SharePoint Conference 2014

Author by Matt Engibous

The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014, aka SPC14, took place March 3-6 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel with over 12,000 attendees. 

Peter Hurth and I recently recorded a podcast on the event. http://www.concurrency.com/blog/sharepoint-conference-2014-review/

It kicked off with a bang, here's some highlights. 

Jared Spataro shares fantastic growth numbers over the past 12 months:

  • 500% user growth in SharePoint online
  • Office 365 generates $1.5 billion in annual revenue
  • 60% of Fortune 500 companies have adopted Office 365 in the past year.
  • Office 365 is the fastest growing commercial product in Microsoft's history.  SharePoint held this title for many years.

President Bill Clinton delivers the keynote. 

  • He talked about how Microsoft has had a very important part of the Clinton Foundation.
  • I especially liked his comments on how mobile phones and the internet have revolutionized the way we help and connect with each other. 
  • "You know, and the burden of knowledge is responsibility!"

 

Jeff Teper shares exciting new innovations around SharePoint and Office 365.  "Cloud is key"

http://blogs.office.com/2014/03/03/technology-is-enabling-new-ways-of-working/

Next-gen portals - Easy, fast, templates to deliver content to end users.

Office365 Video Portal - Available later in 2014

  • Video has become requirement for SharePoint portals
  • Out-the-box enterprise video streaming portal that is ready to use.
  • Built on SharePoint Online with backend using Azure Media services - This was used to stream video of the London and Sochi Olympics.
  • Portal with channels of video, spotlight videos, popular/trending videos.
  • Adaptive video streaming (based on bandwidth sends that quality of video to device)
  • Mobile phone apps coming

SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 released

  • Support for Server 2012 R2 (not for SQL2014 that's in the April 2014 CU)
  • Rebranded SkyDrive Pro to OneDrive for Business
  • Seamless hybrid connection to OneDrive for Business, can redirect on-premises OneDrive to the cloud, SharePoint Online.  Use audience targeting to keep some in the cloud and others on-premises.
  • Remember install and test all SharePoint updates in development prior to deploying to production.

SharePoint Online updates

  • 1 TB site collection
  • Infinite scale with Azure based storage
  • Access added

New on-premises of SharePoint and Exchange coming in 2015

Watch SPC14 recorded sessions on Channel9.msdn.com.

 

Thanks!

Matt Engibous

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Matt Engibous

SharePoint Architect & Solution Lead