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SharePoint Saturday New York

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 8/3/2011

As I'm sure most of you know SPS New York sold out in just a couple of days. It was a great turnout, and I am honored that I was asked to participate this year. I heard so many good things out of those who spoke last year (including HMC's own Peter Serzo), I was really looking forward to see how the 'Big Apple' event was going to be run. Without over gushing, I can say this was one of the best run SharePoint Saturdays I have been to. From the unbelievable level of communication to speakers beforehand, to the organization around the day's event, Becky, Jason and the rest of the organization committee did an unbelievable job in putting together a great event. Congratulations to all for a fantastic job.

BUT…if having a great event wasn't enough, I really thought what was done with the speakers shirts was over the top special. For those who have not heard, each speaker's shirt had an embroidered patch on their sleeve honoring one of the 3 groups of NYC heroes that bravely stormed into the World Trade Center tragedy on September 11, 2001. Each shirt had either a patch for the NYC / NJ Police Departments, Fire Departments or Port Authority. It was the conference's special way of remembering all of those that worked so hard and lost their lives on that tragic day. Not only was the shirts a tremendous gesture and honor to wear, but throughout the weekend we were all sparked to remember 'where we were' on that day and feel both sadness and pride in how we experienced America's reaction. To the organizing crew, I really cannot think of a more honorable thing I have been asked to do in my professional career, and I will keep the shirt (where I get rid of a lot of them J) in a place of honor. For your simple gesture I say BRAVO (with almost tears in my eyes) !

OK, so one thing I do have to clear up before I go is my 'love vs. hate' relationship with NYC. Many asked why it's not my most exciting place to go. Now it's not that I have anything against the Big Apple, so I hope nobody takes offense to this, but for those that don't know I grew up in a pretty small town called Cordova, Alaska, and its current population is just shy of 2,500 people. I have always been attracted to big cities, but until I took my first trip to NYC, I had not been in one that I considered too big. So just to give any people that are confused what I mean by big, let me put it into perspective: everyone in my home town could fit in one New York City subway train, so you tell me, do I think it's too big J. Anyway even though some of it is lost on me, after more than a few trips the city is starting to grow on me. But for living, you can give me open grassy fields and I'll continue my suburban love affair…for a trip to see how big this world really is, I am beginning to see why the 'Big Apple' has it all.

Oh yeah, about my talk - I decided to give a talk on Governance – "How to Facilitate the Government out of Governance." Feel free to check out my slides here. Thanks to everyone that stuck around until the end of the day and attended my session!

Peter Serzo, from my office, was also there and I hope he will let you in on his adventure as well.

Lastly I want to again thank all who put time and hard work into making this event a success, including the organizers, sponsors, speakers, and of course everyone that attended. SharePoint Saturdays wouldn't be the success that they are if it weren't for the contributions from all of these different people.

What's next?

I will be travelling again next week to Washington D.C. for what should turn out to be a great conference - SharePoint Saturday The Conference. It's the first time that SharePoint Saturday has been turned into a multi-day conference. If you plan to attend make sure to check out my IA workshop - SharePoint IA Design 101 - or my session - Breaking down the SharePoint IA Silos. For more information on my sessions and/or SPS The Conference check out my other blog post, "Catch me at SharePoint Saturday The Conference."

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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