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Maxx Dopp at TechEd: Dispatch 9–Final Day

Published 8 June 2007 2:10 pm

Maxx Dopp here. This is the last day of TechEd, and people are already leaving to fly home, and things are winding down.


Yesterday, when the vendor section ended at 3:00 PM, within a few seconds of making the closing announcement, convention center staff were literally beginning to rip off the carpeting on the floor, even before the vendors could clean up their booths. I have never seen such a highly organized effort. If only IT professionals were so efficient, it would be a much more productive world.




One thing I noticed in the “Ask the Experts” area today is that the level of questions were more complex than previous days. We seemed to have more seasoned DBAs come over instead of novice DBAs. I guess the novices go home early and the professionals stay around until the last moment to absorb everything they can.


And even better deal today was the discounts at the TechEd store. Everything was 20%-50% off the regular prices. I scored some great bargains. If you attend TechEd in the future, keep this in mind. Wait until Friday to buy anything. There seemed to be plenty of stock.


Last night was the TechEd party of Universal’s Island of Adventure. As expected, it did rain some, but only for a short time. Even for a closed party, the park was very busy. Many of the rides had over an hour wait. In any event, it was a nice break from the grind of attending sessions.


As this is my first TechEd, I want to make a comment as the value of TechEd to DBAs. I have attended SQL PASS and SQL Connection conferences, and each has their niche. If you are a solid, card-carrying admin DBA, then PASS is the must conference to attend. If you lean more toward to developer side of database administration, then SQL Connections, with its associated .NET sessions, is a good bet. On the other hand, TechEd is more geared to IT professionals specializing in infrastructure, with a mix of DBA and developer topics.


So if you are a full-time DBA, with a limited travel budget, I would attend PASS first, SQL Connections second, and TechEd last.




3:00 PM Orlando, FL

Friday, June 08, 2007



One Response to “Maxx Dopp at TechEd: Dispatch 9–Final Day”

  1. Rodney says:

    I agree with your assessment of the conference for DBA’s. I do not know if I would consider myself a “seasoned” DBA unless you count the salt of the sea on my beloved Gulf Coast of Florida, but I have been at the game for many years. I doubt I would ask some of the questions that were being asked in the first half of the conference, which Maxx relayed, but I understand the need for these types of answers from junior DBA’s. Trial by fire and Trial and Error. I too was at the show and will blog tonight about my experience. I have attended TechEd before, last year in fact, and my motives for attending this year are selfish I have to admit and not just for the swag. Thank you to all who attended and exhibited and to all of the people that I have finally met in person, who heretofore were only names in a blog/book/magazine. And the best free T-shirt – sorry Redgate (but damn cool shirts) – was TechSmith – “Take a Screen Shot; It Will Last Longer”. Oh and FINALLY, my BSOD T-Shirt finally got noticed.

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