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  • A splendid time was had by all at the inaugural Austin, TX version of the venerable SharePoint Technology Conference, usually known as SPTechCon. There was a tangibly different energy in the air at this SPTechCon. I’m sure some of that had to do with the new venue, but there seemed to be a bit more to it than that.

    My friends at BZ Media did a wonderful job – as always – with the conference. David Rubinstein, Stacy Burris, Katie Serignese (soon to be Katie Flash!), and the whole team really know what they are doing and it shows.

    In addition to the two session I presented, I was honored to be a part of an “expert panel”, discussing ‘SharePoint at the Crossroads’. I think SharePoint always seems to be at some sort of crossroads, so there’s always a lot to talk about.

    SPTechCon Speaker Panel

  • It's a busy day in the Exhibit Hall at SPTechCon 2014. How busy is it? Check out this video:

  • SPTechCon Boston 2014 Wrap-Up

    SPTechCon Newswire

    See what people are saying about SPTechCon Boston. This year's show was held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and the place was packed with experts, admins, and SharePoint novices.

  • SPTechCon in 2017

    David Rubinstein

    As the weather turns cold and thoughts already turn to the New Year, we're pleased to announce our SPTechCon schedule for 2017.

  • In this special Office 365 focused Lightning Talk by Metalogix at SPTechCon, you can find out what Office 365 and Kit from Knight Rider share in common.

  • Ayman Husain explains the benefits of integrating Amazon Web Services with your SharePoint implementation as well as the developing role of cloud services for business of all sizes. The cost to entry barrier for cloud services gets smaller every day and AWS has a great history of making these products consumer ready and affordable.

  • Stephen More explains how his service makes migration to SharePoint from any legacy platform a possibility.

  • SPTechCon Update

    Michael Pehel
    It's been mentioned time and time again how we can help you get approval, or what to do in the event you are a government employee looking to attend SPTechCon. We've also mentioned ways to save you money or how to get your hands on a free Amazon gift card, but what hasn't been said yet are all the things to do while in San Francisco. This conference will be at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, which really is a hub for food, culture and activity. Not to mention, we're just a few blocks away from catching a cable car that can bring you to the famous Lombard Street and other fantastic sights and views. So once you've registered and decided which tutorials and classes to attend, take a few moments to research all the fun things you can do in the City by the Bay.
  • As evidenced by SPTechCon’s continual growth, more and more enterprise-level businesses are seeking to make effective use of SharePoint. Many companies that haven’t transitioned to using SharePoint yet often fear doing so for one major reason: data migration.

  • SPTechCon conference chairman David Rubinstein talks to Simeon Cathey and Heather Newman about Content Panda, an in-context help solution announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at SPTechCon Boston. The solution enables users to get video or written instruction to solve problems as they arise:


  • I have the pleasure of interacting with lots of people who work with SharePoint while delivering my courses and sessions at conferences. One thing consistently comes up when I talk to people: Their organization paid for SharePoint, but they aren't using the publishing features within SharePoint. Ack!

  • As the adoption of SharePoint for file and content sharing (among many things) continues to grow, so too do the challenges of managing data growth, storage infrastructure and application performance. Getting the most out of your resources while ensuring your users can seamlessly access their important data should be a key focus for any successful SharePoint deployment...READ MORE
  • SharePoint i one of those applications that does everything, which leaves many newbies asking themselves "Where do I start?"

  • Since the Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco in early May, there has been much discussion and many tweets regarding the evolution of the Document Library. Document Libraries are at the core of just about everything we do inside of SharePoint: add, share, edit and collaborate around our content. It was time for an update, if you ask me. But what is changing in Office 365 and eventually across SharePoint 2016 on-premises environments is not so much about a new user interface, but about an expected evolution in how we engage with our content and with each other.

  • Search in SharePoint installations is still a pain point for many users. However, what they do not realize is that their ability to find information is not because search is not powerful enough—it is! The information is there; unfortunately, it is presented like the thousands of letters dumped on the judge’s desk in “Miracle on 34th Street”: overwhelming.

    Configuring search is a function for power users, not IT. Much is written about SharePoint 2013 search in terms of architecture and infrastructure configuration, and that information typically targets the IT department, where search is implemented. But search is a tool for the business user to configure and provide upkeep. The best analogy I have heard in this regard is from Jeff Fried of BA Insight: Search is like gardening. It takes constant attention and pruning.

  • In the past I have written many articles about the strategy side of SharePoint; I am a huge proponent of ensuring that organizations set a strategy that aligns to a road map that can be supported by your organization. While I evangelize and speak to that fact, I also understand that this is largely seen as the yellow brick road to something unrealistic or intangible for many organizations. In a conference session, the people thinking the latter are those that look at me with a simple smile or a shake of their head, wondering if their organizations can ever agree to a direction or path, or a paradigm change from one version to the next.

  • Studying hybrid SharePoint

    David Rubinstein

    As Microsoft continues to push Office 365 and SharePoint Online as the future of workplace collaboration, some companies remain firmly entrenched on-premises, while others face daunting technical challenges in a move to the cloud.

  • Summing up SPTechCon

    David Rubinstein

    With almost 900 people on hand, and more than 50 exhibitors in our hall, SPTechCon Boston was another exciting event!

  • Earlier this month, an article in SPTechReport noted that a survey was being done to assess where people are in terms of working on-premises, in the cloud, or both.

  • Deployment planning: seemingly one of the more intimidating things about Office 365. Moving the cheese. Transforming the way people work. It's exciting! And yet terrifying. On one hand, as the leader of an organization, you hold a responsibility to point the company in the direction of the most efficient way to work. On the other, you are strapped with finding the most fiscally responsible approach.

  • SharePoint began as a portal solution that enabled collaboration within organizations. Now, 15 years later, SharePoint is a portal and collaboration solution infused with intelligence.

  • The Notion that Teams Will Replace Email

    Given its progress since its launch in November 2016 and Microsoft's focus on Teams as the "hubwork for teamwork within Office 365,? Teams should be of interest to any Office 365 tenant. However, the idea voiced by some commentators that Teams will replace email is more debatable. Because so many variables exist, this is a tricky question, including personal preference, the desktop environment, organizational culture, and even the age of a user.

  • This year at SPTechCon, Benjamin Niaulin will be leading a session on search driven content. While the content of Benjamin’s address will be informative and full of good information, he will be sure to keep his presentation fun, interesting, and simple, much like his company. Benjamin, who is “The MVP” and the “SharePoint Geek” and Sharegate, a SharePoint migration and governance provider, works with his coworkers to deliver a system that is, in their words, “just damn simple.”

    The philosophy behind Sharegate developed from a frustration with the immense complexities involved in migrating SharePoint data to updated systems. In their minds, this should be a simple process, and they set out to create a system that could do just that. With Sharegate, the power of migration is in the hands of the power users, even if that individual isn’t an IT professional or coding expert.

  • Doug Geller, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for VirtualWorks, loves content management. In fact, his professional focus has always been related to the range of technologies between content management and indexing/searching. Before VirtualWorks, Doug developed and worked on ECM solutions for the legal community, gaining expertise in content management that he now uses to improve systems and create new solutions with the VirtualWorks team.

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