From March 3-6, members of the Microsoft SharePoint community will head to San Francisco, CA, for SPTechCon 2013. Offering technical classes and tutorials for SharePoint administrators, IT professionals, business users, and developers, the event gives attendees the chance to learn from world renowned SharePoint experts, including more than 20 SharePoint MVPs and Certified SharePoint Professionals. AvePoint is the proud Diamond Sponsor of the event.
We will be on hand throughout the event at booth 201 in the exhibition hall, where attendees can meet with our SharePoint experts, learn about our latest products and solutions, and enter to win a brand new Microsoft Surface. Additionally, several of our thought leaders will lead sessions throughout the event.
AvePoint Chief Architect and SharePoint MVP Jeremy Thake will lead the following three sessions:
· 11:30am Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Tuesday, March 5: Killer Scenarios for SharePoint 2010 and Azure
· 4pm PST on Tuesday, March 5: Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 Online Development
· 2pm PST on Wednesday, March 6: Deep Dive Into Feature Versioning in SharePoint 2010
Additionally, at 5:30pm on Monday, March 4, Product Manager Shyam Oza will lead a Lightning Talk on the options for hosting SharePoint on premises or in the cloud entitled “SharePoint: Have it Your Way”.
Finally, at 9:45am on Wednesday, March 6, Jeremy Thake and AvePoint Client Services Director Randy Williams will present a special keynote session entitled “The Future of Social Collaboration in the Enterprise”. In advance of the keynote, I asked Randy Williams a few questions about the content of the keynote and what he’s looking forward to most at this year’s event.
1. What is your SPTechCon keynote about?
Randy Williams: Our keynote is titled, “The Future of Social Collaboration in the Enterprise” and one of our key messages is to recognize that social collaboration in the workforce is a legitimate business activity that can deliver real business value. With so much organizational knowledge that is “tribal,” or locked up in the minds of just a few people, social collaboration is a fun and practical way to share insights, know-how, and fresh business ideas in a way that transcends the usual lines of communication. We will also share some interesting statistics on social usage and how the next generation of employees will cause organizations to rethink their traditional ways of sharing knowledge.
2. Why did you choose this particular keynote topic for SPTechCon?
RW: The social movement is new way of doing business, not just a passing fad. Plus, the latest and greatest innovations in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 bring an enterprise-ready social experience to users. Jeremy and I also want to share guidance on which social platform to use when deciding between Yammer or native social features in SharePoint 2013.
3. What is one key takeaway you want attendees to walk away with after the presentation?
RW: I’d like attendees to have a fresh understanding of how social collaboration is a pivotal way to share knowledge across the organization.
4. Aside from your keynote, what is one thing you’re looking forward to most about SPTechCon?
RW: It’s too hard to just pick one thing. I love San Francisco and remember fondly my days of living in the Bay Area and working in the “City by the Bay”. I also look forward to catching up with some customers and the community while I’m in town. And I’m always happy to give away free books during a book signing. This is scheduled at 11am on Wednesday, March 6 in the AvePoint booth.
Are you attending the event? Be sure to see us at booth 201! What are you looking forward to most this year? Leave a comment and let us know.