I've talked to a lot of people over the last couple months who have been waiting for the TechEd 2014 content catalog to release. Many IT Pros cannot even approach their manager for approval to attend any conference until there is real justification based on the value of the content.
Today, with a little over 2 months (May 12-15) before TechEd 2014 North America kicks off in Houston, TX, the content catalog has been unveiled.
Drop out here to sift through the content: TechEd North America 2014 Content Catalog
So far there are:
- 371 Breakout sessions
- 140 Hand-on Labs
- 35 Instructor-led Labs
- 10 Pre-conference seminars
- 1 Keynote
Numbers are subject to change.
Based on Brad Anderson's recent Reddit AMA responses, the very first thing I sought was how many actual Configuration Manager breakout sessions are available. If you read through my TechEd 2014 Keynote Sneak Peek, you'll understand why.
Based on the current catalog list there are 11 breakout sessions dedicated to Configuration Manager, with 8 of them focused on BYOD and Windows Intune. Hmmm…goes along well with my Keynote Sneak Peek summation.
The Hands-on Labs for Configuration Manager almost top the actual sessions. There are 10 HOLs and 7 Instructor-led Labs. Labs are a great solution for a topic like ConfigMgr that is still hugely popular in the System Center space but the percentage of sessions is low. Labs provide a valuable way to get hands-on Configuration Manager experience.