The SharePoint Technology Conference was a great opportunity for GSX to educate many SharePoint IT Professionals about the benefits of Monitoring and Reporting with GSX Solutions.
The event was held on February 26th to February 29th in historic San Francisco, CA. With 700+ attendees, 50 speakers, 70 exhibitors and over 90 workshops the event was widely considered a tremendous success.
The opening Keynote “Making Nerds Better People” with Todd Klindt and Shayne Young focused on breaking down the silos of learning and embracing areas outside of your SharePoint expertise to gain better insight into SharePoint development, administration and business intelligence. The speakers advocated that identifying your strengths and building on your weaknesses to become a well-rounded professional is crucial in IT.
Overall, the conference was full of passionate SharePoint experts who were eager to collaborate and absorb as much information as they could from the technical classes and speakers. While conversing with many of the attendees in the exhibit hall about GSX Monitor, it was interesting to hear the excitement around how GSX Monitor mimics what a user does on a daily basis through our “SharePoint Scenarios” feature. Another feature of GSX Monitor that engaged many of the attendees was the ability to control and monitor the growth of a SharePoint environment (including the number of sites, number of documents, total size of the data on SQL Servers, etc…). Several of the attendees expressed how challenging it is to track and regulate the size/costs associated with their ever-growing SharePoint environment.
The second Keynote “The Evolution of SharePoint” with Jared Spataro and Dene Cleaver of Microsoft concentrated on the evolution of SharePoint. The speakers described how SharePoint has evolved, where the platform is positioned now and what the future holds for SharePoint. It was interesting to learn about the progression of data access in companies and how SharePoint has advanced, not only as method of accessing data but as an interactive workspace that can integrate with company applications and external data sources.
On the final day of the conference we were thrilled to draw a winner from the numerous participants in our raffle to win a Sony 3D Bloggie Video Camera. Our winner was Jim Dubreville from Moog Inc. Congratulations Jim, enjoy your camera!
After a great couple of days on the showcase floor and in technical sessions, the GSX team was able to explore some of the sites of San Francisco, including Lombard Street (known as “San Francisco’s crookedest street”), Alcatraz and a wonderful dinner at Scoma’s in Fisherman’s Wharf (If you like seafood, make sure you try the “Lazy Man’s Cioppino”).
GSX is relentlessly looking to increase our footprint in the Microsoft world and we are very excited to be attending Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas this April (booth #141). See you there!