Speaking at the Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference

I've just received word that one of the sessions I submitted has been accepted for the Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference.  This is year is bound to be interesting coming just after the release of BizTalk 2006 R2 (scheduled for late September) and just before Visual Studio 2008 (scheduled for late November).  I will be speaking on BizTalk 2006 R2 and HIPAA Transactions, a topic near and dear to my heart as I've done a great deal of work with both the HIPAA Accelerator and the Covast EDI Adapter for previous versions of BizTalk, and am currently working on a Proof-Of-Concept application for a claims clearinghouse using BizTalk 2006 R2.  If you have a chance to get out to Redmond in late October, here are the details (hat tip to Mary Kay BizTalk Guru Zach Bonham) http://mssoaandbpconference.com/ Who is invited to attend?Space will be limited, but anyone who is interested in SOA and Business Process should attend.Who should attend the conference?The conference is intended to educate and inform project managers, business managers, process owners/executives, IT/technical implementers, developers and business/technical consultants. Individuals from IT departments, development organizations, Project Management Offices (PMOs), and those business focused individuals who need to grasp a deeper understanding of how Project, Portfolio and EPM can empower their organization to do more will get great value from this conference. What is the charge to attend the conference?Registration is $299.

Speaking Tonight at the Dallas C# SIG

In case you're in Dallas and free this evening, I will be speaking at the Dallas C# SIG tonight and discussing C# 3.0.  This should be a great chance to discuss C#'s future with people who are passionate about the language.  All the relevant details can be found here.

Great Time at Houston TechFest

This last Saturday I had the honor of presenting at the first Houston TechFest.  Michael and his crew deserve to be congratulated in pulling this off so well.  The found the balance between number of topics and number of tracks just right, and they pulled in over 450 people for the event. Sogeti was there in force, with our Houston office going above and beyond.  We had no less than 3 speakers (Ben Scheirman, Mike Azocar and myself), each giving two talks, and then members of the TechFest staff, and finally a table in the sponsor area with many friendly faces connecting with the developers there. I gave my "Introduction to C# 3.0" talk to well over 100 developers in the large Houston Room, and early that day spoke to 20 valiant souls who showed up to "Introduction to BizTalk Server 2006".  Both groups were absolutely great and it was a pleasure to meet everyone. Thank you to everyone in Houston who made this event possible, and I look forward to next year!