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Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference 2007 website live

The Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference 2007 website is now live. The conference is scheduled on May 9-11, 2007, in Seattle, WA. It's not a "traditional" Microsoft technical conference like TechEd and PDC: it's targeted more on project managers, decision makers, IT manager... and, yes, also IT professionals, but this indicates to me that only a part of the conference schedule will be dedicated to the (inside) technical side of Microsoft BI Products.

There is call for presentations dedicated to customer success story (I have a few possible proposals, but I will ask them before) and a section for customer awards nominations.

At this time there are no details on session topics, but only a track page containing only track names.

Strangely to me, Microsoft has (still?) not considered to give visibility to user communities, and I think this is not a good decision. In the last years Microsoft has made big investments in an effort to be more open toward their customers. "User communities" (with this term I mean peer-to-peer activities in general, ranging from blogs, forums, user groups, actions and sites that share the knowledge in general) in the BI market are still a rarity and probably only Microsoft has a minimum number of them.

This is not to say that I would like to be invited, but only that a BI professional does not have a reference for an "event to attend" where he can meet his peers. PDC is too much developer oriented, TechEd is too much general purpose, a SQL Conference is too much backend-oriented (we also need the client side, thus an integration with Office is necessary). The name "Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference" would seem perfect for this. I hope Microsoft will not lose the opportunity to leverage on existing peer networks.

Published Sunday, January 14, 2007 10:41 AM by Marco Russo (SQLBI)


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About Marco Russo (SQLBI)

Marco Russo is a consultant, writer and trainer specialized in Business Intelligence with Microsoft technologies. He runs the SQLBI.COM website, which is dedicated to distribute resources useful for BI developers, like Integration Services components, Analysis Services models, tools, technical information and so on. Marco is certified as MCT, MCDBA, MCSD.NET, MCSA, MCSE+I.

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