What a week! It was an incredibly busy week what with the opening of the curtains on SharePoint and Office 2010. There was a lot of great press and buzz around the new products, and all attendees that I spoke to were super excited and can’t wait to get their hands on the bits.
I met with quite a few customers this week and saw some great solutions on the exhibition floor. I’m always amazed at the innovation, and was especially happy to see companies like Tyson who showed a number of their OBAs at the show, eSponder, who have a great SharePoint response management system, Infragistics, and ComponentOne–who are innovating in great ways to bring together Silverlight and SharePoint.
Yesterday, I also got a chance to take in a couple of sessions. I checked out Nazeer’s BCS Security session and also saw Andrew Connell’s Developing SharePoint Services session—after which my brain was bleeding because he had so much code! I was surprised at the level of interest around the BCS; I saw early interest in some of the internal developer training we’ve done through the Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) Metro program (this is a program run by the group I work for at Microsoft). However, the amount of people who attended the 200-400 sessions was pretty amazing. It was also great to see the buzz around the new Client Object Model—Paul Stubbs presented a kick-a** session with lots of great accolades. All good stuff.
After this week, there were a couple of things that were apparent to me. Not only is SharePoint and Office 2010 a game-changer for developers, but this community is very tightly-knit. There’s a natural inertia and glue that supports the momentum for SharePoint and Office, and this is exciting to see. This week, it was even more exciting to experience. So, while I’m sad to officially say goodbye to the SharePoint Conference 2009, I was glad to be a part of a great week.
I will add that it was fantastic to connect with a lot of friends and colleagues across the industry. Ted “Paddy” Pattison, AC, Rob Bogue, Todd “Rocker” Baginski, Barks, John Holliday, Todd Shick, the gang from Penton, the gang from Intelligent Effects, Karine, Shirley and Gary, and many, many, many more. And hell, what would Las Vegas be without a themed wedding and an Elvis sighting!!! That’s right, last night I bore witness to my good friends Barks and Bags getting remarried at the lovely Viva Las Vegas. To leave with you a smile, here are a couple of snapshots of the wedding.