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MMS 2015 Debrief

November 20, 2015 Leave a comment

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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MMS 2015 Speaker

November 3, 2015 Leave a comment

MMSMoa-2015 Next week I will be speaking at the Midwest Management Summit – or MMS – in Minneapolis. After a very successful first edition of this event last year I am really proud to be part of this event again in 2015.

The formula of this event is pretty unique and very community driven. I am really looking forward to meeting up with a lot of you and have a lot of interesting (and challenging) conversations.

This year I will be delivering a session on combining the forces of Configuration Manager with Operations Manager. Co-speaker for this session will be Dieter Wijckmans – a Belgian CDM MVP and member of the System Center User Group.

Additionally I will be part of the EMS – Hybrid or Standalone – ask the Experts Panel and MMS Every Month at Home session on User Groups.

Registrations for the event are still open. More details can be found on the event website.

Hope to see you there!

Tim

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MMS 2014 Debrief

November 16, 2014 2 comments

2014-11-09 18.15.06-1Last week I was at the Midwest Management Summit (MMS) in Minneapolis, a three day conference organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group.

At this event I had the pleasure to deliver two sessions for which I again teamed up with my friend and ECM MVP Kenny Buntinx. Based on the feedback received on our sessions so far, we did well again at evangelizing Unified Device Management (UDM) with Configuration Manager and Intune.

Having a lot of time for Q&A made these sessions very interactive and allowed attendees to (hopefully) ask all their questions. If you did attend and have further feedback, questions, or comments please make sure to send them to Kenny and/or myself.

Next to speaking I also had the opportunity to attend some really nice sessions. As my focus is on Enterprise Client Management I was really pleased to see so many sessions on ECM topics on the schedule. Building a schedule for the conference was quite challenging.

Having these sessions delivered by community experts is a big plus as you have the chance pick up a lot of experience (and potential pitfalls) from the field. One really nice example of this would be the session on Pull DP’s with Todd Hemsell. Also the sponsor sessions were a great fit: I attended those from 1E and Secunia and really enjoyed the technical level of these sessions. No marketing fluff.

2014-11-10 18.06.17-1Another highlight for me was the talk on getting MMS right at home where the user group leads could share experiences. Next to that the event also brought back some of the best ingredients from the ‘old MMS’, for example the Configmgr State of the Union and the Jeopardy Quiz.

Overall this has been a really great event – except for the outside temperatures there are really no negatives I could think of. Winking smile

Although still to be confirmed I sincerely hope there will be a 2015 edition of this event! I for sure would love to attend!

Tip: looking for session content and want to grab it all in one shot? Check out this script to download the files.

Until next time!

Tim

MMS 2014 Speaker

November 5, 2014 Leave a comment

MMS180x1501End of this week I will be on a plane to the US again. Destination this time will be Minneapolis where I will be attending the Midwest Management Summit, or MMS.

At MMS I will be delivering two sessions together with my friend and fellow MVP Kenny Buntinx. Our sessions are scheduled on Tuesday the 11th and both will be about Unified Device Management with Configuration Manager and Intune.

During the first session we will dive into the setup and configuration aspects while in the second session we will look more into practical scenarios related to mobile device management.

More details and a complete sessions overview can be found on the event website.

Interested? Registrations are currently still open so you can still attend!

Hope to see you there!

Tim