AvePoint in the City of Light: Microsoft TechDays 2012

I recently attended Microsoft TechDays 2012 at Palais des Congrès de Paris in France from February 7-9, where AvePoint was a Gold Sponsor. A true platform for meetings and exchanges of professional IT solutions, Microsoft TechDays gathers 17,000 visitors each year for more than 300 lectures and 140 exhibitors. It was a great week for both AvePoint and Microsoft SharePoint in general, and we were able to engage in some great discussions with lots of members of the SharePoint community, SharePoint MVPs, Microsoft employees, partners, and more.

Throughout the event, all passers-by were drawn to the bright red Hytrack quad bike on display at our booth. We held a drawing for the bike on February 9, and lucky winner Aurélien Goillot from Alsy took home the prize. Below is a photo of Aurélien proudly claiming his new toy.

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But the bike wasn’t the only eye-catcher at our booth. DocAve 6, the enterprise-class management platform for SharePoint governance, was also on display. AvePoint TSP Manager Robert Sadlak ran demos throughout the event. Everyone who witnessed the new platform was instantly impressed with its redesigned, ribbon-based user interface, and, of course, its ability to simplify SharePoint governance and infrastructure management.

On February 8, AvePoint France Country Manager Antoine Driard, Robert Sadlak, and MVP Pierre Vivier-Merle presented a session entitled “Migrate to SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint Online”. The presentation shared different migration scenarios for migrating to SharePoint 2010 and/or SharePoint Online, either from previous versions of SharePoint or other legacy systems. A great crowd came out to the presentation, and all left informed on best practices and proven solutions for SharePoint migration.

That evening, AvePoint and Calinda Software held the exclusive “AvePoint & Calinda Party” for invitees. The Salon Auteuil of the Hotel Concorde La Fayette was packed with more than 100 attendees. SharePoint MVPs, partners, customers, and other members of the SharePoint community mingled and enjoyed casino-style entertainment. One lucky winner, Tatiana Peron from Amadeus, even got to take home a Jeroboam of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV champagne as a prize at the end of the night.

To see more photos from the event, be sure to stop by and like AvePoint’s Facebook page. Interested in connecting with AvePoint at a future event? Visit our events page to find out where we will be next. We hope to see you soon!

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