SharePoint Summit Vancouver Full Conference Pass Giveaway - Valued at $1,250!

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

We at SharePoint Reviews are proud to have one full conference pass for SharePoint Summit 2013 in Vancouver to giveaway to our readers. With more than 60 sessions and a beautiful location that is perfect for late fall (October 28 - 29), you will enjoy the learning, networking, and a break from work. And take a day for a bit of sightseeing.

Thought this is now a mature event, entering its seventh year, for the first time, SharePoint Summit is coming to Vancouver. Year after year, the event has seen 25% annual growth and become the top professional gathering in the SharePoint space. This exclusive training and networking event is the only one of its kind in Canada.

SharePoint Summit Toronto Review: Great Presenters, Well-Run Event

Written by Ron Charity. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review5 Rating 5 out of 5 stars, Reviewed by Ron Charity

SharePoint Summit (mid-may 2013) is the second technology conference I’ve attended in my native town of Toronto. Most, if not all, conferences I’ve attended have been in the US in places such as Los Angeles, Anaheim, Seattle, Orlando, Boston and, most recently, Vegas in 2012. Toronto is a great venue for a conference, especially if your able to rent a car and explore the area outside the city such as Muskoka for its rugged beauty and Niagara for its wineries and the falls.

European SharePoint Conference (ESPC) 2013 Event Review

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review45  Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap

"ESPC in 2013 was well organized, professional, and handled any incidents with grace"

I had the chance to attend the European SharePoint Conference in Copenhagen this February, having been invited by SharePointReviews.com. The three-day conference is the largest European SharePoint conference, offering some of the brightest stars on the SharePoint sky, both as presenters and attendees.

Workshop Review: Patterns in Apps for SharePoint Store, Presented by Sonja Madsen

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review4  Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Sonja Madsen wants us to use apps immediately and extensively. In this session, she shows us a rather complex App consisting of a range of App features. This was clearly a developer and programmer oriented session, as evident by most of the demonstrations showing the underlying code.

I haven’t seen Sonja before, but the session went quite smoothly. The normal performance issues caused some initial problems, but Sonja recovered expertly. Audio worked very well, and her assistant Mads Nissen was helpful during the question section at the end, a section that Sonja handled very well.

Workshop Review: Workflow Stages Done Well, Presented by Mike Fitzmaurice

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review5  Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Reviewing Mike Fitzmaurice’s sessions is always extremely boring. The TLDR version is: Boringly perfect.

Mike has been presenting for many years all over the world and is one of the most experienced presenters on the scene. In addition, he’s presenting on a topic that is his job, full-time, namely SharePoint workflows.

In his traditional and casual style, Mike makes the room feel very included and relaxed. He executes his demonstrations perfectly (although he did make a couple of minor and largely irrelevant mistakes) and it feels like someone is demonstrating something extremely easy like Angry Birds.

Workshop Review: What’s New in SharePoint Designer 2013, Presented by Mai Omar Desouki

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review3  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Mai presented a session on what’s new in SharePoint Designer 2013. The bulk of content, however, was focused around workflows.

The problem with Mai’s presentation was that she seemed very nervous. She experienced several and major issues with her demonstrations and got caught off guard. This caused her to fall a bit apart and left long breaks in the presentation that she should have handled much better.

Workshop Review: Create an End User Adoption Strategy, Presented by Erica Toelle

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review4  Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

I’m normally not particularly fond of attending business user oriented sessions. The topic doesn’t interest me too much and it’s usually too much death-by-PowerPoint. I made an exception, though, because it’s the first chance I’ve had to watch Erica present.

Erica did have PowerPoint only, but she managed to make them interesting and informative by having a clear pattern to how she organized her slides and making it very clear what the various concepts were right from the start. Further, rather than simply reading the slides, she explained their meaning and gave practical examples of how to implement the practices taught.

Workshop Review: SharePoint 2013 Workshop for Developers, Presented by Sahil Malik

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review5  Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Sahil is a seasoned presenter and trainer and showed what that can do for a full-day presentation on the first day of the European SharePoint Conference. Sahil’s quirky approach to presenting thaws up any room, and it didn’t take long before his characteristic humor had the room laughing.

You can’t learn SharePoint by laughing, though, but Sahil doesn’t disappoint in the knowledge department either. Don’t let him know this, but I believe Sahil is one of the most knowledgeable people on the SharePoint 2013 scene.

Workshop Review: Achieving the Application Lifecycle Management Dream in SharePoint, Presented by Jeremy Thake and Randy Williams

Written by Bjørn Furuknap. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review3  Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Bjørn Furuknap at the European SharePoint Conference

Jeremy Thake teamed with Randy Williams to talk about a set of problems that many developers and projects face related to application lifecycle management (ALM).

Jeremy is a very charismatic presenter who can enthrall a room with his childlike charm and soothing voice. I’ve seen him present several times and I’m always impressed with his ability to present a topic in a way that makes it easy to understand.

In the part of the workshop where I attended, the attention was solely focused on Visual Studio 2012 and apparently, how Jeremy’s employer uses the ALM features of VS2012.

SharePoint Summit Toronto Full Conference Pass Giveaway - Valued at $1,795!

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

We, at SharePoint Reviews, are proud to have one full conference pass for SharePoint Summit 2013 in Toronto to giveaway to our readers. With more than 70 sessions, a keynote by Andrew Connell, and a beautiful location that is perfect for Mid-May (May 13th to 15th), you will enjoy the learning, networking, and a break from work.

This is the 7th SharePoint Summit conference, and the 2013 edition promises to be the most exciting yet. It features a very special new event – SharePoint Excellence Gala – that will bring even more status to SharePoint industry, its companies and people across Canada by recognizing their expertise in the development of SharePoint solutions.

© 2013 SharePoint Smart LLC. All rights reserved.