In just a few weeks, from April 23rd through the 25th, many of the best and brightest SharePoint people from around the world will be gathering in London, England for what is widely considered to be one of the best events in the world – the International SharePoint Conference. This time around, assuming no natural disasters get in the way, attendees will experience something entirely new. Unlike most conference formats, which provide an array of disconnected material to pick and choose from, at this event we will be delivering complete, end-to-end solutions in the core IT Pro, Information Worker and Developer tracks. This will be a true "deep dive" experience, allowing attendees to immerse themselves in their chosen topic for the entire conference.
For IT Pros and Developers, it all starts on day one with an empty set of servers and a blank Visual Studio project. Over the course of three days, both teams will define requirements, architect a solution, build and configure all the components, and deliver the final product. The audience in each core track will become part of the team by participating in discussions, troubleshooting issues, and advocating solutions. The teams will communicate with each other in real-time throughout the event, coordinating on solution delivery and monitoring progress. Each session will build on the previous one, following a structured, step-by-step approach with consistent demonstrations and walk-throughs. This format allows for deeper discussion of core best practices and insight into real-world scenarios that can only be exposed when building actual solutions.
For those attendees whose interests lie in other areas, such as power users, project managers, business analysts, and designers, there will be three additional tracks – more than 40 sessions – covering every technical aspect of SharePoint from design and branding to records management and My Sites. But that's not all. Executives, stakeholders, managers, and CxO's have a Business track all to themselves to discuss topics related to user adoption, information architecture, social networking, and governance. And that still doesn't cover all the available content, as a separate track exists just for case studies and customer solutions.
If you can only attend one event this year, no matter where in the world you live and work, you need to be at the International SharePoint Conference. Registration is still open but I promise you it will sell out so don't wait – make your plans now to be in London April 23 – 25, 2012.
See you there!