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Keynotes & Key Takeaways from SPTechCon Boston 2012

​It was a pleasure to present at this year’s SPTechCon Boston 2012 as a keynote speaker. Not only did I get the chance to present alongside AvePoint Vice President of Product Marketing Mary Leigh Mackie on the final day of the event, but I was also able to demonstrate how DocAve manages Widows Azure-hosted Microsoft SharePoint environments during Director of Microsoft Services Steve Fox’s presentation, just as I did at TechEd Europe 2012. This year’s event definitely brought about a lot of inquisitive minds ready to explore SharePoint on many different levels.

I wanted to cover as many bases as I could while presenting at SPTechCon. My presentation with Mary Leigh covered presenting SharePoint as a service back to the organization, showing how a distributed management method balances organizational control of SharePoint while enabling business users to take advantage of the platform’s capabilities. Click on the image below to see the slide deck from our presentation.

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I also led two technical sessions during the event. The first gave an introduction to developing with SharePoint Online. I introduced SharePoint Online as an application development platform inside Office 365. The second dealt with the principles of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) in SharePoint. I was able to connect with developers, leaders, and managers alike to better understand how to approach ALM with SharePoint.

Key Takeaways:

1- The attendees at SPTechCon this year were some of the most engaged I have seen, asking me questions during my sessions and also whilst I wandered the expo hall during the event. It was rewarding for me to hear feedback on my sessions and field challenging questions that really make me think and draw from my experience.

2- I had a seven minute slot during Steve Fox’s day one keynote to showcase AvePoint’s DocAve Replicator. I demonstrated replicating content from an on-premises site collection to an Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) SharePoint farm site collection and a Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Online site collection. After the session, it amazed me how many discussions I had around hybrid scenarios and how large the demand is for this capability from enterprise organizations wanting to move certain workloads to the cloud.

3- Although the SharePoint 2013 Preview was announced out last week, the feedback from the day one keynote was that 80 percent of the attendees will not be deploying the new platform within the first two years of general availability.

4- The quality of the speaker line-up this year was amazing, with more than 20 SharePoint MVPs presenting some amazing sessions. After talking to quite a few speakers, I learned their content was fresh for this conference, just as our keynote was.

Did you make it to SPTechCon in Boston? Are there any thoughts or personal takeaways you would like to share on the event? Let us know in the comments section below, or reach out to me on Twitter.

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