Focus ‘on SharePoint’ (and the Cloud)

by Richard Harbridge on July 5, 2011


Lately I have been really enjoying the format and content on Focus.com. In particular the SharePoint discussions have been great. The format works well for surfacing great comments and answers to interesting questions.

Later this month I will be facilitating my first free Focus.com web panel on SharePoint in the Cloud: Evaluating Impact, Pros, & Cons with an all star lineup:

  • Hosting: Matt Lathrop from Rackspace.
    I wanted a hosting provider to help give some real examples of clients and challenges based on their larger client base (and experience). Rackspace certainly has the experience and range so they should bring quite a bit of expertise to the table.
  • Vendor: Jeremy Thake from AvePoint.
    I wanted someone to represent the ‘vendor’ picture of the cloud technologies and some of the challenges that are involved from a vendor perspective. Jeremy is also a solid developer and technical architect so I am certain his technical perspective will be invaluable.
  • Microsoft: Mark Kashman from Microsoft.
    Of course it never hurts to have a Microsoft expert on hand to discuss how Office 365 is impacting the marketplace, what Microsoft is seeing, why they are approaching things the way they are, and why you should care. Not only is Mark an expert on Microsoft Cloud technology, but he also happens to be going out of his way on vacation to take part in this panel. So huge props to Mark! That is dedication!
  • Ecosystem: Owen Allen from SharePoint Directions.
    I think it’s important to have someone with a good understanding of the vendor and partner ecosystem. In particular someone who understands how it all works together and Owen is ‘the’ partner ecosystem expert in my opinion.
  • Analyst: Alan Pelz-Sharpe from Real Story Group.
    The Real Story Group has a great approach to cutting through the hype and marketing material and focusing on what really matters to the business. I am very excited to hear a leading industry analyst and thought leader like Alan share his experience and explain what Real Story Groups research indicates in relation to SharePoint and the Cloud.

The questions will be oriented around ‘real’ practical uses for SharePoint and the Cloud as well as real examples of challenges and their impact. Hope to see you at the event!

If you haven’t yet taken part in Focus.com you should. Here are a few of the entries I did and it only took me a few minutes to respond. 🙂

  1. Collaboration Best Practices: What are your 3 tips for using Microsoft Sharepoint in an Enterprise?
  2. What are alternatives to MS SharePoint?
  3. How does Box.net compare to Sharepoint?
  4. What is the best practice for configuring SharePoint to hold policy and process documentation?
  5. What are the Consequences of Changing your SharePoint Governance Model?
  6. What questions should be asked when planning a SharePoint intranet?
  7. How do you prevent scope creep on a complicated IT project?

Hope this helps,
Richard Harbridge

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