Sunday, August 21, 2011

SharePoint Saturday–Columbus 2011

Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you that SharePoint Saturday Columbus 2011 was a great success.  A great list of speakers and topics, and oh, yeah – great food too! Smile  Nice raffle prizes for lucky winners, including a brand new Kindle, free consulting services, and even a great SharePoint 2010 book giveaway from ICC (my employer, and a platinum sponsor of the event).

And oh yeah – in case you’re wondering, the SharePoint Cowbell was on display!


(Ricardo Wilkins speaking on SharePoint 2010 Dev at SharePoint Saturday Columbus 2011; photo credit – Brian Jackett)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Few More Happy SharePoint Developers in Washington, DC!

Yesterday marked the completion of a successful 3-day SharePoint Saturday conference in Washington, DC. If you missed it and want to get a taste of the experience, check out the activity in the different social media streams that attendees engaged in.

I was honored to be among the 195 SharePoint thought leaders who spoke at the conference (my slide deck can be found below). I spoke on SharePoint Development, and why SharePoint 2010 makes developers like myself so happy! :) I think my audience agreed with me. They also asked some very interesting questions, a few of which I’d like to comment on:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August Speaking Gigs–Chicago, DC, and Columbus

For me, August is a busy SharePoint month due to the three speaking engagements I’ve got lined up. Check out the details here:

imageI just got back from Chicago where I spoke at the National BDPA Conference 2011 on the topic of SharePoint as a game-changer for business. In addition to giving an overview of SharePoint’s features, I spent some time discussing the value of Office365 and SharePoint Online as well.  In addition to my talk, Microsoft reps also gave their own SharePoint presentation at the conference, discussing SharePoint as the collaboration platform for the Enterprise. This event was also particularly exciting for me, as I watched the high school students that I’ve been coaching the past few months win 3rd Place in the national computer competition, earning each of them a scholarship stipend!  SharePoint and Scholarships – it doesn’t get much better than that. : )


Sharepoint Saturday ConferenceThis is a unique SharePoint Saturday event in that, instead of one Saturday, this event will last 3 days (thus the addition of “The Conference”). And check out these stats – 279 sessions! 196 speakers! 22 SharePoint MVPs! 2 SharePoint Masters! And over 3,000 expected attendees! (okay, that’s too many exclamation points for one blog post)  My session will be in the IT Pro/Developer Track.  I’m pretty excited about this.  Just imagine what the SharePint event will be like – oh, the anticipation! Smile


This will be my second consecutive year speaking at SharePoint Saturday Columbus. Last year I spoke on Document Management to more of an End-User crowd.  This year my talk will be Developer/Dev Manager focused.  This event is already sold out (way to go, Columbus!), but I’d advise you sign up anyway if interested, in case they kick in the waiting list.

So, we’ve got plenty of SharePoint goodness going on this month.  Be sure to look me up if you attend any of these events – I’ll be the one carrying the cowbell! Smile (thanx SharePointRyan for letting me borrow yours)

Presentation from BDPA National Conference 2011