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Exciting Changes for TechDays in 2011! Vol 13-15 | July, 2011
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Over the last few weeks I have received many emails from individuals across the country asking about TechDays 2011 and I wanted to provide you an update.  The short answer is that TechDays is changing.  The changes we are making are based on the feedback you have given us. Here is what you told us you want to see and get from TechDays:

-Give me more content!

-Let me understand how all the pieces fit together

-Help me to acquire these skills all year long

-Let me play with the technology

-Let me spend more time with partners to understand how they can help me

-Make it easier for me to find speakers and experts to answer my questions

Let me connect to the office while I am at the event

My goal for TechDays 2011, is to provide you with a richer in-person experience as well as a robust year-round online technical learning capability. At the same time I also want to be able to deliver all of the things you have asked for at the reasonable cost that TechDays has always been known for. In order to make all this happen, the team and I had to make some difficult decisions/trade-offs. In the end, after much deliberation and debate, I realized we needed to reduce the number of in-person events, and increase the online investment in order to deliver on the things you are asking us for.

So what does this mean?

Starting in October 2011, TechDays will transform into an enhanced continuous online learning portal and, for 2011, include three in-person events starting on October 25th in Toronto with Vancouver to follow two weeks later and Montreal two weeks after that (exact dates and locations will be announced on the TechDays website in a week or so). In order to make it easier for individuals outside of those locations to attend the in-person events, we are working with airline and hotel partners to provide discounted travel and hotel options, which will be announced on the TechDays website .

Now, I know you have questions and a quick editorial in the TechNet eNews does not provide sufficient room to answer everything, so I have created a blog post which digs deeper.   Please visit the Canadian IT Pro blog to read more the exciting changes for TechDays 2011 and what these mean to you and your colleagues. 

As always, please feel free to send me an email at td_can@microsoft.com or leave a comment on the blog if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to the conversation.

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