This morning Alastair and I delivered our TechEd presentation. We had a moderate sized crowd (to be expected after TechFest last night) but everyone seemed to really enjoy the session. It was satisfying at the end of the session to get some great questions – always a good way to know that your message has got across.
Our session was entitled “Xero: Utilising Microsoft technologies to build a platform for a global SaaS offering”. And that pretty much encapsulates what we talked about. Alastair covered a lot of the business decisions we’ve made so far and answered a lot of the “what is Xero” kind of questions. I focused on our technology and development strategy. I think we had a pretty good balance between the two, which seemed to be appreciated by our audience (and came through in their questions).
Yesterday it was Kirk’s chance to shine. Kirk did a session in the daunting Sky City theatre on PowerShell – Microsoft’s new command line server administration tool. PowerShell is very cool and in many respects it’s about time we had a command line tool that matched the functionality of the GUI tools. It’s also nice to know we can use objects that we’re familiar with in .NET as opposed to VBScript. Kirk was great – it was definitely the funniest TechEd session I attended. Probably the funniest bit was when his fingerprint scanner kept alerting him, and he asked the audience whether anyone knew whether it could be turned off, a smart person in the front asked whether it could be turned off in PowerShell. I think Kirk owes that guy a coffee (probably the only time at TechEd an audience member got a round of applause!).
So that was Xero at TechEd! One of the themes at TechEd this year was about making a mark – and I think we’ve left one. We all had a great time up in Auckland and I’d like to thank Microsoft for inviting us to talk about ourselves.