Day three of the conference contained many different topics including customization, upgrading from 2003, capacity planning, content mgmt, search and business application integration….to name a few.
What stood at the most was the search, business application integration and overall simplicity – essentially the product is maturing nicely. The product merging of SharePoint and Content Mgmt Server has some great benefits. One feature of this merging is the ability to promote content from test and development sites to production. The Search Center (as it’s now called) delivers greater relevance and can be easily customized (in comparison with 2003) through the Web Part properties page. The new concept of Tabs for searching on specific data such as Sites, Profiles or a Business Application will greatly improve the search experience. Business applications can be integrated so that your able to consume data (using supplied Web Parts) without having to write custom Web Parts.
From a capacity and sizing perspective, the product performance benefits from ASP.NET 2.0 caching and SQL 2005. I expect we’ll run the product through our labs once an RTM version is released later this year.
On a final note I understand HPs Office 12 book is underway, expect it to focus mostly on SharePoint server and the added benefits of its new features.
The evening event was held at the EMP in Seattle which contained some interesting hollywood memorabilia in the Science Fiction museum. After the event a few of us taxi’d over to Anothonys seafood restaurant, nice place and great view.