Over the course of the next few days, a team from Redmond will be making their way to Philadelphia.  Our goal?  To bring the SharePoint 2010 story to the East Coast of the USA through a series of educational sessions and our Customer Immersion Experience.  We’ll be delivering this content at the AIIM Expo + Conference and we hope you can join us to learn from the people behind the product.  If you register for a main conference pass, you’ll get access to 28 sessions covering product capabilities and best practices.  In addition, if you register (for FREE) for entry to the Expo Hall, you’ll have access to our Customer Immersion Experience where you can get hands on with the latest release of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.

We’re excited about the upcoming release of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 and are looking forward to meeting with you in Philadelphia.  Before we head out East, I’d like to introduce you to our speakers:

Microsoft Executives

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Eric Swift As General Manager of Product Management for SharePoint, Eric Swift is responsible for managing customer and industry requirements, product positioning, licensing, and marketing strategies for Microsoft’s Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise and Internet.  Swift has been with Microsoft for nine years. Previous to his current position, he had roles as General Manager of the Unified Communications Group and Director of Product Management in Microsoft’s Application Platform Group. Prior to joining Microsoft, Swift held Vice President positions at Enterprise Application Integration and CRM software vendors where responsibilities included product management, CRM, Data Warehouse implementations, and technical support operations.  Swift has an MBA from Columbia University in New York, NY focused on marketing of information technology and has studied at the school of public administration and business at Fundação Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Tricia Bush As Director of the Microsoft SharePoint Internet business, Tricia Bush oversees the SharePoint For Internet Sites and FAST Search for Internet Sites product management.  This group is responsible for the foundation driving Microsoft’s digital marketing strategy. Bush joined Microsoft in March, 2005, and has over fifteen years of experience in technology. 

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Christian Finn Christian Finn is a director for product management on the SharePoint team in Redmond.  My team is responsible for global product management for SharePoint in the collaboration, portals, social computing, and application development arenas. We manage the Collaboration Capability campaign in BPIO.  We also look after interoperability and CPE for SharePoint.

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Nishan DeSilva Nishan DeSilva is the Director of Information Management & Corporate Records Compliance at Microsoft. Currently leading the LCA’s information management and compliance program using SharePoint 2010 and has accountability for the policies governing Microsoft’s recorded information assets.
Microsoft SharePoint ECM Engineering Team

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Quentin Christensen Quentin Christensen is a Program Manager on the SharePoint Enterprise Content Management team, specifically working on document and records management. Some of the areas he works on include eDiscovery, policy, document sets, and large scale document repositories. Quentin has authored white papers on large list performance and capacity planning for large document repositories using SharePoint Server 2010.

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Lincoln DeMaris Lincoln DeMaris is a program manager on the Enterprise Content Management team at Microsoft. He has worked primarily on document management and taxonomy features during his 4 years at the company.

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Ethan Gur-esh Ethan Gur-esh has been a Program Manager on the SharePoint Enterprise Content Management team since 2004. He worked on Records Management and Compliance during the SharePoint 2007 release, and is currently working on Document Management, Rich Media, and Web Content Management for the SharePoint 2010 release. Additionally, Ethan is the Co-Editor and Secretary of the Content Management and Interoperability Services Specification Technical Committee at OASIS.

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Dan Kogan Daniel Kogan is a Senior Program Manager in the SharePoint team at Microsoft Corp. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in the IT and software business. Daniel has been in the Web content and Enterprise Content Management space since 1998 and has been at Microsoft since 2001. For the past 4 years Daniel has focused extensively on taxonomies and metadata and how they can be used to enhance productivity and unlock new business potentials and scenarios.

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Kevin Reynolds Kevin Reynolds is a Program Manager on the SharePoint Enterprise Content Management team and has a passion for customer focused design.  He works on a breadth of the Web Content Management features including Master Pages, Page Layouts, Navigation, RTE, and the Large Pages Libraries.
Microsoft SharePoint Product Management Team

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Ryan Duguid Ryan Duguid is a Senior Product Manager in the IW PMG.  Ryan is responsible for Enterprise Content Management and eDiscovery. Ryan has worked in the IT industry in New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom for over 15 years. He is passionate about understanding people, identifying their unique problems and helping them to realize their true potential through effective and innovative use of technology.

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Dave Pae Dave Pae is a technical product manager on the SharePoint team in Redmond, WA.  Dave has worked on web and collaboration technologies for over 15 years and started working at Microsoft in 2001.  He is focused on the product management of SharePoint specifically for social and collaboration scenarios for 2010 and beyond.

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Pej Javaheri Pej Javaheri is an industry veteran, having worked in the Business Intelligence (BI) and performance management space for more than 15 years, focusing on helping organizations gain insight, and make better decisions.  Part of the SharePoint team, Pej works across Microsoft to bring the bigger BI message to customers and partners, focusing on how the integration of software, data in all its forms, and people can help move organizations forward.

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Erik Schwartz Erik Schwartz is a Product Manager in the Microsoft Enterprise Search Group.  Along with his responsibilities for core product management for connectors and push features for search products, he focuses on customer and field communications, eDiscovery, and key vertical markets, including government globally.  Schwartz has managed technical teams of IT Professionals and Software Engineers, and has worked as a Contractor at the Naval Research Laboratory.

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Owen Allen Owen Allen is a Sr. Product Manager on the SharePoint Partner Marketing Team. His area of focus is SharePoint Partners, and specifically, ISV partners.
Microsoft SharePoint Sales and Evangelism

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Geoffrey Edge Geoffrey Edge is a Senior SharePoint Technology Specialist working for the Communications Sector North America.  His responsibility is to help customers in the Communications Sector learn more about SharePoint Products and Technologies.  Geoffrey’s focuses on Enterprise Search and large scale SharePoint deployments.

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Paul Stubbs Paul Stubbs is a Microsoft Technical Evangelist for SharePoint and Office. He focuses on information worker development community around SharePoint and Office, Silverlight, and Web 2.0 social networking.

This is the largest gathering of Microsoft speakers since our SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas last year and we’re looking forward to meeting you in person next week.  We hope you can attend the SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo or join us on the Expo Hall floor.  Be sure to bring your burning SharePoint questions and make the most of this opportunity to talk with the experts.

Ryan Duguid
Senior Product Manager
Microsoft Corporation