SPC11 Keynote: Online Focus, Delivering Productivity and Next Year: Las Vegas!
The SharePoint Conference 2011 has just kicked off in Anaheim. Succeeding Steve Ballmer as the main keynote speaker is not an easy task but Jared Spataro gave a good performance in his own more relaxed style (hardly any shouting and sweating in sight).
The theme of the conference is Productivity Delivered which relates directly to the fact that this conference is not held in a launch year, rather focus is on getting the most out of the existing product and maximising what can be done within the boundaries of SharePoint 2010.
Jared showed a short video about how the SharePoint team had been looking (in vain) for a Hollywood spokesperson for SharePoint. The video did put smiles on peoples faces and featured, among others, Luke Perry and Carmen Electra:
You gotta have stats at a keynote. And Jared showed the following:
- SharePoint is now one of the biggest products at Microsoft. The product continues to grow with double digits.
- Microsoft has sold 125 million licenses of SharePoint to 65,000 customers.
- 67% of enterprise customers have rolled out SharePoint to everyone in their organisations.
- Office 365 now serves millions of customers (no exact numbers).
- The conference is attended by more than 7,500 people. 240 breakout sessions are planned and 200 partners are present in the exhibit hall.
Jared handed over to Jeff Teper, the senior vice president of MS Office (and the father of SharePoint), and a huge SharePoint nerd; he really loves his product and the development community.
Some of Jeff’s key points:
- The biggest growth area of SharePoint is within public facing sites (www and extranet) – it has seen a hockey stick-like growth of 25-30% during the past year.
- This has been the busiest year ever for the SharePoint team at Microsoft.
- No other collaboration software can be setup and running as fast as Office 365.
- Microsoft are working on the next major release of SharePoint but nothing will be shown this week.
- Worldwide more than 700,000 developers work with SharePoint.
- 1,162 books are available about SharePoint at Amazon.
- Office 365 will get a major update towards the end of the year. Among other things, BCS will be enabled and so will read/write access to web services.
- Microsoft is releasing a new, advanced certification, i.e. the Certified Architects Program. This will be the most advanced SharePoint certification to date.
Jeff surrendered the stage to Richard Riley for a rather impressive on-stage demo of how well SharePoint 2010 scales and fails over event with several terabytes of data. By the way, Microsoft has released an update to the SharePoint Capacity Planning Guide.
Kurt, the president of MS Office division, gave a speak centered around Office 365 and cloud services.
- Office 365 is all about scalability. Even small companies are adopting the software on a large scale.
- 80% of the smaller companies that use Office 365 have never rolled out SharePoint themselves.
- Office 365 is backed by Microsoft which means it’s secure, reliable and fully supported by MS.
- A few interesting industry facts:
- 84% of organisations have a remote workforce.
- 65% of all companies are deploying at least one social software tool.
- 70% of IT budgets are spent maintaining inflexible and siloed data centre solutions.
- 80% of larger enterprise IT managers are at least in trial stage for cloud computing initiatives.
Microsoft are donating $50,000 to a good cause through Net Hope. Attendees at SPC11 will decide which organisation should receive the sum and of course MS has created a web app to handle the voting (available through MySPC at the conference web site). We were given a quick tour behind the stage of the application which is based on Windows Azure, SQL Azure, SharePoint Online, HTML5, REST and JSON. Neat.
And another thing: Vegas 2012 baby!
Jared concluded with a Steve Jobs-style “And another thing”-announcement: The next SharePoint Conference will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on 12-15 November 2012!
As expected, there were no major announcements during the keynote but what the conference may lack in sexy new product launches it certainly will make up for in usefulness. Tons of great sessions and hands-on labs are there to attend and peruse.