It's been a week since I unpacked from my trip to Copenhagen and the 2013 European SharePoint Conference. Over 1400 attendees enjoyed the mild weather (for New England) and charms of Scandinavia. Including herring! After a brief 2 ½ day delay because of the blizzard here in the Northeastern US, it's good to be home.
SA98, from Flickr © 2013 Christopher F. McNulty
(I had fun back in Boston when I finally arrived, too…)
There were some key themes that kept surfacing throughout discussions with delegates, speakers and event staff. One key discussion point was Office 365. It's clearly a major theme for Microsoft this year, and beyond. What does this mean, though, for the lowly 150 million or so users of on premises SharePoint? Is Microsoft moving away from traditional SharePoint?
In my opinion, no. Microsoft has committed to rolling out more frequent updates and releases, many of these starting first with the cloud. But it's important to remember that the on-premises product is the basis for offering SharePoint Online in Office 365. Moving the traditional product forward is the way to advance the cloud experience, too.
A second topic of discussion was security complexity. Security continues to be a key subject for governance in SharePoint 2013. In addition to the ongoing expansion of SharePoint's content capacity, the double whammy of social sites and social sharing will expose implementation with poor security governance. A possible approach is classification. Whether content is automatically or manually classified by sensitivity, privacy, etc., several delegates advanced the hypothesis that classification leads to more consistent security than deriving autonomous, independent access rights for each separate piece of content.
Picked up a few pros and cons on SharePoint workflow from Mike Fitzmaurice (@mikefitz) from Nintex:
Bad uses of SharePoint Workflow
- Transaction oriented processes
- Application to application service
- Aggressive data transformation
- Non SharePoint workloads
- Blocking or modifying activity
Good approaches for SharePoint Workflow
- State workflows, introduced in 2013, can help!
- Use metadata to do the work instead of hardcoding URLs, names, etc.
Dell at the Conference
Dell had the pleasure of being a Platinum Sponsor at the conference. I hosted two breakout sessions – one on upgrading custom solutions with our Quest case study partner from Golder Associates, Kim Forchhammer. (Thanks again, Kim, for helping reprise our SPC2012 Conference session from Las Vegas.) I also presented a deep dive on using SQL Analysis Services to add PerformancePoint dashboards to SharePoint 2013. For copies of the slides, please visit www.sharepointforall.com.
Big thanks to all, and hope to see all of you again next year!