Leading up to SharePoint Conference 2012 in Las Vegas, we are planning to feature our contributing authors and what they will be doing at the conference.
Editor's note: Contributor Sue Hanley is a SharePoint Consultant. Follow her @susanhanley
I’m definitely excited about attending the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas this year. I’m wearing multiple hats – so I may be the person with the worst case of “hat hair” at the conference. At any given time, I will be wearing one or more of the following hats:
- Network World Blogger Hat: Until Wednesday afternoon, I’m officially at the conference in my role as the Essential SharePoint blogger for Network World. Last year, Microsoft was kind enough to offer me a free pass to the conference and a full day of meetings with the product team and some key customers. It was a great experience – especially the upfront “press” seating for the keynote. This year, I’ve been offered the same pass, but as of right now, I have no clue what kind of meetings are on the agenda. I was told that I would know pretty soon where I will be expected to be, but as of today, I have no clue. Hopefully, the opportunities will be as great as last year so I will have some interesting stories to write about in my blog.
- SharePoint EduTech Live Blogger Hat: In case one blog isn’t enough, I’ve volunteered to do some “almost live” blogging for Dave Coleman so if you see me taking a lot of notes, it’s so Dave will schedule the picture at a time when I can make it this year.
- Speaker Hat: On Wednesaday at 1:45 pm in the South Pacific Ballroom E, I will be presenting a really fun session called Unlocking the Secrets of User Adoption Success. I will not share any of the secrets in advance, so if you want to know what they are, you’ll have to come join me on Wednesday afternoon! I’ve got lots of fun examples to share – both successes and some not so successful strategies. I’ve worked really hard to put together an interesting and engaging presentation. And, if that isn’t enough to entice you to come hear my presentation, I’m also giving away two copies of Essential SharePoint 2010! Secrets and prizes, what more could you want from a SharePoint Conference session? My talk will be followed by another talk on User Adoption by Chris Bortlik. He’s going to showcase some specific SharePoint 2013 features that will help encourage users to engage so I hope everyone will plan to spend Wednesday afternoon in the Business Decision Maker track with me and Chris.
- Attendee Hat: Just like many of you, I’m excited to see all the 2013 sessions at SPC12, tour the vendor showcase and, of course, attend the parties. I’m especially looking forward to the Axceler et. al. party on Wednesday night at Tryst because they will making an award for best practices in SharePoint Governance. I was honored to be asked to be part of an awesome judging panel for the award and having already reviewed the nominations, I can honestly say that there are some great examples of governance successes out there and many of the nominees deserve to win. Plus, the party is going to be a lot of fun!
SharePoint conferences often feel like family reunions with a conference thrown in. I love all the learning, but the best part for me is re-connecting with all the wonderful people in the SharePoint community. Having just lived through a “super storm,” I think I’m very ready for Las Vegas! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in just a few weeks.