TechEd 2010 New Orleans: Closing Thoughts

June 11, 2010 at 10:37 am | Posted in Kaplan IT Training news, Microsoft | 2 Comments


With the conference winding down, I can safely say it has been a great week! I have reconnected with a lot of old friends, made several new friends, and gained valuable knowledge.

First, a huge THANK YOU to the City of New Orleans! I loved that New Orleans was this year’s host city. There is so much to see and do here. My family and I traveled here a few months after Hurricane Katrina, and it was like a ghost town. That was not a proper introduction to this lively city. But with this trip, we have been able to see a vibrant, active city with people we have fallen in love with. My husband and son have taken in many of the family-friendly sites, like the Audobon Insectarium, Audobon Aquarium, a swamp tour, and Mardi Gras World. I would love to come back to visit again soon!

The Morial Convention Center was a great facility. A previous TechEd I attended was in Orlando. While the conference center there probably wasn’t any larger than the one here in New Orleans, it seemed bigger. And bigger is not always better. I can’t tell you how many times I had to trek from one side of the Orlando conference center to the other, through the main exhibit hall, to get to another class. I often felt like I had run a marathon. The layout here in New Orleans was much easier.

And now a shout out to our FANTASTIC friends and fans! We loved shaking hands, spinning the wheel and catching up with some old friends as well as meeting some of our newest fans. Whether a loyal customer or an IT newbie, you have spoken and we heard you. The main buzz for certification is around Exchange Server 2010 and SharePoint 2010. There are also quite a few of you that still have to upgrade to Windows Server 2008. While our Windows Server 2008 products have been out for a while, our Exchange 2010 TS practice test product is fairly new. But check back with us in a couple of weeks as our PRO Exchange Server 2010, Cert-70-663, product is due to release very soon! Unfortunately, we have paid little attention to SharePoint 2010. But after chatting with you this week, we’re regrouping back at the office and SharePoint 2010 is at the top of our list.

As usual, you guys have the biggest influence on what we work on, so please e-mail us or comment on this post if you are interested in any certification prep material for these (or other) products!

We’ve barely checked out of our hotel rooms, and we’re already excited about TechEd 2011! Next year, the conference will be held in Atlanta, GA, Transcender’s home city. There are lots of great things to do in Atlanta including Six Flags, the Georgia Aquarium, Coca-Cola World, and Atlanta Braves baseball. So make your plans now to attend, bring the family, and we hope you’ll let Transcender welcome you to our city as well as New Orleans has welcomed us to theirs!



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  1. Any ETA for SharePoint 2010 exams?

  2. Almost a year later and no SharePoint 2010.

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