SharePoint is an amazing technology, and includes a broad collection of features. Organizations are absorbing it as fast as possible, but this level of sales was not expected. (see the PR Announcement) In fact, there are still some areas of infrastructure within Microsoft that are still spinning their wheels as rapidly as possible trying to keep up with the demand! This is a good thing, as it keeps different groups working hard and keeps all of us from getting complacent. The Microsoft fiscal year ends at the end of June, and in prior years, I’ve been able to rest (meaning only work 40 hours/week) in July and August and participate in training activities, etc., and prepare for the "busy" time of the year as summer draws to a close. However, this year, I’m still working nights and weekends trying to keep up with this wave of technology and the demands of our great Microsoft customers in the Pacific Northwest. It’s all good. I did get time to see the Simpsons movie with my kids and Brother-in-law last night. Hilarious! The whole theatre was laughing throughout the movie. Great fun.
The first meeting of the Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group was held July 19th. Joel Oleson and Christian Stark were the speakers, and they were amazing. There were 72 rabid SharePoint fans in attendance. Mike Blaylock is the President of the new User Group. Other board members include Bryan Hart, Bo Woronowicz, and myself.
The web site is http://www.PugetSoundSharePoint.org. If you would like to be a member of the Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group, please register on the web site.
It is expected that the annual (suggested) membership fee is $35, but for the first couple of months, there is a Charter Membership fee of $25. These fees go towards refreshments and materials and miscellaneous expenses involved in the running of the users group.
One minor difference with this user group is that we are planning on holding two series of monthly meetings. One meeting each month will be hands-on training, built around Virtual PC Images of SharePoint where different folks will lead the other attendees through specific configuration or development activities. And then, of course, we’ll have our general meeting each month. Watch the web site for the schedule as it gets updated.