Next week, Team Lifehacker will be in New Orleans for TechEd North America, the climax of our World Of Servers adventure. Our series on what we're hoping to learn continues with our second contest winner from this year, Tommy Carron.
I'm an Infrastructure Designer within our Enterprise Solutions team of the University of Melbourne's central Information Technology Services arm. We strive to be across a wide range of technologies currently in use within University Faculties, Research and central IT. In addition to supporting current IT infrastructure and applications, we're responsible for planning the University's IT future and developing IT policies.
I joined the University in 2011 with my background in engineering, IT consultancy and managed services within both private and public enterprise. I'm involved in the evaluation and introduction of new technology solutions.
Next week I'm fortunate enough to be attending Microsoft TechEd 2013 North America with the Lifehacker Australia team. I hope to learn about technology that is exciting and that I'll want to explore further. As a basis I seek to expand on my Windows Server 2012 and System Center knowledge. I'll be keen to attend sessions relating to systems management and data centre automation. Self-service portal integration and the ability to chargeback is of definite interest.
At TechEd North America I'm hoping to explore Microsoft's new software in ways that cannot be communicated through just the web or isolated virtual labs. Where thousands of peers, who are passionate and experts in their fields, explore and discuss together face-to-face.
Ultimately I'm wanting to be surprised. To take something away that I did not anticipate. Whether it be a completely unexpected announcement from Microsoft or simply a new insight into how I may use known products. I'll blog daily here with my findings and any hot tips that I pick up along the way. That is, unless there's a Xbox One lurking about to distract me ;)
This will be my first time on mainland North American soil. When in New Orleans I may hire a bicycle to explore the city or take a steamboat along the Mississippi. At the end of each day I hope to switch the computer off and saturate my sensors with the city's vibrant culture, famous cuisine and talented music scene.