The Story of SPC

The Beginning.

Our inaugural SharePoint Conference took place in Bellevue, Washington in May 2006, with Keynote speaker Bill Gates calling SharePoint the most “revolutionary” element in all of Microsoft Office, and an eager group of hardcore techies listened as announcements, demonstrations, and previews detailed the future of information sharing with the upcoming release of Office SharePoint Portal Server 2007. SPC06 outlined where we wanted the industry to go, and how we were going to get it there… together. By the end of the week, more than sixty different sessions had discussed hundreds of topics including workflow, collaboration, higher connectivity, tablet computers, and advanced web services. The ideas were audacious, and the bars were set high, but one thing was certain… SPC was here to stay.

SPC08 once again rocked the greater Seattle area. Attendance had more than doubled since the first SPC and a highly energized community began to develop out of the rapidly growing user base. Attendees kicked back at social events, formed running groups, clubs, and other extracurricular activities, and shared stories and laughs at the numerous networking opportunities surrounding the conference. It was an action-packed week of SharePoint and fun, and it remains an extraordinary experience for the SharePoint community who attended.

What happens here, stays here…

In 2009, SPC09 traded in the tree-lined views of the Pacific Northwest for the bright lights of Las Vegas. SharePoint conference was now the main event on the calendar of IT Pros, Developers, and SharePoint stakeholders around the world. The technical aspect of the conference was anchored by the major SharePoint 2010 announcement, which would place SharePoint at the center of a connected intranet and internet, and create a seamless and integrated experience for users. The attitude at SPC was once again charged by the attendees, as partners, sponsors, community members and Microsoft experts came together for the largest SharePoint event yet.

Attendance had again nearly doubled. SharePoint was connecting people and information in an unexpected way. There were sessions, workshops, and labs during the day, followed by dancing and celebrations at night. The atmosphere was palpable, and the combination of new SharePoint material and nonstop social happenings kept the crowds coming back for more. Oh, and did we forget that Huey Lewis showed Sin City that it’s “Hip to be Square” against a backdrop of fireworks in front of screaming SharePoint crowds? No we didn’t. And if you were there, neither did you.

The happiest place on earth.

The gates of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland opened to the SharePoint community for SPC11 in early October, 2011.  In only its fourth year, SPC was already a Tier 1 Microsoft event, and this year Mickey and the gang would have their hands full as SPC returned bigger and better than ever.  The conference buzzed with major announcements about SharePoint moving to the cloud. Conference regulars showed the ropes to first-time attendees and community members traded their Twitter handles and connected on LinkedIn.

At night, a spontaneous party grew into what would be called “Club SPC” and quickly overflowed into an adjacent hotel space dubbed “Lounge SPC”. Cocktails and business cards were handed around as DJs spun tracks onto the three floors of partygoers. Outside, Disney parades and fireworks erupted throughout the park while the announcement that SPC12 would be returning to Vegas rung out. Once again, SPC had been a resounding success. Driven by strong sessions, visionary speakers, informative videos, and amplified by an enthusiastic community, word was spreading through the social sphere that SharePoint Conference was not be missed.

Share more. Do more.

With attendees from more than 83 countries, SPC12 was all about social. Having recently acquired Yammer, the conference highlighted how enterprise social was changing the way people worked together. It was a perfect match for the conference, which has always been about how people connect. During the keynote, #SPC12 became the top trending tweet on the planet. SPC12 also welcomed a new audience to team up with the Developer and IT Pro audiences: Executives. SPC now boasted over 20,000 minutes of expert content targeted towards the three main SharePoint communities.

Mandalay Bay was illuminated with life as raffles, giveaways, and armfuls of swag by day turned into mouthwatering food, choreographed dancing, and lasting friendships by night. People cheered from balconies and lined the pools as Bon Jovi shook the city at the SPC12 private party, sandwiched between days of deep dive sessions and engaging workshops and labs.

Connect, reimagine, transform…

Connect, reimage and transform. The 2014 SharePoint Conference kicked off again under the bright lights of Las Vegas, NV.

Microsoft took over Venetian Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada from March 3-6th for the largest and most comprehensive event on the planet for SharePoint, Yammer, Office 365 and related technologies with a keynote delivered by former President Bill Clinton. #SPC14 launched Office Delve, a renewed enthusiasm for Yammer, and of course the Office Graph.

 

 

Connect. Collaborate. Create.

After a brief 4 year hiatis, the SharePoint Conference returned in the Spring of 2018 to a familiar location, Las Vegas, Nevada at the world famous MGM Grand. The 2018 SharePoint Conference was the first SharePoint Conference that served both an in-person audience of 2500+ attendees, but also an online audience who tuned in to our live streamed keynote as part of our SharePoint Virtual Summit!

SPC18 was 2018’s premier event for SharePoint and related technologies, featuring over 140 sessions (8,400 minutes) of content under one roof. SPC18 was a celebration not only of the return of the SharePoint Conference, but also the community that makes it all possible – in addition to some of the world’s best speakers and authorities on Office 365, SPC18 closed out the event with the world’s best party band the B-52s!

 

It’s time to bring the community back together again!

SPC is back! Join the world’s top SharePoint and Microsoft 365 experts in a setting perfectly suited for our extraordinary community. Now is the time to create your own SharePoint story. A huge variety of topics geared towards our three main audiences have been reengineered to provide groundbreaking solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s problems.

Bill Gates was right… this is revolutionary. Be a part of it.

 

 

Join us at the SharePoint Conference – May 21-23, 2019 in Las Vegas!

The SharePoint Conference is fast approaching – lf you’re an IT Professional, implementer, decision maker, business user, or developer you don’t want to miss the SharePoint Conference. Join us as Microsoft unveils its vision, roadmap, and latest innovations across SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, Stream and Office 365. We cover all things teamwork related to help our customers succeed with Microsoft 365.

This promises to be the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to SharePoint in 2019. The SharePoint Conference will provide the training, insights, and networking opportunities you need to successfully develop, deploy, govern, and get the most from SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, Stream, and Office 365.

Register by February 18 to save and receive a hotel gift card.

Still on the fence?  Hotel rooms at the venue are booking quickly, reserve your stay at the venue at https://book.passkey.com/event/49694527/owner/28465/home before they run out and register for the event at a later date.

SharePoint Conference 2019 Call for Papers

The 2019 SharePoint Conference is just a little over seven months away.  And we’re pleased to announce our global Call for Papers!

The SharePoint Conference has an amazing line-up planned for 2019 and we’re looking for great speakers and content to round out our agenda.

Do you have a great story to tell?  Do you have a passion for sharing your knowledge with others?  Do you like helping others solve common challenges?  Do you love to share customer success stories, best practices, teachings, and how-tos?  If you answered yes to any – or all – of those questions, then we want to hear from you!

If your submission has been selected, you will receive a complimentary full conference pass to SPC19.

Please use one form per contribution – multiple contributions are accepted.

Submit proposals at https://sharepointconferencecfp.hubb.me/.

Looking for more great news? Keep up to date at https://sharepointna.com/#!/news.

SharePoint Virtual Summit 2018

Join us at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, for the live-stream coverage of the opening keynote at SharePoint Conference North America on May 21, 2018.

At this free online event, you will hear from Microsoft Corporate Vice President Jeff Teper and General Manager Seth Patton as they share the latest product innovations and roadmap across SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and Office 365.

See live demos illustrating how you can transform your workplace and learn how to tap into rich experiences across your intranet to inform and engage people. We’ll show how people can collaborate and work together, connect with expertise and knowledge across their organizations, and realize new ways to digitize business processes to enable an agile workforce.

When: Monday, May 21st, 9:00 am PDT
Add this to your calendar

Register today to reserve your seat at https://onlinexperiences.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=49205 or keep watching here on May 21st, 2018.  (Live stream and on-demand will be available at 09:00 A.M. on 5/21/2018).

https://mediastream.microsoft.com/events/2018/1805/SPCNA/player/SPCNA.html?cid=synd-TECHNETWB

Learn more about the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2018 and how to transform the way you work at https://resources.techcommunity.microsoft.com/sharepoint-virtual-summit-2018/.

Hybrid SharePoint & Office 365 Learning Opportunities at SharePoint Conference North America

Attending SPCNA? Come learn about hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365 in a post-conference workshop.

As an attendee of the workshop you’ll receive a $500.00 Azure Pass, a complete SharePoint Server 2016 environment and an Office 365 Tenant that you can use to build your skills and complete hands on labs, both while at the workshop and even after the event. If you’ve already registered for the conference you can add the workshop to your registration by creating a new workshop-only registration at http://sharepointna.com/.  If you register for this workshop before May 21st, you’ll receive an additional $200.00 off of the workshop registration when using the Discount Code HYBRID. If you haven’t registered for the conference, there’s still time left. Visit http://sharepointna.com/ for details and use the Discount Code HYBRID to save $200.00 off of the conference pass.

Space is limited to 100 so add or register today.

Workshop Details:

Ramping up with Microsoft SharePoint Server & Office 365 hybrid scenarios

Speakers:

  • Neil Hodgkinson
  • Jason Himmelstein
  • Bill Baer
  • Aimme Triplett

This workshop will have hands-on labs. Bring your own fully charged laptop.

Cloud computing has become a popular way to reduce capital and operational expenditures, renew IT innovation, and gain the advantage of more rapid software delivery to meet the needs of business. However, compliance, data sovereignty, sensitivity concerns, or a significant investment in customization may limit your organization’s ability to take advantage of this. Today you can maximize your on-premises investment by upgrading to SharePoint Server 2016 and using hybrid scenarios in Office 365 to seamlessly leverage the cloud. This workshop is designed to give you the deep technical knowledge to deploy SharePoint Server 2016 as well as design and implement the latest hybrid scenarios including search, auditing, taxonomy and more.

Attendees will receive instructor led training on best practices for implementing a variety of hybrid scenarios and workloads, training materials, to include documentation and presentations and a dedicated lab environment including a SharePoint Server 2016 farm and an Office 365 Tenant that can be used to complete hands on labs during and after the event.

SharePoint Conference North America has it all, and MORE!

SharePoint Conference North America has it all, and MORE!

Get more by registering NOW! http://tiny.cc/SPCNA_REG

 

There are 4 main reasons why people attend technical conferences and the SharePoint Conference North America (SPCNA) has all of them, and MORE!

  1. With the constantly changing world of technology, people need to know what’s new before the competition does. SPCNA has the sessions and workshops to keep you ahead of the curve.
  2. Learning with the best of the best from Microsoft and top industry thought leaders from engineering and marketing. Attendees want to hear the practical solutions from the people who actually designed, built and integrated today’s current technologies. SPCNA has the best speakers.
  3. Network and connect with peers and business technology gurus with an opportunity to share, collaborate and understanding the creation of real world solutions.
  4. Location! The host hotel is the world renowned MGM Grand. When you aren’t engaged with sessions, receptions and parties, there is an endless line-up of shows, restaurants and activities for every taste.

BONUS, When you register for one of our workshop packages, take home an Xbox One X, an Xbox One S or an Invoke by Harman Kardon, FREE.

It’s pretty simple, SPCNA has it all. WE want you to BE THERE!

Top 7 Reasons to attend SharePoint Conference North America (SPC18)

SharePoint Conference North America promises to be the largest and most comprehensive event dedicated to SharePoint, OneDrive, and related technologies in 2018.  Since our first SharePoint Conference in 2006 and each thereafter I’ve been blown away by the passion and creativity demonstrated by our community.  2018 promises to be a watershed moment for SharePoint and we can’t wait to share with you what we’re working on and I wanted to share with you my top 7 reasons (one for each previous SharePoint Conference + 1 for 2018) for why you should join me and almost 100 of our SharePoint and OneDrive team in Las Vegas, Nevada May 21-23 for the event.

  1. The most SharePoint experts in one place.  Meet, mingle and network with hundreds of Microsoft SharePoint engineers, Product and Program Managers, and MVPs.
  2. Learn something new from the top industry speakers.  With over 140 sessions (8,400 minutes of content) and dedicated on-site workshops, SharePoint Conference North America is the most comprehensive event in 2018 covering SharePoint, OneDrive, and related technologies to include Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and more… You’re bound to find the perfect mix of sessions.
  3. Real Customers. Real Deployments. Real Experience.  Experience hundreds of real world examples and demos from some of our largest customers.
  4. Drive SharePoint adoption.  With new business sessions, your non-technical colleagues will leave SharePoint Conference North America with the insight and knowledge they need to be successful.
  5. Find the right SharePoint solution for you.  Connect with over 60 SharePoint partners exhibiting in the expo hall all week. Learn about partner solutions to help drive your business needs and strategy through partner led sessions and an expansive expo hall with dozens of sponsors and exhibitors.
  6. Roadmap, vision, and strategy.  Be the first to hear about the exciting new features we’re bringing across SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer and more and experience a compelling and informative keynote featuring Jeff Teper, Seth Patton, and Omar Shahine where you’ll be able to learn about future vision and strategy and gain in person access to additional SharePoint Virtual Summit content…
  7. Workshops and labs to help build your skills.  In addition to exclusive session content you will have access to Hands on Labs, as well as opportunities to network with technical and industry experts including Microsoft engineers, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), SharePoint customers and many of our top Certified Partners.

Still not convinced? To learn more about Microsoft SharePoint Conference North America, see our list of breakout sessions and to register, visit http://www.sharepointna.com.