After an extremely bad co-presentation early on in my public speaking career I made the decision that I would not co-present again. By not co-presenting, the success or failure of the presentation was squarely on my shoulders – win or lose. Co-presenting is more work than doing a presentation on your own. This is counter-intuitive but it’s true. More time is required to practice and prepare for a co-presentation, especially in how to facilitate the transitions between presenters during the presentation.
MMS 2013 was the first time I have done a public co-presentation since that point in time. I co-presented with Gordon McKenna on Effective Capacity Planning of Your Infrastructure Resources and I co-presented with three other Catapult presenters on Provisioning in System Center- Users, Groups, Virtual Servers, Software and More! After successfully executing on these co-presentations, I jumped at the chance to co-present with Maarten Goet at SCU DACH 2013.
One of the things that I enjoy most about public speaking is to think of unique presentation topics, approaches and hooks. For the session with Maarten, we agreed to come up with a unique premise to build our presentation on to catch the audience’s attention. Our presentation was based on the premise that the StarGate program was real and that we were running a travel tours website. My goal for this presentation was to provide a humorous example which would showcase the power of capacity planning and Azure in a new approach and to do so with not-so-subtle references to almost all of the science fiction, fantasy and other geek references I could put together in one presentation. I was planning on sharing the video for the presentation but due to technical issues the recording failed so it is not available to be shared with the community. This blog post is designed to provide a look and feel for what the presentation was and how it worked. My hope is that combining this with the PowerPoint presentation (“Predicting the Future with System Center and Windows Azure” – slide deck download at http://www.systemcenteruniverse.ch/slide-deck-download.html) will provide a reasonable replacement for the recording.
Trivial Pursuit: How many different science fiction and fantasy references can you find in the graphics included within this blog post? Here’s your chance to get something for free! I will provide a surprise gift for the person able to explain the most correct references shown in this blog post within the next week! Tweet your answer to @CFullerMVP (which will be extra-challenging due to the character limit!)
During this presentation, we visited our website (shown below) and used the “Book my Trip" option below.
A failure occurred when attempting to book the trip, so we needed to spring into action and see what was going wrong. Later in our presentation we re-attempted our booking from the web site running in Azure and successfully went to the following page.
After successfully booking, we displayed our order including the “travel recommendations” provided by “Gandalf”.
Other graphics that I was considering including but didn’t make the cut were:
Thank you to the folks at SCU DACH for the invitation to speak, and thank you to Maarten for being willing to co-present with me, this presentation ended up being a lot of fun and I believe it truly showed the power of System Center and Azure from a unique perspective.