SharePoint Vendors, Microsoft, Exhibit Wares at DevConnections Spring 2012

SharePoint Vendors, Microsoft, Exhibit Wares at DevConnections Spring 2012

Experienced conference attendees headed to the Expo Hall early at DevConnections 2012 to check out the swag and the contests.
Prime booth locations were anchored by Rackspace
rackspace booth 2
[Rackspace utilizes minimalism with classic techie red/black theme]

and Mimecast
mimecast booth
[Mimecast goes high concept modern]

Attendees waited patiently in long lines to shuffle past for the red stamp on their cards and a t-shirt or a chance to spin the wheel of fortune.
Vendors such as Idera
Idera booth
[A jolt of orange energizes]

and Axceler relied more on color to attract attendees.
Axceler booth
[Lime green and turquoise for that efficient yet friendly vibe]

BeyondTrust's booth had a lifesized graphic of a guy at a computer.
beyondtrust booth

[No, it's the guy on the right--come on!]

 But utilitarian booths such as Quest's

Quest booth
[Does basic blue say "We are the next Microsoft"?]

and K2's
K2 booth
[Mod lime and white aims for the "We are cool but we're still techie" vibe]

and Knowledge Lake

Knowledge Lake booth
[A style more aptly called "Don't do anything to distract people from the demos."]

still attracted a heavy stream of IT pros and developers.

And then there was Microsoft.

Outside MS booth
[Really. Outside the Microsoft booth. The Phantom of the Opera was in town and loaned them the set.]



Inside Microsoft booth
["Will you, Joe DBA, take SQL Server 2012 to love and to cherish from this day forth?"]

You could learn more about SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012, as well as get a palm reading session, or a quick wedding ceremony.

And I didn't even get a photo of the guy in top hat and tails and blue and white makeup wandering around the perimeter offering downloads of Visual Studio. But I think it was Steve Ballmer.

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