TechMentor! Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations for TechMentor Orlando, part of Live! 360, is now open.

Presentations are due: Friday, April 25, 2014 5:00 PST

Submit your proposals here:

Brought to you by the publishers of MSDN Magazine, Redmond Magazine, and Virtualization Review Magazine; Live! 360 returns to Orlando November 17-21, 2014 at the Royal Pacific Resort. Live! 360 offers five co-located technical conferences for the Developer and IT community at one time for one low price. Incorporating knowledge transfer, networking and leading-edge training, these conferences keep attendees up-to-date on current technologies with a look to the future.

Join us for TechMentor Orlando 2014, part of Live! 360 Orlando! We're focusing entirely on making your datacenter more modern, more capable, and more manageable. We'll be covering the latest and greatest technologies, but also the latest techniques – even ones that help you get more from the technologies you're currently using.

You're going to find amazing coverage of System Center, Windows PowerShell, and core Windows Server functionality. You'll get troubleshooting, performance optimization, and best practices. And of course, you'll learn from the greatest people the industry has to offer!

Core topic areas include:

  • Infrastructure Foundations
  • Monitoring and Availability
  • Runbook Automation
  • Configuration and Service Management
  • Datacenter Provisioning and Deployment

TechMentor Orlando Tracks will include:

  • Security and Ethical Hacking
  • Windows PowerShell
  • System Center
  • Windows Server
  • Advanced Group Policy
  • Hybrid Cloud and Virtualization
  • Jack of All Trades

Session Length
Most sessions will be 75-minute overview-level sessions; we will also offer select 2.5 hour deep dive sessions (presented as two 75-minute sessions back-to-back).
Speakers at TechMentor 2014 Redmond are welcome to revise 3-hour deep dive sessions into 75-minute subsets and propose those for Orlando.

Note that we are asking speakers to, as much as possible, focus on the products attendees already have, including Windows Server 2008 R2. While we obviously need to help them prepare for the newest versions, we also need to help them do better with what they already have.

This is a key differentiator for TechMentor, setting us apart from the latest-version-only coverage at shows like TechEd. Please try to be very specific in your session titles and abstracts as to what you'll cover, so that we can make an appropriate mix of selections for our agenda.

Session Ideas
We've had feedback from past attendees suggesting that the following might be interesting topics – this isn't an all-inclusive list by any means, but take it as inspiration for where attendees want to see us go:

  • SQL Server Reporting Services – building reports from a database
  • Packaging MSIs and repackaging apps into MSIs
  • App-V packaging/sequencing, especially for SCCM 2012+
  • Desired State Configuration
  • PowerShell Toolmaking and controller scripting
  • Using SCCM, SCSM, and SCO together – e.g., self-service approval-required software requests
  • Creating provisioning and deployments with SCVMM
  • Service-service in System Center (make your own “Azure” by providing self-service options that can require approval and be manageable)
  • Runbook Automation with System Center Orechestrator (SCO)
  • Using ADFS to connect your AD to cloud services
  • “Big Data” in IT Operations (e.g., the Splunk world)
  • Using cross-platform tools (e.g., Puppet, etc) to manage configuration

Our overall themes focus on System Center, automation, and manageability, so use those themes – and this “idea list” – to help craft your proposals.

Other evergreen themes – performance, troubleshooting, and more – are always welcome. We're also open to workshops around core infrastructure, such as storage, provided it's very modern and very datacenter-focused. We're not emphasizing certification in 2014, as those sessions have not proven popular.

We are not especially seeking beginner-level or introduction sessions. Assume that these attendees have been in the business for 6+ years, so unless it's a brand-new technology where introductory material is warranted, we're going to show a preference for more technical sessions.

Popular from 2013
Our best topics from 2013 – and ones we'll absolutely revisit in 2014 – include:

  • PowerShell
  • Ethical hacking
  • DirectAccess
  • Troubleshooting
  • Crash Dump Analysis
  • Performance

We want to continue offering these topics as part of the broader story of improved datacenter manageability and automation.
Submit your proposals here:

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