During our last MMS 2012 update, I told you that MMS 2012 news would start to get fast and furious. I was right, but little did I know what a HUGE week this would be. And, pretty much everything that happened points to more reasons why attending MMS 2012 is so important this year.
First, this was the week Microsoft decided to announce their System Center Suite 2012 licensing. If you were around here much on Tuesday, you saw our full, in-depth coverage. I could go into the details, but this is really a post about MMS news. Still, the licensing changes and the combination of System Center products into a single suite should really have you wondering about System Center, the product, and Microsoft’s direction. All will be detailed at MMS 2012.
Secondly, the System Center Universe event, hosted by Catapult Systems, rocketed into the stratosphere. Seriously – it kicked off early in the morning and never let up. Great content. Awesome presenters. System Center Suite 2012 was evangelized like never before. Kudos to Catapult for pulling off an extraordinary event. My brain is still rocking. But, even with the in-depth coverage, this serves only to make you hungry for more. And, more will be revealed at MMS 2012.
Next…the Central Texas SMUG hosted Wally Mead for two days. Catapult graciously gave up a room for the event and CTSMUG provided a live link for anyone and everyone to listen in. More goodness that can only be topped by a trip to MMS 2012.
There’s just so many reasons to attend MMS 2012 this year.
But, before I get to the list of this week’s MMS 2012 news, I have to make a bit of community commentary. Based on some rumors, some chats with people, and a thread showing up on the Microsoft Management Summit page on Facebook, the conference you know and love could be changing a bit this year. Of course, we knew things would change somewhat, since we have an entirely new crew managing the event for the first time in years. Understandably, Microsoft is focusing on the new System Center suite and the Private Cloud, and exposing this to the attendees of MMS 2012 is high priority. Based on the number of excellent past speakers who DID NOT get accepted for speaking slots this year (including MVPs), and the number of past community events and slots you were used to that are not happening this year, it is becoming more evident that there may be extra push to make MMS 2012 less community focused and more – OK, I’ll say it – marketing focused.
One of the big factors of proof would be the session list, which is not released yet. And, that’s another issue. There are those that are very concerned that Early Bird pricing ends on January 27th, yet the session list is not available. They are finding it very hard to get approval to attend MMS 2012 without the list. If the list isn’t released in time for the Early Bird pricing, some folks will simply not be able to attend, or they will have to register for MMS 2012 after Early Bird pricing expires, effectively costing their company (or the individual, in some cases) $275. In my opinion, the list really needs to be released, at least, 1 month prior to Early Bird pricing expiration to make the MMS attendance “sell” work. I hope the MMS organizers realize this and extend Early Bird pricing. That would be the right thing to do.
Selling out is not the measure of a conference success.
So, really this boils down to the community again. It boils down to us. Each year that we heard Microsoft was once again considering rolling MMS into TechEd, this community stood up and made changes by being vocal. You really do have a voice and you really do matter. Love MMS? Do something. I’ll leave it at that.
OK…with all of that out of the way, let’s get to the MMS 2012 specific news from the past week. Here’s the things you might have missed.
- Microsoft Cloud: this new slogan will be everywhere at MMS 2012
- System Center Suite 2012–another major reason to attend MMS 2012
- MMS 2012 session acceptance emails going out today
- Not registered for MMS 2012 yet? You’re cutting it close…
- Microsoft announces free Private Cloud Certification Exam at MMS 2012
- Two new session types at MMS 2012 for the certification-minded
- Filling up the MMS 2012 dance card
- Win a conference pass to MMS 2012!