Thursday, May 24, 2012

MS SharePoint 2012 Conference Registration Open

Registration for Microsoft's SharePoint 2012 is now open. The conference, which appears to have become an annual event, is being held in Las Vegas, Nov. 12 -15 at Mandalay Bay. The event, which is typically well attended - the one I went to was sold out a few years back - offers 175 breakout sessions. They are advertised as such: "Learn how to better use SharePoint 2010 and get educated on the latest features and functionality from the new SharePoint!"

So, maybe it's not quite time to reveal the next generation as SharePoint, which reportedly included some more document imaging functionality, like viewing, but maybe attendees will get a preview.  At $1,500 per attendee (with $400 early registration discount), plus $200 a night in a show hotel, it's not a cheap date. But, there are typically some solid sessions, including keynotes by top MS executives. I actually got to see Steve Ballmer talking about content management there!

It's still unclear how much traction SharePoint is having in the document imaging space. We definitely get mixed reports, but many people remain bullish on its future. One look at the exhibitor and sponsor list reveals that indeed, a good number of document imaging vendors are investing in developing a SharePoint business. KnowledgeLake, Open Text, Fujitsu, Kofax, Laserfiche, and Digitech have all taken out sponsorships, with AccuSoft, AnyDoc, Psigen, and Vizit listed among the exhibitors.

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