It's hard to think of former President Bill Clinton as a SharePoint geek. But Clinton is always full of surprises — whether it's a spur-of-the-moment trip to Burma or an appearance at the Golden Globes.
So maybe his selection as the keynote speaker at SharePoint Conference 2014 isn't as random as it seems. Besides, conferences have long histories of selecting keynote speakers with little or no connection to the topics at hand.
Remember this past October when Vince Gilligan, creator of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, gave the keynote at the Eloqua Experience conference in San Francisco? And in fairness, it proved a better connection than you might have expected, as evidenced by the four key marketing takeaways Gilligan shared.
The former President runs in the same circles as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. When the two met up at the Clinton Global Initiative this past September, they actually tweeted the awkward selfie featured above.
And over the years, the two have often been on the same lists of most powerful or admired people. In a 2010 Gallup poll, for instance, Clinton ranked third as America's most admired
man person — two spots higher than Gates.
So back to the SharePoint Conference, which will be held March 3 through 6 at the Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. Along with the latest products, updates, developments and ecosystems for the world of SharePoint, Yammer and Office, attendees will hear words of advice from President Clinton.
After a gap year in 2013, this year's SharePoint Conference was always going to be a big show. So Clinton is just another reason for prospective attendees to shell out $1,995 for a general pass — if, that is, they can find a place to stay.
Any Other Reasons to Attend?
Clinton aside, there are plenty of reasons to consider attending. As SharePoint continues to evolve, there should be plenty of advice and best practices on hand to get the most from the software and the people who use it. With the never-ending drive for productivity improvements and the push for improved mobility and accessibility, expect plenty of third-party solutions and advice on those issues.