The 2011 Microsoft SharePoint Conference is happening this week in Anaheim. Unlike the 2009 conference, the next release of SharePoint (then 2010) will not be announced and debated, but the focus will be on looking back over recent wins (eg., customer case studies), and looking forward to what’s coming up in the next few years (especially the cloud opportunity and the partner ecosystem).
Microsoft’s feature story about the conference and SharePoint is Globetrotting with SharePoint: The Technology That Never Sleeps. There are some good case study references in the feature story.
Announcements from day one at the conference included:
- Microsoft has sold 125 million licenses of SharePoint, with availability in 66,000 organizations around the world. Remember though that “licenses” does not equate with “active users,” given the bundling of the SharePoint license in with other enterprise entitlements. See my 2008 blog post on this, Lies, Damned Lies, and SharePoint Licenses.
- A new certificate program for IT professionals working with SharePoint, the Microsoft Certified Architect for SharePoint, was announced. See MCA Program for more details.
- Microsoft is investing a lot more in the user interface and user interaction design for the next version of SharePoint. Apparently they have 1,000 engineers working on this. The interaction design has an impact on user adoption, so it’s good to see this being taken seriously. Hopefully having 1,000 engineers working on this will lead to something great in the next version.
More to come, as required, as the week unfolds.