Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit | 29 April 2013 – 01 May 2013 San Diego, CA

So last minute a vendor offered me a pass to the Gartner event down in San Diego, looks like some fun and I’m always down to network and hang out with fellow geeks. 

What’s interesting is how most of the topics are fairly generic in the Web world and yet one product is mentioned specifically by name in some of the Panels and Workshops.  SharePoint 2010/2013 appears to be a hot topic and is drawing quite a few speakers all things considered.  Of course, the fact that Yammer is one of their platinum sponsors probably doesn’t hurt.

Event site can be found here:

Here’s their About the Conference blurb:

Engage at the Nexus of Social, Mobile, Information and Cloud

Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit delivers the tools and insights needed to tap into unprecedented portals, content and collaboration opportunities. Disruptive trends are yielding an array of business-critical imperatives: Deliver secure access across a widening range of devices. Mine and leverage nontraditional content. Use social software to drive efficiency and innovation. Exploit context-aware computing.

This summit represents the single most important event in the portals, content and collaboration space, where IT and business leaders gather to learn from the latest Gartner research and interact with 24+ Gartner analysts, peers and solution leaders. Experience new research and innovative thinking in a variety of session formats that drill down to your most critical topics.

They also hit pretty hard on the concepts of a mobile workforce, especially true in today’s world.  But it’s not just about being mobile either, it’s really about being able to build the best teams utilizing the best talent from anywhere in the world through the use of mobile technology.  There is no reason why you can’t have two outstanding team members who just happen to sit at opposite ends of the country in their own home offices.  The resistance to having cube drones who have to sit on the same floor or next to each other in cubes is swiftly evaporating.

Here’s their key benefits section on the conference:

Through analyst sessions, roundtables, workshops, tutorials and end-user case studies, you’ll gain the insight to:

  • Empower mobile workforces securely
  • Know when to use cloud and SaaS options
  • Deliver the experiences customers and constituents have come to expect
  • Harness social to drive innovation and delight customers and employees
  • Demonstrate the business value of portals, content and collaboration technologies
  • Add increasing amounts of context to everything you do
  • Understand how PCC impacts organizational dynamics
  • Use analytics to improve business processes

So, anyone else going to this event?  Drop me a line here or shoot me a PM over at Twitter.

Microsoft Gallery | My PowerShell Script Reaches 100 downloads

Back when I was doing a lot of testing with loading test data into sharepoint lists and then dumping them to run another set of test data, the traditional method of deleting one at a time from the list was really slow, so I created a script to use the ProcessBatchData command to create an XML command structure to delete the items in batches so I could run several automated tests over with different conditions.  Worked well enough that I went ahead and uploaded it to the MS gallery for others to use who were in the same situation.  Just checked and we’ve passed the 100 downloads milestone.  So yeah!  Glad people find it useful

The Truncate all Items in an SPList in SharePoint Using ProcessBatchData Command contribution has been downloaded 100 times from the Office TechNet Gallery. Awesome!

Gallery | 5 days ago

Recently I’ve been working on some other PowerShell scripts to walk a website and record broken links for SharePoint 2010, so once it’s a little more bulletproof I’ll have to post that as well.

SharePoint Saturday | Los Angeles May, 18 2013

It’s a little over a month away, mark your calendars! Always a great time and hey, we feed you breakfast and lunch!

Food and training? Must be expensive, right? Nope, the cost is FREE

What’s particularly interesting this year is that we’ve got a couple of different tracks that you don’t see at your typical geek event, tracks include:

  • Business User: Includes end user and business executives.
  • IT Pro / Admin (AKA “the geek track”): Infrastructure architecture, operations, management and administration including PowerShell.
  • Developer & User Experience: Coded solutions, no code development, branding and end to end technical solutions.
  • Integrations: Includes a product, add-on, or service. Could include Microsoft products like Exchange but also vendor products and services.

SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint for ‘SharePoint Saturday’, on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Santa Monica College.

SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively event filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.

SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!

Meet accomplished technology leaders, network with your peers and increase your proficiency in SharePoint in a fun and free environment.

Event Details:

  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served at the venue.
  • Wireless access will be provided so you can follow along with your mobile Twitter client.
  • Follow us now with hashtag #SPSLA
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Register today so your spot is saved!

And… if you’ve gotten this far, you’ll want to go check out the new SharePoint Saturday BETA site, located here:

Want to be extra geeky? Here’s the GPS coordinates for SPSLA:

  • Latitude: 34.01897
  • Longitude: -118.47033