I’ve been working on this for the past 3 years now and recently while in the USA, I was told that they finally had budget for it 🙂 The aim was to get Microsoft to send a real Product Manager from the SBS team here to visit our SMB IT Pro Community. Finally it’s paying off. Microsoft have confirmed that they will send not one, but two members of the SBS team to Australia to visit and present with the SMB IT Pro Community. These events will be held in Microsoft offices in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and will give a chance for you to meet and ask questions first hand of the people behind the product.
Adrian Maziak and Nick King will be coming. Nick has been here before and originally hails from New Zealand (but we won’t hold that against him). Nick has been responsible for things such as developing the training materials that we’ve all had comment on. Adrian Maziak is the PM responsible for amongst other things, the Reports and Alerting system in SBS 2008 and future SMB Server products.
Both have been with Microsoft in the SBS/EBS teams for some time and will be able to talk pretty clearly about most anything you can ask.
Dates are listed below. A start time is not yet confirmed but is likely to be either 6pm or 7pm in the evenings
Brisbane: June 16th : MS Building, PTY MR Brisbane theatre 2
Sydney: June 17th : MS Building, PTY MR SYF Theatre 1
Melbourne: June 21st : MS Building, PTY MR Melb Exhibition
Registration for these events is not yet open but will be announced as soon as finalised along with the start time.
Make sure that you block aside this time as it’s a great chance to meet these guys, get answers and give feedback to help make the products better suit your clients needs.