European SharePoint Best Practices Conference 2009 Rundown...

The 3rd of the "SharePoint Best Practices" conferences (1st in Europe) took place in London earlier this week and I was one of the many "SharePointers" who were lucky enough to attend.

The "European SharePoint Best Practices Conference" consisted of 57 ‘expert' sessions, 7 ‘exhibitor' lunch-time sessions and 8 (Open Mic) ‘Ask The Experts' sessions, all packed into 3 fun-filled days brimming with invaluable information covering a variety of aspects relating to SharePoint ....

Combined Knowledge did an outstanding job organising the event (...personal thanks to Zoe Watson @ CK), whilst sponsors and exhibitors provided plenty to do during "session breaks" (..not to mention loads of opportunities to win various prizes - from 'rc tanks' to 'ipods' and 'bikes' to 'flights')... and the "SharePint" evening rounded off the experience superbly - with thanks going to Syntergy, who I heard (..although not officially) were kind enough to put up the ‘Tab' behind the bar ...

Some of my personal highlights included:

  • ‘Killer Bunnies' Keynote from Joel Oleson to kick things off...
  • ‘SharePoint, SQL, and Storage: Best practices' from Mike Watson
  • ‘Test Driven SharePoint Development' from Andrew  Woodward (...if only as an ‘intro' to the ‘TDD and Unit Testing' discussions later on in the ‘Ask The Experts' session)
  • ‘Designing & Deploying Enterprise Branding Solutions using Custom Site Definitions' from Eric Shupps
  • ‘Creating Custom Field Types: Best Practices' from Todd Bleeker (...although Todd's enthusiasm alone could be regarded as a highlight)
  • ‘Creating, Deploying List & Item Events: Best Practices' from Maurice Prather
  • ‘SharePoint in Education: SharePoint User Group' from Alex Pearce and Andrew  Woodward
  • ‘Deploying SharePoint sites through multiple environments: Best Practices' from Chris O'Brien
  • The final ‘Developers Ask the Experts' (... Andrew Woodward's ‘pan faced' comments in response to Chris O'Brien is a particular highlight which comes to mind)

Now you may think that's a reasonable amount of ‘highlights', but I assure you that was the just the ‘tip of the ice-berg' when taking into account there were up to x4 sessions running simultaneously at any one time.


I chose a mix of sessions over the 3 days, mainly attending "IT Pro" and "Dev/Des" sessions with couple of 'Info Worker' sessions thrown in for good measure (...Nick Swan and Robert Foster's 'BDC in theory and practice' and Penny Coventry's 'SP Designer: Best Practices' were too tempting to miss and didn't disappoint).

Day 1

10 Steps to SharePoint Success - (AKA 'Killer Bunnies')
Joel Oleson  

Best Practices for Developing Web Parts
Todd Bleeker

SharePoint, SQL, and Storage: Best practices for a winning combination
Mike Watson

Legacy Stuff: Help me Kill my File Servers, Front Page Servers, and Public Folders
Joel Oleson

Test Driven SharePoint Development
Andrew Woodward


Day 2

Designing and Deploying Enterprise Branding Solutions using Custom Site Definitions
Eric Shupps

Best Practice for Customizing the Search UI in SharePoint 2007
Ben Robb

Lunchtime Session
Replication Best Practices: ...Server to Server Replication Solution.

Best Practices for Creating Custom Field Types
Todd Bleeker

Business Data Catalog in theory and practise
Nick Swan Robert Foster

Developer Ask the Experts Panel - Part 1
Open Mic for delegates to try and stump the panel of Top developers


Day 3

Best Practices for Creating, Deploying, and Managing List and Item Events
Maurice Prather

SharePoint Designer – Best Practices & Hints and Tips
Penny Coventry

Lunchtime Session
SharePoint in Education.
SharePoint User Group

Approaches and best practices for deploying SharePoint sites through multiple environments (dev, QA, UAT, production)
Chris O’Brien

Best Practices for implementing a virtualized SharePoint Production Farm
Brian Wilson

Developers Ask the experts panel part 2
Open Mic for delegates to ask lots of Developer questions to the panel.



Hopefully I'll get to add some further posts on the event over the coming days (once I've had time to digest everything that is)... if not, then I can't wait for "European SharePoint Best Practices Conference 2010'



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