Last night marked the last stop for the EnergizeIT Certification Bootcamp National User Group Tour 2008 here in Canada. A little while back Microsoft invited me to present Windows Server 2008 features (including PowerShell) during this tour with Kai Axford, and I am absolutely thrilled that I was able to take them up on their offer. Kai is a phenomenal speaker and it was a great privilege for me to be able to present at these events with him.
The tour spanned across the last three weeks and included 10 major cities in Canada, in the following order: Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Winnipeg, Regina, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Previously I had only been to the first four of these cities, so this was a great opportunity for me to get out and visit the rest of Canada. There was a ton of interest in this tour and most stops sold out within 24 hours after they were announced. Fortunately there were not many technical difficulties along the way at all, and for those technical difficulties that did occur, I sincerely apologize for the impact they had on the demonstrations.
One thing in common among each of these events that really made it fun for me as a presenter was the people. The people that took the time to come out and try and learn something from these events were just great. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed being able to meet so many IT professionals face to face, hear about their problems or concerns, and hopefully show them something useful that will make their job easier.
Many thanks to Kai, Sim, Bruce, Nik, the user group leads, all of the attendees for coming out, and anyone else involved in making this event happen! It has been a very rewarding experience for me!