Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Top 5 reasons to go to the 2014 SharePoint Conference (with video)

With the SharePoint conference just under a month away, I thought I’d give my top 5 reasons to attend the SharePoint conference.

Watch this short video giving an overview of what to expect.

5. Get a better understanding for the Roadmap of Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer.

A lot of our customers have been asking us how Office 365, SharePoint and Yammer will integrate. I’m excited to hear details about the future of these products.

4. Get certified in Yammer.

Yammer is offering discounted certifications at the conference. Take a look at the list of available certifications.

3. Find out what it takes to make a successful Yammer network

This is a shameless plug, but if you are looking to launch your Yammer network, please swing by my session, SPC239 “Real-world, best practices for making enterprise social successful”. In this session, Steve Nguyen from Yammer and I will discuss strategies to make sure your network is a success.

2. Bill Clinton is the keynote speaker

When I initially heard the announcement, I thought “What does Bill Clinton know about SharePoint”. I now think it’s a good choice. As IT proliferates all business lines, companies have been investing their IT dollars directly into these businesses departments instead of a discrete IT department. I like that we’re going to get the perspective from someone who isn’t a techie. Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s new CEO, summed it up pretty well recently:

“The way I think about what’s happening broadly with technology and business [is that] as a percentage of GDP, IT spend is actually increasing. Sometimes its unclear when you just look at IT budgets, because this notion of ‘software is eating everything‘ is very true. You look at marketing: everything that’s happening in marketing is digitized. Everything that’s happening in finance is digitized. So pretty much every industry, every function in every industry, has a huge element that’s driven by information technology. It’s no longer discrete.”

1. Make face-to-face connections with the SharePoint community.

Getting out of your conference seat and introducing yourself to people in the hallways is one of the best ways to get value out of one of these conferences. Try to introduce yourself to everyone you can. Get the perspectives from the SharePoint Developers / Subject matter experts / Executives to see their point of view. Talk to the partners and ask them what they’re hearing from their customers. Talk to the representatives from Microsoft to hear what their vision for the future is.