SPTechcon 2012 SFO
This was a good conference, however, there were a few speakers 3-4 that did not deliver.
SPTechCon from DBA perspective
Overall this was an interesting conference and I learned a lot about SharePoint, since SP is not my area of expertise it goes without saying, I should have learned a lot. One surprise for me is how in several sessions, the SP experts made statements concerning database maintenance, performance etc that were in conflict with standard DB best practices and in one case just outright wrong but the presenter would not entertain that possibility. He may know SP, but not DB....
The location of the conference was a little problematic if you wanted to take a walk and not aware that within a block there were a couple of soup kitchens, homeless shelters and some other, uh seedy areas. In one direction, no problems, the other, truly the 'dark side' of life on the streets.
Apart from those two issues, I thought it was a great conference.
SPTechCon 2012 was well worth the time and money
I thoroughly enjoyed the event. The speakers were great and I liked the variety of classes available. There is information for corporations just beginning SharePoint to advanced topics for returning attendees. This event has helped me in formulating an implementation strategy for my company for SharePoint 2010. I will be attending the SPTechCon 2012 in Boston. I only have a few minor concerns about the event.
1). I was under the impression the full day workshops were where we could get some hands-on experience, but they were not. I never attended this before, so I did not know what to expect.
2). I wish they had full breakfast at the conference. This was minor issue just in the conferences I have attended (mostly Microsoft) they always had full breakfast. Even so the amount of food available during breakfast we very adequate.
3). I wish the exhibition hall opened up on Monday instead of Tuesday. It was hard visiting all the vendors I would have liked to visit and get to talk to them and do demos.
Other than those 3 minor things, which have not swayed my opinion of going back, this conference is definitely worth every penny for me. I met quite a lot of people as well.
SPTechCon 2012 SFO is wonderful event
The event Key Note from Microsoft is good. The classes on variety of subjects are good.