Regular readers of my blog might have realised that I am a huge advocate of subscribable calendars and the data format that underpins them – iCalendar. On 8th Feb 2012 I wrote a blog post entitled SQLBits now publishing all SQLBits agendas as an iCalendar where I told how the SQLBits committee had published the agenda of the forthcoming SQLBits conference in iCalendar format allow with instructions of how one could view the agenda on their phone. Back then I said:
…any changes to the SQLBits agenda (e.g. a room change) will automatically flow to your own calendar service and if you have that calendar service (e.g. Hotmail Calendar, Google Calendar) synced to your phone then the changes will automatically show up there too … That new SQLBits subscribable calendar lives at http://sqlbits.com/information/SQLBitsCalendar.ashx; note how it is not specific to a particular conference - subscribe to (don't import) that calendar and the agenda for future SQLBits conferences will automatically flow to you too.
Sure enough I took a look at the calendar on my phone today and saw this:
(That “Real world SSDT” session at 14:40 is being presented by Craig Ottley-Thistlethwaite and myself by the way. Hope to see you there!)
This is the value of subscribing as opposed to importing. The agenda for next week’s conference has already flowed to my phone without my having to do anything. This isn’t the same phone that I had a year ago either, by subscribing to it in my Outlook.com (nee Hotmail) Calendar those subscriptions are stored and flow onto any new phone as soon as I type in my credentials.
I have stated before that I believe subscribable calendars to be a transformative technology and this is why, I only had to subscribe to the calendar once and data that didn’t even exist back then simply flows into my calendar and thus onto my phone. If this interests you then maybe read how I think the same technology could be used to deliver BI data too at Thinking differently about BI delivery. And if you want to subscribe to the calendar yourself go and read the aforementioned blog post, that link again: SQLBits now publishing all SQLBits agendas as an iCalendar.