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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
Today, a joined SharePoint community site is born: Secrets of SharePoint. The site offers Microsoft SharePoint best practice information and educational materials for SharePoint administrators, developers and users. It embraces and extends the rich content provided over the last two years in the “Secrets of SharePoint” educational webcast series held by Idera, and offers a place for SharePoint administrators, users and developers to go when they need answers to their SharePoint questions.
"Secrets of SharePoint" gives members the unique opportunity to ask questions of and get advice from “Experts in Residence”. These SharePoint experts will also share tips, post blogs and host webcasts with helpful news and how-to’s for SharePoint. ...
All the votes have been counted and four SharePoint experts from around the globe have awarded their scores. Just to clarify the scoring system follows the Strictly Come Dancing format. The first half of the score comes from the votes cast on website (amazingly over 6000 unique votes were cast). The finalist who received the highest number of votes in each category was given 5 points, then second highest got 4 and so on.
Rather than bore you with a long-winded recap of the conference, I’m giving you a short and sweet highlight of what I thought was important. And since I’m a huge fan of top 10s, 8s or anything “top”, that’s pretty much what I’ve provided here. You’ve probably heard a lot of this stuff already, like I have, but there have been some newer things that were talked about since the public beta was released. And it never hurts to re-read things regarding SharePoint 2010, as it can be quite difficult to remember everything.
In just a few short days, SharePoint Conference 2009 (SPC09) will finally be upon us. Not only is this the biggest and most important SharePoint conference on the calendar, but this year's conference signifies the lifting of that pesky SharePoint 2010 NDA. We've all been salivating at the tidbits of information and screenshots that have been shared so far by Microsoft, so next week will be a bit overwhelming. The conference recently sold out, and there will be an expected 7,000+ attendees crammed onto the strip! If you've got an "STSADM rules!" coffee mug or a 12 hive shortcut on your desktop, then you're probably going to be at this conference.
As a SharePoint Consultant at Office Talk every day we seem to be contacted by a company promoting their latest SharePoint Add-on. Many of these don't quite add up, but others I like so much that I knock on our Marketing Manager's door and tell him that we must sign a reseller agreement with this company.
This week during TechEd, Ted Pattison and Andrew Connell are officially announcing their new joint venture, Critical Path Training. The new company is an "evolution of Ted Pattison Group which built its reputation as the industry leader in advanced technical training with SharePoint 2007". Joined by other industry experts, they plan to make Critical Path Training the de facto standard for SharePoint education.