SPTechCon San Francisco Review: 4 Days of Intense Learning

Posted in Editors' Thoughts

review45  Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars, Reviewed by Behzad Kashefipour

Being a software developer since 1998, in 2006 I joined a software consulting firm in southern California which introduced me to Microsoft SharePoint. I had to learn a great deal of development technics in SharePoint 2007, all in a very short amount of time. Back in those days, the online resources were almost non-existing, and the books were offering limited step-by-step, out-of-the-box how-to technics that would be good only for extremely simple environments. Therefore, I depended on SharePoint Conferences to get in touch with other fellow developers and to attend sessions to learn new technics that can actually be applied to the bleeding-edge technology I was working on.

Have You Been to San Francisco Lately? SPTechCon Full Conference Pass Giveaway

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

With less than a month to go until SPTechCon San Francisco 2013, we’re proud to have one full conference pass in our possession to giveaway as part of our new SharePoint Reviews v2.0 site launch. SPTechCon’s team organizes industry's most effective events, listens to feedback, and delivers valuable content via a group of truly excellent expert speakers. If you’re not convinced, check out the list of speakers you’ll have the opportunity to learn from in San Francisco.

Didn’t Make it to Vegas for the SharePoint Conference? Dress Warm and Visit Copenhagen

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

The European SharePoint Conference in Copenhagen, in early February 2013, will host a group of inspirational keynote speakers to discuss and analyse SharePoint 2013. If you didn’t make Vegas, this event is the perfect forum to review and test-drive the new features of SharePoint 2013, under the guidance of the most experienced professionals.  SharePoint 2013 features strongly in the overall program, covering Search, Apps, Social, Cloud, Project, Migration & Upgrade, Governance and much more.

White Paper Review: “Keep SharePoint Fast and Your Users Happy - The SharePoint Troubleshooting Guide”

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

Earlier this month Idera published a white paper titled "Keep SharePoint Fast and Your Users Happy - The SharePoint Troubleshooting Guide", written by John Ferringer, a Senior Manager with Sogeti, LLC.  John has over eight years of experience administering and supporting SharePoint technologies and, as he states in this white paper, has "never seen the same problem twice". While this may be the case, John promises a troubleshooting solution to any SharePoint problem that you may encounter, making a clever analogy to my favorite TV personality, Dr. Gregory House. It looked very interesting, but is it really worth your time? I couldn't help but share a few thoughts.

Redmond’s Inaugural Third-Party All-Star Awards Honor a Few SharePoint ISVs

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

Redmond magazine, the leading independent publication for the Microsoft IT community, released its first third-party all-star awards honoring 21 of the best vendors. These companies invent solutions for deployment and management of core Microsoft technologies. VMware took the platinum vendor of the year award, but LinkTek and Metalogix have been recognized for their innovations in the SharePoint space, alongside Quest, for more extensive Microsoft-based technology support. Here is a quick overview.

My Secret Weapon for SharePoint Project Roll Outs and New Employee Ramp Up (End-User's Point of View)

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

SPShep2010FCoverFor the record, I am not a developer or a SharePoint administrator. I am an end user. Perhaps I could consider myself a bit more than that - a “power user”, maybe. Definitely a line of business owner. I think of myself as a key decision maker in an organization, when it comes to business solutions based on SharePoint. I have substantial influence over the tools we use for sales and marketing, both internally and externally.

Do You Agree with Windows IT Pro Editors' Best Award Winners in the SharePoint Category?

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

Every year Windows IT Pro Magazine’s Editors validate products and services worthy of their Editors’ Best and, based on their readers votes, Community Choice awards. For the Community Choice awards the editorial team asks the community to nominate their favorite products and then release a voting survey to let everyone participate in the final voting phase.  Fair enough. Certainly, we trust the professional opinion of Windows IT Pro Editors, but here is your chance to share your opinion with the SharePoint Reviews readers as well.

KM World’s Trend-Setting Products of 2011 – Congratulations to all Winners!

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

Every year, since 2003, KM World releases the list of trend-setting products for knowledge management. Initially organized into product categories, now it’s a flat ‘Knowledge Management’ list of products (and companies) that includes a broad spectrum of capabilities. Knowledge management isn't an application - it’s an approach to delivering the right information to the right people throughout the entire population of users. It includes Web and enterprise content management systems, enterprise search, document management tools, etc.

We Are Looking for Expert Contributors to Share Their Knowledge

Written by Inna Gordin. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

SharePointReviews.com is looking for expert contributors. If you have experience in deploying various SharePoint-bases solutions and would like to share some of your ideas and content, your article and bio will be published on the site and shared with thousands of readers. Your articles will also be included in our newsletter.

SPTechCon Boston 2010 and the Birth of Conference Reviews

Written by Mike Ferrara. Posted in Editors' Thoughts

Another SPTechCon Boston is in the books, and I’m happy to report that attendance more than doubled since last June! The bi-annual conference is held once in San Francisco and once in Boston, and it is certainly turning into one of the more popular SharePoint conferences on the circuit. The only downside to the large increase in attendees is the fact that the venue was overcrowded. That will be addressed next June as the conference will move to another hotel that can suit the bigger crowd. But I look at overcrowding as a good thing, as the show is gaining momentum!

So what about the overall vibe of the conference? And what about the quality of sessions provided and the overall experience as an attendee? This is a question that is always asked of me. And it’s honestly a very difficult one to answer. I personally would recommend several conferences, and they would probably be all for the same reasons. I am fortunate to have many friends in the community, whom I enjoy spending time with while I’m there. That’s a big factor for me, but it’s probably not for someone looking to learn about SharePoint. I also have the goal of meeting with vendors to see what new things they are doing, which may not be something that interests a newcomer either. And it struck me that my opinion of the show is not really what matters. Why write a post about it, when what we really are concerned with is YOUR opinions?

Conference Reviews

To remedy this, we’ve decided to dedicate a new section of the site specifically for SharePoint conference reviews. We’re still mulling over all of the details, but our goal is to allow you to rate SPTechCon Boston 2010 very soon. The process will be as simple and straightforward as rating a product is, except conference reviews will be completely anonymous. We aren’t looking for names; we’re looking for honest opinions without fear of reprisal. Let’s face it. Every conference can improve. Here’s your chance to voice yourself regardless of the experience you had.

The Point

Our goal for this project is to ultimately help foster a better relationship amongst attendees and conference organizers. It costs a lot of money to attend one of these shows, so we want to see what the true value is for attending. This is a win-win scenario. Good reviews help point people to the right resources, and bad reviews help steer resources toward the right goals. That is the focus of this site, and it will remain that way for conference reviews.


Other than participating in the actual review process that will come soon, there’s still time to submit your comments and suggestions on how to go about doing this in the best way. Our methods are here to promote end user acceptance, so we need your guidance most of all. You can simply comment on this post if you have something to share.

Details on rating SPTechCon Boston 2010 and future conferences will drop soon. Stay tuned to this space for more info.

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