UK Excel User Conf lndn Oct 2009 report

So we just finished the conference in London yesterday.

This was a repeat of the April event that was heavily over-subscribed. In fact virtually all the approx 90 delegates at this event had initially tried to get in the April event, which sold out faster than Glasto. (I say ‘sell’, they were both free.)

Another great event lots of useful stuff, lots of great feedback. If you came I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful, thanks for coming, if you missed out this time, then maybe next time?

Thanks to Microsoft too for feeding and accommodating us.

Thanks to the Indian resto last night – my curry was so hot I’ve had a sore throat all day.

No thanks to the crappy pub we landed in due to their misleading signage. Whichever beer you ordered they just pulled it all from the same pump! (glad I drink bottles – but the ‘real ale’ (arf arf arf – as if there is such a thing down south) contingent were most put out.

A couple of interesting points:

At the end we asked some questions about the sort of thing that people would like in future presentations. Well over half the audience would like sessions on Visual Studio and Excel integration and on Excel Services. Everyone wanted more advanced VBA and BI/OLAP type content, no surprise there. But I was pleased to see the interest increasing (finally) in some of the newer technology.

Cheers

Simon

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4 Responses to “UK Excel User Conf lndn Oct 2009 report”

  1. Dennis Wallentin Says:

    Simon,

    Congratulation for coming through one Excel conference again. I’m very pleased to read that (finally) a more interest is raised for .NET. Let me know if I can be of any help later on.

    Kind regards,
    Dennis

  2. Will Riley Says:

    Simon,

    Sounds like a good event! Shame I had to miss this one. Would be happy to help out in future with the BI/OLAP subject area if that’s getting more demand… something right up my street!

    Regards,

    Will

  3. Bob Phillips Says:

    “No thanks to the crappy pub we landed in due to their misleading signage. Whichever beer you ordered they just pulled it all from the same pump! (glad I drink bottles – but the ‘real ale’ (arf arf arf – as if there is such a thing down south) contingent were most put out.”

    And they didn’t even have the beer that they were sign-posting!

    But a northerner who drinks bottled Budweiser, the American shit not the decent Czech Budvar, disparages Southern ale. The mind boggles!

  4. Patrick O'Beirne Says:

    “sessions on Visual Studio and Excel integration ”

    Anyone tried using VS2008 as their IDE and importing/exporting VBA code from that?
    It may solve the problem of boilerplate code reuse, and permit the use of Resharper for refactoring.

    There was a post on Excel-L this week on storing code snippets and the answers were in the line of notepad storage. It would be nice to have a more capable IDE.

    P.

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