#SPC11 – SharePoint Conference 2011 – My approach and impressions
After attending SharePoint conference 2011 in Anaheim California I thought about sharing my approach to the conference and my personal impressions.
General approach to the conference:
My general approach to the SPC11 was to attend as many breakout sessions as possible also I wanted to meet up with a lot of people which I only have met on the internet. For scheduling and the breakout sessions I used the MySPC tool on the SharePoint conference site.
I always added multiple sessions for each breakout session slots. How I selected my sessions I will desribe later in this article.
Why did I attend?
My intention in attending the SharePoint conference in Anaheim mainly was to get an impression how SharePoint2010 got adopted after nearly 2 years in the market. I wanted to see how the SharePoint community is integrating SharePoint as a platform to their business. Also I was very interested in best practices and expectations around the product.
Choosing breakout – sessions:
For choosing my breakout – sessions I followed a very simple approach:
- I scanned through the sessions and added the sessions to the MySPC calendar which sounds interesting to me.
- I checked the level of the session and decided only to attend level 300 or higher.
- I checked the sessions for speakers I always wanted to see in action.
After the first 3 steps I ended up with some breakout sessions slots on my calendar being double or even triple booked. I then decided to only attend sessions where I felt that I would have to ask questions about.
I ended up attending the following sessions:
- Managing LOB Data with BCS & SharePoint Search
- Got iPads, Android tablets, smart phones and Windows devices? Managing Office 2010 endpoints in an Interoperable and multi-device World
- Deep Dive: Excel Services and PerformancePoint Services Administration and Troubleshooting
- Hit The Ground Running with Claims Authentication in SharePoint 2010
- Best Practices Around SharePoint 2010 User Profiles
- How We Built Community Site NothingButSharepoint.com
- Planning and Implementing SharePoint 2010 Upgrade and Migration
- How to Effectively Deploy Updates in SharePoint 2010
- Performance Tuning SharePoint 2010
- The Official Guide to Troubleshooting FAST Search for SharePoint 2010
- Enterprise Deployment Considerations for the User Profile Service Application
- Remote BLOB Storage with SharePoint Server 2010 Deep Dive
- Capacity Management for SharePoint 2010
- The Inside Scoop: How the SharePoint Dev Team Troubleshoots Performance and Reliability
- Tips and Tricks: Effectively manage your SharePoint Farm with BI
- Upgrading User Profiles and My Sites from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010
Most of the sessions I attended have been very interesting and informative. I decided to download all other sessions to check them out later. Download is currently running while writing this blog article ;-).
One of the most important activities when attending conferences is of course meeting with other people so I tried to meet up with random people during breakfast, lunchbreaks and sessions also I had some people on my list which I always wanted to meet up with in person (which I did mostly during sessions, in the exhibition hall and at evening events).
At SPC11 I did not get disappointed - not one day without having interesting conversations and meeting awesome people.
Hands – on labs:
After Microsoft announced that all hands-on labs will be accessible after the conference I decided to not attend any labs while being in Anaheim but do them later when I returned home.
Attending the SharePoint Conference 2011 was so far the SharePoint highlight of the year I really enjoyed attending, meeting up with people and seeing the evolvement of SharePoint2010 as a product.