It's soon time for the annual SharePoint Conference. This year it's being held March 3-6, 2008 in Seattle Washington at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center.
Here's a look at what you can expect to see and do while you are there...
Microsoft says the SharePoint Conference 2008 is all about real world experience and guidance. It's been out for a year and it's been gobbled up and implemented by so many companies that it's dizzying to understand all the ways this product can be and is used today.
This conference is for SharePoint professionals, information workers and administrators. Architects will benefit greatly from attending as well. But it's not to be confused with the Microsoft Office Developer's Conference 2008. This is not a SharePoint developer's conference.
Conference Tracks include:
* Business Applications and Solutions - Learn how to build business applications and solutions including integrating workflow into business processes and using the Data Catalog.
* Collaboration and Social Computing - Learn different approachs and tactics including using MySites, the Community Kit, end-user training and Office integration.
* Deployment and Migration - Learn about scaling and performance planning.
* Content Management and Search - Learn about Compliance, Information Architecture, Document and Records Management, implementing SharePoint for a .COM site. Andrew Connell will be delivering two sessions in this track: Structured Approach to Building MOSS 2007 Publishing Sites and Using MOSS 2007 to Create Content-Centric Internet Facing Publishing Sites using Web Content Management - expect these to be sold out sessions.
* Management and Governance - Learn about the tools, approaches and best practices for managing and governing your implementation.
* Operations and Administration - Learn about basic administration things like Backup and Restore, Disaster Recovery, High Availability and Performance Tuning.
There are over 30 exhibitors to date, including several that we have mentioned recently: Certeon, eCopy, SharePoint Solutions, Clearview and MetaLogix.
The keynote speakers are interesting. Bill Gates will deliver the Opening Keynote (don't have to tell you about him), Kurt DelBene, corporate vice president of the Office Business Platform Group (OBP) of the Microsoft Business Division, follows soon after. Kurt is responsible for the development of client and server products that collectively deliver to organizations a holistic platform for collaboration, information sharing and business applications (like SharePoint 2007). Oh,oh...do you think he'll put up a roadmap slide for SharePoint in 2008 and beyond!? The more interesting keynote speaker is Greg LeMond, the first non-European bicycle racer to win the Tour de France. Greg has pioneered technological innovations like aerodynamic handlebars and helmets. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say at a conference like this.
View the agenda or just go on over to the site to register. This could be a very interesting conference and you never know who you might see there...