I mainly note this because the 2009 conference, at which SharePoint 2010 was previewed, was one of the best conferences I’ve ever been too. There were more than 7,500 people there, it was sold out, there was a waiting list, and it was well run. Plus, we all got to see what was going to be included in SharePoint 2010 and why it is going to have such a large effect on the ECM industry as we know it.
I know I vacillate back and forth over how much influence SharePoint is going to have on the document imaging market, but after talking with a pair of SI’s today, I am lifted back out of the trough of disillusionment and into being a believer again. Basically, it seems that to do true ECM in SharePoint, in anything close to an out-of-the-box way, you need to have 2010 installed. Currently, as the product just came out last year, that is not the case at many sites. Also, there seems to be a bit of a lack of knowledge out there about how to actually unleash SharePoint’s true ECM capabilties.
Basically, the solution seems to be (and more on this in my next premium issue) marrying people with ECM process knowledge to SharePoint – so they can apply that knowledge to SharePoint applications. There are reasons this isn’t happening full-force yet, but that could/should change in the future. (This is the kind of stuff I’ll discuss.) Anyhow, here’ s the link to the SharePoint 2011 MS Conference.
A lot of imaging players are sponsors, of the MS SharePoint event, incluidng KnowledgeLake, who’s a platinum sponsor. KLake will be holding its own first ever user event in conjunction with the Microsoft event. The MS event runs Oct. 3-6 at the Anaheim Convention Center, with KLake’s event being held the preceding weekend.
Speaking of events, SharePoint looks like it’s going to have a huge presence at the upcoming AIIM Info 360 event being held at the D.C. Convention Center later this month. The floor plan shows like 25 ISVs (maybe some integrators in there) in the Microsoft Partner Pavilion, not to mention KnowledgeLake, which is next door. A quick look at the exhibitor list, shows like 138 total exhibitors, so once again it should be a good show for DIR and anyone else looking to do some networking.
Apparently, Hyland Software will be missing for the first time since I started covering the event for DIR back in 1998. That show was in Anaheim and from what I understand that was Hyland’s first big coming out party after they had gotten a bunch of money from someone for their check imaging technology. At the show, then CEO Packy Hyland, Jr. handed me a card on which he listed his position as “One Happy Dude” and told me his goal was to grow Hyland larger than FileNet. They’ve certainly come pretty close. I’m not sure how much their really big AIIM booths over the years helped them, but apparently, they’ve moved on from that strategy.
Anyhow, ping me if you want to get together at AIIM