Today marks the second and last day of TechDays 2010 in Basel.
I have attended TechDays 05, 06, 07, 08 and 2010. While i’ve always had something complain about, there was always something to gain from attending. Not this time.
When reading this, keep in mind that i’ve only attended IT Pro Sessions (with the exception of the Windows Phone 7 Developer Briefing).
There were to many things that have gone wrong.
- The keynote was boring and it didn’t even remotely have anything to do with the job of an IT Pro or a Developer. The keynote speaker also used a MacBook with OS X/Keynote.app. Seriously.
- The food was worse than what I got to eat at my Berufsschule (which wasn’t very good).
- The long lines were still there – waiting 20 minutes in line for bad food isn’t my idea of spending the day. They should’ve solved this problem by now.
- No more English talks. Why? I think we could use some experts.
- All the talks were very basic. No In-Depth stuff. Nothing to learn.
- I don’t want a basic talk about what OCS 2007 R2 can do. We’ve been using this for two years. It’s old news. Talk about Wave 14.
- Giving a basic intro on what SCVMM and Hyper-V are is not an IT Pro track – these technologies have been out since years and everyone that’s interested will already know those basics
- Make sure your stuff works. 75% of the demos did not work. Most of them because of bad internet connectivity. Yeah, i guess moving all the stuff to the “cloud” is a good idea.
The location and the whole ship theme was okay though. The evening event was also nice, and they did have good food there (different catering organization). Not sure what some danish bloke was doing there yelling “in the cloud” about 50 times. I wanted to see some chair-throwing.
Another interesting tidbit: The number of iPhones at the event. I’ve seen more iPhones than WinMo phones.
So, did you attend TechDays? What did you think about it?