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Sharepoint 2010 Evolution Conference

SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference

19th – 21st April 2010 – London, UK

This 3 day SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference consists of over 70 Sessions dedicated to IT Pro’s/Developers/Designers/Information Workers/Business Adoption and Power Users and with a new Deep Dive 400 track and 5th Power User Track added this is set to be Europe’s Premier SharePoint Conference for 2010!

Why you should attend the SharePoint Evolution Conference…

1. The conference is dedicated to SharePoint

2. Born from the very successful Best Practices conference in 2009 hailed by many as the best SharePoint conference ever.

3. Sessions list second to none, speaker list second to none.

4. 55 Expert SharePoint speakers from Microsoft and well known companies. Never before has such a group of talented speakers like this been brought together.

5. 75 breakout sessions all being recorded and post conference DVD sent out afterwards. 90 sessions including the community track !!

6. The Conference is in April 2010 it won’t just be a re-hash of the SharePoint Conference from Las Vegas in 2009. There will be lots of new content with new things to show.

7. Session tracks for all from IT Pro’s, Developers, End Users to Business and project managers. 6 tracks in total.

8. Appeals to all verticals including education, government and local councils.

9. Just Announced – A new 6th Track for the SharePoint Community – Speakers from the community presenting real world SharePoint scenarios. New for 2010

10. Ask the experts panel – Get a chance to see the best in business in one panel to try and stump with a question.

11. Only £695 for the three, days bulk discount available for multiple tickets.

12. Prize draw giveaway every week to win prizes for people registering.

13. Great hotel deals and easy to reach from anywhere in the World.

14. Great Exhibitor hall with the top SharePoint vendors to interact with.

15. Fantastic Conference Party – New for 2010

16. Exhibitor evening and SharePint event in Central London

New Community Track

This track has sessions for all verticals and will include speakers from all types of companies who have implemented SharePoint and what they learnt by doing so. All speakers are actively engaged in the SharePoint community and user group and have a wealth of knowledge to share.

To register: moves to Drupal

This has been big news recently that has moved to using the Opensource Drupal system. The Opensource advocates have been pretty excited that this heralds a new dawn in deploying Opensource solutions in Government.

I am not saying that Drupal is a bad choice and in many ways it makes sense. Tim O’Reilly as always has a great overview of this decision. I don’t really know anything about Drupal and I am not against using Opensource as this blog and the Ardent iSys site uses Wordpress which is a great solution for content managed sites.

However, what seems to have been lost is that another high profile US Government site actually went from using Drupal to using Sharepoint, namely the site which is meant to highlight how the stimulus money is being spent by the US Government. It is interesting to read the reasons for this choice although this switch has not been cheap costing $18 million. However, I have not heard how much the Whitehouse site switch cost?

SBS 2008 Courses

Implementing and Administering Windows Small Business Server 2008 (4 Days) Various Dates and Locations

This hands-on workshop provides students with the necessary knowledge to plan and implement Windows Small Business Server 2008. Students gain first-hand knowledge on topics such as installing, migrating, monitoring, securing, and backing up data. £200 per delegate.  Register Here

London 26th Oct, East Midlands 9th Nov, London 30th Nov

Implementing and Administering Windows® Essential Business Server 2008 (4Days)Various Dates and Locations

This hands-on workshop provides students with the necessary knowledge to plan and implement Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Students gain first-hand knowledge on topics such as installing, migrating, monitoring, securing, and backing up data. £200 per delegate. Register Here

London 26th Oct, Edinburgh 2nd Nov

Varvid Videos from WPC

Aaron Booker has done it again with some great video interviews from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in New Orleans. Check out the whole collection at Varvid. Aaron has also got an interview with Birger Steen – VP of Microsoft SMB Division who has just been appointed to this role. Nice one Aaron again :-)

NetlinkIT Windows 7 Video Case Study

I just saw this at the UK SBSC Blog and just had to share. Richard Tubb, owner of NetlinkIT and member of AMITPRO, has a great Windows 7 Video Case Study produced by Microsoft showcasing how some of his customers are using it within their businesses.

Great work from Rich to get this exposure for himself, his business and his customers. He’s currently at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans and you can follow him at his blog or on twitter.

It goes to show you the great FREE PR you can get when engaging proactively with Microsoft!!

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conf 2009

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 starts today and is on until 16th July. You can watch the keynotes live at It’s also nice to see that on the homepage of the Digital WPC site they are tracking tweets with the WPC09 hashtag.

The Midlands SBS Group Leader, Steve Wright, who is also one of the new SBSC PALs for the UK has some videos of his WPC09 experience in New Orleans so check that out as well on his blog or on twitter.

So the things I’m expecting to be announced are :

  • More details as to the new Microsoft Partner Programme
  • Windows 7 (will they announce RTM?)
  • Sharepoint Server 2010
  • Office 2010
  • Silverlight 3 (already released but expecting more announcements around it)
  • Visual Studio 2010?
  • Pricing details of Azure? ( …or will they leave that until PDC?)

These are some of the things I’m expecting, so we’ll see over the coming days.

Scott Guthrie’s Silverlight 3 London .NET UG Talk Now Online

Scott Guthrie’s talk at the London .NET User Group last week about the newly release Silverlight 3 is now online.

You can check the video out here and comes courtesy of Ian Smith at

Thanks to him for recording these and putting them online. They are in three parts.

The Future of the IT Partner Webinar

Dave Sobel of is starting off a series of Webinars and this is a great one he’s got lined up. It’s on Friday 10th July and the details are below :


A last minute webinar, but others cancellation is our gain! As kicks off our webinar series, we’re starting with a blast with a great guest — Ryan Morris from IPED. Come join us for a discussion on the future of IT delivery.

The Future of the IT Partner

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: welcomes Ryan Morris, Practice Director, WW Channel Development & Education, Institute for Partner Education & Development. In the midst of all the upheaval in financial and real estate markets, and the general unrest in all sectors of the economy, one thing has become painfully clear: the old ways of doing things as a solution provider business no longer apply. The basics of being in your business have undergone a set of fundamental changes that affect every aspect of your activities – from technical services to sales operations, from customer relationships to your core value proposition. Market factors such as technology maturity, increased competition, and service delivery models continue to shift dramatically. And while it’s critical to understand the impact these changes will have on your individual business, it’s even more important that you embrace one fundamental reality: these changes are both significant and permanent – the market is never going back to the way it was before.

Title: The Future of the IT Partner

Date: Friday, July 10, 2009

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

My Achievements as UK SBSC Partner Area Lead

I was recently asked by Microsoft to highlight my achievements as a PAL, which I was happy to do. These are to be used by Microsoft to be shown to senior executives at Microsoft and I guess highlight the importance and value of having this programme. The things that I highlighted are below :

•Supporting the SBS/EBS launch events in the UK with Microsoft

•SBS 2008 Migration Workshop with David Overton (only one in the UK)

•Online participation/communication for SBSC Partners through blog and online technical communities

•Member of the newly formed Microsoft UK PAC

•Technical Director of Ardent iSys showing good growth in providing software solutions based on MS Technologies e.g. ASP.NET MVC

•Published Case Study for Windows Mobile

•Provided free OfficeLive Training to community/charity organisations with great feedback in conjunction with Leicestershire Cares

I have done much more than this in the background in terms of feedback to Microsoft and trying to help SBSC Partners with problems and queries. Probably some of the lesser known things that I achieved were the release of the Demo Showcase VMs and System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (Enterprise Ed) in the SBSC Toolkit.

Microsoft has created a PAL Alumni Page on the Microsoft Portal and we continue to have access to the PAL Groove site. The new Global PALs I am sure will bring new ideas and perspective to things and continue to help build our Community further.

Scott Guthrie’s ASP.NET MVC Talk at Microsoft UK, Reading

Scott Guthrie is giving a talk on ASP.NET MVC tomorrow , 3rd July, at Microsoft UK, Reading. This event was initially over subscribed but I just saw that a bigger room has been booked so there are some more spaces available. However, you’d better hurry because even these are going fast.

See Scott’s blog post on this.

I am booked to go on this, so if you’re going see you there. We are looking to use ASP.NET MVC on a new client project.

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