Archive for October 2009

SPC09 and The Mississauga SharePoint User Group

October 27, 2009

Well the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas is over. I will be watching the many recorded sessions I didn’t get to see (which was quite a few of them) and really enjoyed the opportunity of talking with so many familiar faces in the SharePoint community as well as a bunch of ones I had not met before. I even got to be on camera a couple times thanks to Dux’s great “what would you do if SharePoint never existed” videos ( and and photo happy SharePointers.

I also have to admit that this was the first large conference where I relied on twitter for my updates and direction and it didn’t fail me once. Knowing where everyone was, what they were up to, their opinions on content, as well as reading some of the live blogs really made the entire conference experience much more enjoyable and engaging for me personally.

On Live Blogging

Among many others I did some live blogging with EndUserSharePoint to help share the experience and if your interested I can be found in group two here:

Some simple lessons learned on live blogging:

  1. Get to the session early so you can score an electrical outlet. There aren’t many of these and they go pretty fast.
  2. It’s probably easier to record everything and add thoughts to points after the session is over than it is to articulate those thoughts while still maintaining concentration on the presentation.
  3. Don’t transcribe everything. Just grab the important points (if everything seems important only the most important or the points that stand out to you personally).

Do you have any thoughts on how I can improve?

I was a little sad that all the sessions I have seen so far were so high level, but considering 2010 was new to almost everyone there it did make sense. For me personally my favorite parts were the discussion group sessions (especially the social computing one) with the Microsoft teams as well as the IT Analyst session where I got an opportunity to talk a bit more in depth with Tom Rizzo and many industry analysts about SharePoint, the economy, partnerships, and Microsoft’s direction.

Be sure to check out things like Joel’s thoughts on the conference/2010, the videos at and the many blogs that covered the event and are now talking about SharePoint 2010 features and changes.

User Groups and SharePoint Camp!

Upon returning to a much colder Canadian climate I could see the excitement was still very much alive. In fact just last night (Monday October 26th) the Mississauga SharePoint User Group had it’s first meeting at Microsoft! A huge congratulations to Ray Outair for his passion in getting this going as well as Eli, Bill and everyone else who has supported this and came out to the first meeting. For me personally this is really important as it offers many people who are unable to get downtown Toronto for the Toronto SharePoint User Group sessions a chance to still talk, share, and support one another.

As a reminder there will be another SharePoint 2010 session hosted by the Toronto SharePoint User Group this wednesday (October 28, 2009) which will also be shared via live meeting. I will post the linkage onto twitter as soon as the live meeting address is confirmed.

Here is the session abstract:

Presented by Savash Alic (Microsoft Canada) Principal Specialist, Ent Sales – SharePoint (MOSS, WSS, MCDBA, MCSE certified, MBA)

Join TSPUG for a special meeting on the last Wednesday of October where Microsoft’s Savash Alic will present Canada’s first look at SharePoint Server 2010. Savash is a SharePoint loyalist who is dedicated to the product since its’ very early days in 2001 implementing solutions.  He has been selling SharePoint in a technical capacity for the last 4 years at Microsoft Canada however he is a technologist at heart who started his professional career in ’94 and worked at several Microsoft Gold Partners delivering and managing projects.

Don’t forget that SharePoint Camp is coming early next year as well at the end of January or start of February (which is a free and incredible SharePoint mini conference) so the SharePoint community should be very exciting for the next while.

See you around the SharePoint community,

SharePoint Conference 2009

October 14, 2009

For anyone interested I am posting my schedule (and will try and update it) with where I will be/what I will be doing at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas next week in terms of Sessions. It was a very difficult selection process since so many sessions looked good, but I have decided upon these ones for a number of reasons and will watch the many hours of recorded sessions for other ones. If you are also going to any of these sessions let me know so we can exchange notes and thoughts in follow up. 🙂

Monday, October 19th, 2009

9:00 AM

Keynote: Unveiling Microsoft SharePoint 2010
Mandalay Bay BallroomSpeaker: Steve Ballmer

10:30 AM

Keynote: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Drilldown
Mandalay Bay BallroomSpeaker: Jeff Teper

1:15 PM

Microsoft Business Intelligence Vision & Strategy
Islander ISpeaker: Amir Netz, Ariel Netz, Tom Casey

2:45 PM

ECM for the Masses – How SharePoint 2010 delivers on the promise
Lagoon HSpeaker: Ryan Duguid

4:30 PM

Mobile SharePoint: Driving More Productivity & Collaboration with…
ReefSpeaker: Chip Vollers, Sean Pirtle

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

9:00 AM

Part 1: Business Case for Social Computing
ReefSpeaker: Daniel Rasmus

10:30 AM

Part 2: Adoption Strategies for Social Computing
ReefSpeaker: Alina Fu


1:15 PM

Developing SharePoint 2010 Applications with the Client Object Model
Mandalay Bay FSpeaker: Paul Stubbs

2:45 PM

Deep Dive into SharePoint 2010 My Sites and Social Networking…
Islander GSpeaker: Gaurav Doshi, Venky Veeraraghavan

4:30 PM

IT Analyst Panel: AMR Research, Forrester, IDC and Gartner Analysts…
ReefSpeaker: James Murphy, Leslie Owens, Rita Sallam, Stephen Powers, Susan Feldman

Wednesday, October 21th, 2009

9:00 AM

The Art of the SharePoint Story: Connecting With Decision Makers &…
South Seas DSpeaker: Robert McDowell

10:30 AM

Building A Great Intranet: Proven Principles & Best Practices
Lagoon HSpeaker: Amanda Murphy, Jonathon Wynn

1:15 PM

Building an enterprise knowledge management solution on SharePoint…
Mandalay Bay HSpeaker: John Demaris, Sean Squires

2:45 PM

Developing Social Applications with SharePoint 2010
South Seas DSpeaker: Matthew McDermott

4:30 PM

Creating Data-Centric Composite Applications using SharePoint…
Mandalay Bay KSpeaker: Dustin Miller

Thursday, October 22th, 2009

9:00 AM

Deloitte: The Why and How of Social Networking and Collaboration at…
Breakers ESpeaker: Patricia Romeo, Rob Foster

10:30 AM

If You Build It, They Will Come: Driving End User Adoption
Lagoon HSpeaker: Scott Jamison

12:00 PM

Building Rich, Dynamic Websites with SharePoint 2010
Mandalay Bay GSpeaker: Tony Jones

I will also be at many of the #Share events and Microsoft sponsored events around the Conference so feel free to message me on twitter, comment on my blog, or email me so we have an opportunity to meet.

Looking forward to networking with many of you,
Richard Harbridge