Microsoft has split TechEd 2008 into 2 back-to-back conferences in the US.
I hope they don’t do this in Australia. One of the things I loved this year was going to a big mix of sessions, covering both developer and infrastructure topics. Although I’m a developer at heart, in my current role I need to be across a number of areas, and TechEd was a perfect ‘source of truth’ for much of it.
I’m guessing the reason for the split in the US is a logistical one. And on the upside, I could possibly go to both conferences (and see even more sessions – woo hoo!), but I have to admit to being pretty tired by the fourth day this year.
I’d prefer they ran the whole conference twice, rather than split it. That would actually give them a benefit with scheduling for the second week, based on stats, popularity of sessions etc in the first. But I guess that’d be too long for all the speakers to stay for.
(via Alan Stevens)