This year, the Fpweb.net SharePoint experts traveled from one end of the country to the other to have amazing conversations with those of you who love SharePoint as much as we do. Chances are, if you attended a SharePoint conference this year, we ran into each other at some point – and if not, there’s always 2014!
This year we have attended 17 SharePoint events across the U.S.:
- SharePoint Saturday in Virginia Beach, VA
- SharePoint Saturday in St. Louis, MO
- CIOSynergy in Dallas, TX
- CIOSynergy in Atlanta, GA
- SharePoint Saturday in Austin, TX
- SPTechCon in San Francisco, CA
- Gartner’s Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit in San Diego, CA
- Datalan’s SharePoint Spring Workshop & Expo in New York, New York
- Mindsharp’s Best Practices Conference in Maple Grove, MN
- TechEd in New Orleans, LA
- Cloud Expo in New York, New York
- Microsoft’s World Partner Conference in Houston, TX
- SharePoint Fest in Washington D.C.
- SPTechCon in Boston, MA
- SharePoint Fest in Chicago, IL
- SharePoint Saturday in Chicago, IL
- SharePoint Saturday in Kansas City, MO
- Datalan’s SharePoint Spring Workshop & Expo in New York, NY
We had a wonderful time at each of these events, check out our recaps of some of this year’s events:
- Check out Channel Partner Manager Corey VanDyke’s recap of the 2013 Microsoft World Partner Conference in Houston where we launched our revamped Partner Program.
- Head to the East coast with Steven in his recap and pictures from SPTechCon Boston 2013, and then head to the west coast and check out his first SharePoint conference SPTechCon San Francisco 2013.
- Learn about our new partnership with CipherPoint that was announced at SharePoint Fest Chicago.
- Travel to the Big Easy with Steven and discover the exciting events, hands-on labs, community activities, and more at Microsoft TechEd 2013 in New Orleans.
- Join Peter in the Big Apple and learn about overcoming the barriers to the cloud in his recap of Cloud Expo.
What the SharePoint Community Was Buzzing About
There was a lot of discussion about moving to the cloud vs. staying on-premises and how to overcome barriers to cloud adoption. Beyond the cloud, the community was buzzing about customization. Everyone wants to get the most out of their SharePoint, and to do that, they know they must customize their environment to best fit their businesses’ needs. While the out-of-the box functionality is enough for some companies, most IT departments know that they need much more.
Where the Cloud is Going
The cloud became even more popular than before, but the discussion focused a lot on the benefits and disadvantages of each cloud type. In particular, conversations often turned to the many benefits of the hybrid cloud option for businesses that allows you to use your on-premises servers as backups or test environments. We actually talked about it so much that we decided to host a webinar about it, which you can watch below:
Not only was the hybrid cloud popular in discussions, but its popularity was also seen in research published this year. The 2013 Future of Cloud Computing 3rd Annual Survey conducted by GigaOM Research and 57 industry collaborators found that 76% of respondents expected the hybrid cloud to be the core of their cloud strategy in the next five years, surpassing both public and private clouds.
While the whole Fpweb.net team had a great year attending the many SharePoint and cloud computing conferences, we can’t wait for the great events and conversations that will take place in 2014. Hope to see you at SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, March 3-6! Be sure to Save 10% by using our discount code when registering for SPC14: DSPCF189