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SMB Community Podcast by James Kernan

Focused 100% on IT Service Providers and SMB IT Consultants. The SMB Community Podcast is produced by Karl W. Palachuk and the Small Biz Thoughts Technology Community. Dedicated to the success of every IT professional. Episodes drop every Thursday. Hosts include Karl W. Palachuk, Amy Babinchak, and James Kernan.

Jul 18, 2012

This article was originally posted June 16, 2012 on Cloud Services Roundtable.

Freeday Friday Report: Three Conferences in Eight Days

This is a very different Freeday Friday podcast . . . and the last one we’ll produce.

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My report on IT Pro Conference in New Orleans. “Trusted Identity” and what it means in the big picture. A few comments on delegation of trust and what that means to our clients.

My recommendations based on the topics from this conference. I talk a bit about the kinds of white papers and “lunch and learn” seminars you might create on cloud computing, modern security concerns, BYOD, and mixed (Windows/Non-Windows) environments.

Then I talk about the Autotask conference and their expansion into international markets. After that I went to TechEd North America and the “Birds of a Feather” sessions I moderated there. In addition to the community activities at TechEd, I report on a cool new laptop and a bit about Server 2012.

My presentation on Relax Focus Succeed and work/life balance was very popular. Holy smokes. They cut off registration when they realized it was at 162% of capacity for the room. My Birds of a Feather presentation on publishing was also pretty popular (though far less crowded) and included publisher reps from Microsoft, Wiley, and O’Reilly.

I spent some time with Jerry from ASCII and Thomas Dawkins from Microsoft Technical Communities. Thomas and I recorded a podcast that I’ll post up in a few days. Stay tuned for that.

Anyway . . . Here’s my report on the three conferences I attended over eight days of travel. Total time for this is about 25 minutes.

The last few minutes is an announcement that we are no longer going to produce the Freeday Friday podcasts. I’ll talk more about this in my weekly newsletter. You can subscribe to that at

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