Over many years, first NETPRO then Quest Software presented the TEC, aka “The Experts Conference”, which was mainly sponsored by Microsoft. The subjects of the conference, which had a location in USA and a European peer, primarily had been focused on Directory&Identity, Exchange, Sharepoint and recently also Virtualization and Powershell deep dive topics.
We had a nice trip to TEC 2012 in San Diego last year and started to plan for the 2013 event now. We checked the web site http://www.theexpertsconference.com/ but could not find any hint for the 2013 edition of the conference. However, following some insider information we had to learn that after the Quest acquisition by Dell, TEC 2013 obviously will not take place anymore as a standalone event. Instead, Dell will integrate the topics into the Dell World event which is planned for December this year. Especially for the Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager Community the TEC was one of the very important conferences and we will see how and if Dell will preserve its value.
Also check out http://thoughtsofanidlemind.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/is-dell-about-to-cut-tec/ where the founder of the TEC, Gil Kirkpatrick, gives more insight.
In the meantime we received an offical answer from Quest Event Managment:
“Thank you for your inquiry regarding TEC 2013. As you know, TEC has been a long-standing industry event, focused on providing advanced training on Microsoft technologies and world-class networking opportunities. It has been our pleasure to bring this unique conference to you for the past 11 years.
Quest is now part of Dell, and Dell brings a large industry event – Dell World – to the market in December each year. In 2013, the Software division of Dell will participate actively in Dell World, opening up new opportunities for education and networking for our customers, partners and prospects. In the interest of focusing our energies and your training and education interests on a single event in the coming years, the TEC conference will be discontinued.”