Day 2 Notes from Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011
When I wasn’t talking to SharePoint product vendors today, I was speaking to the people attending the conference: the men and women who are SharePoint admins, SharePoint developers, just-plain developers, records managers, librarians, business analysts, project managers, IT pros, SQL Server people, and IT managers.
Their conference badges identify who sent them: companies in pharmaceuticals, finance, paper products, energy, government, healthcare, and technology. I met more international attendees than I did at TechEd 2011: including many from France, Sweden, and India, as well as attendees from the UK, Russia, Germany, Brazil, China, and Australia.
They need info and advice with all stages of SharePoint, from investigating SharePoint’s possibilities, to migrating to SharePoint 2010, to dealing with more specific challenges such as security, user adoption, and general administration issues. Here are the top things I observed:
- · If I had played a drinking game of taking a swig every time someone asked me about SharePoint training, I would have fallen out of my shoes.
- · People are still wrapping their minds around what they’re actually going to get out of SharePoint, how they’re going to deal with SharePoint, and how to get started.
- · Many people are still in the process of migrating to SharePoint 2010—they might have a farm in 2010, but they haven’t officially moved to SharePoint 2010 yet.
- · People are interested in Office 365 but not ready to go there yet; at least not for SharePoint Online.
- · SharePoint ‘s content management capabilities are the most enticing to companies.
Everybody, no matter what level of experience, is here to learn more. Because there’s no end to what you can learn in SharePoint. Which can be good or bad depending on your perspective.
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