Why you should consider it for next year and how to prepare.
If you've never attended SharePoint Fest or it's been a long time, don't be fooled by the name – this smaller, local conference covers not only SharePoint, but also PowerApps, Flow, PowerBI, Azure and more. In addition to developer and admin tracks, it also offers a ton of functional sessions on end user adoption, collaboration, project management and governance.
Having attended both Inspire (formerly known as WPC) and Ignite (formerly known as TechEd) conferences, SharePoint Fest has a much more diverse attendee roster, catering to all parts of the business, not just IT or the C-Suite. Its smaller sessions make for great Q & A sessions and lower odds of being stuck in the middle of a row of 50 seats when you realize you want/need to leave early.
Additionally, unlike the larger conferences, SharePoint Fest caters less to major announcements of upcoming features and more on features that are already deployed – and then shares use cases, best practices and instruction.
The speakers are seasoned consultants, MVPs, MCTs and Microsoft Product owners who make themselves available via Ask an Expert and Ask Microsoft Anything sessions on the expo hall floor. The sessions by sponsors are few and clearly called out – no surprise sales pitches or learning at the end of the session that the only way the functionality works is with an additional investment.
If you're considering any conference for the first time, keep reading. If you’re considering Seattle’s SharePoint Fest, I have some insider tips on the city for you as well.
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Learn more about the conference at the SharePoint Fest web site and we hope to see you in Seattle next year!
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