I’m currently in Bellevue, near Redmond and the SOA & Business Process Conference kicks off today with a meet up at Parlor Billiards in the evening.

A few of us decided to meet up in Manzana’s for a meal Sunday Night, Jon Flanders made a brief appearance, Sam Gentile, Tim Rayburn and Saravana Kumar stayed around for food, and we were joined by the guys from KnowIT.

This will be my first time presenting, I’ll be talking about “Reliable Messaging on the Microsoft Connected Systems Platform” on Thursday afternoon. There are a lot of great presentations to look out for this year:

Steve Swartz and Clemens Vasters will be talking about the evolution of the SOA platform, Darren Jefford will be telling us how we should be testing our BizTalk applications, Jon Flanders has a session on BAM and WCF, Matt Meleski on error handling in BizTalk, Dwight Goins on mobile WCF services, John Callaway on SOA anti-patters and Stephen W. Thomas on advanced orchestrations are a few that I have on my list.

The schedule will be hectic, Marjan has been busy organizing another MVP and Influential’s dinner, and I have a few engagement meetings with various people from the BizTalk team, I’ll also be spending time with the QuickLearn guys working on the new DeepDive course, and helping out on the QuickLearn stand in the exhibitors booth.

If you are at the conference, drop round to the Ask the Experts session Tuesday evening and say “Hi!. I’ll be answering questions on BizTalk team development. If not, keep your eyes open for the next one around the same time next year. If you are focused on BizTalk, WF, WCF and related stuff this is the place to be.