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SHARE 2012 Conference – SharePoint Business on Deck!

The SHARE 2012 Conference is coming up (April 23-26, Atlanta), and Pingar is a sponsor. I’m looking forward to it because of the focus on business solutions and applications that SHARE has as its primary focus.

It is well past time, in my opinion, for a SharePoint conference that is focused strictly on business-oriented solutions. The speakers and sessions have been selected by a committee of users, and have been curated by The Eventful Group, who has many years of solid conference experience.

As much as I love my SharePoint infrastructure and development friends, I think that the surface area for business solutions on SharePoint is very large and should be recognized as a significant and valuable contribution to SharePoint customer implementations.

I’ll be watching the keynotes and sessions to see how many SharePoint business “Roles” are introduced or discussed. I’m not enough of an expert to enumerate the roles that I think should exist for SharePoint business solutions, because I have a feeling that there are many more than I can describe right now. Excluding all developer, IT Pro, and infrastructure roles, I could probably describe 3 or 4 business user roles that need to exist for a “best practices” SharePoint implementation. However, I fear that there really should be 8 or more roles identified and explained. Perhaps, after SHARE 2012, I will be able to put more description behind these roles.

I notice that the folks at Bamboo have proposed a sample schedule for attending SHARE 2012. Niice!

I’m going to make an effort to be sure to see the keynotes from Dux, Michael Sampson, and Gideon Bibliowicz.

There are so many incredible speakers, however, it would be hard to list all of the sessions that I would like to attend.

I’d just like to add that the Pingar booth/kiosk in the exhibitors area will be a great place to talk about business user roles in SharePoint, as well as how business users can benefit from rich information about documents. Yes, the magic that Pingar provides to SharePoint. 🙂

I hope to see you there!

Links
Share 2012 Conference US
Share 2012 Conference US Speakers
SharePoint Reviews
Michael Sampson Currents
Bamboo and Share 2012 Conference

SharePint at AIIM Expo 2010

SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night!


rcol_frame_2In the grand tradition of SharePint events around the world, the AIIM Expo 2010 edition will be held at the following time and place.



National Mechanics Bar and Restaurant
22 South 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA  19106
(215) 701-4883


BING Map


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2010


The start time is 7:30PM.   AIIM is holding their awards ceremony on this night, and I know of some good folks from the SharePoint community who were invited to the awards dinner by AIIM.  So, we’ll pick up the rush when the event gets out.


What is a SharePint?  Well, it’s the best time of the day!  The time when SharePoint wonks put down their browsers and get together to talk amongst themselves.


It’s usually at a drinking establishment (pub), because those are the best places to get pub food.  (I don’t drink, but I’ve noticed that an awful lot of the SharePoint world does, so that’s convenient.) 


There’s no formal organization, everyone buys for themselves, except for the occasional rogue who buys for one to a hundred of his/her closest friends.


I’d love to meet you there and get to know you.  I hope that you have a great time at AIIM and that you’re able to join us at National Mechanics on Wednesday for the AIIM Expo edition of SharePint!

SharePoint 2010 Speakers at the AIIM Expo

A couple of months ago, I mentioned that SharePoint 2010 would be representing with strength at the AIIM Expo, April 20-22, in Philadelphia.

The ECM team blog has now listed the speakers that will be making their way to the conference for this event.  The list is long and distinguished. 

I am going to be delivering one of the talks – I’ll be talking about SharePoint as a Platform, and how Business Solutions are being built on the SharePoint platform today.  If you have your ideas about which features of SharePoint are instrumental in making it a strong and capable platform for application development, please comment below. Also, if you know of a business solution that is built on 2010 and leverages some SharePoint 2010 platform features, please let me know.  I am becoming aware of more all the time, but the partner ecosystem is now too large for one person to really be able to manage.

The SharePoint Summit at the AIIM Expo is going to be a lot of fun. 

You can still get a FREE Expo Pass to the AIIM Expo.  Just ask for one from us before you go to the show.  Advance assignment only…

Join Us at the SharePoint show at AIIM!

SharePoint 2010 and AIIM Expo 2010

Hi Everyone.  SharePoint 2010 will be making a big splash at the AIIM Expo in Philadelphia on April 20-22.  Take advantage of the discount below to purchase a Conference pass for your employees.  3 days of keynotes and breakout sessions will provide a training opportunity that is cheaper than attending dedicated training, and will be very comprehensive. 

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Microsoft and SharePoint 2010 at the AIIM 2010 Expo & Conference – Join us!

http://www.aiimexpo.com/ – April 20-22, 2010 – Pennsylvania Convention Center • Philadelphia, PA

AIIM Conference & Expo is the largest and most important annual gathering of information management professionals, featuring a dynamic educational program covering the breadth and depth of enterprise content and information management issues and as a Platinum Sponsor, Microsoft will be involved in many exciting facets of the event!

Free Expo Hall Pass or $50 off Gold & Main Conference Passes compliments of Microsoft

For Free Expo Hall Pass:
Booth # 2000, use Discount Code 665M; when registering.  No cutoff date for on-line registration.
For on-site registration, you must bring a printed copy of this coupon (without it there is a $49 fee on-site).
Register online at www.aiimexpo.com, or call 888-824-3004 or 972-620-3005

Includes:
*     Unlimited Access to the AIIM Expo Floor
*     Access to the Co-located ON DEMAND Expo Hall Floor
*     All AIIM Conference Keynotes and General Sessions
*     Expo Theater Presentations and Networking Opportunities

$50 Off Gold & Main Conference Passes:
Booth # 2000, use Discount Code A665M; when registering; and receive an additional $50 off current rates for Gold and Main Conference Passes.
You must use this code by April 18, 2010; no on-site registration discounts allowed.
Register online at www.aiimexpo.com, or call 888-824-3004 or 972-620-3005

AIIM Expo Conference Pass Information

(GP) AIIM Conference Gold Pass (Monday – Thursday)  
Includes one full day AIIM Certificate Program (Monday)
*     AIIM Conference Sessions (Tuesday – Thursday), including full access to the SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo
*     Keynotes + General Sessions (Tuesday-Thursday)
*     Exhibit Hall Admission (Tuesday – Thursday)

(MC) AIIM Main Conference Pass (Tuesday – Thursday) 
*     AIIM Conference Sessions (Tuesday – Thursday), including full access to the SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo
*     Keynotes (Tuesday-Thursday)
*     Exhibit Hall Admission (Tuesday – Thursday)

Microsoft Presence at the AIIM Conference & Expo, April 20-22, 2010
Microsoft is sponsoring the following sessions:
— General Session – Wed April 22nd from 9:00-10:00am
— Two Breakout Sessions:
    o Tuesday, April 20, 11:55 AM – 12:40 PM
    o Wednesday, April 21, 11:10 AM – 11:55 AM

Microsoft is also supporting The SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo
A multi-track educational program and an Immersion Experience Lab on the Expo floor, and gives attendees the opportunity to learn about Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 directly from:
— the Microsoft teams who built the product
— the partners whose products compliment it
— the analysts who write about it
— the customers who actually use it

The SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo includes:
• Microsoft Executive Keynote by SharePoint General Manager, Eric Swift
• Partner Spotlight Sessions from Platform Providers – EMC & Oracle
• Deep-Dive Breakout Sessions delivered by Microsoft Teams
• Real-World Customer Implementation Stories
• Partner Solution Stories on Extending the SharePoint 2010 Platform
• Best Practices & Expert Insights from Leading Analysts
• Opportunity to Test Drive SharePoint 2010 in the Immersion Experience Lab on the Expo Floor.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!

SharePoint Conference Thank You

What an amazing SharePoint Conference we had last week.  I wanted to take a minute to say, “THANK YOU,” to all of you.  The SharePoint Partner ecosystem is ROCKING, and notice was served last week in a big way. 

The energy that was in and around the partner exhibit hall on Sunday night was incredible.  The flow of folks never seemed to die down, throughout the entire 3 hours!  And the partners were ready to work!  I received so many comments from partners that they couldn’t believe how educated and qualified the attendees were, and how many real leads resulted from their booth at the conference. 

And, the ultimate closing hand was the fact that so many of the partners on the floor were already demoing their products on SharePoint 2010 beta 1.  That was very cool to see. 

Thank you so very much for the time and energy that you have invested in showing how strong the SharePoint partner ecosystem really is.  I feel that there is still a long way to go, in illustrating how much potential there is for partners in and around SharePoint, but it will happen. 

As always, please feel free to let me know how your experience went, what went well, and what could be improved on for the next time.  I’ve included some facts about the show and about two launched/updated SharePoint-related websites at the bottom of this email.

Key Statistics from the SharePoint Conference 2009

  • 7400+ Attendees (94% growth over last SharePoint Conference!)
  • Sold Out 2 weeks before the show
  • 165 Partners Sponsoring and Exhibiting
  • 18 Customers Presenting
  • 279 Speakers
  • 240 Sessions (300+ hours of content)
    • (For comparison, we usually create 30-40 hours of new content for the typical Tech-Ed conference.)
  • 45 Hands-on Labs – 5,500 labs were executed during 3.5 days. 
    • (Tech-Ed usually sees about 3,000 labs executed)
  • Largest Beach Party Ever at the Mandalay Bay (80’s theme, Huey Lewis and the News!)
  • MySPC: 5000 profiles filled out, 1500 profile photos uploaded
  • A SharePoint Marriage (SPJeff – http://www.spjeff.com to his wife Emily.)
  • We had over 27,000 people watch the keynotes lives the morning of the conference and you can view the keynotes on-demand here –

On top of all that, the SharePoint website was updated to include more SharePoint 2010 content and now runs on SharePoint 2010 Beta 1!  Check it out at SharePoint2010.Microsoft.com.  The top download on the SharePoint website is the Office and SharePoint Better Together whitepaper.

Another interesting website also went live – the “Because it’s Everybody’s Business” website.  Check it out.

The customers were amazing at the SharePoint Conference.  The Energy was ELECTRIC! 

The Presenters did such an incredible job.  So much SharePoint 2010 content to absorb and ingest…  it’s going to take a while!

But, I must say thank the most to the Partners.  What an incredible showing.  There is a lot of hard work being put in, all around the SharePoint universe, and partners are often the icebreakers that are carrying SharePoint into customers, industries, workloads and application types that SharePoint didnm’t used to be considered for. 

Thanks.

SharePint at AIIM

SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night!


In the grand tradition of SharePint events around the world, the AIIM Expo ‘09 edition will be held at the following time and place.



McGillin’s Olde Ale House
1310 Drury Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
(215) 753-5562


TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009


I’m changing the start time to 7:30PM.   AIIM is holding their awards ceremony on this night, and I know of some good folks from the SharePoint community who were invited to an awards dinner by AIIM.  So, we’ll pick up the rush when the event gets out.


What is a SharePint?  Well, it’s just the BEST time of the day!  The time when SharePoint wonks put down their browsers and get together to talk amongst themselves.


It’s usually at a drinking establishment (pub), because those are the best places to get pub food.  (I don’t drink, but I’ve noticed that an awful lot of the SharePoint world does, so that’s convenient.) 


There’s no formal organization, everyone buys for themselves, except for the occasional rogue who buys for one to a hundred of his/her closest friends.


I’d love to meet you there and get to know you.  I hope that you have a great time at AIIM and that you’re able to join us at McGillin’s for the SharePint!

A Day in the Life at PDC2008

Heh.  I got a kick out of this lay-man’s perspective of a typical day in the life at PDC.  Having experienced this, it made me chuckle. 


There were many other activites duringthe week that may have been a little too over the top for this non-technical reporter to catch…  Ask the Experts is actually the only dinner that they serve at the event (except for the free vending areas on Universal Studios night), and it draws a particular type of crowd that can’t get enough of walking around the product booths during the day.  The product booths on the main conference floor are amazing. 


As Spence Harbar twittered, once again the monster amazes with sheer scope of its ambition and resources.”  


I was part of his alleged monster, and I’ve been attending events like this for many years, and I was also taken aback, once again, at the size and scope and professionalism of the conference. 


Another comment.  I was impressed, also, at the extent that each of the product groups and the DPE organization, have gone to foster separate and distinct communities amongst their users and fans.  The presence of communities for many different development topics and products could not be missed.  I would like to understand what the magic sauce is to kep communities of users alive.  I’ve tried to start many different types of user communities, some of which are still in place, using different approaches, and they take hard work.  That, or amazing content.  🙂


I wonder what you think, if you haven’t experienced one of these conferences before?  Please leave a comment if you have a take on it.


 

PDC2008 – Report #1

I’v ebeen attending PDC2008 this week and have been having a good time.  It’s so much fun to talk with SharePoint MVPs, other Product Group folks from throughout Microsoft, and SharePoint consultants and SharePoint ISV Partners about the announcements this week and the new opportunities that these technologies will provide.


I’ve been experimenting with Twitter this week, and for those of you who sat through my Twit-storm on Monday and Tuesday during the keynote sessions, you’d recognize that I’m still learning.  My twitter id is “owenallen”.  If you sign up at twitter.com and follow me, you can help me learn when it’s appropriate to use Twitter and when it’s not.    I think that it has it’s appropriate usage.  The way that I think it starts being useful is that one can think of it in the same vein as Instant Messaging (IM).  The difference is that the twitter protocol is device and platform agnostic.  This means that you can leverage it on any of you r computing devices and have roughly the same experience.  Mobile device, home computers, office computers, temporary computers, etc.  It’s a good example of a cloud-based service.  For a while, I was only using the SMS-mode with Twitter, until some friends turned me on to TinyTwitter, a Twittter client for my mobile phone.  I’mnot sold on it yet (it seems to crash frequently on my phone), but I’m going to try it.


One of my favorite announcements of PDC is the Microsoft Federation Gateway and the Microsoft Services Connector, which allows (and I may not be saying this right) users to logon to web services that support LiveID authentication using their corporate identity.  This provides for scenarios where corporations can leverage cloud services without needing to create a new set of user identities and permissions.  That is one of the large hurdles today, and mapping out a clear way to overcome that is something that organizations can start working with now.


One Favorite speaker answer…  “Now, there are some strange things that happen when you do that, but it basically works.”


Props to Roy’s restaurant for their Molten Chocolate Dessert.  M-m-m-m good.


 

New Keynote Speaker for ECMSharePoint ‘08 Conference

Derek Burney, GM for SharePoint Platform and Tools, will be a keynote speaker at the ECMSharePoint ‘08 conference next month, Nov 17-19, in Orlando.

This conference is a focused opportunity to speak to and learn from the leading System Integrators and Software Companies that provide Enterprise Content Management solutions on the SharePoint platform.

If you, your company, or your clients are looking for answers about how to use the SharePoint platform for document and records management, please join us in Orlando.

ECMSharePoint ‘08 Conference

I’ve been to a lot of ECM conferences and a lot of SharePoint conferences over the past years.  At the ECM conferences, SharePoint is covered by 15-25% of the sessions, and at the SharePoint conferences, ECM is covered by about 20% of the sessions. 

Wouldn’t it be great if one could attend a conference that was all about SharePoint and ECM, combined?  What kind of networking and learning could happen?

For this reason, I was pleased to learn about the ECMSharePoint ‘08 conference, being held in Orlando, Florida, on Nov 17-19.

This is a conference with keynotes from Raymond James Financial, one of the largest SharePoint ECM implementations, and from Microsoft (of course). 

The presenters make up the cream of the crop of SharePoint ECM partners.  A full list of the presenters is hereAvePoint, BlueThread, ImageSource, KnowledgeLake, and Rosetta are some of the partners that I’m familiar with, and I’m looking forward to getting to know the others.

Some questions that the presentations will answer:

  • Is SharePoint really as capable as anything else for ECM applications?  What does it do that other applications cannot?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?
  • Does SharePoint really perform document management? Is it as capable as other products on the market?
  • Can ECM on SharePoint save us money?   Can it lower our operating cost, or will it cost more in the long run?
  • How hard is it to migrate, and what do I give up or gain when I do?
  • How does SharePoint deal with records management and compliance? We see nothing in the product information about it –  how are others doing it?
  • Can SharePoint scale to grow with your ECM application?
  • How many users can you really support on SharePoint? Is there a limit? What is the cost?
  • Does SharePoint simplify distributed capture? Does it allow me to lower the cost of capture?
  • What are the true advantages and disadvantages of SharePoint?

There will be plenty of networking, with evening receptions on both Monday and Tuesday nights.  The best thing is, that almost everyone who will be there will be focused on SharePoint and ECM, so it will be a rich networking event.

Everyone should register!   See you there!

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