SCU Europe 2015

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System Center Universe Europe 2015 is over and I had to process a lot impressions. I did that in the picture above. It also should give you a glance of what happened at this conference.

The conference was located in Basel again and the three days (August 24th-27th) were packed with 4 parallel sessions each. The venue was great, good to reach and the WIFI was stable :-). There were around 420 attendees, 50 more than last year. So the conference is still growing.
There was a lot of great content about System Center, OMS, Azure Automation, Windows Server 2016, IoT, PowerShell, etc.
As System Center is not only connecting to on-premise but also Cloud ressources the topics spread over all related areas.

As I love technology my favorite sessions were:

  • “IT Pro to IT Scientist” from Sam Erskine and Lee Berg, who presented IoT and minimum sized lab environments
  • The “Closing Note” from Marcel Zehner and André Pflaum, who presented PowerShell and IoT with their Tesla cars 😉


This year there were more SCOM related session – what I really liked, because this is still my main topic.
I want to highlight these sessions:

  • “Speed Dating SCOM – Make it sexy” from Stefan Roth and Stefan Koell
  • “What’s New in OpsMgr 2016?” from Kevin Greene and Damian Flynn

The “Ask the Experts” area has been extended this year and also “Early Morning discussions” have been added. So everyone had the chance to talk to people from the community and gather as much information as possible. The Networking Party and the Closing Party were two additional options to extend your social network. Sorry to everyone who missed me at the closing party, I was already overpowered by the information I had to handle from the three days.

I want to especially thank Marcel Zehner and all itnetX guys for the very good conference preparation and management and also a big thank to all presenters. I know that these conferences live from your work and that you spent a part of your life to prepare it.

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SCU Europe 2016 will move to Berlin next year. So save the date August 24th-26th, 2016.

SCU_Europe: The conference you should attend, if you work with System Center

System Center Universe Europe (#SCU_Europe) was between September 17th and 19th in Basel, Switzerland, this year. I attended the first time and was really impressed.
My last conference visit was at the MMS 2012 in Las Vegas. Ok, that had a different size, but the same approach – to bring System Center experts together, let them learn from each other and do networking.
And that was really well done in Basel.

The conference was planned from Itnetx, who did a great job, and sponsored from some other companies. There were 370 attendies – perhaps 10 of it were women – from 20 countries. One was from Australia!
The 35 speakers (plus vendor sessions) – Heike Ritter (Hallo Heike!) was the only woman – covered a lot different topics.
One of my main take aways is that the future automation engine will be SMA and that all Orchestrator designers/admins should focus on using the Run .Net Script activity instead of activities from integration packs.

There were 4 parallel tracks over 3 days, so a lot of information. Vendors presented at their booths and there was always an option to ask questions at the “Ask the Experts” area or schedule a side session about additional topics. But the best is always the networking part. You can meet the bloggers, MVPs and experts personally. That sometimes lets me feel like being a groupie. So use the time to get in contact with them and other users, that can be a very valuable knowledge source for you.
It was of a special value for me this year, because one of them passed his won price to me – an attendy pass for SCU Europe 2015 – so thanks again, Stefan!

But last but not least I want to mention the parties around that conferences. There were three this year (Speakers & Sponsors Party – where I had the luck to be able to attend, Networking Party and Closing Party).
They were all very well organized and we had a lot of fun – I only want to mention the White Russian – and it was surely hard for some of the speakers on the next day ;-).

We all injoyed the whole conference and I hope that I see a lot next year again.

You can see the pictures of the conference here:

The session videos and presentations will be available soon on Channel 9.