Back home after a few days in Berlin for the European SharePoint Conference 2011. It was a great conference with good speakers and really nice attendees. It was three days full of sessions, expert panels, shoot-outs and SharePoint fun! Thanks to everyone who was there (especially those who came to my sessions :-) and the team behind the conference! And as always it great to meet up with the SharePoint MVP's, MCM's and now even MCA's!
During the attendee dinner the conference team announced the dates for the next European SharePoint Conference, which is set to the first week in December 2012. This one will not be in Berlin, but more likely in Barcelona, Paris or Copenhagen (Barcelona is the one everyone cheered for, so my guess is that the other two are out of question :-)
For this conference I did two development presentations. I've done similar sessions before but this time I changed them into be even more based on best practices and experiences from the field, since we're quite a bit into the product cycle. I got good feedback on it and in some of the sessions I attended I noticed the same approach from the speakers. For you who either didn't attend my sessions or didn't have time to write down all the code samples in your notebooks - you can find the presentations on the conference web site and you can find the code samples here:
I'm planning (note planning - no promises) on doing a couple of follow up posts on specifics in the demos.
I've now been home for about 48 hours since visiting Anaheim, California, for this years edition of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference. It has been a great week in California with colleagues, friends, clients and new acquaintances.
This year, eight people from my company, Connecta, travelled over for the conference. We all had a blast with some spare time before and after the conference, which included a visit to Six Flags - Magic Mountain and a drive along the Pacific coast. We also met up with a few old friends and colleagues and had a good time with our clients, who also attended the conference.
Even though nothing new actually was shared during the conference (saving all the fireworks for next year in Las Vegas) it was a really great conference. I focused on the sessions where I knew the speakers would put on a great show, which I think was a clever choice - you can never experience that from the recordings or by downloading the decks. The keynote was pretty dull and just a big marketing show. The only highlights was the big fail-over demo and the MCA announcement. The MCA - Microsoft Certified Architect - is now available for SharePoint 2010 as well, read more on the Masters blog. Congrats to Spence and Kimmo - our two very first MCA's!
I got a lot of questions regarding the MCA program and two essential things were not mentioned in the keynote. First; MCM is a pre-requisite for the MCA and secondly; you need to be MCM on the same version as you're trying for MCA on.
On Wednesday I sat in the Perficient booth for the Meet the Masters panel together with three MCM colleagues. I had a great time talking about my MCM experience and asking questions from the audience. It's great to see the that the recognition of the MCM program is increasing.
SharePoint conferences are more than just attending sessions! Compared to a lot of other technical conferences the SharePoint conferences is very much about the social activities. There are multiple vendor activities and community activities going on 24/7, ranging from SharePints to early morning runs. The Monday night I had four parallel parties going on! These activities are in my opinion one of the most important aspects of the SharePoint conferences. You meet your old friends and make new ones and broaden your network. You'll learn who's an expert in what which makes it more easier for you to get help or reach out when in doubt. Know what you know and know what you don't know - and never confuse those two!
Now I'm looking forward to next week with a conference in Berlin, then Singapore a couple of weeks later...and of course - Las Vegas next year!