Microsoft SharePoint Conference
SharePoint Conference (SPC) gives you the latest trends and best practices for Microsoft SharePoint. SharePoint Conference is the only conference to hear experts from Microsoft and around the world share their experience and knowledge about a variety topics such as cloud services, best practices & real world project insights.
In addition to exclusive session content you have access to Hands on Labs, as well as opportunities to network with technical and industry experts including Microsoft engineers, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), Microsoft Certified Masters (MCMs), SharePoint customers and many of our top Certified Partners.
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SPC review, yammer, apps, social, user interface
* 10,000 people attended this year
* WIFI was pretty much down for the first 2 days
* On average there was about 15 sessions per time slot (split between business, IT Pro, and Dev)
Comments about sessions:
* Yammer – Microsoft recent acquisition of Yammer got some attention at the conference. Yammer execs got some time on the key note. There were few sessions on integrating Yammer with SharePoint. What’s missing is MS was not able to clearly define how they see Yammer in their roadmap. There were some “it’s about social and social is the future” and “look how easy and robust it is”, but nothing like “here is when to use Yammer and here is when to use O365″. The assumption is that it will organically grow (or NOT) and things become more clear as they progress. There was an announcement, however, that Yammer is now part of O365 subscription(s), some of them at no cost. So great news for those who care! Not being sarcastic really :)
* Apps – lot’s of sessions were on apps and this is actually that I have been interested in a lot lately. Lot’s of confusion though from attendees, not everyone understands the place for apps. People thought that apps are the replacement for web parts and custom solutions … NOOO. Ok, so if you have a Windows phone, apps on your phone are conceptually actually the same as apps for SharePoint, they are:
-Locked down from accessing other apps
-User gets to chose what permissions to grant
-There is an app store
-Capabilities are limited
Apps have a concept of an app part (conceptually similar to a Windows phone “tile”). It can be often confused with a web part. Big difference. App part runs as an iframe on a page and has no access to any DIVs on that page. App runs client code only. App resources (supporting lists JS and CSS files) live on a separate web. App has also a full screen mode, which is just a page on the app web.
So as far as custom solution building goes – you will still need web parts, delegate controls, event receivers etc.
If you’re planning to sell the reusable code in the App Store – I would recommend looking into porting your code into an app. Not all web parts will easily port into an app, remember that, there is a lot of gotchas.
Overall, there was a moderate excitement about apps, people just didn’t care much, that’s what I felt like in terms of the vibe.
* Social – the things that changed are: following of sites, document, and people. Basically a concept of twitter has been integrated into SharePoint constructs as far as I see it. Which is very cool. You can now follow things you care about and reduce the clutter of clicking on links and libraries. Things are more personalized which is something we have expected for a long time.
Everything else social is pretty much the same.
* UI – the user interface has changed a bit, cluttered things such as themes has been simplified and everything else stayed pretty much the same. Microsoft tried to simplify the building of public web sites by adding the handy snippet gallery for SharePoint controls, which is great for beginners and lowers the bar for UI design entry level but all in all UI core is the same. Oh, I have to mention that now the out-of-the-box master page is one for all site templates and that’s a great simplification.
* Search – search driven applications are easier to build now that the product has more UI components to use all of this FAST horse power. My favorite, is the search query web part allowing you to pick any content from the site and present it in a ContentQueryWP-like format where you get to choose the rendering etc.
* Licensing – is very lucrative with SharePoint 2013. Recommend everyone to check it out, but according to some folks here it’s the number 1 reason to migrate to SP2013. There is evidently no FIS for external use, you only buy a server for both internal and external users accessing a public site. Definitely check out the details, this is just a teaser.
All Conference Sessions Review
Check out my reviews here: - http://blogs.architectingconnectedsystems.com/blogs/cjg/archive/2012/11/20/SharePoint-Conference-2012-Session-Review.aspx
Hit and Miss Affair at SPC12
While the 2012 event was hands down 10 times better than the 2011 event, the content of the sessions and level of speakers still left a lot to be desired.
The thing is that I go to the big conferences to learn - and that is difficult to do when the speakers are not up to standard. It's a lot of money to spend on 3 parties if you're not learning anything.
The parties and networking were off the charts amazing though. I got the Vegas experience I wanted in excess.
Vegas is not conducive to good health, and 8 days after the conference I am still sick from it.
I wrote 2 blogs on my experience there :
Hope it helps.
Great content and presentations. Much more depth, which is greatly appreciated.
Missed SPC11? Plan on attending SPC12 in Las Vegas
Terrific event. Looking forward to SPC12 in Las Vegas!
Ok but overblown
Overall it seemed a little of a let down. I went there and paid 1100 dollars to learn something and it seemed a little of a let down.
Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011
I enjoyed the conference very much. It was very informative and helpful! The session were great and the vendors offer a wide range of capibilities.
Amazing Sharepoint Conference
The conference was extremely well organized. All the sessions were of high quality. The equipment used for presentation was of high calibre. The presentors were outstanding and very knowledgeable.
The presentation and the recorded sessions were uploaded into the site in a timely fashion.
The food, the kiosks available for internet access, all was thought about.
I learned a lot and returned with a much better understanding of what Sharepoint has to offer and what is required to make best use of it.
SPC 2011 was an excellent event overall. Fantastic sessions for developers and architects in particular. Excellent opportunity to network with people in the SharePoint community.
I look forward to seeing everyone at SharePoint events throughout 2012.
Review - content could have been better
I think the topics were broad enough, but content could have been better and more interesting. Not everything can be answered with the number of environment variables, but there should be more depth in the development side anyway. For instance, if your doing this, try these different approaches and show examples, even if demonstrations are not really possible because of time constraints. It's great to hear what challenges others are having and get to talk about how other companies overcame challenges, but I don't really need to spend big money for that, I'll just buy the book thanks.