-premise options are still superior, how to handle the migration, how to integrate your on-premise directory with the cloud system, what is their state of security and even how they stack up against Google Apps. These are getting delivered by superstars including: Jerry Camel, Mike KostersitzJarrod RoarkDave ChennaultEinar MykletunBill Baer, Dmitri Gavrilov and David Smith.

There will be great discussions on the major authentication and authorization protocols including OpenID and OAuth, ADFS, REST, SAML from industry experts Brian PuhlEve MalerPat PattersonLaura E. HunterFemi AladesuluNikita RyuminCarol WapshereDave JonesMark Wahl.

Finally, we have great representation from industry experts and team members from Microsoft teams (Office 365, Windows Intune, ADFS),, Rackspace, RiverbedSteve RileyPat PattersonJohn EngatesJoseph Dadzie.

So expect a lot of highly practical content and social interaction with the folks who are using cloud in real life today!

The conference is April 17-20, 2011 in Las Vegas. Learn more and sign-up for the event here.


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