Tech*Ed Europe has officially begun!
What a great success so far. Over 7,000 delegates! Wow, I am awestruck. I was in a video in the Keynote (more next) and manned the Ask the Experts booth for quite some time. Also I met with several Analysts from Meta, Giga, Forrester, Ovum and The Wolfgang Martin Team. I represented SQL Server and the analysts were all focused on Business Intelligence (BI) and how Reporting Services for SQL Server 2000 fits in that whole business strategy at Microsoft. Analysts all tried to pump me for Yukon information. I told them to come to my talks later this week. J
Getting ready for my two sessions! They are very fun sessions and I plan to be very laid back, so if you are hear swing by for a great time. The sessions are:
Thursday, July 3rd 3:00-4:15 DAT231: Migrating Your Mission Critical Access Applications to SQL Server
Friday, July 4th 11:45-1:00 DAT307: Developing Applications with SQL Server Desktop Edition (MSDE)
At the Keynote EMEA VP Jean-Philippe Courtois announce the winner of the Imagine Cup, first prize ($25,000 USD) went to a Vietnamese national representing the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Tu Nguyen. All the contestants worked hard and it was hard to pick a winner, but in the end Tu edged out the rest. A description of his program is here:
A language barrier in the heartland of America? University of Nebraska student Tu Nguyen knows that if you have a Nebraskan native asking a Vietnamese chef for Mie'n Xao Thit Ga, you may just have a problem. That's why he developed Point of Delivery System (iPODS), a multi-language wireless application, for this year's Imagine Cup. iPODS allows a waiter using a PDA to take orders in one language and transmit them immediately to a server for translation into the chef's native language. The result is faster service, less confusion, and a better dining experience, whether you're in Omaha, Saigon, or Barcelona.
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