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To:< manager name > Date:< insert date >
From:< your name > Subject:Midwest Management Summit Proposal
I would like to request approval to attendthe 4th annualMidwest Management Summit (MMS –www.mmsmoa.com) hostedby Minnesota System Center User Group inBloomington, MN, May 15-18.This conference is aunique opportunity to help develop not only mysystem management skillsand competencies, but also a chance to build upon our currentsystems managementpractices. This is a great opportunity for me to be a part of theSystem Center community andtotake home best practices, new ideas,and real world insightsfor programimprovement that I can share with ourentire team.
MMS will highlight technical training across allMicrosoftSystem Centerproduct lines, current and upcoming releases, new features and technological trends,as well as the real-world challenge to success.The 4-day conference will have training witha variety of sessions, product demos,real world issues and solutions, networking, and other social elements. The conference strives to meet three goals: top quality realworld content and presenters, intimate size, and affordability.
I am seeking our organization’s approval for the registration feeand travel expenses. This eventis an incredible value considering the comprehensive array of sessions,hands-on experiences, and the networking opportunities.
Here is an approximate breakdown of conference costs:
Airfare:< add flight expenses >
Transportation:FREE hotel shuttle to/from airport
Conference Fee:<insert your fee ($1299 for early bird discount or $1799 after)>
The total cost based on the numbers above is< add your estimated figure >.
What is the conference about? The conference focuses on deep technical content on System Center products featuring world-class presenters. Technical sessions at MMS will be level 300, 400, and 500.
Who will I meet there? I will meet industry experts that are globally recognized that provide real world information for me to gain knowledge from as well as my peers in systems management to glean experiences from. Because of the intimate size,I willhave the opportunity to take time to meet the presenters. There’s time to actuallyabsorb whatIsee and talk with over with speakers and other attendees.
Why is it good for me to meet and network with those people? Many of those in attendance are willing to provide contact information toprovide minor guidance on technical issues.
What will I learn there? The content that is presented is specific to my role vs Ignite being an aggregation of all Microsoft technologies.There will be over 100 sessions focused on System Center,MicrosoftCloud, SQL Server and PowerShell.
How will this learning enhance what I can offer to my employer?I can bring my current issues and roadmap discussions to technology specialists in their area of expertise.
Are there any practical benefits that will result?Possible remediation of current issues, guidance on where to go in the future from a technology standpoint, and real world pitfalls that were experienced and what to do to avoid them.
TheMidwest Management Summithas the ideal opportunity for me to strengthen my skill set and makevaluable contacts with others in our industry. Attendance at thisconference can be consideredpart of our organization’s investment in the future.
If you find it helpful, I am happy to provide a report following the convention to my colleagues withaccess to the presentations and information shared at the event.
Thank you for your consideration.
MMS moves from 3 days to 4-full days for 2017 which will require a bump in pricing (no pre-con this year). We plan a very short early bird window to allow those with limited funds a chance to get in at a good rate. As of 30 Nov, the full rate will go into effect.
We highly encourage the hotel stay as we have evening events to help networking continue on after hours. We consider MMS to be a networking event as much as a technical conference.
General Registration: $1799
Early bird discount of $500 until 30 November, 2016.
Sun-Mon-Tue, Mon-Tue-Wed, Tue-Wed-Thu: +$500
Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed, Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu, Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri: +$625
Sun-Thu, Mon-Fri: + $700
Ale cart: $169/night
FireLake Meal Plan. This option should help the few folks who rely on one large bill for everything. FireLake is the only restaurant in the hotel and is ranked 2nd for restaurants in Bloomington on TripAdvisor. They don't serve cardboard boxes full of rubbery chicken, but instead will serve you 3 great meals each day (breakfast\lunch\dinner on Mon\Tue\Wed\Thu).
Finally, we cautioned you to read closely: we'll also hold a welcome reception this year offering appetizers and drinks on Monday, 15 May at 5pm. Keep that in mind when booking travel should you wish to attend. There will also be a brewery tour that day and possibly more events to help build your networking skills. So strongly consider staying at the hotel Sunday.
Registration for MMS 2017 will open soon. Watch #MMSMOA on Twitter to catch the news of the opening.
MMS does not include the cost of meals in our standard registration package. During MMS, you can enjoy complimentary coffee, water, and light snacks. For standard meals, we encourage you to take advantage of all the food located in and around the Mall of America, or consider our MMS Meal Plan option.
MMS Meal Plan
For some companies (and employees), it's easier for you to choose a registration package that includes food, rather than managing your receipts for each meal. When registering, simply select the meal plan for $50 per day, and at registration you'll receive a $50 gift card (per day) for the FireLake Grill House. You can then use these gift cards any time you choose, for any amount, for food and beverages.
FireLake Grill House
An attendee favorite for breakfast, lunch, dinner, AND drinks, the FireLake Grill House is right next to the conference center. You will find speakers mingling with attendees pretty much any time of day or night here. Great food (ask about their $10 beer and burger for lunch), and the cocktail bar is open till midnight during the week.
Dining in the Mall of America
And just a five-minute walk from the conference center you will find dozens of food choices. Andrew Zimmern's blog lists 7 Food Spots at the Mall of America that Don't Suck– that's a good start, but there are many more than don't suck, we promise.
Breakfast and Late Night
Caribou Coffee is next to the conference center. IHOPis just across the street for breakfast. And TGI Fridaysis also next door and is open late. Chevy'sis also a late night option.
Are you coming into town for MMS 2017 Sunday and looking for something to do? Let's kick off MMS properly by visiting a local brewery or two. Plans are in the works already so clear your calendar for noon on Sunday, the 14th .
Follow Fred Bainbridge on Twitter for updates, @FredBainbridge, #MMSBEER.
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