Rowing in the Right Direction: SharePoint 2010 at SPTechCon Boston 2010

By Riley O'Brien Wolff | October 23, 2010

Lots of interest in SharePoint 2010 and in sculling… wait a second, what?

This morning, teams of rowers and techies were rubbing shoulders at the hotel breakfast buffet. (It’s easy to tell which ones are the rowers; they’re generally bigger, wear leggings and eat more fruit and less bacon.)

Some 300,000 spectators are expected for the 46th Head of the Charles Regatta happening on the Charles River (below) in Cambridge, Massachusetts – also the location of the SharePoint Technology Conference, SPTechCon Boston 2010.

 Show attendees this year appear to be (excuse the pun) rowing in the same direction – towards SharePoint 2010, with more informed and specific queries than last year. Past shows were more exploratory, learning the basics of what SharePoint can do and what they needed partner products for.

I am at the show with our Product Manager, Paul Dyck, Brian Kernohan, our VP, Strategic Alliances, Peter Duff, our President & CEO, and Howard Coles, Enterprise Sales Representative working the booth and cruising the exhibit hall aisles, sessions and workshops. About 1,000 people are in attendance, and we have repeatedly come across attendees from universities, government, banking, and pharmaceutical industries.

Paul’s “lightning talk” yesterday about Adlib PDF for SharePoint was well-received by the 50+ people in the seats, with lots of comments and questions during and after his presentation, and the buzz continuing into today. (Paul is the one who stuck his phone out his hotel window to capture this dreamy photo of the regatta rowers in training.)

Adlib has gone to a number of SharePoint-themed shows (SPTechCon San Francisco 2010, SPTechCon Boston 2009, SharePointPro Summit, ShareFest, AIIM Expo) where we run into a consistently same group of complementary and partner companies (e.g.K2, Nintex, Atalasoft); it’s starting to feel like a family reunion. And certainly it’s an exciting time to be part of SharePoint – a platform which more and more enterprises are migrating their IT needs to be managed within.

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