We’re just back in the office after a long week at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas. It was by far the best conference I have ever attended! Microsoft did a great job of instigating and cultivating the buzz surrounding the release of SharePoint 2010 and the SharePoint community went crazy with anticipation leading up to the conference.
A shot of the Fpweb.net booth at SPC09 (iPhone quality)
I’ll give you a few highlights among the many:
I lost $100. Huey Lewis and the News rocked! What a great party Microsoft threw. The ka-bobs and appetizers were many, and the 8,000 plus in attendance were partying like rock stars. On day 1, I had a Joel Oleson sighting, which then happened again, 3 times on day 2, and 4 times on day 3. On day 4, I received a subpoena asking that I stay back 500 feet. I was also able to meet the infamous, the mysterious and the all-powerful SharePoint Samurai, Michael Gannotti. He was talking about all the new features in 2010 in a live video-blog along with Laura Rogers from SharePoint 911, Mark Miller from EndUserSharePoint.com and Dux, the SharePoint Project Management guru. That famed crew even pulled the guys from Fpweb.net in, including yours truly, to talk about the difference between Microsoft Online Suites (BPOS) and Fpweb.net SharePoint hosting. The Samurai is a genius and we hope to work with him in the future on a very cool project he’s rolling out. It’s cool, but it’s a mystery. The Samurai would have it no other way.
Besides the great sessions, the great magicians at various booths and all of the incredibly talented and good-looking SharePoint community gathering in one spot, I’d have to say the very best part of the conference was being able to meet some of our clients face-to-face. We rarely get to meet the people who allow us to receive a paycheck and it’s always great to put a face to a name. I would tell you more, but as they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!