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MMS 2015 Debrief

mmsEarlier this week I blogged about my stay in the US and my attendance at the MVP Global Summit during the first week. The week after the MVP Summit I have spent in Minneapolis attending the second edition of MMS – a three day conference organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group. Like last year the event took place at the Radisson Blu hotel located next to the Mall of America.

For this second edition the organizers held on to the winning formula of last year: lots of deep technical content, great sessions with extended Q&A, and a lot of opportunity to interact with speakers during or after the sessions. Add to that a nice list of Microsoft speakers and the 2015 edition was bound to be a success.

At the event I have attended quite some top notch sessions on a wide variety of topics. Next to technical content there is also a lot of show and entertainment: top sessions in that category kitagrie remain the Configuration Manager State of the Union session and off course the Jeopardy Quiz.

As a speaker I have teamed up with Dieter Wijckmans for a session on combining the forces of Configuration Manager with Operations Manager. Next to that I was part of the panel at the EMS Ask the Experts session on Wednesday afternoon and earlier that day I did a BOF session together with Jeff Gilbert. As a board member of the System Center User Group in Belgium I also participated in the MMS At Home session – which typically is the final session that wraps-up the conference.

Like last year this has been a top event in all aspects and above all also a great opportunity to meet up and hang out with friends. No doubt this event has a lot of potential for the future and as such it should not come as a surprise that the 2016 edition was announced already: this third edition will take place in May instead of the usual November time frame. Whether this means I should pack swimshorts for going to Minneapolis remains unclear. 🙂

Make sure to mark your calendars for the 17th, 18th and 19th of May for MMS 2016! Registrations are already open!

To wrap up a few interesting links related to this event:

MMS 2015 Photo Album on Facebook
MMS 2016 Registration page
MMS 2015 Debrief post (w pictures) from Peter Daalmans
MMS 2015 Top 5 Insights by Cameron Fuller

Until next time!

Tim

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