Irish Microsoft Technology Conference, Dublin 3rd and 4th April

Here is a quick reminder about the Irish Microsoft Technology Conference 2008 (April 3rd/4th) - with over 40 sessions to choose from this year, it’s like a mini TechEd – one event you won’t want to miss!

When? April 3rd/4th

Where? Cineworld Cinema Complex, Parnell St, Dublin 1

Fee? EUR 189

The Irish Microsoft Technology Conference has become one of the largest tech conferences in Ireland. Organised by and members of the Microsoft Technology User Group, its aim is to bring top-quality speakers to Ireland so that the Irish tech community can hear the best the worldwide Microsoft community has to offer.  

Now in its third year, the 2-day, multi-track event features over 40 technology-packed sessions for both developers and IT Pros. Participants this year include world-renowned speakers from Microsoft developer groups in Redmond and the European Development Centre, technical community leaders from the US and UK and local certified partners, community leaders and other product experts.

I’ve included the jam-packed agenda below so you can see what’s on offer! Click on any topic to view the full session details and speaker bios on the IMTC website. The good news is that this year each attendee will also receive a free DVD containing all the sessions after the conference, so even if there are clashing sessions, you will be able to view all the content afterwards at your leisure.

If you would like to join us at this event, you can register online here.

We’ll be looking forward to seeing you there! :)


Thursday, April 3rd

Track 110:00 - Silverlight 2.0 (Richard Costall) 11:30 - LINQ: Change the way you code (Oliver Sturm) 13:45 - Live Meeting (Chris Dalby) 15:15 - Securing Communications using WCF (Chris Seary) 16:45 - Online Experiments For Optimizing Customer Experience (Randy Henne)

Track 210:00 - A Lap Around Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 (Doug Seven) 11:30 - Test-Driven Development and Code Coverage using Visual Studio 2008 Pro (Craig Murphy) 13:45 - VSTS (Martin Woodward) 15:15 - Improving Team Development with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 (Doug Seven) 16:45 - Functional Programming in C# 3 (Oliver Sturm)

Track 310:00 - Sharepoint (Stephen Cummins) 11:30 - Small Business Server 2008 (Nick Whittome) 13:45 - Managing Virtualisation with Microsoft System Center (Duncan McAlynn) 15:15 - Windows Mobile & Systems Centre Mobile Device Manager (Mark Mulvany) 16:45 - Sponsor Session (Speaker TBC)

Track 410:00 - The 64-bit question: Which platform? (Richard Heiges) 11:30 - What is new in SQL Server 2008 (Niall Flanagan) 13:45 - BI in SQL 08 (Richard Fennell) 15:15 - LINQ to SQL - An Introduction (Ronan Geraghty) 16:45 - Express Yourself (Richard Heiges)

Friday, April 4th

Track 110:00 - What Species Is YOUR User? (Ben Sykes) 11:30 - Mix 08 (Phil Winstanley) 13:45 - Using the Web Client Software Factory (Gary Short) 15:15 - Reach End Users With Next Generation Web Applications (Doug Seven) 16:45 - Silverlight 2 Deepdive (Martha Rotter)

Track 210:00 - What's New in VSTO and Visual Studio 2008 (Michelle Clarke) 11:30 - Breakthrough Software Development Challenges with Visual Studio 2008 (Doug Seven) 13:45 - XNA Ireland: The Challenge (Phil Bourke) 15:15 - Top 10 SQL Keywords (Dave McMahon) 16:45 - Sponsor Session

Track 310:00 - Overview of Business Process Automation and implementing an Enterprise Service Bus using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 (Robert Hogg) 11:30 - Exchange 2007 - Hurricane Proof (Paddy Baxter) 13:45 - Using XML Web Services to manage external SQL data interfaces (Alan Crowley) 15:15 - Information Card - Beyond the HTML Page (Barry Dorrans) 16:45 - OCS - An Architectural Overview (Thomas Lee)

Track 410:00 - Microsoft's Virtualisation Strategy (Dave Northey) 11:30 - Internet Information Services 7.0 for ASP.Net Developers (Andrew Westgarth) 13:45 - PowerShell and WMI (Thomas Lee) 15:15 - Windows Server 2008 and Branch Office Infratructure (Aidan Finn) 16:45 - Hyper-V (Dave Northey)