SharePoint Saturday - The Conference

Posted on 7/25/2011 @ 5:00 AM in #Community by | Feedback | 1085 views

Catch me at the SharePoint Saturday – The Conference (

When: August 11-13
Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, Annandale, VA (Crap that’s far away from where I live)
Registration link:

It is a first of it’s kind event. I am sure it will be repeated though because the speaker line up is INSANE!

I will be speaking on the following (or if you’d rather see it on the SPSTC website),

#1. Day Long Workshop: SharePoint and Windows Azure Development (link)

Okay, pardon me for being harsh. But you’d be NUTS to miss this. Don’t bury your head in the sand, the future of development is AZURE. I didn’t say this last year, or the year before. But there is plenty of alignment in the planets that I am absolutely convinced that going forward you cannot CANNOT ignore Azure. Why now? Well, a lot of Azure products are now mature ready for usage. Other big corps are using it. And arguments such as “we want to keep our data in our walls so we can feel safe”, feel a bit like “I want to keep my money in a mattress not in the bank”. And Azure does have things such as Virtual private networks etc. that give you IP based connectivity with your internal network. Yes it’s secure. And it’s cheaper, and it’s more reliable. And it will put you out of a job, unless of course, you jump on the Azure bandwagon. I’ve already done it! You should too.

Well, what the hell does this have to do with SharePoint? A LOT! But you’ll have to come to the workshop to find out.

Now for a more formal description of the session, or lets say, the official Microsoftie description that won’t get me in trouble.

SharePoint 2010 provides many ways to integrate with Windows Azure. From simple SQL Azure data-centric applications to complex workflow that leverages custom Azure services, there is great potential to integrate these two growing technologies. This workshop is intended for developers and architects who are interested in understanding how SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure can leverage each other. Knowledge of SharePoint 2010 development or Windows Azure is helpful but not required. Familiarity with general .NET development along with web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and Web Services is recommended.
This action packed workshop will include presentations, demos and hands-on lab content walking through various aspects of integrating SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure together. Please bring your laptop for this workshop to run through various hands-on lab materials. You’ll receive a free Windows Azure account (no credit card required) to help you develop Windows Azure applications during the workshop.

#2. Session: Developing for Office 365 (link)

Staying with the theme of the cloud, my first non-full-day session will focus on this rather interesting topic. All you sandbox solution cynics, come and find out how misinformed you were and how archaic your development techniques are.

Here is the official, non-get-me-in-trouble description -

We know developing for office365 means developing using Sandbox solutions! But is that it? Developing sandbox solutions means lots of JavaScript and Silverlight. It also puts some interesting restrictions on your back-end – well basically that you can’t enhance server side code. In this session Sahil builds an Office365 application with JavaScript and Silverlight that integrates with Azure. Don’t miss!

#3. Session: Enterprise Content Management in SharePoint 2010 (link)

Yeah well, this has nothing to do with the cloud. Well at least not yet :) or at least not fully :). But regardless it is an important session. Here is the official description -

Organizations produce a lot of information – petabytes of it. And this information is very valuable, if mismanaged, it may cause dropped stock markets, suicides, lawsuits, and more. It is no surprise therefore that organizations want to manage this information – under the science of Enterprise Content Management. SharePoint 2010, in addition to documentum, filenet, and others is a compelling ECM platform. In this session Sahil evaluates SharePoint 2010 as an ECM platform.

I hope to see you there. And there’s a party on Friday night.

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