Hard to imagine that on 16th January, 2013 the “BizTalk Crew” (Steef-Jan Wiggers, Nino Crudele, Saravana Kumar, Tord Glad Nordahl and me) were starting one of the most important Integration event in the world with bit of help from the BizTalk product group (Guru Venkataraman and Ravi Krishnaswamy) The event was a huge success that time with 128 attendees from 72 companies across 15 countries.
Then Saravana Kumar and is his team (BizTalk360) took care of it and was able to take it to the next level! And what an amazing job they have done (doing..)
Last year BizTalk360 team took the next step by converting the one day event into two days event with 12 Microsoft Integration MVP’s from across the world and 2 Microsoft Product group members. 200 attendees and more than 100 different companies across 20 countries were present in this event. These are some of the numbers that reflect the increase and the huge success of this event! Everyone I spoke to during the event was extremely excited and appreciated the work put together by BizTalk360 team in organizing such a focused event for Microsoft Integration professionals, which was missing for a while.
So what to expect this year?
Well the answer is easy… Even bigger and better! The event will be held in ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre (used in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London) and we will have a capacity for… do you want to guess?… 500 people! From what I heard from the speaker update email, there are already 250 registrations, and still 5 more weeks to go.
Let’s make the goal a reality! And create a platform for ourselves who are working in Integration space. From my experience I wanted to highlight why you should attend the event, I took top 7 reasons I can think, of course you know there are more, to attend this event:
Learn from the experts
The #1 reason people should come to this event, is to make themselves more valuable to their companies by learning new ideas and techniques from the experts. 18 speakers (combination of Microsoft product group members and Microsoft Integration MVP’s) with real world implementation experience from around the world will provide valuable information on integration topics, new trends and technologies that will benefit your firm and your clients.
360 coverage! There is something for everyone regardless of job role: developers, administrators and architects, or interest: Cloud an on premise
Get insight and answers to your questions from these real world experts.
Imagine the future of Integration
Understand the future of Microsoft integration and its role in the "Internet of Things". Microsoft public annouce BizTalk MicroService in Integrate 2014 – Global BizTalk Summit which was held last December in Redmond so it is expected to be announced new updates, we never know what to expect from Product Group they maybe have some surprises for us.
Network, Connect, and Reconnect with Colleagues
Take this amazing opportunity to get to meet the people you have been following on Twitter and blogs and network with others who are interested in the same things you are. For return attendees, another chance to hang out with the smartest people you know – and I’m not talking about the speakers! J – and meet new ones.
Don’t be afraid or shy, don’t wait for them and take your chances, engage the people you want to meet by easily saying "Hi my name is… ". This experience can be a great morale booster for you, lifelong friendships and connections have evolved from such conferences – I’m speaking for personal experience!
Face to Face, learn from one another and Develop Professionally
The knowledge and experience of all the attendees, speakers and product group members at these events is unreal!!! You will not find an opportunity like this every day.
At these events speakers are usually available to chat and answer questions. And if you are bold, remember to pull out your camera and ask if you can take a photo with them.
Take to this opportunity to connect face to face with experts and peers who will give you valuable insight to industry trends; meet influential colleagues and generate new solutions to common problems, like increasing profitability and solving staffing challenges.
I love being around great thinkers…it can really get your own mind flowing. We always have something new to learn from one another and take back with us.
The next big thing…
Last year Nino introduce us the best BizTalk Developer tool ever made: BTSG NoS addin. A tool intended to improve the developer experience and why not reduce the development time in new or existent BizTalk projects. BizTalk360 team has some surprise announcements in this area.
So what to expect this year? Will Nino surprise us once again, or is going to be another speaker with the next big “Yehhhh” by the attendees. Or you may be inspired to produce yourself, the best ideas come when you least expect it….
Business Networking and Opportunity for Partnerships
Socializing is fun but this audience is made up by experts and minded people, meeting them not only inspires but it can also create an opportunity to build partnerships. There will be people from all over the world, this can be a huge opportunity for you and your business.
Bring business cards. Lots of them.
Refresh and recharge and have some fun
Take these two days off busy work schedules to learn, refresh and recharge. And most important: Have some fun!
Once you’ve soaked in all the knowledge from the speakers and breakout sessions your day will be far from over. Use the evenings to connect with colleagues and experts in a relaxed fun environment like a Bar or speaker dinner or restaurants – sometimes the most interesting conversations happen at the very end of each day in the Lobby Bar.
And then return to work reinvigorated.
This is one conference you can’t afford to miss! See you in London. What are you waiting for, go ahead and book it.