March 21, 2014
The opening keynote of SharePoint Conference often helps set the tone for the event and signals what Microsoft wants to focus on in coming initiatives. This year kept with the usual pattern. Jeff Teper delivered the keynote, which is available to watch online on, “Keynote: Connect. Reimagine. Transform.”
The summary of the video says:
“Join Jeff Teper and the Microsoft SharePoint team for the opening keynote of SharePoint Conference 2014. The keynote will introduce the main themes of the conference and highlight new innovations across SharePoint, Yammer and Office 365.”
Stephen E. Arnold also keeps a close eye on all things SharePoint. He has made a career out of following search and reporting on its highlights on his Web site, ArnoldIT.com. One of the keys to a successful SharePoint deployment is being able to update and customize successfully, so staying on top of changes is essential.
Emily Rae Aldridge, March 21, 2014
March 20, 2014
SharePoint Conference is always a prime time for Microsoft to make new announcements regarding their ubiquitous platform. And true to form, SharePoint Conference 2014 did not disappoint. Lots of exciting announcements were made, but ComputerWorld focuses on the Office 365 updates in their article, “At SharePoint, Microsoft Talks Up Ambitious Enhancements for Office 365.”
The article begins:
“Microsoft didn’t disappoint with the new and improved capabilities it announced and demonstrated for Office 365 this week, but how well they work in the real world remains to be seen. At its SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft laid out its vision for making Office 365 a more intelligent collaboration suite via new social interactions, APIs (application programming interfaces) and machine learning capabilities.”
It is no surprise that machine learning is a big focus. The article goes on to describe some of the details. A more intuitive and user-friendly platform is no doubt what Microsoft is striving for. Stephen E. Arnold of ArnoldIT.com has long followed SharePoint. He often finds that the major complaints center on efficiency and the high demands of customization. Machine learning could help improve both areas.
Emily Rae Aldridge, March 20, 2014
March 19, 2014
The 2014 SharePoint Conference just concluded. Microsoft hosts this large conference devoted to the SharePoint platform. Bill Clinton made headlines as the keynote speaker, but there were lots of other great noteworthy points. Get the rundown in the article, “Roundup: Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014.”
The article starts with an overview:
“This year, the conference offered a wide range of presentations, certification testing, labs, workshops, Q&A sessions, and networking events for the attendees to polish their talents and to meet the professionals from various fields of SharePoint and Yammer. Tons of topics were discussed.”
The article then goes on to discuss the finer points of the conference. Stephen E. Arnold is a longtime leader in search and maintains the Web site ArnoldIT.com. He pays attention when SharePoint makes the news, working to disseminate points of interest to enterprise managers and end users.
Emily Rae Aldridge, March 19, 2014
February 12, 2014
The article titled What to Expect From the World Economic Forum 2014 on Digimind’s Blog predicts the major themes of the WEF in advance of its start. The WEF is an independent organization committed to stimulating communication and engagement among political, business and academic leaders worldwide. The content processing company, Digimind, explains what can be expected by the trending buzzwords from Digimind Social’s wordcloud. The article states,
“As the business, political, academic and other leaders of society descend on the Swiss Alpine town today, we can exclusively reveal that the Global Risks talks, focusing on the global economy, are being buzzed about the most online. With words like ‘Rich,’ ‘Poor,’ and ‘Inequality’ appearing frequently… it is not hard to deduce that the global wealth divide and income inequality will feature heavily, especially given Oxfam’s recent report…claiming that the 85 richest people on the planet own nearly half of global wealth.”
Other key concepts include Madrid’s mayor Ana Botella, a divisive politician whom many Spanish twitter users have lambasted for incompetency. Besides income inequality, the major issue at hand, Iran also figures on the list, along with Syria and Oxfam. As these topics are addressed, Digimind promises to update its audience. This bold move by Digimind invites speculation about the accuracy of their predictions.
Chelsea Kerwin, February 12, 2014
February 12, 2014
Although the nation is currently locked in what seems to be an endless snowstorm, believe it or not, spring is coming. And with spring comes the conference season. One highly anticipated annual conference is SPC14, which will be held this year in Sin City. Read more in the PR Web release, “Intlock Hits Sin City for the Biggest SharePoint Event of the Year: SPC14.”
The article begins:
“With Q1 of 2014 coming to its peak, Intlock will be joining the SharePoint buzz and crowds at SPC14 in Las Vegas from March 3-6, 2013, the largest and most comprehensive of SharePoint conferences held worldwide.”
Intlock is just one of many third party vendors that will be there to showcase the functionality that can be achieved with smart third party solutions are added to a solid SharePoint infrastructure. Stephen E. Arnold, a longtime leader in search and SharePoint, will be keeping an eye on the conference and its major announcements. His information service, ArnoldIT.com, makes SharePoint a common topic for coverage, so SharePoint users should check in frequently for latest in SharePoint news and tips.
Emily Rae Aldridge, February 12, 2014
February 11, 2014
Who says that IT isn’t showy, or a game of personalities? SharePoint is dispelling this myth with their latest announcement. Read all the details in the WinBeta article, “Microsoft Welcomes Bill Clinton as the Keynote Speaker at SharePoint Conference 2014.”
The article begins:
“The next one [conference] up on the schedule is the SharePoint Conference, which kicks off on Monday March 3rd in Las Vegas, and runs through the 6th. Today the company announces a very special keynote speaker will be getting things started at 8:30am that Monday. President Bill Clinton will take the stage to kick things off.”
And while Bill Clinton may be a powerful personality, Stephen E. Arnold is a longtime leader in search and a more authoritative voice when it comes to SharePoint. Arnold shares his knowledge on his information service, ArnoldIT.com. Stay tuned for all of the latest SharePoint tips and tricks from a professional point of view.
Emily Rae Aldridge, February 11, 2014
December 16, 2013
What tech companies do the financial sector think are on top right now? TechCrunch discussed invitees ahead of the recent Goldman Sachs Private Internet Company Conference in Las Vegas in, “Here Are the Hottest Companies in Tech Right Now, According to Goldman Sachs.” Reporter Colleen Taylor reproduces for us the conference schedule, which apparently should have been kept on the down-low, but TechCrunch got a hold of somehow.
“The Goldman Sachs conference for private web firms is one of the most high-end and hush-hush events in the tech world. It’s essentially like the Hackers Conference or dinners at Sheryl Sandberg’s house or Fight Club, except for tech executives who are likely to soon go through an IPO or big M&A deal. If you’re on the invite list, you’re in pretty good company — and the first rule is that you don’t talk about it to others.
[…] It bears mention that companies attending this conference have not necessarily engaged in an exclusive relationship with Goldman to manage their potential upcoming IPOs or M&A deals. In fact, most of them are free agents, fielding offers from any number of firms.”
Cynthia Murrell, December 16, 2013
August 13, 2013
LucidWorks has already had an exciting 2013 of conference appearances, special event hosting and sponsorship, and trainings. They continue their momentum by joining DataWeek 2013 in San Francisco in late September. Read more in the LucidWorks announcement, “DataWeek, SF.”
The announcement says:
“DataWeek is an industry event with the goal of placing the most innovative data technologies in front of Bay-area and nation-wide technology executives, nation-wide developers and data scientists, as well as potential customers for those technologies. We aim to routinely maintain our forward-thinking edge on conference topics such as the API economy, the Hadoop ecosystem, data science and machine learning tools, and data hacker tools.”
LucidWorks definitely fits into the theme of innovative data technologies. And in terms of partnership with Hadoop, their LucidWorks Big Data solution pairs the power of Apache Solr with the strength of Hadoop to bring leading edge Big Data technology to the enterprise.
Emily Rae Aldridge, August 13, 2013
July 26, 2013
The Hadoop Summit was held at the end of June in San Jose, California. The event focuses primarily on end users and developers of things built on and around Apache Hadoop open source technology. However, as Hadoop is integrated into more and more software offerings, Hadoop’s reach continues to expand. SmartData Collective offers a good write-up of how Hadoop is making Big Data technology more dynamic. Read more in their article, “Hadoop Summit and Hortonworks Promise to Make Big Data More Engaging.”
The article describes the event:
“Hadoop Summit is the biggest event on the West Coast centered on Hadoop, the open source technology for large-scale data processing. The conference organizers, Hortonworks, estimated that more than 2,400 people attended, which if true would be double-digit growth from last year. Growth on the supplier side was even larger, which indicates the opportunity this market represents. Held in Silicon Valley, the event attracts enterprise customers, industry innovators, thought leaders and venture capitalists.”
The author then goes on to say that among the companies that are making big gains in information discovery with Hadoop are LucidWorks and Microsoft. LucidWorks uses Hadoop in its LucidWorks Big Data offering, which has received quite a bit of attention for its usability and effectiveness.
Emily Rae Aldridge, July 26, 2013
July 22, 2013
The Open Source Convention, OSCON, is being held in Portland, Oregon this week. The program reads like a who’s-who of open source developers and programmers. End users and enterprise managers would do well to pay attention to the news and announcements that come out of this year’s conference. Among the recently announced headliners is Erik Hatcher of LucidWorks. MarketWatch covers the release in their story, “LucidWorks’ Erik Hatcher to Present at OSCON 2013.”
The release begins:
“LucidWorks, the company transforming the way people access information, today announced that Erik Hatcher, senior solutions architect and co-founder of LucidWorks, will present on stage at OSCON 2013. Held in Portland, Ore., OSCON is where developers, innovators, businesspeople and investors come together to further strengthen the relationship between business and the open source community. During his tutorial, Solr Quick Start, Hatcher will explain the fundamentals of Apache Solr.”
LucidWorks is known for attending and supporting various open source trainings and conferences. They have had quite a busy 2013 already. In addition, they support a quarter of the core committers on the Apache Lucene Solr project. LucidWorks product suite is built upon the open source power of Lucene Solr, so not only do they fully support their products, but they also continuously invest in the health of the open source community.
Emily Rae Aldridge, July 22, 2013