GSX was very glad to introduce Monitor & Analyzer to the SharePoint world at SPC2011, last week. This was the first ever SharePoint show as an exhibitor that GSX was attending to.
This took place from October 3rd to October 6th in Anaheim, CA. About 7,500 attendees and 200 exhibitors gathered for the event under the nice Californian sun and its beautiful palm trees…
The Conference started on Monday morning with the keynote, reminding the attendees of the multiple features that SharePoint could provide, and especially the magic of the Cloud, aka. “Office 365” and “SharePoint online”. Goal all the week was to prevent people from saying “Oh I didn’t know SharePoint could do that!”.
Then was the kick-off for 240 sessions and 70 Hands-on labs for all kinds of SharePoint profiles, including Administrators, Developers or even Managers. During those presentations you could naturally learn about the Administration of SharePoint 2010, but also about how to control your SharePoint “monster” with governance, how to tune your SharePoint for branding, and quite a few about the high availability of SharePoint, enhanced by SQL Server Denali, the just-arrived SQL Server version. GSX attended also many sessions about health & monitoring, best practices, Performance tuning & optimization in order to gather those inputs into our SharePoint monitoring.
Throughout the day, the 200 exhibitors were also maintaining their booth and providing demos to attendees passing by (sometimes only to retrieve a few more “goodies” though). Therefore our GSX Team had the pleasure to demo its products to the Microsoft crowd. In this community GSX Monitor & Analyzer are really unknown, and the feedback was really great, from the admins especially. The viewpoint that GSX has on monitoring, and that has been acknowledged by the IBM crowd for years, seemed to pinpoint the Microsoft admin needs as well.
Then, every night, some companies extended the conference by throwing some big parties in Anaheim. The occasion to have some fun while networking with some geeks!
On Wednesday night, Microsoft had booked half of the Disneyland Resort for the SharePoint conference attendees. So for about 4 hours we had the opportunity to go to different rides including Space Mountain, the traditional Haunted House and some other well-known Disney characters rides.
On the last day of the conference we had to draw among the participants of the week for the winner of the Acer Aconia 500 tablet: David Wolf from Allergan, Inc.; So again, congratulations David!
Finally, after a hard week of work (well, at least during the day ;-) ), we finally had the Thursday afternoon to wander around the area. So we went to the first rental car and got a… convertible Mustang! An awesome opportunity for Europeans to go visit Los Angeles, with its huge beaches, the Santa Monica Pier, and Hollywood boulevard…
Next year Microsoft will hold the SharePoint conference in Las Vegas and they might just show us something about Windows 8, Office 15 or SharePoint v15, who knows… so take your ticket to come visit us there and learn about the future of SharePoint! Or just to go gambling in Vegas ;-)