Announcing Cabana Sessions at MMS 2018 Desert Edition

The idea of private MVP\Speaker meetings in a cabana has been something we’ve wanted since the old Vegas MMS days.  We are excited to finally bring this to you at MMS DE, at The Phoenician.

What: What do you normally do at a cabana? Sit by the pool, enjoy some snacks and your favorite beverage, relax, and chat with your friends.  Well, that’s exactly what we offer with MMS Cabana Sessions (although we expect most of the chat to be tech-focused). You can book 15-minute private sessions with Microsoft or your favorite MVPs! This is your opportunity to spend individual time, ask your specific question, and give specific feedback.

The Microsoft Cabana will focus on UI design of the ConfigMgr console.  We call these cabana sessions Microsoft: U and I (pun intended).  You have something that always irks you in the ConfigMgr console? This is the time to bring it up, in a ‘show and tell’ format. Bring your notebook or simply ask the Microsoft developers to open their console and repeat your steps on what isn’t working\making sense\could do better.

For the MVP\Speaker Cabana, anything goes. Come in and ask questions, build relationships, and share war stories - we just look forward to you coming in and talking tech!  Have you been a little too scared to ask something in front of others, even at our small MMS sessions?  Now is the time!

How: Cabana sessions will run at the same time as other sessions. Here’s how we’ll reserve your time slot:

  • In November, we'll post additional sessions on sched.com with details for who will be in the cabana during each session time slot.
  • Once available, you will then book a time slot through sched (this is where you’ll have to choose between a session and a cabana session).
  • And finally, prior to the start of MMS DE, that session will be updated to show your 15-minute slot inside the 2-hour time frame.  Simply leave your current session 5-10 minutes before your cabana session, and feel free to return to your normally slotted session.

FAQs:

Q: Must I wait until cabana session time to connect?

A: No way! MMS is known for how well our speakers value community, and they want to talk to you as much as you want to talk to them.

Q: Do I only get 15 minutes?

A: That’s the plan. We want to enable lots of attendees to give lots of feedback, so you get 15 minutes. Our speakers will be around for all of MMS DE, so don’t just wait for these 15 minutes – get to know them both before and after. Hot tip: meet as many as you can during the welcome reception – it's a great way to get the week started and maximize networking time.

Q: Can I hang out all day in the cabanas?

A: Well, we really want you to attend sessions, and as mentioned above, we want to give all attendees time to interact with MVPs and MS alike. Feel free to ask the speakers in the cabana, but please be respectful of other attendee’s allotted times so they can have their 15 minutes too.

MMS 2018 Evals - The Results Are In!

We would like to thank our attendees, speakers, sponsors, Do Good Events, and especially our volunteers for helping make MMS an outstanding community event. It takes all of us collectively to create an event that exceeds expectations year after year, and we (the MMS staff) are very proud of that.

MMS 2018 results are in, and we're excited to share them with you.

  • 97% of attendees said that MMS 2018 is above average or great compared to other events
  • 95% of attendees said they would recommend MMS to their peers.
  • 95% said the technical depth was just right
  • 89% of attendees said they would return for MMS 2019 (pending approval to attend from work)

On top of our general feedback, we also query our speakers for feedback. Here's what they said:

  • 100% of speakers said they enjoyed presenting at MMS 2018
  • 98% of speakers said that they felt MMS fostered community
  • 100% of speakers said MMS 2018 was a great event, and 92% of speakers said they will return next year (pending approval)

We are very lucky to have the great combination of speakers, attendees and sponsors to make MMS a success. We also took your constructive feedback for venue, lunch time, logistics, and other session feedback, so that we can make MMS 2019 even better.

Look at our summary of feedback results here: MMS 2018 Evals are in!

Watch for more announcements regarding Desert Edition!

The MMS Team

MMS 2018 Evals are in!

We really couldn't be happier with these results. They really show that we've nailed a great formula here for success.

MMS 2017 Eval Results