Microsoft TechEd-MMS Merger for 2014 is Official

The often-rumored merger of Microsoft’s MMS and TechEd conferences is now official. Brad Anderson’s “In the Cloud” blog has a new post today wherein Brad describes “What’s Next for MMS.”  As expected, what’s next is what everyone expected.  MMS is being merged with TechEd.


Brad highlights that the tracks at MMS have become quite similar to those at TechEd. I went to MMS this year for the first time and noticed that right away.  That’s part of the reason why I said at the time that it would make sense to merge the two.  Brad ticks off a number of items aimed at the MMS-diehards that he says will be available within the new merged event.

  • Deep 300- and 400-level content they’ve come to expect at MMS
  • Expanded Early Bird pricing options
  • Dedicated Management Meet & Geek opportunities
  • Dedicated Management Instructor-Led Labs and Hands-on Labs
  • Structured and unstructured networking opportunities tuned to the Management community
  • Other unique MMS experiences

We’ll have to wait and see if all of that comes to pass. I’m sure there will be plenty of discussion in the management community about what to expect.

Brad visualizes the combined conference with a Venn diagram:

TechEd-MMS Venn Diagram

Rod Trent (@RodTrent) responded with a tweet and a Venn diagram of his own:

We will see…

before I go, I have to tip my hat to Rod for always keeping us up-to-date with what’s going on in and around the Microsoft Management community. His tweets were what tipped me off to Brad’s blog post.