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MMS 2014 announcements

Normally, during the keynote for MMS, the keynote speaker will announce the following year’s location and date.  This year, that didn’t happen, causing all sorts of ruckus and rumors.  But, Brad did say, during his keynote and also during a pre-conference meeting that MMS is his favorite event and that this specific community is hugely important to Microsoft’s System Center and Cloud strategy.  But, sadly, Brad has to work just as hard as you voicing opinion and concern for another iteration of what has become a marketing event.  Sure, it’s less of a marketing event than TechEd, but it has changed over the past few years.

Will there be a MMS 2014?  The conference floors were abuzz with assumptions that MMS 2013 is the last Microsoft Management Summit – ever.  Twitter lit up like a roman candle with guesses, and the #mms2014 hashtag showed a bunch of folks begging for another MMS in 2014.  A few ‘softies have even taken to Twitter to try and get the #mms2014 hashtag trending so they will have some feedback to hand to the actual decision-makers.

In an upcoming post, I’ll delve deep into how the decision is made, why MMS needs to be rebooted, and why it makes sense for Microsoft to merge MMS and TechEd.  You probably never thought you’d hear that coming from me, did you?

But, for now, I wanted to make you aware of how to submit your comments and raise your voices in support of another conference in 2014.

First off, if you’re a Twitterer, or want to be, monitor, follow, and post to the Twitter hashtag: #mms2014

Not only can you voice your opinion here, but this is where you’ll hear about MMS 2014 first.

Next, drop your support in the form below.  We’ll tally the results and send them off for you.

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A community professional, keynoter, and evangelist who has driven social media and marketing strategies, editorial successes, delivered customer successes and built some of the largest and longest-running online communities. Rod has created, managed and grown small, medium, and mega-sized conferences; run entire editorial teams to deliver record traffic and market leadership; as product manager, directed the success of hundreds of product releases; supported sales and marketing to ensure customer success; developed, run and sold businesses; written thousands of technical articles, white papers, case studies, and technical documentation; hosted and delivered hundreds of attendance shattering webinars and virtual tradeshows; and delivered keynote speeches and sessions at a wide variety of events including conferences, webinars, events, and user groups.

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