After a break in 2013, attendees can get ready to party in Las Vegas early next year, and study the tracks for some serious sessions as Microsoft pushes all things SharePoint for the enterprise.
The 2014 event's themes are "connect, reimagine and transform" as Microsoft plans for the future of social and business collaboration. Tickets are already on sale.
Tracking SharePoint's Future
SharePoint Conference was announced this summer and Early Bird ticket offers went on sale a few weeks ago. Now Microsoft has unveiled the main themes of the event, which will be held from March 3 to 6 at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
With four levels of discussion, from overviews to deep dives, SharePoint Conference 2014 will be packed with relevant topics for everyone from power users to developers and executives. Under discussion will be more than 20 tracks including coverage on:
- Adoption, upgrading and migration: discussing resources and tools to drive organic adoption, plus upgrading processes and planning.
- Architecture: How to deliver solutions for current and future use and increasingly demanding workloads.
- Governance: How to achieve your company's business goals through well-planned policies, roles, responsibilities and processes.
- Search: How to find information from across your organization using SharePoint's search capabilities.
- SharePoint Development: Focusing on new ways to customize SharePoint on-premises and online, with solutions and advice for development and migration to the cloud.
- Sites and Portals: How to create and publish rich personalized websites and engaging portals using familiar tools and working toward Internet standards.
The SharePoint Sessions
With more than 200 sessions, there should be something to discuss or learn from for any IT worker with an active SharePoint system or for anyone planning a migration to the platform. With Office 365 further to the fore than in previous years, working across the gamut of web and cloud services will be increasingly visible.
There will also be access a range of pre- and post-conference events including to the Microsoft Library, a free Office 365 Deployment Workshop, a Yammer admin training session and much more. All the better to encourage businesses into the Microsoft ecosystem.
Microsoft has put up its own list of the top sessions to attend. Expect to see plenty of third-party vendors giving advice at the show. There will also be news and gossip in the vein of MetaLogix's recent acquisition of Idera's SharePoint Tools, not to mention the usual chatter about getting SharePoint to work with your other systems across the IT department and discussions of what users want from the next version of SharePoint.