Learning, Listening and Sharing Insights – This week at SharePoint 2014

Posted 03/03/2014 by Greg White

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I usually spend the bulk of my time talking to people about their approach to data protection and management – like dealing with unrelenting data growth, being more efficient and enabling their workforce to be more responsive and agile through better information – across heterogeneous data sources. That’s why I’m excited to be focusing on just one of those data sources this week at Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, March 3 – 6, 2014. As a first-time attendee, my head is spinning due to the magnitude of the show. With more than 230 sessions, 170 speakers, 50+ labs and 13 training sessions, just figuring out my schedule is a full-time job!

What makes the conference even more interesting is that I am increasingly hearing from companies that are concentrating on how to address their growing SharePoint deployments as they become more critical to the business. SharePoint deployments often grow organically, starting in a group or area so employees can collaborate, be more productive and standardize their processes. Good intentions, but these rollouts typically spread to other areas and, next thing you know, IT has to step in to handle the backup, storage and need for scale. The application brings great value to the organization, but the focus on what to do for protecting, managing and accessing the data can be a second thought.

It’s with all this in mind that I, and the rest of the Commvault team, are spending four and a half days this week immersed in all things SharePoint and sharing our insights. How we can enhance the value it brings. How we can simplify data management in it. How we can make data storage more efficient, and how we can help make backup and recovery in it better.

Commvault is a Silver Member Sponsor and we’ll be demonstrating the Simpana 10 data and information management platform and how our deep integration with Microsoft platforms, like SharePoint, as well as Exchange, SQL Server, Active Directory, Hyper-V and the Azure cloud, help customers better protect, manage and use information to drive business value. Not only are we on the show floor – swing by booth No. 503 to say hi – Commvault’s Chief Windows Technologist Randy DeMeno will be presenting best practices and the value of a holistic approach for Windows-centric data management on Wednesday, March 5, at 9:00 a.m.

I’ve come across some other cool and notable events/resources planned for this week that I’m hoping to attend:

  • If you missed today’s keynote, Bill Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, kicked off the conference. If you aren’t attending the show or if you missed the keynote, the conference team is making the session available via a webcast.
  • As for other sessions on the docket, the SharePoint folks have posted a series of teaser trailers featuring many of the speakers scheduled to take the stage.
  • Tuesday night’s event is at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and it appears I might have an opportunity to drive on an actual NASCAR track. They’re offering ride-alongs, behind the scenes tours of the pits and some high-powered Go-Karting.

Lastly, check out the @SPConf twitter account and #SPC14 hashtag for ongoing news, conversations, events and interesting people in this field to follow.

I’ll also be live tweeting from the show, where you can find me at @gregorydwhite on Twitter.

Hope to see you there!