We are on a major countdown to one of the biggest conferences of the year: SharePoint Conference 2011. And guess what? We'll be there!

Got SharePoint? Head to Anaheim

Oct 3-6, the 2011 SharePoint Conference seems to have taken over most of the hotels in Anaheim, California. Microsoft didn't hold a SharePoint conference last year, so I expect there are a lot of people itching to get some more hands on labs and information sessions under their belt.

From the look of the Sessions page on the website, there are plenty of things to do. There are 37 Developer sessions, 33 Professional  and 166 "other" sessions across:

  • Content(46 sessions)
  • Search (24 sessions)
  • Insights (26 sessions)
  • Composites (10 sessions)
  • Community/Sites (23 sessions)

Here are a few that caught my eye:

  • Applying a Brand to your SharePoint Web Site
  • Architecting and Automating SharePoint Governance
  • Attractive Business Intelligence: Dashboards, Pivots, Scorecards, KPIs, and Reports Using Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, PowerPivot, and SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Branding SharePoint Online Sites
  • Building Business Applications on Azure using Office365 and Windows Azure AppFabric
  • Campaign and Experience Management on a SharePoint 2010 Website
  • CMIS Deep Dive and Roadmap
  • Everything you Need to Know About Security and FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
  • How Microsoft Builds, Deploys and Runs SharePoint Online: A Peek Behind the Curtain
  • More Than My: How Microsoft is Driving Social Adoption and Intranet Transformation Windows 8: Developing Immersive Applications for SharePoint

Ten Years and Going Strong

Microsoft's Director, SharePoint Product Management, Jared Sparato will talk at the keynote on Monday morning. What will he tell us? We're likely to get a look back at SharePoint, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Maybe we'll also get some ideas where SharePoint is headed next (anyone whisper Customer Experience Management?).

CMSWire & Friends Will Be There

I (yes me) am making the cross country trek to be at the SharePoint conference and I expect it will be exciting and very busy. Microsoft has invited me to a few interesting events that I will blog and tweet about on the @cmswire account. And there are many SharePoint partners and community members to meet up with.

But I can't cover everything. Which is why we are lining up an A-list of SharePoint bloggers to help us out. So far we have the following ready to cover a session or two:

  • Jed Cawthorne
  • Symon Garfield
  • Christian Buckley
  • Rich Blank
  • Susan Yee
  • Eric Riz
  • Mike Ferrara
  • Jennifer Mason

As we iron out the details, we'll give you a better view of what we'll be covering. If there's something specific you think we should cover, let us know in the comments.

Otherwise, if you are attending, look for me and say hi. I may just have my iPhone on hand to shoot some video.