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SharePoint Saturday the Conference is one of this year's best community events

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 8/21/2011

It was great to have the opportunity to speak at the first ever "SharePoint Saturday - The Conference" in Washington DC last week. The conference was very well put together and attendance of both the conference and my talks were great! I want to thank all of the organizers for the time they put into making the idea of a 3-day SharePoint Saturday Conference a reality, and the sponsors and attendees that came together to make the conference such a success. I have to say I was wondering how a SharePoint Saturday would be pulled off over 3 days, but leave it to the brilliant minds of Usher, Dux and all the rest of the great crew to make it happen. I found out that through the 3 days there were over 100 volunteers helping to make the whole process run as smooth as possible. Though I know they had some things arise from behind the scenes, I can honestly say from my perspective the event ran smoothly like some of the major conferences I have attended and spoke at. Kudos to you all. There were a ton of vendors, attendees and great activities throughout the 3 days. I really do enjoy these community events for the community…sans any of the Kool-Aid J

For me, I was able to participate during the first 2 days of the conference. I had a wedding to get to on Saturday back in Minnesota, so had to miss out on the last day of fun.

First up was my all day workshop titled "SharePoint IA Design 101" with Richard Harbridge from Allin Consulting on Thursday. Though Richard and I have known one another for quite some time, this was the first time we've taken the opportunity to share our expertise together. If I do say so myself, it ends up that Richard and I really do complement one another in both our knowledge and speaking styles. We had a packed house and some great interactive participation by the audience. Overall feedback was very positive and I cannot say this surprises me considering how neither Richard nor I were allowed to take a bathroom break during the event, because at each break we had at least 10-15 people lined up to ask additional questions. I can honestly say I was completely exhausted the end of the day and really, really had to tinkle. J For those that attended and have not done so yet, you can access our slide deck and additional resources at I also want to send a shout out to Ruven Gotz, who collaborated with Richard on a similar session at SPTechCon in June. Their information is also on the site and we have all been sharing our best practices back and forth with one another. Ruven brings yet another brilliant perspective to this topic.

On Friday, I gave a shorter version of some of the content I covered in the workshop called "Breaking down the SharePoint IA Silos". I had a full-house with a great audience; I appreciate all the audience interaction and hope that everyone walked away with some valuable insights.

Here is the link to my slide deck, "Breaking Down SharePoint IA Silos" for you to go back and review.

Thanks again for everyone that made it, and I look forward to seeing you next time!

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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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