Sitting in the morning presentation I received an message from a friend that Steve Jobs had died! Later in the morning the story was all the buzz at the conference. A man who changed the world with his vision of technology. A leader copied by Microsoft and many others, the greatest form of flattery. The IPOD made buying music cool, the IPHONE changed mobile phones forever, the IPAD the most successful tablet (I finally order mine yesterday).

Wow, the conference is almost over, today and Thursday remaining (Thursday is a half day). Raining, I didn’t get much of a chance to be outside and enjoy the warm weather – luckily I brought an umbrella!

The presentations today were:

  • Managing corporate meta data and taxonomies – notes from the field – some great advice that drove home the need for a qualified team, not to over analyze (analysis paralysis) and that your progress will be iterative even after deployment.
  • Branding and customizing sites and my sites – the demo showed how far branding has progressed since the early versions. Today, you create a feature with the CSS and images – so much easier.
  • Backup and recovery – Great demo of the OOB tools – this complimented my article in SharePoint Pro this month
  • Remote BLOB storage – Great presentations about the realities of BLOB and RBS. Using this feature changes your backup/recovery process, maintenance plans and SQL replication/mirroring.

The Axcellar party at Tortilla Joes was good, I ran into some people from the 08 (Seattle) conference and consultant I worked with in Calgary (Energy client) a few years back. A Cher look alike was there because of the Cher-Point theme – ya, I said the same thing.

I plan to attend the following Thursday:

  • How the SharePoint Dev team troubleshoots SharePoint – They will cover some custom code they use to track requests to sequel, monitoring and other practices.
  • Business intelligence architecture – They will present 20 steps to help architects with BI projects and position the products.
  • Advanced BI visualizations with Visio Services – looking forward to the demo showing how to use business data to populate Visio shape properties.