Co-Chair Letter

A letter from our Conference Co-Chairs...

There’s no other place on Earth that has more knowledge about Microsoft technologies than their headquarters in Redmond – and that is why we are proud to announce that TechMentor will be returning to the Mothership again this year from August 5-9. It is an opportunity that you cannot miss! There is something special about sitting in the place where products are actually created, where you can step in the Visitor’s Center and the Company Store and enjoy the beauty of Microsoft Campus. This is the place where so many decisions have been made that have impacted most all of our careers.

We are Sami Laiho and Dave Kawula, and as the Conference Co-Chairs of TechMentor, we would like to personally welcome you to join us this year. We are thrilled to bring globally-known industry experts that have real-life experiences on what they are teaching to TechMentor and are proud for them to be delivering this knowledge to you in engaging and entertaining ways. This year we will also bring back the multiple networking opportunities throughout the event, as we understand the importance of sharing your stories, troubleshooting and finding creative solutions. As Chairs, our goal is for TechMentor to be a conference that teaches and delivers immediately useable knowledge and skills, and this year we will do just that!

We break the content apart this year into the seven tracks, giving you the opportunity to learn the details of implementing DevOps and becoming a PowerShell-guru, dig deep into the biggest client and endpoint issues of the day, enhance your infrastructure and security positioning, get the real-world and immediately-usable guidance for Azure, and even brush up on your soft skills. Whether you manage your infrastructure with GPO’s or MDM, or your servers are hosted locally or in Azure, or you manage SQL server or Active Directory and traditional infrastructures services, or you’re just fighting with managing clients or Mobile phones – we got sessions for you! Take a tour through TechMentor’s extensive catalog of courses for all the details.

But that’s not all! Networking today is even more important than ever before with the growing number of products and features to know and understand. At TechMentor, you’ll get one-on-one with our speakers and experts during our kick-off Dine A-Round Dinner, our Birds-of-a-Feather lunch event and our Wednesday evening Get-Together, in addition to a week of opportunities.

Plus, don’t miss our well-known post-conference workshops and NEW THIS YEAR pre-conference Hands-On Labs. Both will dive deep on selected topics from the best experts in the world on topics such as Azure, admin security, privileged access workstations (PAW) and even how to master windows troubleshooting. Extend your learning by taking advantage of these workshops and Hands-On Labs with less people, more time and more focused topics.

We proudly host the best speakers in the industry, but are consistently adding fresh new faces so you will not be disappointed whether you are a seasoned veteran of TechMentor or a fresh new attendee. We can’t wait to see you all this August at the Mothership!

Sami Laiho, Senior Technical Fellow,
Dave Kawula, Principal Consultant, TriCon Elite Consulting