It was a great session that started promptly at 1630 hrs with a fairly good attendee turnout. The event was sponsored by Microsoft Dubai at their office in Dubai Internet City on 27th May 2007 evening. The UAE IT Pro User Group leader (techiesonly.com), Adnan, welcomed the attendees and gave an introduction to the user group, its mission statement and past achievements. This was followed by a short welcome speech by Saba Corm (IW Business Group Manager Microsoft Gulf) and Sandra Skairjeh (Audience Marketing Manager).
As scheduled, I delivered the level 200++ technical presentation covering topics such as Unified Communications, Exchange in today’s business, upgrade / migrate / transition strategy and scenarios, security, and the new Exchange server roles, just to name a few. The crowd was very enthusiastic and highly interactive, posing several really excellent questions from the floor (nobody fell asleep by the way :-).
My favorite topic on PowerShell (well, Exchange Management Console) was the most well received as many of the attendees saw first hand / eye of the power in the (Power)shell. The saying ‘Seeing is Believing’ cannot be any more true than that! Unfortunately, the projector did not like the resolution for the dual-screen mode and I had to look at the screen from the attendee’s perspective in order to run the EMC demo (despite tech checks conducted in advance of the session)! Now I had a bit of a bad neck and shoulder ache but hope to get over with it soon.
All except one of the attendees who came stayed through the entire session, even though it overran by about 1 hour (to 1930 hrs UTC + 4) because they just had not enough of the good stuff! At the end, a few lucky attendees walked away with fabulous prizes sponsored kindly by both Microsoft Dubai and UAE IT Pro User Group.
And the event feedback forms (plus many more received after event email comments) … full of encouragement, requests for more (such events), ideas and wonderfully great evaluation scores (many many thanks to you ^-^). This will certainly help us plan for better and bigger events that means the most for IT Pros, by IT Pros for IT Pros (side note: why not volunteer as a speaker or help out your fellow IT Pro peers as part of the local user group?).
For more information and gallery on the event, visit techiesonly.com here and here.