Microsoft Canada is gearing up for TechDays 2010 to provide IT professionals will all the latest tips, tricks, and news on all the cutting edge Microsoft technologies. I love being part of these events because there is always something new to learn, experts discuss topics with, and peers to debate with about new technologies and techniques . The new TechDays website is up today with new dates, speakers, and track information. The following is a summary of what you can expect with TechDays this year:

Dates & Locations

TechDays 2010 will be held on the following dates and locations:

September 14-15
Vancouver Convention Centre
October 5-6
Shaw Conference Centre
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Toronto
October 27-28
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
World Trade and Convention Centre Halifax Halifax
November 2-3
World Trade and Convention Centre
Hampton Inn and Conference Centre Ottawa
November 9-10
Hampton Inn and Conference Centre
Palais de Congres Ottawa
November 9-10
Palais de Congres
December 7-8
Winnipeg Convention Centre
Calgary Stampede Calgary
December 14-15
Calgary Stampede

Tracks & Sessions

Canada’s TechDays 2010 will be offering six tracks that include over 50 sessions. The six tracks at TechDays 2010 currently include:

Developing for Three Screens and the Cloud

In this track you will learn how to develop and enhance web, mobile, and desktop applications while examining how to leverage the Cloud where it makes sense. This track will also discuss Visual Studio 2010, SharePoint 2010, Windows Phone, Silverlight and other technologies that can help enhance the application experience for your users.

Optimizing the Development Process

In this track you will learn best practices and techniques for delivering robust solution using Microsoft’s application lifecycle platform, Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010. This track will also discuss change management, quality, and deployment techniques.

Collaboration: The Next Generation

In this track you will learn how to leverage key technologies like SharePoint 2010, Unified Communications, Office 2010 to increase productivity, reduce the burden on IT, and enable user collaboration using a rich web or mobile clients. This track will also discuss business productivity infrastructure in the Cloud and on-premise.

All About Deployment

In this track you will learn how to leverage tools in Windows Server 2008 R2, the System Center product line and others to help make deployments run more smoothly. This track will also discuss how to integrate Office 2010, your own line-of-business applications, and virtualization technologies into your deployments.

Managing and Helping to Secure Your IT Infrastructure

In this track you will learn how to migrate to and implement on-premise and Cloud-based infrastructure components to help reduce costs and increase agility. This track will also discuss Windows Server 2008 R2, virtualization, Forefront suite of security products, and the System Center suite of products provide a robust solution for deploying, managing, and securing your organization datacenter. Additionally, this track will teach you how to monitor and automate your infrastructure to help increase availability.

Local Flavours

In this track will be showcasing the great work that is happening in your region of the country. This track will also allow local individuals who have a passion for technology share their knowledge and expertise.

Registration and Cost

The full conference price this year will be approximately $699.99 plus applicable taxes. If you take advantage of the early bird price that will be available up to six weeks prior to the event, you will pay approximately $349.99 plus applicable taxes which is almost 50% savings. To keep update on all the latest TechDays 2010 news visit the Canada TechDays website at, follow their facebook page at, or follow the conversation on twitter at #techdays_ca. If you have attended TechDays in the past watch your email for more exciting TechDays news.


About Author

Christine Weaver has been the technical lead on projects designing, developing, deploying, supporting, and delivering solutions for SharePoint since 2003. Christine’s knowledge and experience leans heavily on her 10+ years as a software consultant and from being a Microsoft certified professional. Christine has been a regular presenter at TechDays Canada and runs the Halifax SharePoint User Group.