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A look at 2011

Written By: Virgil Carroll
Posted: 1/4/2011

As another year has expired, I like to reflect on some of the lessons the last 12 months have taught us. 2010 was an eventful year. Many of us finally started climbing out of our recession foxholes and began conducting business at a usual pace again. For some this meant returning to work from being laid off, and for others it meant growth. Regardless of where you fall, I think most of us can agree that 2010 was an improvement from 2009. Things are looking up and we all seem to have learned some lessons along the way. We've realized either directly or indirectly that living the "American dream" can't be sustained on credit, and just like we must be prudent with our personal spending to avoid financial problems, organizations need to evaluate their needs and create a plan before embarking on a new venture. Take SharePoint for instance. Implementing SharePoint without a thorough plan is like buying a $500,000 house before you have a job, you will undoubtedly fail. Don't put the wagon before the horse!

With the release of a much more vast system (SharePoint 2010) in April of last year, some companies seemed to have learned their lesson and realize the importance of architecting a thorough plan. Granted, most of these organizations are the same ones who initially implemented SharePoint with a lack of a plan or necessary understanding. Lesson learned!

In addition to us learning some lessons, Microsoft finally seemed to learn some of their own by finally realizing the most important piece of the SharePoint puzzle is the business user. SharePoint 2010 seems to have embraced this idea by improving user experience through the new Managed Metadata service application, streamlined user interface and social features. In addition, SharePoint 2010 gives users either methods to connect with external systems, build more powerful workflows and greater control over the look-n-feel. For a more in depth look at SharePoint 2010 and what it can do for your organization, check out the next Week3 webinar on January 19th. Upgrading to SharePoint 2010 may or may not be a good fit for your organization right now. Perhaps re-structuring your current SharePoint is the better option. This webinar will help you decide. Once the decision is made, the question is, how do you devise an effective plan? To explore this question, I will be giving a talk that looks at important consideration of upgrading to SharePoint 2010, "The Business Side of Upgrading: Clean-up, Shape-up and Ship-over" at SharePoint Saturday Hartford on January 29, 2011 and also online as a webinar on March 16, 2011.

As we put 2010 behind us, I hope that we all learned from our mistakes. Hopefully we won't forget to plan and think prudently. Whether it's the economy or a SharePoint implementation, our mistakes have expectantly taught us to be more vigilant and wise. I am eager to see what lessons 2011 will have for us, and hope that the mistakes of years past aren't repeated. With SharePoint 2010 having been on the market for nearly a year now, it will be interesting to see how best practices will evolve, and furthermore how the SharePoint sphere will continue to grow. While it is apparent that Microsoft has learned some lessons, it is still far from perfect. Time will continue to uncover the quirks and shortcomings alongside its strengths and abilities.

There's no better way to learn best practices and gain valuable knowledge around SharePoint than to hear it from those that are discovering and fixing all the quirks as they arise. There are a lot of great SharePoint conferences and events in early 2011. Here are a few that I will be speaking at as well as Peter Serzo, High Monkey's newest Senior SharePoint Architect.

  • January 29 - SharePoint Saturday Hartford in Connecticut. I will be speaking.
  • February 7-9 – SPTechCon (AKA The SharePoint Technology Conference) in San Francisco, CA. Peter Serzo will be speaking.
  • March 7-9 - SharePoint Best Practices Conference 2011 in LaJolla, CA. Peter Serzo and I will be speaking.
  • April 11-13 - European SharePoint Best Practices Conference 2011 in London, England. I will be speaking.

I look forward to seeing you all in 2011!

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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