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February 6, 2014


See you in Vegas… SharePoint Conference 2014

by Anders B. Skjønaa (

The top SharePoint event is now less than one month away. The SharePoint Conference 2014 will open in Las Vegas on March 3rd and thousands of SharePoint users and professionals will join this event.

It’s not been that long since the last SharePoint Conference. Last one was November 2012 as far as I recall, and if you think about the size of this event – and the significant impact it have had on the SharePoint community and market – it’s remarkable that Microsoft is throwing another conference early in 2014 – only 14 months after the last one.

The agenda has been out for a while now, and if you are reading it, you can see the main topics;

  • moving SharePoint into the cloud – preferably Office 365
  • embracing the wonders of Yammer

But at the same time, Microsoft is making a bit thing out of positioning the executive and business track. The most visible investment is the opening keynote that will be delivered by fromer president of the united states, Bill Clinton. I wouldn’t expect Mr. Clinton to talk about how SharePoint helped him “run the factory” when he was in office, but then again…? No – the presence of bill Clinton will attract the attention of a more business oriented and executive crowd – including end users. The Executive and the End user audiences share 62 sessions out of a total number of 146 sessions announced. This is about 44%!

For governance & compliance there is a special track this year, with 6 sessions. Surprisingly enough, 4 out of these sessions are Level 300, meaning that they are highly technical which may be a bit off target, in relationship to the real challenges companies have with SharePoint governance. Still the sessions in this track are very interesting, but there is not a lot there for the people who are looking for best practices on building a governance practice for their SharePoint service. I think that this is letting users down a bit; the shift towards cloud driven SharePoint platforms and especially hybrid architectures, is introducing lots of new governance challenges. But these challenges don’t seem to be clearly addressed at SPC14.

One session that I will be going to, is the #SPC106 session, called “A comprehensive strategy to drive business value with SharePoint“. Strategy is something we need to talk more about with SharePoint, and this is the foundation for any functional governance practice. This session is a part of the Business Value track – where you will find other sessions that are relevant for governance practitioners.

We are running a few side meetings with new partners, about building and implementing SharePoint governance practices with impact. If you want to know more about methodologies, tools and experiences, connect with me and we can set it up.


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