That’s a lots of weeks I didn’t post on the blog. I know, that’s not the first time, sorry guys.
As an update on my last months, tasks, there is a lot to say and share. I’ve been very busy, and it’s not finished yet ….
First thing I wanted to share with you guys, is the event I imagined, and led in France by mid-December 2009.
I had the idea of this event after I attended the first SharePoint 2010 Ignite IT Pro training ever delivered. This happened on August 2009, at Building 20 on Microsoft Campus. The most experienced and knowledgeable MSFT internal guys was here, either speaking or attending the first SharePoint 2010 Ignite delivery.
This event was called Ignite Alpha. The leaders in Microsoft in charge of this “readiness” are numerous, but the main ones leading the event are Michal Gideoni and James Petrosky. I thank them for inviting me at this “Who’s who” SharePoint internal event. We were 30 in the main room + 30 in a second room, connected via LiveMeeting.
Attending this event was great & strange in the same time:
So, back from this great moment and learning event, I realized that: MCS France had invested time and money on me, I was recognized by Corp being a SME, and met my peers for the first time. That led to funny situations: 2 times during the training, guys came to me and asked: “Are you Emmanuel Bergerat? The guy that wrote the White Paper on SharePoint automation and scripted setup?” – You never know how it will turn - but I said “Yes!?”. They then hug me saying “Really nice to meet you: your White Paper helped me in a lot in project XYZ, and you know: It really works!”. I still don’t know what to think of that comment, regarding the others’ White Papers :-).
Question was: How to leverage smartly the knowledge I gained on SharePoint 2010?
Answer: go and talk to the SharePoint Product Manager in France, Karim Manar, and connect with your own management to see how we can support SharePoint 2010 readiness & launch.
After few talks, that was it: We agreed to create a “SharePoint 2010 Ignite France”
This event was planned to support awareness of the partners regarding SharePoint 2010.
Building the content & planning, we decided few main things with Karim and others supporting people in Microsoft France:
And we did it.
It has been delivered on December, from the 15th to 17th 2009 to approximately 50 partners people.
The agenda was:
The 2 weeks before the event were very intense. We all had to rework the internal content. Especially since I pushed for the use of the public beta. That meant: everyone to get the Virtual Machine I created for the event, then adapt the labs related data and manuals to fit the real/actual Lab machine.
That was quite some work to do that.
I want here to thanks the speakers: Frank Halmaert, Etienne Lacour, Olivier Laymand, Osman Malik & Alain Bastardie. I also have a nice thanks to Karim that partly funded the event, and made it a real success with the few goodies he brought at the end of day 1 :-). Then all the others that helped at BMO, MCS, and Aston Education (Winwise institute).
We also want to thank the attendees. They were very positive and involved during the 3 days. We were very impressed by their will to do and finish all the labs.
Now the results! Was it worth the effort:
That definitely worth it.
Now, let’s prepare the RTM launch of SharePoint 2010.
Thanks a lot to everyone that made this event possible.
That was a pleasure (even if it was also a lot of work) to contribute in SharePoint 2010 success in France. This product absolutely deserves it.
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