[This post has been updated June 5, 2011 to correct some errors that an alert reader has pointed out to me.]
OK, granted, it was my own fault for coming to this, a mistake I am not likely to repeat. You go to enough conferences, and sooner or later you make the mistake of thinking that everyone knows how to put on an event that isn’t lame.
Here is my current view of SPTechCon Boston, 2011:
What – no coffee available before the first keynote of the morning? None of those conference area stands would have coffee until 10:45, because after all, what makes more sense: providing coffee at 9:25 a.m. before the keynote, to get everyone jazzed up, or just having the coffee stands out to show people what they will be able to get in another hour or so? Hey, and providing outlets to the seating area of the keynote is just not as easy as nearly every other conference would have you believe. Can’t people bring their own 28′ power cords?
OK, this one is my bad – since the registration desk did not provide me with the WIFI code when I checked in, I made the mistake of
assuming hoping expecting that it might be would be provided in the event brochure. Oh well, it was nice of the registration desk to provide it to me somewhat grudgingly after the Keynote, which isn’t quite standard or best practice, but hey better late than never.
I had plenty of time to figure it out anyway, because after the Keynote my Analyst / Press credentials allowed me NO access to any part of the event for the next nearly four hours after the Keynote. When I asked the Registration desk if indeed my interpretation of things was correct – that I was to sit around and wait nearly four hours until I was allowed access to any other part of the event, I was told that this was indeed correct. (What the heck, the parking is only costing me $35 while I sit here waiting to use my event credentials in the meantime.)
So in the past five (5) hours, this is what I have learned:
- SharePoint has been out for 10 years.
- SharePoint brings in more than $1.3B in annual revenues.
- The product brings in $6B of partner revenue.
- There are 100M licenses outstanding.
- There are 17,000 enterprise customers.
- Oh – and this is what the inside of a hotel looks like:
But wait – the exhibit doors have opened! Recess is over!
Ah, the revelations and insights that must await me inside these exalted doors!
I would say “More to come”, but, really, folks, this is not likely.
Oops – almost forgot: I did catch one of the flying monkeys during the keynote, while drinking my coffee – without spilling a drop.
What more could an Analyst want?