My very first travel in 2012 just getting to the end (yes, I’ve been home for 3 months now, it’s a kind of unbelievable…): MVP Summit 2012 is over, I’m sitting on the plane back to home.
This was my 3rd Summit, being awarded as SharePoint Server MVP for 4 years. And this was the best ever, I can tell you. Of course, the first one was memorable too, being there as a brand new MVP, meeting fellow MVPs for first time, and getting the first personal impressions while shooting them on paintball, and learn that my ‘superstars’ are real persons, and what a persons! It’s a kind if one-time-in-the-life experience.
This Summit was different, of course. I’ve seen a LOT of old friends, spent a lot of time with them (although I feel I should have spent much more with some of them). It was great to see everyone again, after a shorter or longer period of time. Also, I’ve met some new guys too, as always. This is what I LOVE in the SharePoint community, it’s like a big family, even if we met face by face occasionally only.
The content was also awesome, great sessions and topic. But I cannot tell you any more :)
What’s next? I have way too many plans for this year, including:
- International SharePoint Conference, London (23-25 April)
- Enhancing the Records Management User Experience Using FAST Search (IW 408) In the 3rd session in this series we will tie it all together with a customized search UI designed specifically for records managers. Show how to extend the search infrastructure to support a comprehensive records management program. Show how to use CAML queries and search web parts to provide an enhanced user experience for records managers.
- Your Data – Your Search Properties (IW 514) The more content you have, the more harder to find what you’re looking for. The more content sources you have, the more harder to keep your metadata consistent. In this session I will demonstrate how to decide which properties display on the Search User Interface, and how to display them in a consistent and coherent way. A step back, you will see how to define those metadata fields in SharePoint and FAST Search, and what are your options to use them, what are the most important differences between SharePoint’s and FAST’s Search property management.
- SharePoint Saturday Belgium (28 April)
- SQL and SharePoint Connections Bavaria, Berchtesgaden Germany (8-9 May)
- Best Practices for Organizing Documents in SharePoint 2010 In SharePoint 2010, documents can be organized not only into document libraries and folders, but also into Document Sets that provide us the capability of managing, editing and downloading documents in a set, can share metadata and version numbers, moreover we can initiate workflows for the whole document set. In my session, I will focus on the organizing and management of documents in document libraries, folders and document sets - when to use which one and why. I will build a decision matrix for them and help you to choose the best solution for your case.
- Beyond the Search Center – Application or Solution? SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search, especially with the features of the integrated FAST Search is better and more powerful than ever before. In this session I’ll demonstrate how Search Services really work, why crawled and managed properties are so important to take care about, and how you can create the most effective Search Solutions, how you can build a bridge across content silos and provide familiar, ergonomic and easy user experience. I will demonstrate tools and techniques for customization, and demonstrate configuration and coding to tailor search. I’ll show how applications with Enterprise Search and SharePoint provides a quicker path, and results in applications which can be easily tailored by organizations without writing any additional code.
- Best Practices for Architecting the Optimal Enterprise Search Strategy Microsoft offers two powerful Enterprise Search platforms: SharePoint 2010 Search and FAST Search for SharePoint, each with powerful capabilities and features. During this session, I will review some of the key criteria organizations should use to determine what platform is best for them. Additionally, I will discuss how to build a search information architecture that will empower your end users to find and engage enterprise content more efficiently and effectively.
- SharePoint Summit Toronto, Canada (14-16 May)
- Your Content, Your Search, Your Decision (Session 10.2) Companies have more and more content: a lot of data, information and knowledge. The more content you have, the more important it is to take care of findability.
Content is created by you. Your Enterprise Search solution should be created by you, for your users too. It's your decision:
- What is Enterprise Search, why is it important? What's the difference between the various search approaches?
- How to take care of content from the Search perspective, and how to take care of Searches from the content perspective?
- Information management and governance around Searches and Enterprise Content Management
- Best Practices from the field
- SharePoint Conference, Las Vegas (12-15 November) – Of course I’m not sure if I have a chance to present there, but it’s definitely THE event everyone should attend.
- SharePoint Connections Amsterdam, Netherlands (20-21 November)
- SharePoint Conference Slovenia (26-27 November)
More to come, I have several other sessions submitted but not approved or finalized yet, for example in London, Boston, New York… Busy year, right?
Will keep you updated, back to the everydays now…